How did you become a Cocker person?

Dale

New Member
Just curious how everyone came to have a Cocker Spaniel? A breed you grew up with? One showed up on your front doorstep?
Baxter--my first Cocker-- was pretty much an accident. I was looking more for something Bichon/Poodle-y but he came up on Petfinder and we met...and I fell in love with his paws. I have always loved Old English Sheepdog type paws but I am a small person and don´t want a dog I can´t pick up in an emergency, so I could never have a big breed. Baxter´s paws are enormous, or they look enormous when his hair grows out (in fact, they´re not that big at all , just very furry). I saw those paws and it was all over.
 

Polly

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Owned by
2 cockers
I was working at Occidental College way over 30 years ago when a student walked thru my office carrying a beautiful cocker across her back shoulders, she was looking for a home for him. I couldn't resist, he was the start of my love affair with Cocker Spaniels. It's come full circle. We now have one, our beautiful Pye. He will more than likely be our last.
 

manuel

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1 cocker
My wife bought a cocker puppy without asking. I wasn't happy about that but ended up falling in love with that pup.
 

dizzy

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When I was a kid, my parents bought my sister and I banks that were in the shape of a cocker spaniel. Hers was blond, mine was black. I still have mine, it's a bit worse for wear, but that's what started my love affair w/them. It may also be why I prefer black cockers.
 

dizzy

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Good thing they didn't get you piggy banks, you'd be a hog farmer now!
When I was 5 or so, we visited a lot of my mom's relatives in Canada. I don't remember most of them, but one was a pig farmer. I was scared of them. So, I don't think giving me a piggy bank would have done that.
 

Cockers4Ever

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2 cockers
DH wanted to buy a house. I wanted a dog and I agreed to buy the house together if I could get a dog. Then I started searching ..... breeds, then dogs. I narrowed it down to a miniaussie puppy from Canada - I met with the breeder at a show. Or a 5yo rescue Cocker named Jake. The miniaussie would have needed daycare as I was working. And Jake was already 5.... I didnt think anyone would really want him. After much debate, I convinced dh to let me make an appt for the day after our closing (!) "just go look" we drove 3h to go see him and brought him home for a 7day trial. (haha) He became my heart and soul.

My love for Jake led me to volunteer to evaluate shelter dogs and foster. and we've had them ever since.
 

cockermom

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2 cockers
Our daughter got a cocker pup 27 yrs ago. Her little girl was just a toddler and it was decided she was too young to have a pup so we took the puppy. We've had them ever since. The two we have now are 12 and they will be our last.. every day my goal is to live long enough to take care of them.
 
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