To adopt a cocker spaniel from a reputable breeder, search online in cocker spaniel directories and databases using query tools for location and other options. Choosing a reputable breeder, whether a professional breeder or a hobby breeder, helps ensure that the puppies have a healthy lineage.Continue Reading
When looking for a cocker spaniel breeder, the choice between a professional breeder and a hobby breeder is important in the socialization of the dog. Professional breeders tend to have puppies that have not been socialized; they are bred for profit and spend more time in kennels than they do with people. Adopting these puppies means more work in acclimating them to a family home.
Hobby breeders are people who simply have a love for the breed, although they do make a profit on their puppy sales. These puppies are less likely to be raised in a kennel environment and usually are more socially acclimated than the professional breeder's puppies. Puppies from hobby breeders typically are loving and friendly from the onset.
Buying a cocker spaniel from the classifieds or a friend does not give any indication of the puppies' background. Knowing the bloodline, at least to some degree, helps choose dogs that do not have inherited health issues.Learn more about Dogs