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    Cocker Spaniel

    Cocker Spaniel

    There are two kinds of Cocker Spaniel, English and American. The major difference between the English and the American Cocker is that the American is smaller with a shorter back and muzzle. Cockers can be any solid color or parti-colored.

    The first Cocker was the son of a Sussex Spaniel and a field spaniel. While the breed got its start in Spain it developed in England as a hunting dog. The term “cocker” comes from their use to hunt the Eurasian Woodcock. When it was brought to the US there were changes made to enable the Cocker Spaniel to hunt American Woodcock.

    Cocker Spaniels usually live to be between 12 – 14 years old. They are predisposed to ear infections because of their floppy ears. They can also be prone to eye diseases and skin infections.
    Cockers are sweet, loyal, playful dogs that need to be gently trained from an early age. If not properly trained they can become unruly or shy.

    Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever

    Golden Retrievers were first developed in Scotland. The original cross was of a yellow-colored retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. The Tweed Water Spaniel is now extinct. Goldens were used as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl.

    Golden Retrievers of British breeding have coat colors of any shade of gold or cream, never red or mahogany, as some of the American bred Goldens have.

    Cancer is the leading cause of death in Golden Retrievers. They are also susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye diseases, joint and heart diseases, and allergies.

    Goldens are kind, friendly, and confident. They are generally equally amiable with strangers and friends alike. Golden Retrievers are calm, naturally intelligent and eager to please. They are commonly used as guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs, and for search and rescue.

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