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Meet Buffy, the Cocker Spaniel

04/22/2013

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Buffy, a lovely cocker spaniel. Cockers require extra care when it comes to grooming. The coats of Cocker Spaniels are fast growing, meaning these dogs must be groomed and trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks. Owners should also brush the breed daily to avoid knots and to keep the coats looking clean. Some owners prefer to leave the coat long, brushing daily and shampooing frequently with quarterly scissoring and clipping. Others prefer to clip the coat to medium length to be more functional. Either way, the dog will need regular trimming. When brushing, be careful not to pull out the silky hair. This breed is an average shedder.

Buffy the cocker spaniel

Buffy, getting a trim.

A little about Cocker Spaniel origin:

The Cocker Spaniel dates back as far as the 14th century. The breed originated from the English Cocker Spaniels which were brought to the United States. The Spaniels were bred down in size and given the name American Cocker Spaniels, officially called simply the “Cocker Spaniel” by the AKC. The American Cocker Spaniel is more popular than the original English Cocker Spaniel, which are slightly different in appearance, with longer muzzles and larger bodies. The Cocker Spaniel is a hunting-gun dog able to work in difficult terrain in both wet and dry land. Excellent at flushing and retrieving game with a gentle mouth. They listen to commands well. The name “Cocker” comes from the woodcock, a game bird the dogs were known for flushing. Some of the American Cocker Spaniel’s talents are hunting, tracking, retrieving, watchdog, agility and competitive obedience. The American Cocker Spaniel was first recognized by the AKC in 1873.

Whether your Cocker Spaniel loves to hunt or just loves to cuddle on the couch, keep her healthy and beautiful with a trip to Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

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