Many people that have a Cocker spaniel will, at some point think about getting another dog and, most likely another Cocker spaniel.
If you are one of these people then we have few pointers for you and things that you’ll need to consider.
What you need to consider if you are getting another Cocker spaniel
Before you make a final decision take some time to consider a few things:
It is often best to get a puppy when you look for your second Cocker.
Adult dogs tend to adjust better to puppies as opposed to older dogs and this will make things easier for your first spaniel and you.
You’ll need to think about the sex of the second dog.
If your first spaniel is male and you don’t intend to have puppies then a good choice would be to get a second male dog.
Cocker spaniels of the same sex get along well with each other although males can sometimes have disagreements which can result in fighting – so be prepared.
Do you have the room? Can you accommodate a second spaniel?
Can you afford it? Not just the initial cost of buying the dog but all of the extra and ongoing costs associated with care of the animal.
You will need to consider costs which include feeding, vaccinations, vets bills, insurance and maybe other costs too.
Do you have the time? If you have one Cocker already then you will have an understanding of the needs of the breed in terms of exercise, training, stimulation etc.
Benefits of having two Cocker spaniels
Getting a second Cocker can be great fun provided that you are prepared and are up for the responsibility.
There is a lot to be said for having two spaniels or for that matter two of any dog.
Two Cockers will;
Play together and will often watch out for each other too
Cockers can be vocal and therefore make good alarm type dogs warning you of visitors to the house
If your spaniels are working dogs then you will be more effective with your hunting and will be able to cover much more ground, more efficiently than you could with a single dog.
You will have more options for playtime and, if you have children then another spaniel will become part of the gang quite easily
Your spaniel training will take on an extra dimension and you will be able to be more creative and challenging with your training exercises
Disadvantages of having two Cockers
There are very few things to worry about, however you will need to:
Make sure that you introduce the new dog into the household carefully and ensure that the ‘first’ dog is not pushed out
Cost – two dogs cost twice as much as one
Training – if you get a second dog then you’ll need to go back to basic training with him/her – for many this can be arduous but, for most, spaniel training is fun and this won’t be too problematic
Illness – aside from the obvious vet fees for treatment, if one dog gets ill then you’ll need to be careful to ensure that the second dog does not catch the illness
Your house – if your spaniels live inside then you may find that you have less bed or furniture space as they ‘relax’. You may also experience more dog hairs as they moult.
Just like children, the older spaniel will ‘teach’ the youngster bad habits. Often these are not bad, just a bit mischievous.
Frequently asked questions
Are Cocker Spaniels happier when they have a companion of their own breed?
While individual preferences may vary, Cocker Spaniels generally enjoy the company of other dogs, especially those of their own breed. Having a fellow Cocker Spaniel as a companion can provide them with a playmate and help prevent loneliness.
Do Cocker Spaniels require a companion to thrive in a household?
Cocker Spaniels are sociable dogs that thrive on human companionship, but they do not necessarily require another dog to be happy. They can form strong bonds with their human family members and receive sufficient love, attention, and mental stimulation in a single-dog household.
Will getting another Cocker Spaniel improve the quality of life for my current Cocker Spaniel?
Introducing another Cocker Spaniel to your household can potentially enhance the quality of life for your existing Cocker Spaniel. They may engage in interactive play, share experiences, and keep each other company when you’re not available. However, individual temperament and compatibility should be considered before adding a second dog.
Are Cocker Spaniels more prone to separation anxiety when kept as a single pet?
Cocker Spaniels are known to form strong bonds with their owners, which can make them more susceptible to separation anxiety. However, separation anxiety can be reduced with training, socialisation, mental stimulation, and providing them with a routine that includes alone time. Having another dog may help alleviate separation anxiety, but it is not the sole solution.
Can having two Cocker Spaniels cause behavioural issues or conflicts between them?
Introducing a second Cocker Spaniel into your household can potentially lead to behavioural issues or conflicts, especially if proper introductions and socialisation are not done. It is important to consider each dog’s personality, temperament, and individual needs, as well as provide adequate training and attention to prevent or address any potential issues that may arise.