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Old 10-14-2016, 09:09 PM
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@KateBren Thanks, it's definitely good to hear the negatives too. That sounds like it was separation anxiety? You don't happen to know where they got the dog or if they were doing anything to help/train him out of it, do you? I'm really hoping that by going to a reputable breeder and taking precautions from the beginning, I can head off behaviors like that before they start. And if not, there are always ways to at least partially soundproof whatever room he's in until we have the problem sorted out.

@Rain Okay, good to know! Meeting the dogs is definitely near the top of my list.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:32 PM
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@PoppyKenna I have looked at a few other spaniels, but I keep getting drawn back to Cockers. The other spaniels I've looked at (not extensively) seem like they're more difficult to train and I worry about how they would do in an apartment. I'll look into the Field Spaniel more, though, thank you!
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:22 AM
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@KateBren Thanks, it's definitely good to hear the negatives too. That sounds like it was separation anxiety? You don't happen to know where they got the dog or if they were doing anything to help/train him out of it, do you? I'm really hoping that by going to a reputable breeder and taking precautions from the beginning, I can head off behaviors like that before they start. And if not, there are always ways to at least partially soundproof whatever room he's in until we have the problem sorted out.
It did seem like separation anxiety to me because it alternated with the crying and it never stopped. Poor dog. He was a beautiful looking dog but I don't know where they got him. The owners seemed overwhelmed when I talked to them about it so I left it alone because we had a move-out date. I should say he was very good when they were home. I remember they would sit on their deck with him and he was very friendly and seemed happy and you could pet him and everything.
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@KateBren Oh, poor guy. It's good to know he was friendly, though. I think I'm going to get in touch with a few breeders and if I like them, I'll visit and meet their dogs before making any decisions.
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@Besoeker Oh my goodness, he's gorgeous! I love his markings.
Thank you kindly. He really is a lovely boy.

But we are discussing a dog for you. I posted his picture so that you might give the breed at least a passing thought.
They are regularly top of the list for intelligence, they take instructions and are usually very friendly. And maybe not as high maintenance as a Spaniel.
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English or American? Those are two different breeds! Also, if English, field line or show line?

All of the American cocker spaniels I've met have been very sweet, friendly, happy dogs. They seem to have more health issues particularly with the eyes and need more grooming (they're very fluffy!) They can get pretty gross if not groomed regularly. My last dog was part American cocker.

English- haven't met a show English cocker, but I've met several field line English cockers which have also been very nice dogs but much higher energy than the American breed ime. I think it's the English ones that can suffer from rage syndrome. English cockers and English springers.

Due to the health and temperament issues these guys can have, it's important to find a good breeder- but all of the cockers I've met have all been very nice, well adjusted dogs. I love spaniels- would love to own a cocker spaniel, springer spaniel, or another cockapoo someday.
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@Besoeker He's a collie, right? I honestly haven't even looked into them. I don't think I've even met one, actually, but I'll add them to the list to check out as well.

@revolutionrocknroll Oops, I should have mentioned that! I'm definitely looking for an American Cocker. I've done a lot of research on both and I think the American definitely matches what I'm looking for more closely in terms of personality. And it's great to know you've had good experiences with them!
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He's a collie, right? I honestly haven't even looked into them. I don't think I've even met one, actually, but I'll add them to the list to check out as well.
Good idea in my opinion. Even it you don't go that route.

Ours seems to understand and do things that still surprise me.
As an example, he'll lead other local dogs home when they don't heed the owners recall.

But it isn't about him. It's just one example of collie behaviour in our case.
OK. No more sitting on the fence.
Get a collie!!!
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This thread hasn't been responded to in awhile so I know you may have already gotten a dog but thought I'd weigh in on the Greyhound aspect. Greyhounds are great dogs but if you are looking for a hiking partner they probably aren't the right fit. They don't have much in the way of endurance.

Have you considered a whippet?

I would steer away from Cavaliers unless you find a great breeder. So many health issues. Same with the Cocker, and the Cocker has temperament issues that cavaliers do not.

Miniature poodles are another dog that I think it really depends on the breeder and obviously training. A lot of the ones you meet are not treated like dogs, but like purses so you aren't seeing the true potential of the breed. Also, a lot of them are so poorly bred, they all look very different to me due to this. But I have met two miniature poodles that were very well bred that were amazing. They were both SO smart and their owners let them be dogs. Very similar to the standard they were.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
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