Lone Star Premier Gun Dogs
Due to the breed's happy disposition and continuously wagging tail, it has been given the nickname "merry cocker".
Several years ago while looking for a boat my son, 10 years old at the time, and I went to the Boat Show in Houston, Texas. You can only imagine the size of this show, and how many different types of boats were there. As we walked in my son asked, “So how do people know what kind of boat to buy?” I answered, “It all depends on what they want to do with the boat, and how often they use it.”
The same goes for selecting your hunting dog. Though we have the passion, most of us are certainly are not a Professional Hunting Guides. Myself, I hunt dove several times in the fall and winter with my friends, hunt ducks 5 or 6 times a season, geese 2 or 3 times, and quail or pheasant whenever the opportunity presents itself. The rest of the time I work for a living to support our passion for hunting, and our dog lives with us as a part of the family.
By now many people will be saying, “I’ve got exactly that in my Labrador!” Okay, Labs are great dogs, so are Retrievers, Brittanies, Pointers, and Boykins. I've had them all, and each breed has it's own idiosyncrasies; from the Boykin that has a mischievous side a mile wide, to the 70lb. Labrador and Retriever romping through the house, to the high-strung and at times clumsy Pointer. We all need to find the breed that fits our, and our families, personality and lifestyle. If a Lab, or another breed is "your breed"...Great. However, if you haven't found that breed, try an English Cocker Spaniel. Dynamite does come in small packages, and nitro in even smaller.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a breed of gun dog. It is an active, good-natured, sporting dog standing up 15 - 16" at the withers and compactly built of about 30 lbs.. There are "field" or "working" cockers and "show" cockers. At Lone Star Premier Gun Dogs we breed and train “field” or “working cockers". It is one of several varieties of spaniel and somewhat resembles its American cousin, the American Cocker Spaniel, although it is closer to the working-dog form of the Field Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel. Shamefully, the American Cocker Spaniel is now bred primarily as a “show” cocker.
Dogs from working lines are noticeably distinct in appearance. The working type dog has been bred exclusively to perform in the field as a hunting companion. Their coat is shorter and ears less pendulous than the show-bred type. Although registered as the same breed, the two strains have diverged significantly enough that they are rarely crossed. The dogs that have dominated the hunt test, field trial and hunting scene in the United States are field-bred dogs from recently imported English lines. Working-dog lines often have physical characteristics that would prevent them from winning in the show ring. This is a result of selective breeding for different traits other than those selected by show breeders. The longer coat and ears, selected for the show ring, are an impediment in the field.
Cockers are compassionate, determined, kind, intelligent, athletic, alert and resilient and make great family pets. The breed does not like being alone, and will bond strongly to an individual person in a family, usually the one who feeds it. Known for optimism, intelligence and adaptability, the breed is extremely loyal and affectionate. The English Cocker Spaniel has a cheerful nature.
With a good level of socialization at an early age, Cocker Spaniels get along well with people, children, other dogs and other pets. This breed seems to have a perpetually wagging tail and prefers to be around people. Cockers trained with a soft hand and rewards will be an obedient and loving companion with a happy, cheerful nature.