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English Cocker Spaniels belong to the gundog group and are equally at home in the field, as loving companions or in the show ring. Cockers are highly intelligent dogs and very easily trained, they are eager to please and willing to learn. They adapt effortlessly to family life but as gundogs will need a reasonable amount of exercise every day. They are ideal pets where there are children about but will need supervision and gentle handling by younger members of the family. A Cockers looks can be very deceiving, who can resist those soft pleading eyes! Those sad eyes are however a misconception and cockers are really a very happy breed, with their constant wagging tail, hence the name 'Merry Cocker'.






Alfy at 15 weeks






Alfy is a blue roan cocker spaniel. We have never had a pure pedigree dog before, so this is a first for us....lol. He was born on 10th August 2006 and we bought him November 19th when he was 15 weeks old. He is KC registered and his Kennel Club name is Sweetsprings Crusader. We also have his 5 generation family tree.

He was very shy and quiet for the first few days but soon came round, especially when my daughter brought her dog to visit, he livened up and was tearing round the house like a hooligan!!








Alfy at 15 wks






Although Alfy is a pedigree and is KC registered, we have no plans to "show" him, he will just be a pet, a member of our family
When we went to collect him, there was 3 cockers to choose from. I chose Alfy because he seemed less boisterous than the others, a bit of a loner, so I felt sorry for him. I think I made the right choice as he is turning out to be a little beauty and is very well behaved and obedient.








Alfys huge ears!






Alfy is now 6 months old and we have had him for 3 months and I cannot now imagine life without him. He brings such joy and laughter. He often chases his tail which is hilarious! Alfy is one of the few cockers who have not had his tail "docked" which is a practice I dislike, I like to see a dog with a tail to wag!
He is learning new stuff all the time, it didn't take him long to learn what walk and dinner means...........lol. He's also just learned to give a paw for a biscuit, which only took about an hour! He is so intelligent!








I will update this page as Alfy grows with more info and pictures.....thanks for looking!


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