A Cocker Spaniel and a little boy walk under a bar… It sounds like the set up to a joke but it is literally what happens in this video. The kid and the dog are trying to limbo under a safety gate to see who can get out first. “Billy!” calls the kid – because the race can not start until the dog shows up. Billy puts his head under the gate and the kid yells “Now!”
The little kid begins straining and stretching but Billy has zero idea he is in a race to the finish so just lays there, pleasantly, just hanging with his best buddy. The kid contorts himself into all manner of faces and makes all manner of noises as he desperately tries to get out from under the few inches or so that he has under the gate. Billy, on the other hand, is just laying there, not saying anything and not doing anything either. He is quite happy to lay where he is. At one point, Billy the dog actually backs out of the competition, as he is starting to bore of just laying there. The kid uses this moment to his competitive advantage and manages to squirrel his way out leaving little Billy in the dust. Take that, sucker! You’ll rue the day you took your bestie on in limboing under the safety gate.
Cocker Spaniels are the best. If you have seen Lady and The Tramp, then you will know what I am talking about. The breed originated in Spain and bred as a hunter – there’s record of them back in the 1300’s which is even before YouTube! They have been here in America since the time of the Mayflower and by 1921 it was taking home Westminster’s Kennel Club’s Best In Show for the first time ever. If you’re looking to adopt (you should ALWAYS adopt rescues), here’s what you should know about this darling breed.
They top out at around thirty pounds and love nothing more than following you around. Where you go, they go. They socialize well too so if you have other pets – including cats – a Cocker Spaniel will buddy up to them in no time. They live on average between 12 to 15 years and stay relatively healthy. Old age, however, does bring some issues like genetic cataracts. They can have food allergies too so if they are itching a lot, you might want to check what food you are giving them.
Cocker Spaniels make great therapy dogs too as they are loving, calming, and gentle. They can also be trained on agility courses – they are excellent at paying attention and following commands. You might have to spend a little bit more time house-training them because they are so high-energy and like to leave their marks everywhere. But some positive reinforcement should break them of that habit.
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