BUYING A PUPPY If you have decided that the Cocker is the breed for you, the next step is to find a reputable breeder. And once you have it is important to tell the breeder what role your puppy will play in your life e.g Family pet, Obedience dog, Agility dog, Show dog etc as they should match up the best puppy with each appropriate owner based upon life style, temperament and intentions with that of the puppies attributes and personality. Although its tempting to pick based on looks you would be very wise to consider these other factors above looks, as there really is no point having a dog that is not suitable for its intended role in life - no matter how good it looks!
Once you have chosen your breeder, ensure that both sire and dam have been tested for and are free of the hereditary problems that cocker spaniels can suffer from. This is very important to ensure that not only are you getting a healthy puppy, but that it will not develop sever health problems later in life. Ask about temperament, as this is essential in the Cocker. From the reserach I have done personaly 70% of the temprament will come from the dam. So if possible ask to see the dam with her pups and don't be afraid to ask questions.
It's my opinion that any puppy from a NZKC registered Breeder should be registered with the New Zealand Kennel Club, as this is your only proof of authencity. For this reason NZKC have multilple registers and the intended purpose of your puppy will also influence how it is registered with the NZ Kennel Club, and what you can do with your puppy in the future especially in regard to competitons and breeding. Please be wary of breeders who ask you to pay an additonal fee to have your puppy NZKC registred.
Part l - Full Register This is for dogs which are entitled to be exhibted at breed shows. the owner has full right to exhibit or breed from a dog on this part of the register.
Part ll - Dog Training Regsiter For both pure bred dogs not already registered and cross bred dogs. Allows you to compete in all other canine sports such as Agility, Obedience Flyball, Rally-O etc. Part ll of the canine register excludes you can from breeding from or exhibit the dog at a Open or Champ level breed show for the dogs Life time and can not be upgraded to Part l or lll.
Part lll Restricted Register For purebreed dogs competing in other canine sports, and purebreed pets. If your puppy is registered on Part lll you can not breed from or exhibit the dog at Open or Champs Breed Shows unless you recieve permission from NZKC to have the registeration upgraded to Part l.
Unless you have a real preference for a dog or a bitch this consideration should come after the above.
Bitches can be quieter, and easier to house train but they do have seasons approximately every six to ten months. During a season you will need to keep your bitch away from male dogs for approximately three weeks and possibly alter your normal exercise routine in order to keep interested dogs away from your home. A bitch in season will also have a bloody discharge, which can stain furniture etc.
Dogs grow slightly larger than bitches and can be a bit stronger, however dogs are generally more loving and faithful than bitches but they can take a little longer to house train and at around the time of puberty can get a bit full of their own importance and need slightly firmer handling. Dogs are also a good option if you plan to compete in any canine acitivities as you won't have seasons to worry about.
Remember to: • Buy from a reputable breeder. • Check the puppy or dam and sire's PRA and FN health status • Follow the breeders feeding instructions • Let puppy have plenty of rest in its own bed • Keep in contact with the breeder, they should offer you help and advice • Buy a good book on the breed and follow advice on coat care and ear care • Locate a good vet • Ensure your dog is trained, be firm but kind • Educate your children about how to interact with your puppy • Enjoy!
Konan English Cocker Spaniels Zoe Hogg Rotorua, New Zealand Ph.+64 277 859 649