Here is Seamus, our baby. A full bred Cocker Spaniel he is the joy of our lives. He is 4 months old today and quite in love with the camera.
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Seamus looks just like a much younger version of our cocker spaniel, Lady. Seamus must be an American cocker. Lady also has THICK fur on her legs and ALL her fur grows, even the fur around her nose and eyes. I love the black fur, too. Lady now has some white on her chin because she is about 12 years old.
Will you be shaving/clipping him yourself? Go to the vet and ask them to order you a set of clippers to use. So much worth it over the years to have a GOOD set to begin with. We live on an acreage. Long hair and an acreage edging on the woods did not work...burrs in the hair and wood ticks in the spring. So Lady looks very neat now with being totally shaved except for her ears, plus it makes for less fur floating around in the house for me to vacuum and sweep up.
One thing that I wish we would have done right from the beginning...Lady and all cocker spaniels are prone to ear infections and "wart" growth in their ears. Our Lady is now almost 100% deaf. The vet said we, when she was a puppy, should have pinned up her ears over her head on a regular basis so that the ear could dry out. The floppy ears are gorgeous to look at but keep the moisture in and bacteria thriving.
We love cocker spaniels and have really enjoyed ours. She gave us 3 litters of puppies and our kids really enjoyed the puppies (watching them play and interacting with them).
Are you going to have him fixed? I found it very hard to find a male cocker to mate with our female when she came into heat. Just something to think about.
such a handsome dude. My girl was a black cocker spaniel too. I had her for 17 wonderful years. She was around before my daughter and I always said the dog had seniority so be careful!
She had the problem with her ears as well. She didn't have much problems with them until she was about 12-13, however, she did develop cataracts and had a difficult time seeing since she was about 12. She learned to get around ok but it was hard to see her bump into things.
Enjoy your baby,
Seamus is a full bred American Cocker. We had another full bred black American Cocker, Jasmine, who was the love of our life that we lost last May. Seamus is helping fill the holes in our hearts, and is turning into quite the velcro baby that Jazzy before him was. He just went to the groomer for the first time yesterday and will be going every 6 weeks routinely. I hope to add a picture of him as he looks with his new "puppy" cut.
Do you have any wooden clothespins? I clip Lady's ears up over her head each time I give her our plate from our supper to lick clean. After a little while she will flip them out, but they are easy to put back on plus they don't hurt the dog, because they are clipped usually on the hair.
My daughter has in the past, used her hair elastics to put up Lady's hair. This usually lasts most of a day. Eventually the 3 or 4 elastics do come out with the activity of Lady rubbing her head on the carpet. But it does make a big difference to the ability of the ears to dry.
Lady also is getting cataracts, her eyes are just starting to cloud over. A few posts ago someone recommended Can-C for cataracts to help them go away. I wonder if it would be available in Canada and I wonder if it would work on dog's cataracts? We were told that we could have them surgically removed but... $$$?? The vet said that since the cataracts come so gradually that the dog really doesn't notice them coming and they will adjust to them being there.
Yes, a lot of times when you buy a new puppy part of the agreement is for that little visit to the vet. Lady was given to us and was 2 years old at the time and never had been fixed. Puppies were so cute and so easy to sell, people knew that cockers were so good with kids and loveable!!! Now Lady is too old to bred anymore.
Did you have Jasmine groomed every 6 weeks also? I'm sure that it won't take Seamus very long to get used to going to the groomer. It will become a part of his life, just like when I bring out the cloth bag that holds all my grooming supplies for our dog. Lady "hides". I have to go get her and once she is on the table she's okay. But boy are the bottom of her feet ticklish. The fur grows there too!! And, the fur there has to be clipped too!!
Here are more pictues of Seamus, the 4th and 5th ones are before his first grooming visit and after. I was just talking to the groomer, I didn't see her after, my husband picked Seamus up, and she just told me we acted like a trooper! One of the best puppies she has ever had for a first time visit. Thank you valleyrimgirl for the tips on keeping the ears back. www.clubphoto.com/
Jazzy never had cataracts, fortunately, and she did go to the groomer on a regular basis, she was just beautiful and I had been told several times that she was show quaility, and had several complements on her grooming. Our groomer is the best. Seamus' whole name is Dubh Seamus McMurphy Murphy. Dubh is gaelic for black.
Below is a link to more pictures of Seamus, the 4th and 5th ones are before his first grooming visit and after. I was just talking to the groomer, I didn't see her after, my husband picked Seamus up, and she just told me he acted like a trooper! One of the best puppies she has ever had for a first time visit. www.clubphoto.com/
I posted earlier, but neglected to sign in, so the post went in under "guest." You can read it below with all of the grammar mistakes!
You have the same problem as we do with taking pictures of a black dog. The eyes show up great but the rest of the body is just black. Whereas the father of Seamus is a blond cocker and all the hair shows up nicely in a picture. We bred Lady to a blond cocker and got a whole mix of colors, all solid colors, none party colored. She had puppies whose colors were blond, almost white, black and blond with white markings. How many litter mates did Seamus have?
Seamus had 7 litter mates. His mother is a beautiful black and white parti, all of the litter was parti. Some were black and brown and some, like Seamus, where mostly black with a little bit of white, but all had black as the main color. The previous litter from his mother were all black and white parti, and looked like the mother, mostly white as the dominate color.
Those almost white puppies you had must have been beautiful!
Lady had 12 puppies in her first litter (lay on one the first night and so only raised 11), she had 7 the second litter and only 3 in the third litter. The father of the third litter was black...all puppies were male and black. The first litter's father was blond...only 3 were black and the rest were a whole mix of colors. The third litter's father was red in color and we also got a whole mix of colors. It is so "neat" to see all the colors that puppies can come in.
The almost white puppy from the first litter had hair that was "different" from the rest of the litter. It's hair had a fluffy "fly away" look to it. Just like people do not all have the same hair, this one puppy was "unique". Probably some great grandparent of Lady had the same "fly away" hair.
Your dog is so-o-o cute.
We just took in a cocker spaniel that was on its way to a shelter, and she's a mop! I'm googling for a bunch of photos of how a 'low maintenance' look should be, but there's too much for 'high maintenance' looks.
Your cocker spaniel is Beautiful!! I have a black cocker and he is so loving! But he is 10 months old and I am not sure if we our going to have him fixed! Can someone please send me info. I hope its not too late to get him fixed!
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we had a black cocker years ago and she had a white streak down the front of her chest. sheba left us 10 years ago with cancer and even though we have alexx who is a chocolate/tan cocker we still miss our "little miss sheba"
here is "mama's little Alexx" opening christmas presents......she actually was going around ripping paper off presents if we didn't watch her she seems to know what christmas is about and loves getting gifts under the tree
Seamus' first Cocker Cut at 6 months old
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