|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 10:53am PST |
|Somerwynd- Tell Tail, thank you for all you information so much. It sounds as if perhaps the English Cocker or the Boykin after all are for me. I'd enjoy a "busy" dog, actually, having a few that aren't and one cattle dog mix that is pretty high drive. And I like a dog who "needs" you -- it makes me feel loved.
Unfortunately, I have little chance of fostering a Boykin here up north in Vermont. I found a lovely young adult male for adoption in Georgia, but I think he will be snapped up, no doubt. The Boykins I have met were in Florida, and were, to a dog, friendly little guys, and Boykins and English Cockers (I've only met 3) are a good size for me. I love Spaniel ears and those eyes. I like a very energetic dog -- I have ten acres of wood and field, with a stream, as well as access to a lovely park with a river. I socialize my dogs A LOT. That's very important to me, and I've had a lot of success with my timid Toller mix and my Cattle Dog mix, both of whom were older when I adopted them.
But I have a lot of time to decide. I am getting a field Golden Retriever puppy in a year and a half or so, and I will need to spend time raising him before a spaniel. Before I get the GR pup, Rolo, the Toller mix, needs a bit more work on his confidence. He's grown by leaps and bounds however.
I will probably look for a breeder return or rescue in my Spaniel, if I can find one in my Spaniel of choice. I have been very happy with my Toller mix rescue, who was tested on both aggressive and submissive dogs before I foster failed with him.
Anymore info on the various Spaniels is still wanted on this thread, I enjoy it and hope others do to. I am still somewhat interested in Fieldies and the Welsh.
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