The average life expectancy for a Cocker Spaniel is 10 to 14 years, but don’t be surprised to find one or two squeeze out a year or two longer.
The adorable and outgoing Cocker comes with quite the laundry list of health concerns related with the breed.
Before you purchase any dog from a breeder, you should always make sure that you have the proper clearances and the right paperwork to avoid an unhealthy breed. Routine veterinarian visits are always a good idea in helping keep your pooch happy and healthy.
Cockers do have a tendency to become obese as they age. This should be avoided, and can be with a proper nutritional plan, a proactive program of exercise, etc.
On the list of health issues are:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: This condition can lead to blindness if left untreated. This bilateral degeneration of the retina causes vision loss.
- Cataracts: A cloudy condition affecting the crystalline lens of the eye which can cause partial or total opacity.
- Patellar Luxation: Dislodge knee cap from the femur. This can cause pain, lameness and severe discomfort.
- Glaucoma: Common with dogs like the Poodle and Cocker, this optical nerve disease affects fluidity in the eye, which can lead to blindness. Boston Terriers, Basset Hounds, and Cockers are consistently among the highest of breeds to inherit this disease.
- Epilepsy: Cockers and Irish Wolfhounds are prone to seizures than most breeds. Epilepsy is common with younger dogs between ten months and 3 years old.
These along with Elbow Dysplasia, Gastric Torsion, Cardiomyopathy, Ectropion, Urinary Stones, Seborrhea, Cherry Eye, Liver diseases, and especially Allergies can also be found in this breed.