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You know you're a Spaniel owner when....

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These wonderful creatures are absolutely brimming with energy, and widely known for being amongst the most affectionate dog breeds known to man. So whether a loopy Working Cocker rules your roost or if you’re the proud owner of a cuddly Cavalier King Charles, here are just some of the tell-tale signs that you’ve officially joined the crazy club.

1.      Chewed up tennis balls can be found all over the house

2.      You spend your evenings combing long ears in front of the TV

Spaniel ears

3.      The postman has a handful of treats ready when you answer the front door. The postman knows the drill

4.      The tops of your jeans are usually decorated in paw prints before you leave the house

5.      You have to buy special food and water bowls – or devise other methods for keeping those ears clean and dry

Spaniel Feeding

6.      A doorbell ringing causes complete mayhem

7.      The sunniest spot in your garden is always occupied

Spaniels in the Sun

8.      Your windowsills have paw prints on them

Spaniel Window Sill

9.      Your windows have slobbery nose prints on them

10.  Your kids grew up accustomed to being knocked over by enthusiastic wagging. And being licked a lot

11.  You can’t even sneak off to the loo without an audience

12.  But there’s always someone who loves you lying at your feet, or keeping your spot on the sofa nice and warm

Spaniel & Sofa

13.  Being stared at while you eat is totally normal

14.  Being drooled at while you eat does not phase you anymore

15.  You consider taking out shares in ear drops

16.  Any other breed of dog seems so incredibly... calm

Flying Spaniels

17.  Wagging tail = entire wagging body

18.  You spend more money with the mobile dog groomer than you do at the hair salon

Keep Calm Spaniel Mug

19.  The sound of a lead or whistle being picked up causes off-the-scale levels of excitement: shaking, whining, bouncing and barking

20.  Nobody bothers wearing white trousers to your house anymore

21.  You can tell a Springer from a Cocker and a Cavalier from a Clumber with your eyes shut

What sort of Spaniel is this?

22.  Your carpets swiftly return to the colour of your dog within minutes of hoovering

23.  Winter walks involve calling your dog away from thickets, followed by the the sound of pheasants flapping in the air

24.  Whatever fun new toy you introduce them to, they’d rather chew your favourite shoe. Or sticks.

Spaniel Sticks

25.  No walk of any length or duration – even with swimming included -  will tire them out

Holly the Psycho Spaniel


26.  You’re a sucker for those sad, Spaniel eyes. And boy, do they know it!

Spaniel Eyes


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Alice West

Alice West lives in Buckinghamshire and is the proud owner of two gorgeous black Working Cocker Spaniels called Maisie and Dotty, and a one-year-old human called Matilda. Dotty came from Maisie's first litter of puppies - all girls - born in December 2013.

Running a copywriting business from home means Alice can enjoy lovely dog walks on her lunch break, and is distracted frequently by Spaniels chewing her shoes, begging for food and fighting over toys. She works Maisie and Dotty on a very sympathetic local shoot in the winter months. 

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