Do Cocker Spaniels Like To Cuddle?

I have children, and I am looking to bring a dog into the family.  I want a dog that isn’t too big for us to handle.  I also want a dog that is cuddly and friendly, one that the kids can enjoy.  I know each dog breed has its characteristics regarding temperament and personality. Still, I don’t know much about the Cocker Spaniel.  I need to know if the Cocker Spaniel likes to cuddle?

Excited to learn more, I spoke to Cocker Spaniel owners and researched the internet and books.  Please take a look at what I discovered.

Do Cocker Spaniels Like to Cuddle?

Do Cocker Spaniels Like to Cuddle?  Yes, the Cocker Spaniel likes to cuddle.  The Cocker Spaniel is a perfect breed of dogs for those looking to have a faithful furry companion who loves nothing more than spending time with them. 

With a sweet temperament and playful, loving personality, they enjoy nothing more than spending the day beside their owner or family being active and snuggling up for some cuddle time and attention.  For those individuals and families that want a dog with a sensitive personality, this breed will be a perfect addition to the family.

The Cocker Spaniel is a very sensitive breed of dog that needs love, affection, and gentle handling to thrive.  This softness of personality means that they need to be treated with kindness and respect physically, mentally, and emotionally.

It also means that they are the kind of dog that loves nothing more than sitting beside their owner, snuggled up enjoying time spent together.  Owners will find that they try to get so close that they are trying to velcro themselves to their owner.  This closeness is just them expressing how much they love their owner.

They make a great breed of dog for single people who want a companion they can dote on and share affection.  In return, the Cocker Spaniel will offer quality cuddle time often.

For those who love wet doggie kisses, this is a breed that will be all too happy to share kisses with them.  Cuddles and kisses are a must for a Cocker Spaniel.

Cocker Spaniels also have that puppylike quality that never leaves them.  This endearing but sometimes exhausting quality will make you want to cuddle them, which they will welcome wholeheartedly.

There will also be moments where the Cocker Spaniel will watch their owner, or anyone around and see if they are open to sharing a loving moment.  The Cocker Spaniel will watch facial expressions and eyes to determine the person’s mood, then proceed at will.

In what ways do Cocker Spaniels cuddle?

  • Kisses
  • Hugs
  • Licks
  • Sitting or Laying on Laps
  • Resting body parts across humans
  • Sleeping with

These are just some ways that the Cocker Spaniel loves to cuddle, each one will have their own unique way of expressing love.

Why is it that the Cocker Spaniel is so cuddly?

No one knows for sure why the Cocker Spaniel is so cuddly.  So believe it has to do with their heritage as a gundog.  The Cocker Spaniel’s heritage required them to be around their caregiver, and human’s.

This constant contact between Cocker Spaniel and humans allowed them to form a close bond often helpful in this sport.

What can make a Cocker Spaniel refuse to cuddle?

Nothing will make the Cocker Spaniel refuse to cuddle.  While bred to be hunting dogs, their personality is that of companion, loving, happy, and cuddly.

They do have a sensitive and timid personality that can make frightened or nervous at times.  This sensitivity can affect how they feel, making them appear to be less likely to cuddle at certain times.

During these moments, owners should be sensitive to the Cocker Spaniel. Owners should provide extra love, attention, and cuddles to help them deal with and triggers in their environment that can make them feel uncomfortable.

Owners should accomplish this task by discovering the source of their worries.  Perhaps the door was slammed in the house too loudly, or the cat jumped out at them.  While some issues are uncontrollable, others can.  If they are scared of the doorbell, perhaps disconnecting it would make them feel better.

If they appear to be less cuddly than usual on a given day, an owner should provide extra attention.   Taking extra time to sit beside them, pet them, and cuddle while providing distraction can help ease these worries and fears.  Socialization at an early puppy age can help manage these fears and difficulties.

Owners may find that the Cocker Spaniel clings to them even more during these times of stress.  None the less, the Cocker Spaniel always loves to cuddle and snuggle regardless of the reason.

Does health factor into the Cocker Spaniel’s ability to cuddle?

Yes.  Health, as stated above, can factor into whether the Cocker Spaniel wants to cuddle.  If they are hurting in some way or have existing or undiagnosed health issues, these can factor in.

Even humans get less cuddly when they are unwell.

The severity of the Cocker Spaniels ailment will determine how they react.  Each dog has a unique personality and temperament that responds differently. At the same time, the Cocker Spaniel breed as a whole won’t refuse to cuddle, ever.  There may be some occasions where a dog or two will be less cuddly than another.

What are some ways to increase cuddle time with a Cocker Spaniel?

There are numerous ways to increase the amount of cuddle time spent with a Cocker Spaniel.

One such way is to increase the amount of time spent sitting or relaxing.  If the Cocker Spaniel is resting on the couch, and their owner is always busy doing things, the two are less likely to connect and share special moments.

Like spending time with children or other loved ones, setting aside a particular time to connect and cuddle with the Cocker Spaniel will regularly promote more time.  Scheduling in special moments throughout the day can help.

An after breakfast game of ball followed by some cuddle time will be helpful.   Hugs and kisses first thing in the morning and before bed can help keep the love alive.  This attention will help the Cocker Spaniel to feel a strong bond between them and their owner.

Keep in mind; this breed requires a lot of attention, affection, and cuddling.

What about dog owners that are to busy to spend time cuddling?

If a potential dog owner is looking to adopt a Cocker Spaniel, they need to invest time.  If the individual doesn’t have the time to cuddle and spend with them, then perhaps another breed should be chosen.  Love and affection are very much a part of this breeds list of needs, and in return, they will offer everyone lots of love and cuddles.

Potential dog owners can also find many ways to sneak in extra moments of love with the Cocker Spaniel.  If the individual or family spends a lot of time away from home or is very active, this breed can fit that lifestyle.

They are full of energy and will adapt well to life on the go. They have a comfortable means of traveling with their owner and plenty of snacks, water, toys, and bathroom breaks.

Do Cocker Spaniels Like to Cuddle?

When their owner goes for a jog or needs to visit a friend or relative, they can tag along, provided no one is allergic.  They are social and get along well with other dogs, animals, and humans.  Their carefree personality can make travel and socializing a breeze since they will likely become everyone’s friend.

Does the Cocker Spaniel cuddle more when they are a puppy, adult, or senior?

The Cocker Spaniel will be just as cuddly from one stage to the next.

When they are a puppy, they will thrive and grow strong and healthy in the security of loved ones who meet their needs, including the need for lots of cuddle time.

As adults, they will readily share more than enough cuddles for everyone.  This love can be over the top if there is such a thing with this adorable and loving dog breed!

As a senior or older dog, the Cocker Spaniel will need just a much attention and love as their younger counterparts.  Their advanced age and potential for health-related issues will increase, which means that they will want to spend more time with their owners if that’s possible.

In Conclusion

While many dog breeds love attention and to cuddle, the Cocker Spaniel is at the top of that list.

With that adorable face and oh so cuddly fur, everyone they meet will want to sit down and feel the love.

For those of us humans that find this type of neediness too much to bear, they should consider another breed of dog.  Their cuddling is as much a part of them as licking, eating, and playing.

When they have crossed that line of WAY too much love, after that goodnight lick, cover your head with a pillow.   This moment will give you time to figure out how you’re going to get to the bathroom without them waking up!

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer loves animals! She currently has two dogs and three cats. Jennifer used to work in animal rescue but she brought too many of them home so she had to stop. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge for all kinds of pets. She has been part of the Embora Pets team since 2018.

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