Are Cocker Spaniels Good Apartment Dogs?

April 30, 2022

Deciding to get a dog is one of the most exciting things in life. They are fun, lovable, loyal, and become your very best friend. Once you get a dog, you will always have someone happily waiting for you to walk through the door.

Now that you have decided to get a dog, you have to decide what type of dog breed will best suit your lifestyle. How much space you have and how often you will be home are key things to look at.

For example, if you live in an apartment, finding an apartment-friendly dog is the top priority to make sure quality of life is met for the dog and you!

Apartment Living with Your Cocker Spaniel

If you are someone living in an apartment, you may be wary of getting a pet. However, there are plenty of dog breeds that make great apartment buddies.

Apartment dogs are just as fun, they may just need a little extra care.

As you know living in an apartment means you have a small space indoors and usually outdoor as well. But don't let that stop you from bringing home your new little pup.

Cocker Spaniels are one of the many dog breeds that need more time and attention. Or, as they would have it, exercise, and play!

Cocker Spaniels While You're Gone

There will come a time when you have to leave your new roommate alone while you are away. Whether your Cocker Spaniel is a puppy, or an adult dog will define how they react during those times.

Though they are trustworthy enough to be left alone, it is good to remember that Cocker breeds tend to have separation anxiety more so than others.

This isn't to say that you shouldn't leave them, there is no way around that factor, but easing your Spaniel into it will make his/her and your life better down the road.

Owners of Cocker spaniels can attest to this.

Cocker Spaniels and Daily Exercise

Cocker Spaniels love to run and adventure so taking them for long walks daily is a must. They are energetic dogs and being an apartment dog can take a toll if they do not have enough daily activity.

Taking a daily stroll or being sure that there is a nearby field, playing area, or yard would be sufficient for your new puppy. And hey, getting out of the apartment for a bit makes for a great day for both of you!

A Cocker Spaniels Personality

When you live in an apartment, you have a higher chance of encountering new people on a daily. Luckily, a Cocker Spaniel is a very affectionate breed making them great when greeting newcomers.

Training a Cocker Spaniel should come fairly easy. Whether it be potty training, sitting and lying down, or staying by your side while you are taking them for a walk. Cocker spaniels are considered smart and can learn quickly.

They are generally happy dogs and like to please their owners. If you have ever been around a Cocker, you know that they are gentle and like lots of love and affection.

Caring for This Breed

One thing to keep in mind is that your Cocker Spaniel will have a lot of hair. No matter if it is an American Cocker Spaniel or an English Cocker Spaniel, they can be high maintenance.

A few things that you must do to keep this dog properly cared for are regular brushing, consistent grooming, and mental stimulation.

With your dog staying in the apartment, he or she will soon get bored. Between being a puppy and a playful Cocker Spaniel, having toys that stimulate their mind and keep them occupied will go a long way.

Do Cocker Spaniel Breeds Bark a lot?

As someone wanting a quiet dog, a Cocker Spaniel would fall short on the list. All dogs bark and make noises because that is their way of communication.

A Cocker Spaniel notoriously barks more than the average dog but there are training methods to limit their barking.

For example, if you notice they like to bark when they are wanting your attention, ignore them during that time and praise them when they are quiet. Dogs can't speak; therefore, they pay more attention to actions and signals.

If you give them attention when they are barking at you, they will think that it works, but if you do the opposite, they will soon see that the barking doesn't get them what they want.


To say the least, a Cocker Spaniel is an apartment-friendly choice when looking for a dog. Although they have shown to be prone to separation anxiety and like to adventure, with plenty of outdoor time and care, a Cocker can make the very best breed to have around.

You may have to find a sporting group to take runs with or spend a little more time outside but in the end, you will not regret your short lifelong partner in crime.

A Cocker Spaniel is sure to put a smile on your face!

Allan  Noble
Hi, my name is Allan! I am the owner of Spaniel Advisor and I've got over seven years experience of owning Spaniels.  
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