Cocker spaniel

Score for Seniors: 75%
Activity Level: Medium daily walks
Weight: 20-31 Pounds

cocker spaniel dog with senior woman

For old people who don’t mind a slightly larger dog (usually around 20-30 pounds), the Cocker Spaniel can be a very good option.

Are Cocker Spaniels good for seniors?

Cocker Spaniels are easily trainable

They are trainable, adaptable, and will be as happy running around the yard as they will be simply snuggling on the couch. The Cocker Spaniel is a working breed which means training them is a breeze. Not only will he learn commands fast but he will thrive from training. This breed responds well to instructions and the owner will benefit even more from reward-based training.

Cocker Spaniels adapt to apartment life

They are sweet-natured dogs that are adaptable to most lifestyles. So if you are a senior living in a small apartment, you don’t have to worry about your spaniel causing trouble for the neighbors. He will not bark excessively at strangers and keep pleasing YOU as his top priority. While he doesn’t need a massive yard to play in, he does need moderate exercise to keep him healthy.

What are the downsides for seniors?

They tend to be friendly and loving so why are Cocker Spaniels not ranking higher in our list of top dog breeds for seniors?

Cocker Spaniels are high-maintenance

The main reasons are that they can be high maintenance and require daily brushing (to remove loose hair) and regular grooming and bathing. When bathing a Cocker Spaniel, you need to make sure that you use a quality shampoo and thoroughly rinse their skins as soap residues can cause irritation. Skipping their grooming sessions will result in tangles, snarls or mats in their coats.

Learn more about Cocker spaniel’s grooming on The Happy Puppy site: Cocker Spaniel Grooming Made Quick and Simple (

Cocker Spaniels also drool

Seniors considering cocker spaniels should also be aware that this breed tends to drool a lot (similar to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels), so you might end up with a lot of drool and wet spots on your clothes. Cocker spaniels are very soft, affectionate and cuddly, but might leave a spot 🙂

Learn more:

Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Information (

or view our list of the best dog breeds for seniors.

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