Cocker Spaniel laying on grass

Are Cocker Spaniels Hyper? (All You Need To Know)

Cocker Spaniel was the breed that I always wanted, and I must admit before I got mine, I was slightly concerned with the dog breed and the potential of having a hyper dog. I had visions of him running around the house non-stop, playing loop the loop around the coffee table, running up and down the stairs or barking all night long.

I have to tell you, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and this is what I learnt.

Cocker Spaniels are hyper dogs. It can be pretty daunting for new owners, even tho they are cute, fluffy and cuddly; don’t be fooled by that. The Cocker spaniel Certainly won’t be lying about all day. Generally speaking, dogs from a hunting background are usually considered hyper “full of energy”, and the Cocker Spaniel proves this. Especially puppies and young adults, they are at the height of hyper.

Their hyperactive nature will need physical and mental stimulation, which their owners must provide. Thus making them calmer, happy and generally a beautiful, loyal companion to enjoy.

Cocker Spaniels are adorable dogs; they are known for their cuteness, floppy ears and fluffing fur. Their big dog eyes are just gorgeous. They are great for kisses and cuddles! Altho, don’t be fooled. They are often very hyper and only suit a particular type of dog owner. Stimulation is vital to keep hyperactivity at bay.

Cocker Spaniels love all the affection they receive from their owners. They will undoubtedly lap up all that love from you and want more.

However, stimulation is key to making your relationship work with a Cocker Spaniel. Activities and daily routine its utmost importance.

Why are Cocker Spaniels so hyper?

If you’re wondering why they are so hyper, it’s all in their genetics. Cocker Spaniels are known and bred for assisting farmers. In particular, bird retrieving. They need to be quick on their paws, on the go continually collecting the birds for their human hunter companion.

How to calm a Cocker Spaniel?

  • Daily Exercise
  • Toys and playthings
  • Affection “only at the right time”.
  • Discipline “the right way” firm but not overly firm, they are soft natured dog’s and this will only damage their sensitive personalities.

If you have had no choice but to tell him off, make sure he knows that affection only comes when they are well-behaved. Try not to make eye contact when he has been naughty. Leave it for a short while before your back, showing them any love or affection. We all know that we can be a little soft on our dogs, especially with a Cocker Spaniels puppy dogs eyes.

Don’t only train your dog, but your guests need training as well

Another good tip: When you have guests over, make sure you get your visitors settled in before allowing your dog back into the room. Or letting guests provide them with love and smooths, the excitement of new playmates entering the house might not be contained with a Cocker Spaniel resulting in the constant loop run around the coffee table. Lol.

How often should I walk a Cocker Spaniel?

Most Cocker Spaniels are satisfied with either twice a day for 30 minutes or once a day for an hour. This should be sufficient exercise for the breed.

Why is my Cocker Spaniel so hyper even after exercise?

It may be that you already have a Cocker Spaniel, and you’re wondering why yours is still so hyper. You go for daily walkies, and you give plenty of kisses and cuddles. But they are still hyperactive! Okay, so walking a dog in itself is standard for all dogs to keep them healthy and happy. Age is a significant factor; the younger the Cocker Spaniel, the more hyper. Some suggestions below you might want to consider.

  • Try fitting in another walk, or changing the path you take whilst out walking. 
  • Trying home remedies, such as calm food, or calming plugin solutions might help
  • Get in touch with an experienced dog trainer

Just don’t give up yet, the rewards of having a Cocker Spaniel is never-ending, and it’s all about finding that right balance. It’s nothing to do with your dog’s personality or character but more to do with what they were bred to do.

When do cocker spaniels calm down?

Cocker Spaniels are always excitable, no matter how old they get. Even if a Cocker Spaniel is five months or sixteen years in age, they will have this glimmer of excitement in their eyes and remain playful until the very end!

Cocker Spaniel History

As we have already learnt so far, they were originally hunting dogs and bred for helping farmers search, retrieve game and bring them back to their owners. There first ever existence recorded was in Spain in the 14th Century.

There are two breeds of the Spaniel types: The English Cocker and the American Cocker Spaniel. Both are known as just Cocker Spaniel in their native homelands.

  1. The English Spaniels were bred and used to specifically catch Eurasian woodcock from the woods in the United Kingdom.
  2. Shortly after the American Cocker Spaniel bred specially to catch American woodcock in American woods.

Nowadays, both breeds are just family pets, and they can also be a popular choice of show dogs.

What’s the difference between an English and American Cocker Spaniel?

The difference between them: They each caught different types of games in their country of origin. One belongs in England and the other In America. The English Cocker is much bigger than the American Cocker Spaniel. Both breeds share similar coat colours and health issues, with exceptions. 

Two sitting up white American Cocker Spaniels
American Cocker Spaniel
Two English Cocker Spaniels one sitting and the other laying down
English Cocker Spaniel

Can a Cocker Spaniel be even more hyper due to an illness?

Yes, A Cocker Spaniel can be excessively hyper caused by an illness. However, it’s not because of the breed itself. Some dogs, in general, can have a nervous disorder.

If your dog has inexpediently all of a sudden become hyper and uncontrollable, not due to their environment, you must contact your vet immediately for assessment. Since dogs are unable to talk to us, they often show their communication of injury or sickness through their behaviour, which could explain why your dog is still hyper even after exercise and stimulation. We often put this just down to lousy behaviour. It’s vital to get to know your dog and spot any dangers like this.

What does hyperactive mean in a dog?

Hyperactive, also known as “hyperkinesis,” is usually when dogs show’s frantic behaviour. They have short abnormal attention spam and shows consistent extreme attention-seeking behaviour. The proper medical term is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Yes, ADHD affects us not only humans but also our pet dogs.

The good news is the Cocker Spaniel is just generally a hyper dog if left to their means. This doesn’t mean that they have ADHD. Like any other dog, thankfully, this is fixable. They need good training and a loving, supporting owner. You will get your relaxed and calm Cocker Spaniel eventually.

Will Training a Cocker Spaniel help to reduce hyperactivity?

Yes, if you are thinking of getting a Cocker Spaniel as a family pet, make sure you put this at the top of your list. Do your research on how to train a Cocker Spaniel effectively. Or, there are plenty of dog training professionals out there. If they are professionally trained and socialised from an early age, they won’t pick up any bad habits in the future. They will know what they can and can’t do.

It’s not just about training the dog, and it’s also about training for you, the owner. I try to stick to the three p’s below, even in adulthood when they continue to learn expectations from us each day.

  1. Persistent
  2. Patient
  3. Positive

You will soon reap the awards of a Cocker Spaniel pet dog.

What else can I use or give to help with a hyper Cocker Spaniel?

The regular training and love. Toys! They love playing, and their natural character is very playful. If you have kids, they make great playmates for a Cocker Spaniel. Be sure always to supervise smaller children with dogs. Natural Remedies for Hyperactive Dogs can also help with hyper dogs. 

Any good dog parent will tell you to have a positive mindset, which can go a long way when dealing with a hyper Cocker Spaniel.

Is age a factor for Cocker Spaniel’s hyperactivity?

Yes, age can undoubtedly play a role in hyperactivity. Puppies general have higher energy along with young adults, and they both require extra mental and physical stimulation to aid with being less hyper.

Older Cocker Spaniels require less physical exercise than humans when we get older. However, mentally, they still need comfort toys. 

As you can see, the Cocker Spaniel can be complex throughout each age group, but certainly, don’t let this put you off. They are incredibly rewarding as a family pet.

A Boy Cocker spaniel sitting up
Cocker Spaniel

Are boys more hyper than Cocker Spaniel girls?

No, generally, both sexes are no more or no less however individual dogs, regardless of gender, will be different.

Cocker Spaniels top Six characteristics

  1. Hyper
  2. Playful
  3. Cuddly
  4. Soft-natured & Friendly
  5. Good with children
  6. Trainable

Cocker Spaniel extra details

These may help decide if they are suitable pets for you and your family.

  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
  • Colours: Black, Blue Roan, Black & Tan, Orange Roan
  • Weight: Female: 12–15 kg, Male: 13–16 kg
  • Temperament: Affectionate, Playful, Friendly, Faithful, Quiet, Trainable
  • Height: Female: 36–41 cm, Male: 38–43 cm
  • Minimum exercise (per day): 1 hour
  • Minimum cost (per month): £80
  • Average weight: 13-14.5 kg
  • Average lifespan: Over ten years

I hope after reading this, you can now ask answer these questions with a proper understanding of the breed. Would a Cocker Spaniel suit your family home? Can you give them the attention that they need and deserve?


The Cocker Spaniel needs, love attention and training. Get this wrong, and you could be in for tough, stressful times ahead with your new arrival. However, I’m sure you won’t have any troubles with all that we have spoken about. Understandably, any dog breed can be a struggle at first. Remember the three p’s. Persistent, Patient and Positive.

Cocker Spaniels make beautiful pets and make any owner fall in love with them.

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