Why we love Cocker Spaniels

Cocker Spaniels are gentle and loving dogs that can make great family pets. They can be very open to meeting both new dogs and humans (if they’re socialised well), which can make them a popular pooch, but not such a great choice if you’re looking for a wallflower.


They get their name from the woodcock bird, as they were originally trained to hunt them

Known as ‘merry cockers’ due to their non-stop wagging tails

In 2005 a Cocker Spaniel named Tangle was the first dog to be successfully trained to detect cancer

What does John Lewis Pet Insurance include?

Pet insurance could give you peace of mind if your Cocker Spaniel were to become unwell. John Lewis Pet Insurance offers six different Vet Fee cover levels, ranging from £2,000 - £12,000 per year.


Our Pet Insurance includes:


Annual Online Health Checks

Provided by vetfone™, one of the UK’s most trusted pet advice services, who can help you to spot any potential health issues. This is a service to complement your normal annual physical check up with your vet.


Lifetime Cover 

If your pet develops a long-term, chronic illness, there’s no limit to the length of treatment as long as there’s no break in your cover.

Learn about our Lifetime Cover

24/7 vetfone™ helpline

Around the clock access to fully trained veterinary nurses to get the advice and reassurance you need, when you need it.


Dental treatment

Our comprehensive cover provides routine treatments and emergency care, ranging from tooth decay and gum disease to post-illness teeth removal.*


Treatment foods

If prescribed by your vet, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Complementary therapies

Whether carried out by your vet or by a specialist under your vet’s direction, we could pay up to £1,500 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Behavioural treatment

If your vet suggests some behaviour training, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.

*For dental care up to your chosen Vet Fee limit. If your pet has a dental check every 12 months: once it has had its first check and your vet has done any necessary work, should your pet suffer from tooth decay or gum disease before the next 12-month check, or if tooth decay or gum disease are seen at the time of the next check, we pay. If your pet doesn’t have a check every 12 months, or if the work required is not done, we will only pay; 

1) For teeth or gums if they are damaged in an accident,

2) If an underlying illness causes tooth decay or gum disease, or

3) To remove teeth as treatment of an illness which is not gum disease or tooth decay.


Average treatment costs

The price of treatment for unwell pets can depend on the breed and age of your four-legged friend, along with the fees set by your vet. By taking out pet insurance, you won’t be faced with paying the bill alone if your dog needs treatment for any new conditions that are covered by your policy.

To help give you an idea of what you might need, we’ve listed some of the recent claims made by our current customers by price and condition. All of the conditions mentioned can affect Cocker Spaniels, but it doesn’t mean your dog will experience any or all of them.

Data between January 2021 - February 2023:

Condition Average cost with
John Lewis Pet Insurance
Lameness £1,262.33
Poisoning £552.62
Foreign body - gastric £1,352.72
Wound £573.93
Grass Seed £472.55
Vomiting £627.29
Lump £653.21
Tumour £1,252.97
Lipoma £738.62
Gastro-enteritis £783.93

95% of all Pet Insurance claims through John Lewis Pet Insurance were paid within 5 days between May 2023 and October 2023.


Yes, Cocker Spaniels have long, silky fur that does shed, so they can’t be considered hypoallergenic dogs.

Cocker Spaniels will stop growing between one and two years old. They will reach their maximum height around their first year, but their muscles will continue to develop for longer.

Yes, typically, Cocker Spaniels respond very well to training as they’re very smart and love to please their owners.

This article is for promotion or information purposes only. You must not rely on it for advice.

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