Hi, I would really like a working cocker spaniel but read so much about how incredibly non-stop high-energy they are that it is putting me off a bit. I Have had two dogs in my life, first a mixed breed rescue dog (very distantly related to a Border Collie perhaps) and then a Labrador, so I’m not exactly a novice owner. I had them both well trained; I wouldn’t have won any awards at obedience classes, but reckon I was at the “Gold Citizen Award” standard. I also have a lot of time on my hands now my kids have left home and I am winding down the work I do (I work from home - private Maths tuition). My husband and I love spaniels and would like a Cocker due to it being smaller (we’re downsizing our house) than a Springer. We live in then country and enjoy lots of walks and I am looking forward to having a dog to train and to teach it tricks and do agility and scent work. I’m always watching YouTube videos on how to train different things, I enjoy spending time with my dog doing this sort of thing and now I have the time I feel a working cocker would be right for us. However, what I would like to know is that when all the fun is over, will the dog settle down quietly in the house? I’ve read some blogs where owners are saying their dog never ever tires and constantly pesters them for attention, and that is putting me off a bit. But are these just first time owners saying these things or are working cockers a definite nightmare to settle down in the house. Are they any worse than labradors? I MUCH prefer the look of them to a Show cocker, so would really like to get a working cocker. Just a bit nervous about it. Should I go for Show even though I don’t like their appearance half as much?