Cocker Spaniels becoming popular following royal announcement

Friday, 9th March 2012

The number of people searching for Cocker Spaniels has increased by almost 50 per cent since it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had bought one.

According to the Kennel Club, the number of people searching its Find a Puppy Service for the breed increased by this amount in January and February compared with November and December last year.

However, the organisation is warning that this breed may not be suitable for everyone as they require a great deal of stimulation.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: "We are concerned that the popularity of particular pedigree or crossbreeds can go through the roof after they have been pictured with a celebrity owner. Kate and William have chosen a working line from the Cocker Spaniel breed, which needs lots of attention and activity and so may not be suitable for all people."

Research by the Kennel Club recently revealed that a quarter of all dog owners did very little or no research into the personality traits of a breed before buying, with many getting a breed because of the latest fashion trends.