The English Cocker Spaniel has kept its strong hunting instincts and likes few things better in life than to go out in search of birds. Yet that pleasure is closely rivaled by the pleasure the dog derives from being close to family members. This is a breed that likes to be part of every family activity. He is cheerful, biddable, loyal, sensitive and playful; in short, a perfect companion for a considerate child or an adventurous adult. This is a friendly dog, whether to other dogs and pets, children, strangers, and even burglars. The English Cocker Spaniel is a pretty good watchdog, but a poor choice for a protection dog.