I know I said "HELL NO" to a puppy.
But I was trolling puppyfind.com (I think nine times out of 10 ... it's a listing site for hobby breeders) and stumbled across this little girl:
Except for one thing: those beautiful blue eyes were likely caused by the dilute gene known as "merle" ... a coat pattern that is not accepted in the breed by AKC or the American Spaniel Club. I've heard it rumored that merles are more likely than non-merle dogs to have hearing and vision problems, and since those issues are already prevalent within the Cocker Spaniel breed ... it makes me hesitate with this particular dog.
But isn't she pretty to look at?!
My favorite coat color across all dogs? Hands down bar-none is chocolate. Love it. And not because I've secretly wanted to name my dog "Scooby Doo."