C. Claude Barber, Sr and a Cocker Spaniel

My father preferred cocker spaniels. I remember one from my early childhood before children crowded the space. Here’s a clipping from the Binghamton Press in 1948 in which C. Claude is selling a six-month-old. Burt just turned 18 at the time, probably living with his mother. Still, I see where his love of the breed originated.

Did Dad have Cocker Spaniels himself while growing up?