Thinking of welcoming a Cocker Spaniel mix into your home? Check out 14 common Cocker Spaniel mixes and find out which hybrid to get.
These are the most common Cocker Spaniel mixes:
- Cocker Jack
- Collie Cocker
- Golden Cocker Retriever
- Siberian Cocker
- Silky Cocker
- Spaniel Pit
I encourage you to read until the end of this article. This way, you’ll get important information about each Cocker Spaniel mix. You’ll know the mix’s average size, appearance, grooming requirements, lifespan, health concerns, and more. You’ll also understand what makes each one an excellent dog.
What Cocker Spaniel Mixes Are Common?
Cocker Spaniel mixes are numerous because Cocker Spaniels are wonderful dogs. Dog lovers and reputable breeders the world over want their kind to roam around because they’re lovable companions, too. The American Kennel Club also recognizes Cocker Spaniels as a sporting breed. Here are 14 common Cocker Spaniel mixes.
A mix between a Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu is the Cock-A-Tzu. The average Cock-A-Tzu measures about 10 to 14 inches in height and weighs about 14 to 24 lbs. It’s a small dog with an unforgettable face. While cute, its look can be oddly menacing.
It features a medium-length coat that requires daily grooming. While its Shih Tzu parent is almost a non-shedder, this hybrid dog is different: it sheds hair every day. The good news? Shedding is minimal. As long as you brush its long silky hair daily, its adorable face will show.
As an “indoor” dog, you’ll often find this mix inside homes. It has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. The health concerns that you should watch out for are: Retinal Dysplasia (non-progressive eye disease affecting the retina) and Patellar Luxation (dislocation of knee caps).
An admirable trait about the Cock-A-Tzu? It’s a ball of energetic fluff. Everywhere it goes, it leaves no room for boredom. Plus, it has a gentle and affectionate nature that makes it a perfect companion for anyone who’s always home.
The Cock-A-Chon is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and Bichon Frise. The average hybrid is about 11 to 16 inches in height with a weight of 12 to 24 lbs. It looks lovable, alright. It always looks hungry, though. That, or it’s as if it needs something from you.
Because it’s part Bichon Frise, its coat can be challenging to maintain. To look its best, it needs daily grooming. Otherwise, a couple of days is all it takes for it to look unrecognizable. For starters, brush its hair and remove tangles and trapped elements every day.
It has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years. As long as you care for it in a safe and sound environment, it won’t easily get sick. It’s also best that you’re aware of these health concerns: eye conditions, ear infections, autoimmune disorders, and liver issues.
This teddy bear look-a-like’s liveliness is unlike any other small dog. It lives to play games or with its toys. It’s also a bright dog that can easily understand others (both dogs and people). It’s a fast learner, and you’ll find it a delight to train!
Together, a Cocker Spaniel and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel make a Cockalier. On average, the mix is 13 to 15 inches in height and weighs about 15 to 25 lbs. If you’re after a posh dog, this elegant hybrid is what you’d want. It has this friendly look that invites you to warm up to it.
It has wavy hair and requires regular grooming — once or twice weekly. It doesn’t need heavy grooming. However, it has a reputation for loving grooming appointments. It behaves well every time you clean its hair, clean its ears, and clip its nails.
This mix lives up to 12 to 15 years on average. Meet its exercise requirements, let it live in a peaceful house, and it’ll stay away from health issues. Specific health concerns include Canine Glaucoma (a set of eye diseases in dogs) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (degenerative disease that leads to blindness).
It’s not too energetic, compared to other Cocker Spaniel mixes. Its insistence on staying put on most occasions adds to its well-behaved temperament. Because it can show gentleness and kindness, it’s a popular pet in homes with young children and the elderly.
The Cockapoo is a mix that you get from a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. The Maxi or Standard Cockapoo is 15 inches in height and weighs about 19 lbs. It looks like a toy and is one of the most popular designer dogs out there.
It has a medium-length wavy coat that requires regular grooming. Because it’s half Poodle, it features hair that can get tangled fast. The tangles can be problematic. However, as long as you brush its hair daily and use a detangling spray regularly, you should have nothing to worry about.
The average lifespan of this hybrid dog is 13 years. For it to live a happy and long life, place it somewhere calm. Plus, be aware of specific health issues that can endanger its well-being. This includes Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Von Willebrand Disease (blood-clotting disorder).
This mix quickly hits it off with young children and the elderly. It can be needy for attention and would want you to play with it all the time. It also has a happy-go-lucky nature that makes it want to engage in every activity of the people in its environment.
5. Cocker Jack
Put a Cocker Spaniel and Jack Russell Terrier together, and the Cocker Jack is what you have. It’s about 15 inches in height and weighs about 15 to 25 lbs. Its appearance is that of a troublemaker with disheveled hair.
It features a thick coat that can be difficult to manage. It can thicken further over time and get tangles easily, considering this hybrid dog runs around a lot. It also requires frequent grooming — bathing especially. Otherwise, it’ll reek of a rotten odor.
12 to 15 years is its average lifespan. It’s a high-energy dog that, even after 10 years, it’s enthusiastic at the mere mention of a walk. Consult with a veterinarian immediately once symptoms of health issues arise. Specific health concerns include eye diseases and Hip Dysplasia (instability of hip joint).
It’s a happy and alert dog. Because its prey drive is high, keep it on a leash when you go out. If you insist on letting it loose, good luck with the possibility of a chase: it runs incredibly fast to the slightest scent of a rat!
Mix a Cocker Spaniel and Pomeranian to find the Cockeranian in front of you. It stands at about 7 to 12 inches tall and weighs about 15 lbs. When it stares at you, get ready to smile at its beautiful and cuddly face.
Like its Cocker Spaniel parent, it has curly hair. And like its Pomeranian parent, it has a fluffy coat. For it to maintain its attractiveness, it needs daily grooming. Washing and brushing its thick hair alone is a labor-intensive task.
The average lifespan of this mix is 13 years. It’s a small dog, so it’s advisable to watch out for problems with its breathing every time it runs around. Other health concerns include Entropion (eye disorder that causes eyelids to roll inward), Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle dysfunction), and Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism (retained testicles).
A small dog like this is prone to breathing difficulties, and you’d presume that you shouldn’t subject it to lengthy physical sessions because of its size. However, if you ignore exercise requirements for this kind (about 60 minutes a day), it gets anxious.
The Cockerhua is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and Chihuahua. It’s about 8 to 13 inches tall and about 10 to 15 lbs. heavy. Looking at it from afar, it can show an intimidating presence. Once you’re close to it, its cheerful and amiable demeanor comes out.
A distinguishable feature of this hybrid dog is its long, wavy triangle ears. Its coat can either be long or short, depending more on the coat length of its Chihuahua parent. To keep it looking suave, it requires regular grooming for its wavy coat.
Its average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. Like one of its parents (Chihuahua) and most small dogs, it’s in danger of developing specific health problems. This includes breathing difficulties, Tracheal Collapse (damage of breathing tube), and Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Don’t leave this dog alone for hours. Otherwise, you can worry about loud barking and howling. It’s hungry for attention. Only if you give the attention that it needs will this dog show you its lovable side: fun, warm, and affectionate!
8. Collie Cocker
What you get is the Collie Cocker if you mix a Cocker Spaniel with a Border Collie. It stands between 15 and 19 inches in height and weighs between 24 and 45 lbs. It comes with an endearing presence because of its dreamlike eyes and curly ears.
Its wavy coat is of medium length. Its fur is always of solid colors (black, white, and brown) with flecked patterning. To keep it looking as endearing and dapper, simple: groom it daily. This includes daily brushing with a firm brush.
The average lifespan of this mix is about 17 years. It can live a long, happy, and healthy life if it’s cared for properly. Specific health concerns boil down to the same problems of the dominant parent it takes after. Usually, this includes Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Hip Dysplasia.
The Collie Cocker is a smart dog. It likes to play and shower loved ones with cuddles. Because of its clinginess to loved ones, you may find it surprising to know it’s not a sociable dog. It dislikes strangers and would run away fast at the sight of unfamiliar faces.
The Cotralian, a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and Australian Shepherd, is an elegant hybrid dog. It stands about 18 inches tall and weighs somewhere around 50 lbs. Like its parents, it has short legs and wavy ears. And like its Aussie parent, it has bright blue eyes.
Its coat can be thick or thin. Either way, it’s usually of medium length with many colors forming a neat pattern. Its wavy hair doesn’t require heavy-duty grooming — weekly bathing sessions will do. Weekly sessions of nail-trimming and hair-brushing are best, too.
Its average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. To stay in excellent health, it needs plenty of water, a proper diet, and regular exercise. The specific concerns with its health include Retinal Dysplasia (non-progressive eye disease that affects the retina), Cardiomyopathy, and Familial Nephropathy (inherited and fatal kidney disease).
It’s a bright and energetic dog that requires frequent mental and physical stimulation. That’s why playing brain-training games and giving it treat-dispensing toys are your best options. It also likes to be in the company of its dog parents. Around them, it’s quick to sleep and snore loudly.
10. Golden Cocker Retriever
To get the Golden Cocker Retriever, mix a Cocker Spaniel and Golden Retriever. The average mix is about 18 inches tall and weighs between 25 to 65 lbs. It’s very “smiley.” It also has a neat appearance that makes it respectable.
The length of its wavy coat is medium or long. If you brush its hair often and get rid of trapped elements as soon as you see them, this hybrid dog will look as spectacular as ever. To keep it looking fine all the time, you should groom it weekly.
It has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If placed in a calm home, it won’t be prone to high-stress levels and other issues with its health. Specific health concerns include Hip Dysplasia and Von Willebrand Disease.
This mix is part Golden Retriever, one of the friendliest dogs on the face of the earth. You’d want to always be around it because of its kind disposition. Despite being very energetic, it stays still if its dog parents remain still.
11. Siberian Cocker
The Siberian Cocker is the offspring of a Cocker Spaniel and Siberian Husky. On average, it’s about 20 inches in height and between 25 to 50 lbs. in weight. It has a strikingly beautiful appearance. It also looks curious all the time.
It has basic grooming requirements, and as long as you provide weekly or monthly grooming, it’ll look dashing. Considering how it likes to move around, it gets dirty just as often. Once it does get dirty, be sure to bathe it, trim its hair, and brush its teeth.
10 to 13 years is the average life expectancy of this mix. Good news: this mix rarely gets sick because it moves around a lot (gets lots of physical exercise). Specific concerns with its health include Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, and Cardiomyopathy.
If it inherits more of its Cocker Spaniel parent’s nature, its intelligent and focused characteristics are useful during training. If its personality is more like its Siberian Husky parent, though, training sessions can be challenging. Regardless, its sociable nature makes its presence delightful.
12. Silky Cocker
Put together a Cocker Spaniel and Maltese to get yourself the Silky Cocker. The average mix measures about 13 inches tall and weighs about 15 lbs. It’s a small and luxurious hybrid dog that tends to appear delicate and highly pampered.
It features a silky coat, hence its name. It may be born with a smooth coat, but its coat’s texture won’t remain silky if it isn’t cared for properly. However, as long as you brush its hair daily and bathe it once weekly, there’s nothing to worry about.
The average lifespan of this hybrid dog is 12 to 15 years. Specific concerns with its health include Retinal Dysplasia, Seborrhea (skin disorder that causes flakes) and other skin problems, and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (birth defect involving poor blood flow in the heart).
A distinguishable trait in this mix is its affection towards its loved ones. It’s fond of cuddles and needy for attention. It dislikes alone time and searches for its favorite people once it feels as if it’s the only one in the room.
The Spanador is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever. On average, its height is somewhere around 20 inches with a weight between 35 to 60 lbs. It features a thick, sporty body with a thin tail that gives it a cute — and often irresistible — appearance.
It has a thick coat with wavy (and other times, curly) hair. Its hair, especially in its ears, can get tangled fast, and therefore requires weekly grooming to stay tangle-free. It also tends to smell foul if it hasn’t had a bath in weeks.
Its average life expectancy is between 12 to 14 years. It’s a fierce dog famous for its great health. Regardless, keep an eye out for these issues because the Spanador is at a higher risk of developing them: dry skin and other skin problems, Hip Dysplasia, and ear disorders.
Both of its parents are famous for their friendliness, and so you can expect the same level of goodwill from it, too. Its adventurous side and obedient nature make it one of the most beloved dogs around the world.
14. Spaniel Pit
A Cocker Spaniel and American Pitbull Terrier result in the Spaniel Pit. The average hybrid is about 18 inches in height and between 25 to 45 lbs. in weight. It has a lean body with a square head. Because of its face, it’s hard to miss its formidable presence.
It has a thick and double coat. Its hair doesn’t tangle easily unless it inherits its Cocker Spaniel parent’s wavy ears. It’s relatively low maintenance, especially in the grooming category. You just need to groom it monthly to help it maintain its killer appearance.
The average life expectancy of this hybrid dog is 15 years. Health problems specific to this mix include Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation and other knee complications, and Ichthyosis, an extremely rare skin disorder that results in improper development of the skin’s outer layer.
Training this dog is like a dream for dog parents. It’s smart and has an eagerness to it, which you can take as a sign that it wants to learn. Because it understands basic commands like “sit” and “stay” easily, it’s a perfect dog to train for first-time dog owners.
The list of Cocker Spaniel mixes doesn’t end here. Cocker Spaniels, purebred ones, are excellent dogs, and people can’t seem to get enough of them. I’ve covered 14 of the most common mixes, and there are plenty more. There are also rare mixes out there.
Regardless, each standard Cocker Spaniel mix on this list is an amazing dog. Because the breeds are common, you can often see one in the streets or on TV. You’ll also easily recognize one because of its amiable presence and long, floppy ears.
And no matter which mix you want to have, you’ll have a happy heart in the days ahead. That’s because the blood of a Cocker Spaniel is flowing through it. This means that you can enjoy the perks of a purebred Cocker Spaniel — a reliable, easy-to-train, and playful dog!
I’m Tanya. I currently live in the Philippines with 5 dogs, Jackielyn, Alex, Casey, Esteban, and Miss Cathy. When I’m not with them, I write content about them.