The Bocker is a mix between a Beagle and a Cocker Spaniel. They are usually small and compact but muscular with medium to long fur that can come in almost any color. Although they can be used for hunting, this hybrid is usually sought for use as a family pet due to their lovable and loyal disposition. This breed is lively but obedient and can be trained fairly easily so they are good for first time owners. The Bocker is an intelligent dog that gets along well with children and other pets. Also, even though they are not aggressive, they make good guard dogs because they will protect their owners.
Date of Origin
Beagle, Cocker Spaniel
Bocker Breed History
To understand the Bocker history you will have to know the history of the parent breeds, the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel. The Beagle is one of the oldest known breeds, originating in the 1300s and being used in England in the 14th century for rabbit hunting. According to some, Beagle comes from the Celtic word “small” but others say the name comes from a French word that means open throat. This is in reference to their tendency to howl or bay. The origin of the breed is not recorded well but it is believed to have been from pack hounds in England during Roman times. They were almost exclusively used for hunting and were called pocket-sized dogs because they were so small. In fact, they only averaged about nine inches tall at the time. They came to the United States in 1642 although they were not much like the English version of the Beagle. They were bigger and looked more like a Basset Hound. The Beagle was accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885 and is the 5th most popular dog in the United States. The Cocker Spaniel originated in the 1800s in the United States for flushing and retrieving birds. In fact, their name “cocker” stands for woodcock, which is a type of bird they were good at hunting. There are two types of Cocker Spaniel; the American and the English, which were considered the same breed until the AKC separated them in 1935 although the Cocker Spaniel breed was recognized in 1878. They are the 29th most popular dog breed in the United States.
Bocker Breed Appearance
The Bocker is a small sized dog with a fluffy coat of medium to long fur that can come in almost any color. However, the most common colors are black, merle, white, and brown with tricolor or bicolor patterns. Some may have a solid coat like the Cocker Spaniel and others may have the spotted or tricolored coat from the Beagle. They have large and furry pendulous ears and a square head with a medium sized snout and kind, intelligent eyes. The Bocker has short and muscular legs and large feet with a short to medium length tail that may curl over the back.
Bocker Breed Maintenance
Since the Bocker has medium to long silky fur, it is important to brush them at least two or three times per week using a stiff bristle brush and metal comb. Do not pull on mats or tangles with the comb. It is better to use your fingers to untangle the fur and then brush it out. Due to their long ears, you need to check them once a week for dirt, wax, and redness. In addition, clean them with a soft cloth or cotton ball and a mild cleanser recommended by your veterinarian. Clip their toenails when needed and brush their teeth at least two times a week.
Bocker Activity Requirements
Because both of the parent breeds are docile and friendly, the Bocker makes an excellent family pet for anyone, including those with children and other pets. The Bocker is smart and loyal and will do whatever it takes to please their owners so training is usually pretty easy. However, you have to be consistent or the Cocker Spaniel in your Bocker will try to take advantage of you. Socializing them early is important to help them get along well with other dogs at the dog park. They enjoy to be cuddled and loved and will patiently endure a child’s attention for hours. However, it is never a good idea to leave a small child alone with any dog.
Bocker Owner Experiences
Playing with her rope
Sweet, loving, gentle, can chew threw anything. But very loyal and loves her brother.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
shes a very energetic dog
1 year, 2 months ago
can do many tricks dances high five rolls over
Sweet smart loyal funny can be clingy and temperamental also can chew through any toy even Kong's ,sheds A lot cute funny and loves other dogs