10-20 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Japanese Chin
Cocker Chin

The Chin-Ocker is a hybrid of the Japanese Chin and the Cocker Spaniel. A wonderful companion, this sweet and gentle mix is perfect for families and adaptable to apartment living. Though not much is known on the hybrid, the parent breeds are known for their friendly personalities and beauty. The Chin-Ocker will need daily grooming in order to keep his coat at its best. This sensitive dog can sometimes be slightly submissive and often has a tendency to be shy. The right family, willing to show affection and give time to the breed, will find this one the perfect addition to the home.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin and Cocker Spaniel

Chin-Ocker Health

Average Size
Male Chin-Ocker size stats
Height: 13-14 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female Chin-Ocker size stats
Height: 13-14 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Atopy Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Shoulder Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Chin-Ocker Breed History

The Chin-Ocker is a hybrid of the Japanese Chin and the Cocker Spaniel. The mix makes a wonderful companion dog although he does not have a long and well-known history. Owners can look at the history of the breed parents to understand the background of this hybrid. The Japanese Chin is an ancient breed that most likely originated from the Chinese Imperial Court as a highly prized dog. The breed gains its name from Japan, where it was gifted to the emperor and was not looked uopn like other dogs, but as a separate being; chin in Japanese. The Japanese bred the dog Chin with small Spaniel-like dogs to achieve the modern-day look of the breed. The Japanese Chin was not known outside of the island nation until the 19th Century when Commodore Matthew Perry introduced a trading relationship between Japan and the West. Afterward, the Japanese Chin became a status symbol of wealth and nobility in the West and was known as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888. The Cocker Spaniel is part of the much larger Spaniel family. The Spaniel family was originally divided into two groups, the Water Spaniels and the Land Spaniels. Smaller in size, Cocker Spaniels belonged to the land group. The Cocker Spaniel was bred for its excellent hunting abilities. Spaniel indicates Spain, the region all Spaniels developed in before being moved to other areas of the world. The Cocker Spaniel gained a lot of popularity in the 1800s. Popularity and showmanship of this wonderfully conformed breed turned the focus away from hunting and more towards show. Today, the Chin-Ocker is a part of the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dog Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry. This hybrid can easily adapt to different sized living environments and makes a great addition to the family. 

Chin-Ocker Breed Appearance

The Chin-Ocker has a compact body and is sturdy. They have strong muscles and typically do not weigh more than 15 pounds when fully grown. The head is round with a short length muzzle and a cute black nose. The face most resembles the Japanese Chin with round shaped dark eyes. The ears are long, falling down the head with a wavy look. The Chin-Ocker’s legs sturdier than the Japanese Chin, thanks to the Cocker Spaniel parent and this hybrid can weigh up to 25 pounds, putting it close to the medium-sized category. Cream, pied and white are the colors seen in this hybrid.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chin-Ocker eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chin-Ocker nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Chin-Ocker coat
white Chin-Ocker coat
pied Chin-Ocker coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Chin-Ocker wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chin-Ocker Breed Maintenance

The Chin-Ocker is not a hypoallergenic hybrid though the Cocker Spaniel is considered hypoallergenic. This breed does not shed much but requires frequent grooming and brushing to keep its medium to long length hair shiny and free of mats. Grooming around the ears is of particular importance given the Chin-Ocker’s predisposition for ear infections. Regular ear flushing with a veterinarian approved solution is also needed to remove any built-up wax, dirt, or debris. The Chin-Ocker’s hair may continuously grow if the mix leans toward the Cocker Spaniel parent and since it does not shed you will have to stay diligent on grooming practices. Avoid bathing your Chin-Ocker and stick to frequent brushing to distribute natural oils, remove dead and loose hair, and remove dirt and debris from the coat. Regular nail trimming and teeth cleaning will also keep your Chin-Ocker in good health.

Brushes for Chin-Ocker
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Chin-Ocker requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chin-Ocker Temperament

The Chin-Ocker is an energetic, friendly dog. Sensitive to the emotions of their owners, they are sweet and loveable. The Chin-Ocker is better suited for older children rather than small, young kids as their sensitivities may include fear of noises and children. However, the Chin-Ocker is tolerably friendly toward strangers, but the Japanese Chin parent adds an element of leeriness while the Cocker Spaniel parent adds shyness and timidity. Early exposure to many different people, animals, and places will help the Chin-Ocker develop higher confidence and proper socialization. The Chin-Ocker gets along well with dogs and may even find a friend in the family cat. Firmness, yet gentleness in voice and action, will allow your Chin-Ocker to excel at obedience and training. Eager to please, they will listen to instruction but may show behavioral changes if kindness is left out of the mix.

Chin-Ocker Activity Requirements

The Chin-Ocker loves to be busy but can happily live in an apartment type setting if getting out and about is included on a regular basis. The Chin-Ocker is a mix of two breeds with varying exercise needs. Despite the different energy needs, the intensity of exercise doesn’t have to be great. Mental and physical stimulation are both important, however. Smaller Chin-Ockers will need less exercise since they often resemble Japanese Chins. However, larger Chin-Ockers require more exercise, but a quick run in the yard and a mentally and physically engaging game will satisfy. A mental workout can include partaking in activities that work the body and mind together. This energy output will help keep your Chin-Ocker content and free of behavioral disorders.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Chin-Ocker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Chin-Ocker Owner Experiences

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