40-65 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Chinese Shar-Pei

The Cocker-Pei is a designer breed resulting from the combination of the Cocker Spaniel and Shar-Pei.  He is a large, stocky dog with short smooth hair. His sweet wrinkly face will melt your heart. He is a low maintenance dog as far as grooming and care, and is low shedding.  The Cocker-Pei has a low to moderate energy level. Because they are a mixed breed, they are unable to join the American Kennel Club.  Due to his size and unpredictability around younger kids, he should be supervised when interacting with children. Owners of the Cocker-Pei say he is a joy to own but should not be considered if you are adopting your first dog.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel, Chinese Shar-Pei

Cocker-Pei Health

Average Size
Male Cocker-Pei size stats
Height: 18-21 inches Weight: 40-65 lbs
Female Cocker-Pei size stats
Height: 18-21 inches Weight: 40-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Atopy
Minor Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Seborrhea
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Skin Scrape

Cocker-Pei Breed History

Because the Cocker-Pei is a very modern breed, documentation on their history is limited to none. However, the Cocker Spaniel’s roots date back to the mid 1800’s.  The Cocker Spaniel was trained to flush out the woodcocks from its hiding place. The first Cocker Spaniel came to the United States in the early 1600s. and was officially added to the American Kennel Club roster in 1878. It is the smallest member of the Sporting group. The American Spaniel Club was formed in 1881 and is considered the oldest breed club in the United States. The Cocker Spaniel was the most popular dog breed in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. The Cocker Spaniel has won the Westminster’s Best of Show award 4 times. In 1944, a Cocker Spaniel image was used on the Coppertone billboards.  Disney’s animated classic, Lady in the Tramp was released in 1955.  Lady was a beautiful animated Cocker Spaniel. The Shar-Pei is an ancient breed that originated in China. During the Han Dynasty, they were used as fighting dogs. Eventually they became beloved companions to Chinese emperors. When the People’s Republic of China was established, the Communist rulers were against their people owning dogs as companions. They demanded that all pets should be slaughtered.  Thankfully, some Shar-Peis survived and the breed survived in British Hong Kong and in Taiwan. A few Shar-Peis were imported to the United States from stock registered with the Hong Kong Kennel Club. The Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America was organized in 1974. The Shar-Pei was accepted into the American Kennel Club’s in 1988. 

Cocker-Pei Breed Appearance

The Cocker-Pei will have physical characteristics of both the Cocker Spaniel and the Shar-Pei. They will be a medium to large-sized dog and will weigh between 40 and 65 pounds. Most hybrids will have a cute and wrinkly face and a short smooth coat. They may have either a black or pink nose. Their eyes may be dark or green in color. The Cocker-Pei has floppy ears. If they take more after their Shar-Pei side, they will have a strong bite and large webbed paws. The tail may be medium to long.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cocker-Pei eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cocker-Pei nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Cocker-Pei coat
brown Cocker-Pei coat
black Cocker-Pei coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Cocker-Pei straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cocker-Pei Breed Maintenance

The Cocker-Pei usually has a short smooth coat.  A slicker brush will work well to remove loose hair. If the coat is a bit longer and tends to tangle, the pin brush can be used. Depending on the length of your hybrid's ears, he may need to have them cleaned and checked for debris every week; some members of the Cocker Spaniel breed have a tendency to get ear infections. Additionally, the skin may be sensitive - when bathing, using a gentle veterinarian approved shampoo. Trim the nails of your hybrid as needed, usually twice a month unless they wear down naturally. The teeth should be maintained with a thorough brushing two or three times a week.

Brushes for Cocker-Pei
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Cocker-Pei requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cocker-Pei Temperament

The Cocker Spaniel is a social, friendly and affectionate breed. They are sweet, gentle and good with children. If they are socialized at an early age, they are usually good with other dogs. The Cocker Spaniel is eager to please and easily trained.  The Cocker Spaniel is energetic, curious and loves to explore. The Shar-Pei is independent, confident and strong willed. They do not require a lot of attention or exercise.  They are content to play with their chew toys in the comfort of the home. The Shar-Pei may have a hunting instinct though, so your Cocker-Pei should not be walked off leash. Early socialization with other dogs and children is important. Because the Shar-Pei parent can be dog aggressive and leery of strangers, care must be taken during introductions. The Shar-Pei is better with older children, not small toddlers. Your hybrid, being a combination of these personalities should be socialized to accept children of all ages but should never be left alone with them. Your Cocker-Pei should be a good watchdog as well as companion.

Cocker-Pei Activity Requirements

The Shar-Pei tends to have a low energy level and the Cocker Spaniel is more energetic. Your Cocker-Pei may have a low to moderate energy level, though when he is a puppy he will be more energetic and will need more exercise.  The Shar-Pei side of the mix can be more laid back which can cause him to gain weight. Daily walks and exercise are required to prevent obesity. Both the Cocker Spaniel and the Shar-Pei are susceptible to heat and a dog that overheats can have a heat stroke.  During the hot summer months, your hybrid should be walked on shady streets. The Cocker-Pei is happiest in a home with a fence in yard that allows him to enjoy the pleasures of digging and exploring.  Do not leave your pet unattended however, as he may dig his way out.

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

Cocker-Pei Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Cocker-Pei Owner Experiences

4 Years
5 People
Buddy was easy to train. He loves when you chase him to take his toy from him. He is very protective with everyone in the family. Especially with me the Momma of the family.
5 years, 7 months ago
8 Months
4 People
House & Yard
sweet but ornery. likes to be able to see everyone. very loving
4 years, 6 months ago
13 Years
5 People
House & Yard
he loves to cuddle
Venom was an amazing dog. We had him for so many years and never gave us any issues. He was trained very well with children of all ages since the day he came home. He was very protective of our home, but never ever gave us any problems. Everyone just loved him. We miss him terribly. As for his name our boys when they were younger loved SpiderMan and so Venom tried to nibble on my sons finger and said he acts like Venom in SpiderMan. Hence the name. Lol. It was very hard when he moved on to heaven. But! Hopefully one day we can afford to have another Cocker-Pei. With very good training they are great family members.
3 years, 7 months ago
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