Cocker Pug

18-35 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Pug is a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and the Pug. Because two pure breeds were intentionally bred to create the Cocker Pug, he is considered a designer breed.  The Cocker Spaniel is a medium size dog and the Pug breed is a small breed. resulting in a small to medium size hybrid.  The Cocker Pug’s coat may be smooth or wavy and medium to long in length.  His coat will require regular brushing. The Cocker Pug is affectionate, friendly, adaptable and loves to spend time with his owners. They are intelligent, and quick to learn and train, although his Pug side may make him a little stubborn. They are good with children and make wonderful family pets. The Cocker Pug can easily live in an apartment, as long as he gets daily exercise.

Date of Origin
Cocker Spaniel, Pug

Cocker Pug Health

Average Size
Male Cocker Pug size stats
Height: 12-18 inches Weight: 18-35 lbs
Female Cocker Pug size stats
Height: 12-18 inches Weight: 18-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopy Dermatitis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Murmur
  • Mast Cell Tumors
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Kidney Disease
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • Allergy Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Biopsy
  • Eye examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Serum Chemistry Tests

Cocker Pug Breed History

Because the Cocker Pug is a new designer breed, their documented history is limited to none but we can look into his parent's origins for insight into this attractive hybrid. The Cocker Spaniel’s roots date back to the mid 1800’s in the United Kingdom.  The Cocker Spaniel was trained as a hunting dog who would flush out the Eurasian Woodcocks from their hiding place so that the hunter could shoot the bird. Because they hunted the Woodcocks they were called the "Cocker". It is believed that the first Cocker Spaniel came to America on the Mayflower in 1620 with the Pilgrims. When the Cocker Spaniel was bred in the United States, their standards were different than the English Cocker Spaniel. The Cocker Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 and is the smallest member of the "Sporting Group". The American Spaniel Club was formed in 1881 and is considered the oldest canine breed club in the United States. In 1946, the American Cocker Spaniel was recognized as separate from the English Cocker Spaniel. The Cocker Spaniel has won the Westminster’s Best of Show award 4 times and have been beloved companions to Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Haywood.  They also have been featured on billboards and in Disney movies. The Pug is an ancient dog breed that dates back to 400 B.C. and it is believed the breed originated in China. Pugs were bred to be companions for the royal family and were guarded by the emperor's soldiers. Tibetan Buddhist monks also kept Pugs as their companions in their temple. Brought into Europe in the sixteenth century, they became quite popular in the European courts. During the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria bred her Pugs and gave the puppies as gifts to other members of royalty. Because of her love and involvement with the breed, the United Kingdom Kennel Club was formed in 1873. Pugs first came in to the United States during the nineteenth century and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885. Pugs have been loving companions to celebrities, writers, designers and artists such as Robin Williams, Billy Joel, Hugh Laurie, Valentino, Andy Warhol, Norman Mailer, George Clooney and Paul Smith. 

Cocker Pug Breed Appearance

Your Cocker Pug may have physical characteristics of both his parents. Even among the same litter the puppies can differ in appearance. The Cocker Pug will be larger than the Pug and may weigh between 18 and 35 pounds. He will have a solid and muscular body. Most Cocker Pugs have either a fawn or black coat. His Pug side may give him a short muzzle with a flattened face but it will not be to the extreme of the Pug's. Because his face will not be as flat, the Cocker Pug will not suffer from brachycephalic syndrome, a common health condition in the Pug breed. His face may have folds and a squishy appearance. His coat will be smooth or wavy and may be medium or long in length. The color of his eyes and nose will be dark and the Cocker Pug's eyes may be larger than those of the Cocker Spaniel, but not as bulgy as the Pug's eyes. They may also have longer legs than the Pug parent. Regardless of the exact appearance of your Cocker Pug, he will definitely be an adorable and sweet dog.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cocker Pug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cocker Pug nose
brown Cocker Pug nose
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cocker Pug wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cocker Pug Breed Maintenance

The Cocker Pug may have a medium to long coat.  He should be brushed and combed out a few times a week and he may need to be occasionally trimmed by a professional groomer.. Nails should be trimmed monthly. If you do not feel comfortable trimming his nails you can ask the groomer or your veterinarian to trim them.   Floppy, drop ears will need to be kept clean in order to prevent ear infections caused by bacterial buildup. The veterinarian can recommend an ear wash to use. The Cocker Pug may need to be bathed monthly, especially if he enjoys rolling in the dirt during outdoor time.  If your Cocker Pug has folds on his face, they should be wiped and cleaned daily as fold dermatitis could develop otherwise. The Cocker Pug’s teeth should be brushed weekly to prevent tartar accumulation.  The Cocker Pug is a family dog who thrives on a lot of attention. To prevent boredom or to keep him content when alone, he should be provided with fun toys.  

Brushes for Cocker Pug
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cocker Pug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cocker Pug Temperament

The Temperament of the Cocker Pug will be a combination of the Cocker Spaniel and the Pug’s personality, disposition and character. The Cocker Spaniel is a social, happy and affectionate breed. They are sweet, gentle and love children. If they are socialized at an early age, they are usually good with other dogs. The Cocker Spaniel is eager to please and craves his owner’s attention.  The Cocker Spaniel is energetic and loves to play and explore. Pugs are little clowns, intelligent and are not an aggressive breed. Pugs love spending time with their owners and strive to be the center of attention.  They can be a little lazy, which can cause them to gain weight. Pugs have low energy levels and are happy just hanging out at home. They can not be allowed to be a couch potato, daily exercise is necessary. Your hybrid will be sturdy and good with other dogs and children but can be a little stubborn and strong-willed. Your Cocker Pug will be a happy combination of his parents and will be charming, intelligent and an awesome loving companion. However, he will also need a lot of attention, consistent training, and play interaction so if you are unable to provide these necessities, the busy Cocker Pug may not be for you.

Cocker Pug Activity Requirements

Pugs tend to have a low energy level while the Cocker Spaniel is more energetic. Your Cocker Pug may have a low to moderate energy level and could need up to 45 minutes per day of stimulating playtime and walks.  The Cocker Pug is a social dog that will enjoy visiting and making new friends at the dog park. Your hybrid can be laid back though, which can easily make him gain weight. Daily walks and exercise are required to prevent obesity. Because the Cocker Pug has a shorter muzzle, he may be susceptible to heat.   During the hot summer months, they should be walked early in the morning or after sunset. Avoid walking him on hot asphalt, which can burn his paws. The Cocker Pug can live comfortably in an apartment or house.  Playing and exploring in a fenced in yard will make him very happy.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Cocker Pug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Cocker Pug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Cocker Pug size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Cocker Pug size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Cocker Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs
Female Cocker Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Cocker Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 26.5 lbs
Female Cocker Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 26.5 lbs

Cocker Pug Owner Experiences

8 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
For her age, she's very intelligent. She already goes outside when she has to go to the bathroom. She loves to snuggle up in a person's neck. She's very playful for like 3-4 hours and after that she just sleeps for the rest of the day.
3 years, 4 months ago
7 Years
1 People
He has major skin issues but Atopica has helped tremendously. He is very smart b/c I try to have him walk with me at the dog park and he will hide behind trees and garbage pails so he doesn't have to do it. If i insist, he will always take the shortcut-lol
2 years, 11 months ago
4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Playing Fighting
Holly is an incredibly affectionate, lazy yet energetic, adorable dog. She started out as quite mischievous but has been trained over the years and is well behaved. She's great with children, loves to bark and eat a lot, interacts well with other dogs. Love her to pieces.
1 year, 10 months ago
14 Years
5 People
House & Yard
We loved Manney very much and we would get another just like him if possible. He was a great dog for our family and loved our family very much.
1 year, 3 months ago
5 Months
2 People
Running In Long Grass
Molly is a lovely girl, good as gold although sometimes a little stubborn. We are enjoying every part of her! This breed is friendly, fun and loyal
1 year, 1 month ago
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
He is loving and is like velcro
4 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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