Cocker Westie

15-25 lbs
14-18"
United States
Cocker Spaniel
West Highland White Terrier

The Cocker Westie is a designer breed composed of a Cocker Spaniel and a West Highland White Terrier. It is considered a designer breed because two registered pure breeds were intentionally bred to create the Cocker Westie. Their coat is usually medium to long and should be brushed and combed regularly. Cocker Westies are curious, inquisitive, intelligent and get very attached to their owners. They are quick to learn and very trainable. Their energy level is moderate to high. He is an agile and a sturdy dog, and can make a great family pet.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel, West Highland White Terrier

Cocker Westie Health

Average Size
Male Cocker Westie size stats
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female Cocker Westie size stats
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Seborrhea
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopy
Minor Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Addison's Disease
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Complete Blood Test
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Allergy Testing
  • ACTH Test
  • Skin Scrape

Cocker Westie Breed History

The Cocker Westie is a modern hybrid and does not have very much documented history, though it is believed they originated in the United States in the last 20 years. We do have history on both parent breeds. The Cocker Spaniel’s history dates to the mid 1800’s.  The Cocker Spaniel was bred and trained to flush out woodcocks. A flushing dog finds the game and then drives it from the hiding spot. The first Cocker Spaniel is thought to have come to America on the Mayflower in 1620. 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. The Cocker Spaniel was the most popular dog breed in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. This attractive canine has won the Westminster’s Best of Show award 4 times. The Cocker Spaniel has been a loyal companion to celebrities such as Jackie Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, Ashley Judd, George Clooney, Charlize Theron and Oprah Winfrey. The West Highland White Terrier is commonly called a Westie.  He originates from Scotland and was bred to hunt rats, rabbits, badgers and foxes. Originally, their coats were black, red cream or white.  It is believed that a hunter named Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm, of Poltalloch, Argyllshire, Scotland, accidentally killed one of his Terriers during a hunt. The dog had a red coat, which resembled a fox.  The Colonel was very upset that he had mistaken his dog for a fox.  He decided to only start breeding white Terriers, which could be easily identified during a hunt. Eventually, he developed a pure white Terrier. The breed was first called the Poltalloch Terriers, named after Colonel Malcolm’s estate.  The West Highland White Terrier Club was founded in 1905 by Colonel Malcolm. The first Westies came to America in 1905. The West Highland White Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908. The Westie has become one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.  They excel in agility training, tracking and obedience competitions. They make excellent therapy and service dogs. Westies have been faithful companions to celebrities such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Betty White.

Cocker Westie Breed Appearance

The Cocker Westie is a hybrid dog which may have the physical characteristics of both his parents. They will be small dogs with a medium to long length coat. Both the Cocker Spaniel and the Westie have double coats. The Cocker Westie can be black, tan, cream, white or brown. He will have a sturdy and agile body. The Cocker Westie will have a dark nose and dark piercing eyes and he will have a sweet facial expression. His ears will be drop ears and the tail will be medium in size. He may have a broad muzzle with a rounded head. The Cocker Westie may have a scissors bite, common in the Westie.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cocker Westie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cocker Westie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Cocker Westie coat
Black
cream Cocker Westie coat
Cream
white Cocker Westie coat
White
brown Cocker Westie coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cocker Westie wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cocker Westie Breed Maintenance

The Cocker Westie will have a double coat which will require regular brushing. Monthly trimming or stripping may be necessary.  Nails should be trimmed monthly. Floppy drop ears, will need to be cleaned weekly with a veterinarian approved ear wash. The Cocker Westie may need to be bathed monthly; be sure to completely detangle his fur before the bath.  The Cocker Westie should have his teeth brushed weekly to prevent tartar build-up. It is recommended to have your dog on a monthly flea and tick preventative program, particularly if you frequent long grassed areas, or if your hybrid attends doggy daycare. Additionally, dogs should be seen by a veterinarian once a year for a wellness check.  

Brushes for Cocker Westie
Pin Brush
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cocker Westie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cocker Westie Temperament

The Temperament of the Cocker Westie will be a combination of the parental personality, disposition and character. The Cocker Spaniel is a social and affectionate breed. They are sweet, faithful and gentle. If they are socialized at an early age, they are good with children and other dogs. The Cocker Spaniel is eager to please and easily trained. They are an inquisitive and active breed. The Cocker Spaniel enjoy being part of his family’s activities. The Westie is usually friendly toward strangers and gets along with children. They are energetic, curious, alert and inquisitive. Westies are confident and self-assured. Early socialization with other dogs is recommended.  They can have a prey drive and chase smaller animals.  The Westie is very alert and makes an excellent watchdog. They do like to bark and to dig in the yard. A combination of two great dogs, your Cocker Westie will be a confident, energetic, spunky, inquisitive and friendly companion.

Cocker Westie Activity Requirements

Your Cocker Westie may have a medium to high energy level. He will be a high energy puppy. Daily walks and exercise are necessary. The Cocker Westie will enjoy playful interaction with his owners.  The Cocker Westie is a social dog, and will enjoy playing in a dog park. He will excel in puppy obedience training classes. It is important to allow him interaction with you often throughout the day, and make sure he has chew toys for when you are not home.  His Cocker Spaniel side does not do well in extreme heat.  During hot summer months, he should be walked on shady streets.

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

Cocker Westie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

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