English Spanador

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20-50 lbs
​United States
English Cocker Spaniel
Labrador Retriever

The English Spanador is a mix of the English Cocker Spaniel and the Labrador Retriever. This hybrid breed makes the perfect family dog, being able to act as both a guard dog and gentle companion to children of all ages. With an endearing personality and a loving disposition, the Spanador is a large dog whose bark is worse than his bite. If he suspects suspicious activity or notices a stranger, the Spanador will alert his owner with a series of loud barks. This may be annoying to some people, but for those who are looking for a loyal and affectionate watch dog, the Spanador may be the perfect fit! This breed has a medium to long coat that tends to shed seasonally, so be prepared to have fur on your clothes and furniture. While they may not be suited for those owners with allergies, the Spanador is a great breed for all levels of experience and are fairly easy to train as they love to please their owners.

Date of Origin
​English Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever

English Spanador Health

Average Size
Male English Spanador size stats
Height: 16-25 inches Weight: 20-50 lbs
Female English Spanador size stats
Height: 16-25 inches Weight: 20-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Diabetes
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Hepatitis
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Infections
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Dna Test For Pk
  • Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Work

English Spanador Breed History

Although the Spanador is a relatively new breed, we know that it was created with the intent of meeting the desire for cross bred dogs that were of a bigger size. Besides this, there isn’t much information on the Spanador’s history. So to get a bigger picture on what this dog breed is like, we can turn to the parent breeds’ origin stories: The Labrador Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel. To start, the Cocker Spaniel is a breed that was always used as a hunting companion, one who loved to flush game out from the bushes and retrieve it on command. His name, the Cocker, was actually taken from his unique knack of hunting for woodcock, which is a type of wading bird. This breed is most commonly recognized by their beautiful silky coat, large intelligent eyes, and long velvety ears which are covered in slightly wavy fur. While this breed has some wonderful traits, bad breeding has influenced a few negative aspects into the breed. Despite this fact, if you find a reputable breeder, you can get a marvelous, loving, beautiful dog that has the sweetest disposition around. The Labrador is also a very adept breed when it comes to hunting and, obviously, retrieving. At first, they were known as the lesser Newfoundland which helped to distinguish them from the larger and longer furred Newfoundland of St. John. Over time the dogs become known as the Labrador, thanks to Spanish word for “laborer”. These dogs are extremely hard working and loyal to a T, always striving to please their masters as best as possible. They were known for retrieving items from the water such as nets, downed prey, and even delivering messages between boats. When British travellers visited Newfoundland, they fell in love with the Labrador and brought them back to England where the captured the attention of an Earl who wanted them to help him hunt. It wasn’t long before the Kennel Club of England recognized the breed in 1903, opening the door for these talented dogs to make their way into America. In the early 20th century, Labradors were imported by American sportsman where their popularity then skyrocketed. They are now used as show dogs, companions, hunters, and guard dogs.When combining these two unique breeds, we end up with the Spanador; who is an excellent mix of the two. Loyal, intelligent, hard working, dependable, and gentle the Spanador makes an excellent family pet for those who are looking for an easy dog to train that will get along well with pretty much everyone. Whether you are new to owning dogs or have been well experienced, the Spanador would make a great addition to any family being low maintenance and eager to please.

English Spanador Breed Appearance

Because the Spanador is a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and the Labrador, its appearance can vary quite a lot. Typically, a Spanador is a medium to large sized dog with an athletic build and a long tail. The long to medium length fur of the Spanador comes in a wide variety of colors ranging from the black, yellow, and chocolate of the Lab all the way to the multiple color patterns of the Cocker Spaniel. Whatever color the fur may be, you can be sure that your Spanador will be a head turner! The ears of this breed tend to be slightly longer than the average Lab's ears while being considerably shorter than the Cocker Spaniel’s, and frame a strong muzzle. The eyes are either a light or dark brown and full of a playful intelligence that is hard not to love. Due to the thinness of the Spanador’s fur, despite its length, this breed enjoys warm but not hot temperatures.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown English Spanador eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Spanador nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black English Spanador coat
brown English Spanador coat
pied English Spanador coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
English Spanador straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Spanador Breed Maintenance

The Spanador is a relatively low maintenance breed that only requires occasional brushing to keep his fur looking healthy and clean. Keep in mind that because both parent breeds tend to shed seasonally, the Spanador will put hair on your furniture and clothes. To keep the shedding at a manageable level, brush your dog at least twice a week to remove any loose hair and dirt from the body. Bathing only needs to occur every few months, or if your dog gets especially dirty. Aside from brushing and bathing, it is extremely important to thoroughly dry your Spanador’s ears after bathing or swimming. This is because the breed has folded over ears which can trap moisture very easily. Leftover moisture can cause irritation and infection if kept in the closed ear canal for too long without being able to dry completely. By cleaning and drying your dog’s ears often, you can avoid infection and irritation. Trim the Spanador’s nails every few weeks in order to keep the paws healthy and snag free.

Brushes for English Spanador
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
English Spanador requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Spanador Temperament

If you are looking for a large dog that tends to think he is a lap dog, then the Spanador may be perfect for you. This loveable breed is high energy and loves to play, but when it comes down to it, crawling into your lap or settling down by your side for a good cuddle is one of his favorite things to do. The Spanador is wonderful with children of all ages and other animals, however, he will be quite suspicious of strangers right off the bat. This is what makes him an excellent guard dog, however socialization will be important early to ensure that no aggression towards strangers appears. You want him to warm up to people eventually if given the chance. Early training is also key with this breed as he can be very high strung and destructive if not instructed otherwise. This is typical of a working dog, however, the good news is that the Spanador is out to please. Use consistency and a gentle, yet firm hand, and he will do exactly what you want. This makes him a great dog for new pet owners as he learns quickly. Due to the barking tendencies of this breed, it may be best to have a Spanador in a more rural area unless you have understanding neighbors. Overall, the Spanador is a wonderful addition to any home who is looking for a gentle, loving, playful, and loyal dog.

English Spanador Activity Requirements

Because the Spanador has two active, working breed parents, you can expect that he will need quite a bit of exercise during the day to keep him happy. As a highly intelligent breed, the Spanador will need both mental and physical exercise at least three times a day to remain tired and content. Some activities you and your dog can do together for exercise may be a long walk, a jog, a bike ride, a hike, playing fetch in the yard, training, hunting, and dog parks. If you take the time to train and exercise your dog well, he will be more inclined listen and behave when needed. Due to the amount of energy the Spanador has, he is most suited to live in a larger house, or a smaller home with a yard for exercise.

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

English Spanador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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