Scottish Cocker

16-25 lbs
10-16"
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Cocker is a hybrid mix of the Scottish Terrier and the Cocker Spaniel.  This hybrid mix combines the laid back mellowness, loyalty and socialness of the Cocker Spaniel with the intelligence, courage, alertness and aggressiveness of the Scottish Terrier, resulting in a canine who is full of life, spunk and affection.  She doesn't require a great deal of exercise though she's definitely not a couch potato either. She'll make a wonderful furry family member who won't be afraid to love her way deeply into the hearts of everyone in the family.
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog, Hunting
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel, Scottish Terrier

Scottish Cocker Health

Average Size
Male Scottish Cocker size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 16-25 lbs
Female Scottish Cocker size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 16-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (Lion Jaw)
  • Chronic Hepatitis
  • Cleft Lift or Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Fold Dermatitis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Leukodstrophies
Occasional Tests
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Scottish Cocker Breed History

The Scottish Cocker is a hybrid mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Scottish Terrier.  This hybrid is a newer mix with little information available about it, making it necessary for us to get our background information about it from the backgrounds of the parent breeds. While we do not know the date or place of origination for the hybrid, we can likely assume that it originated in the United States sometime during the late 1900's and the early 2000's when interest in mixing pure bred canines became popular for a variety of reasons.  The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of the spaniel breeds and was bred for bird hunting and retrieval.  The Cocker breed can be traced back to the United Kingdom in the 1400's where it was part of a much larger spaniel group who were bred to hunt on both land or in the water.  The English Cocker Spaniel (the predecessor to the American Cocker Spaniel) was bred for the purpose of flushing and retrieval of game birds.  The English Cocker came to the United States and Canada in great numbers to appease the bird-hunting populace of North America in the 1800's, with a divergence of the American Cocker Spaniel coming in the early to mid 1900's.  The Cocker Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 and is the 29th most popular canine breed in that registry.  The Scottish Terrier has a more nebulous history, with its origins being fixed in Scotland but the approximate date of origin being a bit obscured.  Depending on which belief you subscribe to, the approximate date of origin for the Scottish Terrier can range from 55 B.C. during a Roman occupation of Britain, to the 1800's when the breed emerged as a pure breed.  The Scottish Terrier was bred to hunt fox, rats and other vermin and could be found in mining communities, villages, homes and gardens, doing what they do best.  They continue to maintain high levels of hunting skills, companionship and breed popularity today.  The Scottish Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and is the 58th most popular dog breed in that registry.  The Scottish Cocker is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Scottish Cocker Breed Appearance

The Scottish Cocker is a hybrid mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Scottish Terrier and, as such, can take on the appearance characteristics of either or both parent breeds.  Breeders and owners of the Scottish Terrier describe this adorable hybrid as small to medium in size (10 to 16 inches tall) and weighing 16 to 25 pounds when fully matured.  Her coat is silky and of medium length and may be slightly wavy or straight, in colors which include white, brown and black.  Her body is sturdily built, with a rounded head and a medium to broad muzzle and a scissors bite.  Her eyes will be dark and almond shaped (though if her coat is merle she may have blue eyes), her nose is black and her ears can be long and low set or erect, pointed and set high on the head. Her tail can be varying in length and carried erect or curled over the back with feathering.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Scottish Cocker eyes
Blue
brown Scottish Cocker eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Scottish Cocker nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Scottish Cocker coat
Black
brown Scottish Cocker coat
Brown
white Scottish Cocker coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Scottish Cocker straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Scottish Cocker Breed Maintenance

Your Scottish Cocker hybrid falls into the moderate category of maintenance and shedding.  Because only the Scottie parent contributes a hypoallergenic coat to the bio mix, your hybrid may or may not be hypoallergenic, a concern for those who have family members who are asthmatic or who have breathing problems.  Her moderate shedding level will require vacuuming more often as well as brushing of her coat once or twice a week to keep it free of loose hair, debris, mats and tangles.  Brushing will also distribute the natural oils throughout her coat, keeping it healthy and beautiful. Bathing your hybrid should only be done as needed to preserve these vital natural oils. She is in the low category for drooling and smell. Be sure to check her ears weekly, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash solution.  While you've got in your lap checking her ears, take a look at her toenails, trimming them as needed unless she is able to keep them worn down with her normal exercise activities.  Your Scottish Cocker, like all canines, will need to have her teeth brushed at home two to three times a week to help prevent the development of periodontal disease and the loss of teeth which can accompany this gum disease.
Brushes for Scottish Cocker
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Scottish Cocker requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Scottish Cocker Temperament

Your Scottish Cocker hybrid is a mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Scottish Terrier and, as such, can inherit the temperament and personality traits of either or both parent breeds.  Breeders and owners of the Scottish Cocker are describing this lovable little canine as sweet, outgoing and affectionate, not requiring extensive amounts of exercise, adding that they are intelligent and fairly easy to train.  All of this adds up to a great family companion who will love her way into your heart very quickly. She is highly affectionate with her human family, getting along well with the kids, other dogs and even the family cat.  She doesn't know a stranger and there is a risk that a stranger could become her newest best friend.  She really doesn't like being left alone for long periods of time, suffering from separation anxiety and boredom in these circumstances - and a bored canine can develop some annoying destructive behaviors.  Her energy levels are low to moderate, making her quite happy to sit in front of the fireplace, on your lap, beside you on the couch or in your bed for hours at time.  She falls into a moderate category for barking, so keep this in mind if you live in an area which is noise restricted.

Scottish Cocker Activity Requirements

Your Scottish Cocker hybrid is a moderately active canine who will love taking daily walks with you, playing and romping in the dog park or fenced yard, playing interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, fly ball or seek and find.  These are great ways to exercise her as she will likely need 1 to 2 hours of exercise daily to keep her fit and healthy.  She has a moderate level of hunting/prey/wandering tendency, making it vital that you keep her on leash when she's outside the house, fenced yard or other enclosed, protected area...that is unless you enjoy chasing her down the street, around the block or through the woods in pursuit of a small animal or interesting scent which has caught her very sensitive nose.  Her size and activity level make her a good fit for an apartment or condo, provided the exercise requirements are met and you're not dealing with a noise restriction.  She can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard, in a rural or urban setting.  She can tolerate most climates, though she may need extra precautions and protection in the hotter temperatures.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Scottish Cocker Food Consumption

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

Scottish Cocker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Scottish Cocker size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Scottish Cocker size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Male Scottish Cocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Scottish Cocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
18 Months
Male Scottish Cocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Scottish Cocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs

Scottish Cocker Owner Experiences

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1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Shopping
Hide & Seek
Tracking
Fetch
Chase
Play
Tug-of-war
Walk
Playdate
Spa day
I'm not 100% sure she is. My daughter found her abandoned on the highway. She is now about a year old and is very sweet, very active, the kids nicknamed her the parkour dog because of her acrobatics, and she plays extremely well with our other dogs expecially our Shepherd mix. She sniffs the ground a lot and sometimes chirps like a high-pitched short bark. We were trying to give her a home but we don't have any takers and I think she found one with us and our other 5 dogs. She is midsize, sturdy, black sorta wavy hair that the burs stick to like crazy glue. I absolutely love her to pieces even when, especially when I'm brushing burs out of her fur for hours but she's so good. No, I love her just as much when she's laying next to me on the couch 💗💗💗
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