14-20 lbs
American Cocker Spaniel
Shiba Inu

The Schocker is a designer breed that resulted from crossing an American Cocker Spaniel and a Shiba Inu. These dogs are independent, lively, and loving. They are medium size dogs with medium to long, thick fur. They do well will children and with other dogs, but not so well with other animals. They can come in different colors, like black, chocolate, cream, white, and tan. They require moderate activity, like short walks or playtime in a yard. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
American Cocker Spaniel, Shiba Inu

Shocker Health

Average Size
Male Shocker size stats
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 16-25 lbs
Female Shocker size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 14-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Heart Disease
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Count
  • Complete Physical Examination

Shocker Breed History

The Shocker is a somewhat new designer-breed that resulted from crossing an American Cocker Spaniel and a Shiba Inu. The Cocker Spaniel comes from the ancient Spaniel family. It is believed that, due to its name, that this breed originated in Spain. They were later divided into toys, for companion, and large dogs for hunting, and the Cocker Spaniel was known for its abilities in hunting woodcock.  Nonetheless, in England they were considered as a functional category, until 1892 when the Cocker Spaniel was acknowledged as a breed. In the 1870’s this breed was imported to the United States and in 1881 Clinton Wilmerding and James Watson created the American Spaniel Club, the oldest breed club in the United States. Some American breeders were leaning towards a smaller Cocker Spaniel, different from the English Cocker Spaniel. This led to the creation of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, recognized by the American Kennel Club. Eventually, there was a motion for not breeding English Cocker Spaniels with American Cocker Spaniels. The American Cocker Spaniel gained popularity after a black dog called “Ch. My Own Brucie” won the Best American Breed in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, two years-in-a-row. This dog was so cherished that his death was published in The New York Times. In 1946 the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel were recognized as two different breeds by the American Kennel Club. The Shiba Inu comes from Japan, like their kindred breeds the Akita, Kai Dog, Hokkaido, Kishu, and Shikoku, which are larger dogs. The Shiba Inu’s main purpose was hunting. During WWII the Shiba Inus suffered greatly, lots of dogs died in bombing, and others due to distemper. When the war ended, a Shiba breeding program was established. In 1954 the first Shiba Inu was brought to the United States. The Shiba Inu was recognized in the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class and in 1997 they obtained full status within the Non-Sporting Group. 

Shocker Breed Appearance

The Shocker is medium-size dog, although they are on the small end within this category. These dogs have thick, medium to long fur that can be chocolate, cream, black, white, tan, or a mix of colors. They possess floppy ears, black noses, and big, round eyes. They have strong legs and paws, and a wide neck, although they maintain the Shiba Inu’s athletic complexity. Their head is wide, followed by a narrower, somewhat long muzzle. Their tail is long and curls over their back when they are happy, like the Shiba Inu’s. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Shocker eyes
brown Shocker eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shocker nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shocker coat
brown Shocker coat
cream Shocker coat
white Shocker coat
gray Shocker coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shocker straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shocker Breed Maintenance

The Shocker is a thick-coated dog with medium to long hair. They are moderate shedders that may shed heavily at times over the year, therefore, daily brushing is recommended to eliminate dead hair and to avoid tangles. Over-bathing might cause skin irritation and dryness, so bathing occasionally is best for them. Because these dogs are stubborn and freethinking, it is important to get them used to grooming when puppies, since they may not enjoy being groomed and clipped when older otherwise. Occasional trimming is also suggested to keep nice, healthy fur and to keep your Shocker looking neat. Nails should be trimmed monthly. Frequently checking their ears for infections is suggested, cleaning as necessary to avoid ears issues. Brush the teeth at least a few times per week.

Brushes for Shocker
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Shocker requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shocker Temperament

The Shocker is an independent and stubborn dog, but they are also lively, active, and caring. They enjoy spending time with their owners, nonetheless, they cope well with being left alone. These dogs are people friendly and get along with kids and other dogs when appropriately introduced. They do not, however, do well with other animals. Like both of its parent breeds, the Shocker might be prone to wandering, prey hunting and barking. They can be trained, with consistency and resolution.  If the Shocker takes after more of the Shiba Inu, they can be aloof and freethinking. This mixed-breed can also be possessive about their toys and food. 

Shocker Activity Requirements

These hybrids require daily activity to stay happy and avoid boredom. Regular 20 to 40 minute outings suit them well, in addition to playtime with their owners or in a yard or park. These dogs need mental activity as well, since they are highly intelligent and may become listless and unmotivated if left without a job to do. This breed is suitable for apartment living, although a yard would be greatly appreciated. Because the Shocker might be prone to wandering and prey hunting, having a fence is necessary to keep them from taking off on a chase. 

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

Shocker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Shocker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shocker size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Shocker size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Shocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 19.5 lbs
Female Shocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Shocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
Female Shocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs

Shocker Owner Experiences

5 Weeks
6 People
House & Yard
My shocker is an energetic ball of cuteness. He is active in the day and cuddley in the night.
2 years, 5 months ago
6 Months
3 People
Look out the window
Catch treats
Play keep away
Dog Parks
Very high strung play-mate who loves fetching anything (can consider anything a toy). He enjoys walks, exploring new things, and anyone who will pay attention to him. He is very loving and one of the smartest pups I have ever owned (it took 2 hours for him to learn how to sit, shake and lay down). House-training was a little difficult at first, but he caught on rather quickly after he began to understand the concept of going to the bathroom outside. I was originally looking to get a Yellow Lab, but was quite surprised at how similar a white or yellow-colored Shocker looked when compared to a Lab (a mini-Lab if you will). I couldn't be happier with choosing a Shocker as my new family member, and will always consider the breed when adding members to my family in the future. It is amazing how smart and self-reliant my Shocker is, and has proven to be an all-around awesome dog!
6 years, 1 month ago
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Window watching
Bo is a lively little squish. He is 35lbs full grown, has big floppy ears and smiles when he’s being pet. He has a squishy “lion’s mane” we like to call it, of some extra skin around his neck that comes from the shiba side and it looks fluffy and cute when we squish it! He likes to be bossy when there are chews to be had, when his food is being prepared and does husky like talks if we don’t pet him fast enough. He seems to always have energy no matter what we do, but does enjoy his mid day nap with his brother, Bear. He loves to bring us his ball to throw it.. but also don’t want to let it go. Will push it into our hands but when we go for it, he changes his mind ... repeat. He is very smart and stubborn- he knows all he’s been trained and we joke that he understands human talk because he is so smart and reacts to everything we say, but has selective hearing. Will listen 100% of the time if a treat is in my hand. Otherwise.. he’s like a stubborn teenager. He loves his pets and will paw for more if you stop. Chest pets are his favourite. If you squish him close to cuddle he will lay like a baby and take it comfortably. He’s the best decision we ever made. I would take 100 more like Bo. He is adorable and our little one of a kind squish.
2 years, 10 months ago
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