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30-42 lbs
United States
English Shepherd
Cocker Spaniel
The Shockerd is a hybridization of the purebred English Shepherd and Cocker Spaniel.  The Cocker Spaniel is a popular breed whereas the English Shepherd is not recognized by the American Kennel Club and is not as popular in the United States.  Both parents are exceedingly affectionate and loyal as well as easy to train.  The Shockerd is often sensitive and never aggressive.  Some may be shy, but socialization and commitment to their well-being will help the Shockerd overcome any timidity.  The Shockerd is not a popular hybrid choice, most likely due to the English Shepherd parent's obscurity in the United States.  Currently, the Shockerd is recognized by only two breed registries, the Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry.
Date of Origin
Cocker Spaniel and English Shepherd

Shockerd Health

Average Size
Male Shockerd size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 32-46 lbs
Female Shockerd size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 30-42 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopic Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs

Shockerd Breed History

The Shockerd is a recent hybridization of the purebred Cocker Spaniel and English Shepherd.  As designer dogs go, the Shockerd is not as popular as some, but that may be in part to the obscurity of a true English Shepherd.  Owner's who wish to understand more about the hybrid breed can review the histories and the character traits of both parents for a better understanding. The Cocker Spaniel is of the Spaniel family and developed in England as a woodcock hunter in the 1800s.  Fanciers took note of the Cocker Spaniel and focused on selective breeding programs that supported the Cocker Spaniel's companion traits and docile natures.  By the mid to late 1800s, the Cocker Spaniel was imported to the United States where the American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1878.  The popularity of the Cocker Spaniel rose significantly during the 20th Century partly due to one widely loved Cocker Spaniel named Brucie, who had won Best in Show back-to-back years.  Brucie is the only dog in history to have his obituary printed in the New York Times.  Today, the Cocker Spaniel still enjoys high ranking popularity and is considered one of the sweetest medium-sized companions. The English Shepherd is an old breed that lived along the borders of England the Scotland for many years, protecting and moving cattle and sheep alike.  The breed first developed in the British Isles when invading Romans dogs interbred with local dogs nearly 2,000 years ago.  Since then, the English Shepherd has developed into a fine herder.  They are bred for function, not show, and have an upright, loose-eyed style of herding.  The English Shepherd does not intimidate the flock to move it along but uses its well-positioned posture and body rather than making constant eye contact and predatory movements.  The show Collies, such as the Border Collie, arise from the English Shepherd.  English Shepherd is not recognized by the American Kennel Club as a distinct breed, but the United Kennel Club does and accepts English Shepherd Club breed standards.             

Shockerd Breed Appearance

The Shockerd is a medium-sized dog with medium-length wavy hair.  The Shockerd is well-balanced with harmonious proportions.  The head is round, and the ears fold down at the side of the head.  The Shockerd's eyes are round and range in color from medium to dark brown.  The muzzle is tapered and medium in length in comparison with the head and ends with a black nose.  The Shockerd has straight legs, and its tail may range from a short bobbed tail to moderate in length with a fine brush.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Shockerd eyes
brown Shockerd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shockerd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shockerd coat
white Shockerd coat
fawn Shockerd coat
sable Shockerd coat
brown Shockerd coat
red Shockerd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shockerd wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shockerd Breed Maintenance

The Shockerd is not a hypoallergenic dog and has a moderate tendency for shedding.  Owners can reduce the amount of loose and dead hair on the Shockerd by twice weekly brushing with a pin brush or a slicker brush.  The Shockerd has sensitive skin that may become irritated if they are bathed too often.  This hybrid should only be bathed when necessary, and weekly brushing with help distribute the natural oils on the skin and keep the coat and skin healthy.  The Shockerd is not prone to dental issues but will benefit significantly from weekly tooth brushing. If he does not wear his nails down naturally, trim them as needed, usually twice a month.
Brushes for Shockerd
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shockerd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shockerd Temperament

The Shockerd has a sweet and loving disposition.  Their cheerful natures make them an excellent companion for the family.  When it comes to children, the Shockerd is patient and loving.  The herding and guardian traits from the English Shepherd add protective traits to the Shockerd, but children should never be left alone with any dogs.  The Shockerd may be slightly shy but is usually curious and interested in strangers.  Any timidity can easily be corrected with socialization and training.  Training the Shockerd is easy due to high intelligence and eagerness to please.  The Cocker Spaniel parent may add some separation anxiety to the Shockerd the English Shepherd parent will help even out the Shockerd's tolerance for alone time.  However, this breed should not be left alone for an extended time.

Shockerd Activity Requirements

The Shockerd is a medium to high energy hybrid that enjoys running, jumping, and herding.  They cannot sit idle inside and need at least a fenced-in backyard for running.  The Shockerd needs at least one hour of daily activity, including plenty of mental stimulation.  They can become restless and board without proper mental stimulation and develop bad habits or anxiety.  The Shockerd needs a committed owner but not necessarily an experienced one.  They have a high tolerance for all weather climates but prefer temperate zones and are not well-suited for apartments.  Country life with plenty of space to move is ideal for this hybrid.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Shockerd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Shockerd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shockerd size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Shockerd size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 34 lbs
12 Months
Male Shockerd size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 39 lbs
Female Shockerd size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 36 lbs
18 Months
Male Shockerd size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 39 lbs
Female Shockerd size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 36 lbs

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