Spanador

20-47 lbs
18-20"
United States
Labrador Retriever
American Cocker Spaniel
Cockador, Cockerdor

The Spanador — sometimes referred to as the Cockerdor — is a mix of the American Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever. Their good looks and endearing personality combine to make a very attractive dog. It’s no surprise then that this adorable pup, although still a relatively new hybrid, is fast becoming very popular as a family dog and companion. 

In this guide to the Spanador, you’ll learn:

  • They’re a mix between the Labrador Retriever and the American Cocker Spaniel
  • The Spanador is an active and playful dog with a kind and gentle nature
  • This crossbreed loves water and will be swimming whenever they get the chance
  • Spanadors love their food but can get stomach issues from eating too fast 

Spanador breed overview

The Spanador is the perfect blend of its parent breeds. They have the sweet loving nature of the Labrador coupled with the attractiveness — and smaller size — of the Cocker Spaniel.

If you’ve been looking at Spanador puppies and have your heart set on a youngster then you can expect to pay anywhere between $600 to $2,000. This is a similar price to puppies of both parent breeds but the price is expected to increase as this hybrid becomes more popular. 

The life expectancy of a Spanador is 12 to 15 years; slightly longer than the Labrador Retriever and similar to the American Cocker Spaniel. 



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purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog, Agility
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Labrador Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel

Spanador Health

Average Size
Male Spanador size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 22-50 lbs
Female Spanador size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 20-47 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Weight Gain
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Ear Infection and Inflammation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Blood Glucose Tests
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Allergy Testing

Spanador Breed History

The Spanador dog is a fairly new crossbreed, believed to have been developed in America towards the end of the 20th century. Both parent breeds date back much further than that, of course. 

The first Cocker Spaniel arrived in America in 1620. This breed was developed from the English Cocker Spaniel and at first they were just a smaller dog. But, as they continued to be bred they became so different that by 1945 they could no longer be seen as one breed. 

The Cocker Spaniel started life as companion and working dogs for settlers, helping them to explore the land and retrieve game. They were ideal for hunting as they could work in difficult terrain and all weather. 

The American Kennel Club recognised the American Cocker Spaniel as its own breed in 1873. 

The Labrador Retriever — or Lab — originated on the Island of Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada. At this time they were called the St. John's dog after the capital city and were used to help fishermen. 

They were imported to England in 1830; it wouldn’t be until later they arrived in the United States. It was actually in England that the third Earl of Malmesbury called these dogs Labradors and prevented them from becoming extinct. Sadly, the breed did disappear in Newfoundland because families were only allowed to own one dog and females were taxed more highly. 

The American Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1917 and by 1991 they were the most popular dog registered with the AKC. 

The Spanador isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club. They are, however, recognized by clubs such as the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.

Spanador Breed Appearance

The Lab mix with Cocker Spaniel produces a very attractive dog. They have an athletic build with strong legs and a deep, wide chest. Their muzzle is pointed and the top of their head is slightly rounded. The ears are set high but flop over and hang down the side of the face. They may also be fringed like the American Cocker Spaniels. 

The coat of a Spanador is medium to long and quite dense, with feathering around the legs, ears and chest, which they also get from the Cocker Spaniel. Their fur can be a variety of colors such as tan, white, black, red and brown. 

In terms of size, they’re slightly smaller than the average Labrador Retriever.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Spanador eyes
Brown
amber Spanador eyes
Amber
Coat Color Possibilities
white Spanador coat
White
red Spanador coat
Red
black Spanador coat
Black
brown Spanador coat
Brown
fawn Spanador coat
Fawn
cream Spanador coat
Cream
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Spanador straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Spanador Breed Maintenance

The Spanador could have either a medium or a long coat depending which parent breed is dominant. The sheds moderately all year and particularly during the summer. Their coat will need brushing weekly and at least twice a week during summer. Using a comb will help remove the excess hair and prevent matting. Your Spanador may have longer hair or fringing around the legs, ears and chest which they get from the American Cocker Spaniel. You’ll need to comb or brush here to prevent tangles. 

You only need to give them a bath when they really need it, such as when they have run through the mud. Be aware that this breed can suffer from dry itchy skin, so be careful which dog shampoo you use. Make sure to check their ears regularly and clean when necessary. You should also brush their teeth daily and clip their nails when required. 

The Spanador is an active dog and will suit an equally active owner. They love water, so expect them to indulge in a spot of swimming any chance they get. They’ll also enjoy long walks or even jogging with you. You may want to keep them on a leash, though, as they’re known to get so engrossed in an activity they can wander off and ignore your calls. They’re a very adaptable breed but will benefit most from a safe enclosed yard where they can run around.

But, be aware, a Spanador dog will need to be introduced to exercise slowly when younger to allow their legs and muscles to strengthen. Otherwise they could end up with aches and pains as they age. 

This breed loves to please and is very intelligent. This, coupled with the fact they thrive on affection and praise, makes them an easy dog to train.


Spanador health

The Spanador is a relatively healthy breed. However, they can, of course, be affected by the health conditions that affect the parent breed. A few you need to be aware of, include: 

There’s also a chance of allergies and weight gain — although these are only minor concerns.  

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Cataracts 

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy because it’s unable to hydrate properly. This can occur in either just one or both of the eyes. It can cause partial or complete loss of vision and, if left untreated, it can lead to glaucoma. This is one of the most common eye problems in dogs and the only treatment is surgery. 

Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)

When the ball and socket doesn’t form properly in the hip joint it causes hip dysplasia. 

It can happen in one or both hip joints and the result is that they grind and rub together instead of gliding smoothly. It will be very painful and restrict movement. The treatment might include oral supplements, physiotherapy or surgery. This is an inherited condition and can happen at any age. 

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a hereditary condition that affects most dog breeds. It isn’t painful but will affect both eyes and eventually lead to total blindness. First, dogs will lose their night vision, followed by their day vision. The deterioration will be gradual, so you may not notice at first but over time the eye will become opaque and cataracts will form. 

Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat

Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat is most common in older dogs and it means the stomach has dilated and potentially even rotated. Symptoms to look out for include a bloated abdomen, retching, a fast heart rate and breathing rapidly. This can progress very quickly, so your dog needs to be seen by a vet straight away as it can be life threatening.



Feeding a Spanador — what’s the best diet? 

Spanadors absolutely love their food. So much so that they’re known to eat too fast and this can cause them to get bloated. To help, you may want to feed them little and often, or you could use a slow feed dog bowl that will encourage them to take their time. 

For the same reason, they can also easily become overweight. Keep an eye on their portion size and if you give them treats, make sure to take this into account when serving up their meals. 

Spanadors can eat wet or dry food but ideally look out for one that’s specifically designed for active dogs, with high-quality protein as the main ingredient. 

Are you wondering how to make sure you are feeding your dog the best possible diet? To help, take a look at the advice from our trusted partner Dog Food Advisor, including the best wet food and the best dry food.

Brushes for Spanador
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Comb
Comb
Deshedder
Deshedder
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Spanador requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Spanador Temperament

The Spanador is an enthusiastic breed that loves life and is very playful. They’re curious and always looking for the next adventure, enthusiastically embracing everything you do together. 

They are also gentle, loyal and affectionate. They’ll love being with you and are quick to curl up on your lap, both as a puppy and an adult. However, this does mean they can get bored if left at home for a long time on their own. 

Of course, their desire to be with you all the time, as well as their tendency to operate as bundles of energy, means a Spanador may not be suitable for all owners. But, they’re generally good natured dogs that get on well with children and other animals, including cats. That said, although they love attention they can be quite reserved with strangers at first, a character trait they get from the Cocker Spaniel. 

Cocker Spaniels can also be known to have a streak of aggression. This should be counteracted by the placid Labrador but if you meet the parents, look out for whether the American Cocker Spaniel appears friendly and outgoing.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
70 minutes
activity minutes

Spanador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Spanador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Spanador size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Spanador size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Spanador size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Spanador size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Spanador size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Spanador size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 32.5 lbs

Spanador Owner Experiences

Cleo
17 Years
4 People
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Our beautiful Cleo left us at the ripe old age of 17. She was a beautiful family member who loved life and all who were in it. She was a fun, loving, happy playmate to my sons and also bff with our burmese cat. She loved walks, people and other dogs. She did chew everything she could get her mouth around until she was 18 months old and she did malt...alot. Other than that she was the best dog we could ever have asked for.
2 years, 9 months ago
Lola
4 Years
4 People
House
Health
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Go to Beach
Walk
Run
Look out the window
Groom
Play
Nap
Chase
Bath time
Brushing
Shake
Laying in the sun
Playing in the snow
She is an affectionate and happy dog.
6 years, 1 month ago
Brockley
9 Months
2 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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Go to Park
Play keep away
Walk
Go to lake
Play Fight
Squeak toys
Ride in car
Swim
Tug-of-war
Nap
Fish
Fetch
socialize
Happy, healthy, sweet. Social butterfly. Not a really heavy chewer, but needs plenty of toys to keep his teeth healthy and occupied. Excellent with his older sister; great with strangers and other dogs so far. Bright, curious, playful. Picked up house/crate training easily with relatively few accidents. Quickly learns routine and comes to expect it naturally. Beautiful coat, handsome and expressive face. Wonderful breed of dog, especially if you have the time to teach them early on in life. Get one!
5 years, 11 months ago
Shadow
5 Years
2 People
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Best dog we've ever had. He is so loving and loyal. LOVES to be with us!! Great with the kids in the neighborhood.
5 years, 4 months ago
Sparky
3 Years
4 People
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Walk
He is a very hyperactive dog who eats a lot of food daily
4 years, 1 month ago
Dayis
3 Years
4 People
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she is very loving she likes play ball she doesn't like most of the Treats
4 years ago
Storm
8 Months
3 People
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Very loving always want to kiss and be on or at my side, very vocal and protective, I can also use her as my alarm clock she wakes with me at 4 and will lick my face until I get up. Sometimes she acts just like a child when she needs attention. Very social and does run into the neighbors yard if I’m not looking but comes when called, sometimes she can be a bit stubborn. She is ready for bed by 9pm always.
3 years, 9 months ago
Milo
18 Years
4 People
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Just to start this off, Milo is no longer with us. I picked him out when he was 4 weeks old and i had him until he was 18 and a half years old. he was amazing. he was good with kids adults and cats. he was afraid of other dogs and water. his coat matted fast. tried to keep on the brushing. he was a wonderful dog and i wish he could have lived for ever. he was easy to train fun to be with and a good best friend to grow up with. milo died nov, 4th 2017 but he will be with me for ever.
3 years, 8 months ago
Charlie
4 Years
2 People
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Chasing Frisbee or ball.
Walking or Running
cuddle
Car rides
We have had Charlie since June 10, 2020, a week after our 11 year old Lab mix died.
3 years, 8 months ago
Dakota
3 Years
3 People
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Beautiful girl, got her when she was 8 weeks old. She's white with one black ear and black spots all over her almost like a dalmation coat. She is stubborn when we take her on walks so we just normally let her run around the garden. We get her cut professionally every 2-3 months, and she eats 2 cans a day with biscuits and the occasional pack of chicken thigh which is cooked with treats in between. She is extremely affectionate and playful and has never tried to attack any of my family.
3 years, 2 months ago
Stella
8 Years
3 People
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Hunting
Hunt
Sticky loving dog extremely easy to train every moment is joyfully spent with my pooch best experience in my opinion she understand my wishes from the start do not need to repeat my orders gets along very well with my neighbor who have autism well in short the best of the best ....
3 years ago
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Are spansdos hypoallergenic

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Hello there I have a six year old spanador and would like to let her have a litter. Would you recommend a particular breed for her ? We are thinking a labrador, springaspaniel or German shepard.

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Hi, I'm going to buy a puppy of Labrador father mix with cocker spaniel mother. What do you think about them. I would like to How big will they grow, appearance and attitude. I have mention my WhatsApp number below. Thanks

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Do you have information on where in the USA we can find the Spanador breed?

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