Spantriever

40-45 lbs
15-20"
Unknown
English Cocker Spaniel
Labrador Retriever
The Spantriever is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Labrador Retriever and the English Cocker Spaniel. The Spantriever is a medium-sized dog. He generally has medium-length hair, and he may have some feathering on his ears, feet, and tail. Affectionate and loyal, he is a great addition to any home. He is good with all members of the family, especially children. He is happy in an apartment or a home with a yard. However, he may get into mischief should he be left unattended outside, so a fenced-in area for his play is a necessity. The Spantriever is an affectionate, friendly addition to any family.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever

Spantriever Health

Average Size
Male Spantriever size stats
Height: 15-20 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Female Spantriever size stats
Height: 15-20 inches Weight: 40-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints
  • Thyroid Panel

Spantriever Breed History

The Spantriever is a hybrid dog; as such, there is little regarding his history. Therefore, we must study the origins of his parent breeds in order to understand the history of the Spantriever. The modern Cocker Spaniel is a descendant of the ancient Spaniel family. It is believed that the dog originated in Spain, which would be why the dog is referred to as a "spaniel." The Cocker Spaniel and the Springer Spaniel were closely related, and the smaller Spaniel was deemed the "cocker" due to his excellence at hunting woodcock. In the late 1870s, Americans began bringing the Cocker Spaniel to the United States. Eventually, this dog was bred to be smaller in size, with certain restrictions in breeding guidelines. The Cocker Spaniel is popular throughout the United States. The Labrador Retriever is native of Newfoundland, Canada. The Lab was originally called the "St. John’s dog" in tribute to the capital city of Newfoundland. In the 1700s, the Labrador Retriever was a fisherman’s helper, retrieving fish that escaped from hooks and tow lines. Experts believe that the St. John’s dog was a mixture of the Newfoundland dog and local water dogs.  Around 1830, the third Earl of Malmesbury imported several St. John’s dogs to England. The Earl would eventually coin the term “Labrador Retrievers,” and the name stuck.  In the 1880s, the breed almost became extinct. The Malmesbury family dedicated themselves to keeping the breed from dying out. The breed thrived in England. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1917. Labs today work in search and rescue, as therapy dogs, and on drug detection missions. Hunters also continue to utilize the hunting prowess of the Lab. It is currently one of America's most popular dog breeds. 

Spantriever Breed Appearance

The Spantriever is a medium-to-large sized dog. At maturity, he will weigh about fifty pounds. He is likely to have a double-coat with medium-length hair (it may be as long as the Cocker Spaniel parent, however). Coloring will largely depend on the dominant parent breed. He may be cream, red, black, fawn, or gray. He may even be white or multi-colored. He will have floppy ears, which will require a little special care. He will likely have feathering on his legs and feet. Feathering may also possibly appear on the stomach and tail. His tail will likely be long and may slightly curve at the tip. He will be well-muscled all over. He may also have webbed feet, depending on if he inherits this trait from his Labrador Retriever parent.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Spantriever eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Spantriever nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Spantriever coat
White
fawn Spantriever coat
Fawn
cream Spantriever coat
Cream
red Spantriever coat
Red
brown Spantriever coat
Brown
gray Spantriever coat
Gray
black Spantriever coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Spantriever wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Spantriever Breed Maintenance

The Spantriever may require a good deal of maintenance, but this will depend upon the type of coat he inherits from his parents. In this case, we will assume he has acquired the double coat of the Lab and the long hair of the Cocker Spaniel. In this case, he will need to be brushed daily. Particular care will need to be taken with the undercoat of the Spantriever. Some owners may choose to clip the long hair that may come with the Spantriever. If so, he will still need daily brushing. Bathe him once a month to keep his hair clean. Brush his teeth every other day for the prevention of tartar build-up and bad breath. Brush his teeth daily if you want to prevent tooth decay. Trim his nails every other week unless he wears them down naturally.
Brushes for Spantriever
Pin Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Spantriever requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Spantriever Temperament

The Spantriever is a highly intelligent and loyal dog. He is energetic, and he may get into mischief if he does not have proper activity throughout the day. He is great with all family members, but he is especially great with children of all ages. He is easily trained, and housebreaking is not an issue for the Spantriever. He is affectionate and lively. He never meets a stranger, and is able to easily make friends with both humans and other dogs. He will also get along with other types of pets as long as he is properly socialized. Remember, he is a hunter at heart. He may have tendency to wander if you let him out without being leashed or without placing him in an enclosed area.

Spantriever Activity Requirements

The Spantriever is a rather active dog. He will need mental stimulation as well as physical activity. Provide him with toys that allow him to chew and give him mental activity. Allow him ample physical activity as well. He will enjoy walking around the neighborhood with you; however, you must always be sure to keep him on a leash unless you are in an enclosed area. Speaking of a fenced-in area, be sure that the fence is at least six feet high and that a good portion of the board is underground so that he does not dig out of the enclosed area. Trips to the dog park might not be a good idea unless your Spantriever is very well-trained. He does have a tendency to take off if he is not leashed. However, if he is very attuned to what his owner wants, he will stay beside you unless you allow him to do otherwise.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Spantriever Food Consumption

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

Spantriever Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Spantriever size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Spantriever size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Spantriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Spantriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 22 lbs
18 Months
Male Spantriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Spantriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 32 lbs

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