Sprocker Spaniel

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30-44 lbs
14-20"
Unknown
English Springer Spaniel
American Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spring Spaniel

The Sprocker Spaniel is a recently new hybrid that is created from two types of Spaniels. The English Springer Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel are two separate dog types that used to be considered as the same breed and are very similar. These dogs are very adaptable and can get along well with children and pets that they have grown up around. They are loving pets who are extremely active and need lots of exercise to be happy. Today, they are great working dogs as well as companion pets. They are beautiful animals that are fairly healthy but, like all breeds, they have some health conditions that you need to watch out for. 

Purpose
Working Dog, Companion
Date of Origin
1997
Ancestry
English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel

Sprocker Spaniel Health

Average Size
Height: 14-20 inches Weight: 30-44 lbs
Height: 14-20 inches Weight: 30-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Skin Biopsy or Intradermal Tests for specific allergies
  • Electroretinogram

Sprocker Spaniel Breed History

The Sprocker Spaniel is a dog breed that is not usually thought of as a hybrid or designer dog, even though they are made from two purebred dogs. This is because even though the parents are technically considered as different breeds, they are very similar and are both Spaniels. The Sprocker Spaniel is also not a designer breed since it is bred as a working dog. All Spaniel type dogs are thought to have originated in Spain around the 1600s. Back then, there was thought to be only one breed of Spaniel with varying sizes. The English Springer Spaniel is thought to be descended from the larger Spaniels of that time. As time went on, Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels were bred selectively and used  for hunting. The Springer Spaniels would be given the job of hunting and springing on larger game, whereas the Cocker Spaniel would be used for slightly smaller game, since they were smaller in size as well. English Springer and American Cocker Spaniels are thought to be one of the oldest breeds of gundog from the United Kingdom. Although the gamekeepers were usually quite specific about keeping the breeding of English Springer Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels separate, it is possible that there were some unintentional mixes. Aside from the occasional mixup, the Sprocker Spaniel is thought to have been officially created around 20 years ago. They were only recently given the name of Sprocker Spaniel. The exact origin is unknown, although some believe that the two types of Spaniel were first crossed by Scottish gamekeepers who wanted a skilled and robust dog with traits from both breeds who could work on the large estates north of the border. Since their creation, the Sprocker Spaniel has gained a very good reputation as a gundog as well as a family pet.

Sprocker Spaniel Breed Appearance

Unlike many mixed dog breeds, the Sprocker Spaniel has a fairly specific and regular appearance since they are created from two Spaniel type dogs that share many similar characteristics. However, there can still be a great variety between Sprocker Spaniel puppies in terms of looks and personalities. The end result of crossing an American Cocker Spaniel with an English Springer Spaniel is a beautiful and proud dog with a proportionate head that has a well defined stop. They also have occipital points and wide set eyes which have an alert and intelligent gaze. These dogs have the long pendulant ears that are shared by both parents and wide muzzles with wide nostrils. The noses usually match the color of the dog’s coat. The bodies of the Sprocker Spaniels are athletic with laid back shoulders and a chest that has proportionate width. The ribs are well sprung and the front legs are muscular and strong, like the hind ends which are level with nicely developed loins. The broad feet are compact and padded with strong nails. The coat can have a variety of colors and has some feathering on the ears as well as the back of the legs.

Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Hazel
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Blue
Fawn
Cream
Red
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sprocker Spaniel Breed Maintenance

These dogs have beautiful silky smooth fur that does require some maintenance in order to stay this way. The Sprocker Spaniel should be brushed every day, with some extra time spent on the coat around the ears, on the belly, legs and paws, since the fur around this area is extra prone to knots and tangles. Aside from brushing the dog’s coat, the Sprocker Spaniel will need to have their teeth brushed at least two or three times each week. Doing so will help to prevent gum and tooth decay as well as keep the breath fresh. The nails also need to be trimmed regularly as they should not be allowed to grow too long. The exact frequency will depend on the individual dog, although since the Sprocker Spaniel is a very active breed, they may wear down the nails naturally quicker than other breeds. The last maintenance requirement that is often overlooked is cleaning their ears. Once a week you should gently wipe clean your dog’s ears in order to prevent any infections.
Brushes for Sprocker Spaniel
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sprocker Spaniel Temperament

The Sprocker Spaniel is a mixed breed between an American Cocker Spaniel and an English Springer Spaniel. These dogs will take on some positive and negative characteristics from both parents. On the positive side, Sprocker Spaniels are known to be very loyal dogs that are devoted to their families. They are also very social pets that are usually born with an outgoing nature. Because they are very intelligent, they are also quite easy to train and are very talented at many canine sports. On the other hand, this breed has lots of energy and will need a lot of activity in order to be calm and happy. This is also one of the reasons that the Sprocker Spaniel may not be the best choice for people who are inexperienced with dogs. These charming dogs can sometimes be mischievous and need to be kept busy. They should be well socialised to aid in the training process, and will need to know who to look to as the alpha dog. They love human companionship and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

Sprocker Spaniel Activity Requirements

Since these dogs are so active and are not very adaptable, they will not be suited for the apartment life. They will need to be kept busy, and since they have very high energy levels they will be best suited to a life in the country or in a home with a large yard that allows them to be outside as often as possible throughout the day. This active breed will be happiest living with a human that shares the same love for exercise and being active as they do. The Sprocker Spaniel should be given around 60 to 80 minutes of intense exercise every day. They should be taken on several walks per day as well as given some time to just run around on their own or play fetch off the leash. The more exercise that you give these dogs, the happier that they will be.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
80 minutes

Sprocker Spaniel Food Consumption

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

Sprocker Spaniel Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 25 lbs
12 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 29 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 29 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 33 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 33 lbs

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