The Bocker is a designer dog bred between the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel in the USA and has the feature of loyalty and amicability like its parents.
Facts About Bocker
|Breed Group||Designer, sporting, hounding|
|Breed Type||Mixed Breed|
|Country of Origin||The USA|
|Other Names||Bocker Spaniel, Beaker, beagle cocker spaniel mix|
|Weight||20 to 30 lbs|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DDKC,DBR,ACHC,DRA,IDCR|
|Color||Black, White, Golden, Cream, Brown, Tri-colored with or without spots|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Coat||Silky, smooth, short, velvety, waterproof|
Temperament & Personality
It is friendly, well-behaved and a great companion dog, but if it has Spaniel’s feature, then it may be snappy. They are good with elders and older children and can do anything to please them. Moreover, they share a strong bonding with the family but not necessarily attached every time. They like to sleep in craters at night rather than sleeping with their owners. They usually do not bark often like the Beagle but will bark if it watches a stranger is confronting. Their water-resistant coat protects from all weathers.
The dog remains relatively active and requires regular exercise to be physically and mentally fit. They love to go for walks or run in the park or garden, but excessive activity can make them fatigue.
Alternate day brushing with stiff bristle brush can keep them away with loose hair. The coat is specialized with the removal of debris, dirt and bad odors on its own, making it look shiny. However, bathing is only needed about twice a year or so. Pet owners should, however, regularly clean its eyes and ears to prevent infection.
The dog does not have any specific health problems but may suffer from hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, epilepsy, eye infection and ear problems.
Although they are intelligent, they can be a challenge to train due to their snappy and aggressive nature. Early socialization with children and other pets can help them to interact better. They require a firm, patient and consistent trainer to understand their mood and groom them properly. As they love food, reward them with treats if they learn new things. However, remain cautious about the fact that they might jump high to snatch the food if interested.
Supply 1 to 1½ cups of good quality dry kibbles with proper nutrition and split it into two to three meals to keep them healthy and avoid over-eating.