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Cock-A-Chon

History

Cock-A-Chon is a medium sized dog which is developed by crossing the two purebreds namely, the Bichon Frise and the American Cocker Spaniel. Since it is a designer breed and newly bred, a little is only known about its origin.

Facts About Cock-A-Chon

Breed Group Sporting, companion
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin The USA
Other Names Bichon Frise American Cocker Spaniel Mix, Bichon Spaniel
Size Medium
Height 11-16 inches
Weight 12-24 pounds
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information DDKC, DRA, ACHC, DBR, IDCR
Shedding Moderate
Hypoallergenic Yes
Litter Size NA
Color Black, white, brown & white, brown, brown & black, black & tan, white & black
Life Expectancy 10-14 years
Coat Medium/long, soft, dense, wavy sometimes
Price NA

Temperament and Personality

The pet can be a great family dog due to its sweet, gentle and charming behavior. It gets along with all members of the family including children and neighbors. They are an attention seeker and are playful with other animals as well. They crave to be loved but can be destructive when left alone for an extended period. Being a highly sensitive dog, they hesitate to bite or growl when they are in pain or wary of strangers.

Care

Exercise

Cock-A-Chon is a moderately active dog that requires regular activities, like a leash brisk walk of 30 minutes or a play session in the yard. Regular sessions keep it fit mentally and physically. It makes them happy and encourages them to be a part of such activities when the owner spends some good time with them during its play and participates with them.

Grooming

The grooming needed is not an easy task as their maintenance is expensive and intense. It requires professional groomers in every 2-3 months to bathe, trim and brush its hair. However, it is necessary to brush regularly at home even to avoid tangles or mats. Check its ears frequently and wipe to clean them with cotton dipped in ear cleaner to do away with an ear infection. Brush its teeth two-three times a week and trim its nails if grows too long.

Health Problems

The breed is a healthy one, so it is not prone to any typical health condition, but the owner must be aware of a few issues which it may inherit from its parents. They are hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, immune-mediated disease, canine glaucoma, inflammation of the ear canal and juvenile cataracts.

Training

Since a Cock-A-Chon has the habit of chasing, it is necessary to introduce them early to walk on a leash. Teach them to be obedient to commands like ‘sit’ or ‘stand’ and do not use harsh tones. Instead, apply positive techniques like rewards and praises. Another vital part of the training is crate training which can be done by influencing them with safe toys and enter its crate. Initial socialization of the puppies is essential to avoid future aggressiveness and destructive behavior

Feeding

Serve an adult dog with ¾ to 1½ cups of high-quality dry dog food according to its size. Their diet should also follow the health, metabolism, and age of the dog.

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