The Bocker dog, designed by crossing the Beagle and Cocker Spaniel is an intelligent and loveable breed displaying traits of amicability and loyalty like its parents. These small-statured dogs have a square, well muscled, elongated body, a broad head, short muzzles, long, floppy ears, small, brown eyes and a tapered tail, that is slightly curved and tipped in white, similar to its Beagle parent.
|Other Names||Bocker Spaniel, Beaker|
|Coat||Silky, Smooth, Velvety, Short, Waterproof|
|Color||Black, White, Golden, Cream, Brown (Chocolate Brown), Tri-colored with or without spots|
|Group (of Breed)||Designer, Hounding, Sporting|
|Life expectancy||10 to 14 years|
|Weight||20 to 30 pounds|
|Temperament||Docile, Gentle, Loving, Protective though aggressive at times.|
|Good with Children||No|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club), DBR (Designer Breed Registry), ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry), DRA (Dog Registry of America, Inc.)|
The Bocker is a loveable breed with a gentle approach, having a strong affinity to sleep. These loyal dogs are highly protective towards their family. They can be quite indifferent if they do not like a particular person. With the Cocker Spaniel being one of its parents, there are chances of them to inherit the “spaniel rage” especially after attaining three years of age causing them to display a certain outburst of anger and aggression for a short span, resulting in an unpleasant situation. In fact, due to these reasons along with their jumping and snapping traits they are not well-suited for houses having small children unless they are brought up with the little ones since their puppy days. They possess a strong smelling instinct, apparently obtained from their Beagle parent who is immensely popular for its smelling skills.
They do not have the barking skills like the Beagle and may not always stand at the gate or fence barking at unknown people. Their weatherproof coat makes them adjusted to all weathers. They are known to have a strong time sense, being very particular about their daily routine. They understand human feelings quite well as if you are annoyed with them, they will try cuddling and hugging you. Though they share a close bond with their family, this breed is not too clingy and would prefer sleeping in their crates at night rather than with their master on his bed.
Though intelligent in nature, they might be difficult to train because of their aggression along with a lack of interest in pleasing their owners. They need a firm and efficient trainer who can understand their mind and groom them properly, thus helping in shaping their personality in a better way. Imparting socialization and obedience training to Bocker puppies is extremely essential to keep their aggressive nature under control. They can be given rewards in the form of food, though trainers should be cautious while doing so because they might leap high to snap the food out of your fingers if they are not interested in it.
They would need about one and a half to two cups of dry dog food every day. They are prone to be obese, thus, it is essential to give them a balanced diet comprising of proper nutrition and not overfeed them.