The Bocker is a crossbreed between the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel. Also known as the Bocker Spaniel or Beaker, this doggo was first developed in the United States as a companion dog. It’s unknown when this breed was first developed, but they’re still excellent family companions since they’re lively, friendly, and protective. If you want to learn more about Bocker puppies, then keep reading.
Where to get Bocker Puppies
As with all dogs, you’ll be able to find this breed wherever you can adopt dogs. For example, your local animal shelter or breed rescue organization is a good place to start. They might have Bocker puppies, adults, or seniors available for adoption.
Most of these dogs have been at the shelters for a long time and have eagerly awaited the right family to come along. So, it’s always a good idea to adopt and not shop. You can give a dog a forever, loving home while still getting a new furry friend that’s right for your family. Lexi…
However, if you have your heart set on getting a puppy and want to know the dog’s background, you can go through a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize this breed since it’s a designer dog. So, you’ll need to research ethical breeders on your own.
Luckily, you’ll be able to easily tell a good breeder from the rest because they’ll do the following:
- Socialize and train the puppies as early as possible
- Ensure the puppies are up to date with all of their vaccinations
- Allow the parents and the puppies to live in their home as part of the family, kennel-free (aside from crate training)
- Want to meet with you in person to get to know you and to allow you to meet the parents and the litter
- Be open and honest with you, able to answer all of your questions about the breeder, the breed, the litter, the parents, the breeding process, or the adoption process
In addition, an ethical breeder will also health screen and genetically test the parents before breeding them to ensure it’s healthy and safe. Then, they’ll get the puppies tested. Finally, upon adoption, they’ll have health documents and family tree history ready for you to bring home.
So, if you find a breeder that doesn’t do any of the items above, you’ll want to avoid working with them. They’re most likely a backyard breeder or puppy mill, and they don’t breed the dogs under healthy or safe conditions. Also, their main goal is to make a profit from the puppies rather than find them a good home.
The average cost of Bocker puppies is as little as $400. However, the price can increase or decrease slightly based on the breeder’s location, the time of year, the number of puppies in the litter, the breed’s popularity, and more.
Bocker puppies will grow to be medium-sized dogs. For example, they can grow about 12 to 15 inches tall and weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.
In addition, they can take after either parent breed when it comes to their appearance. However, they’ll typically have a medium to long coat that can come in cream, white, brown, or black.
There’s a lot to love about this mixed breed. For example, Bockers are loyal and affectionate with their family members. In addition, they’re great around young children, other dogs, and meeting new people. However, they can be protective and are great watchdogs. Luckily, they’re not aggressive, but they bark at new people to protect their territory and family.
This behavior can be nipped in the bud with early socialization and training. Luckily, this breed is eager to please, so they’re easy to train. Finally, they have high energy levels. You’ll want to provide them with a bigger house with a fenced-in yard rather than an apartment. Albie…
Bocker Puppies – Veterinary Needs
During the first year, you’ll want to bring your Bocker puppy to the vet a couple of times. This will help you keep track of their growth and development. Also, you can keep them up to date with their shots and boosters.
Then, for each year after that, you can bring them to the vet once a year for their annual checkup. Also, this doggo is prone to inheriting some health issues from its parents’ breeds, such as:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)
- Ear Infections
- Eye Diseases and Disorders
This mixed breed has an average lifespan of about ten to 15 years with proper care.
You can provide high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand or homemade dog food for your pup. Make sure your vet approves it and that it’s appropriate for your dog’s breed size, age, weight, and metabolism.
Depending on which coat they inherit, this doggo can be low-maintenance or high-maintenance when grooming. For example, if it has a silky coat like its Cocker Spaniel parent, then you’ll want to bring them to a professional grooming salon at least once a month or once every other month for a good cleaning.
Also, be sure to brush their coat at least once a week, regardless of the type of coat they have because they’ll shed moderately. Finally, remember to keep up with brushing their teeth, trimming their nails, and cleaning their ears regularly.