Never heard of a Bocker? That’s because it’s not a purebred dog. It’s a cross between the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel.
These dogs will likely take on appearance traits from both parent, so it’s hard to say exactly what they’ll look like. Likely, they’ll be on the small end of medium in terms of size, and will have long floppy ears. Because the Cocker Spaniel has a medium coat and the Beagle has a short one, it’s hard to predict which your pup will have.
What you can expect is a loving, loyal, and devoted dog. These dogs bond well with their owners and will stick dutifully by their side. It’s up in the air if they’ll love strangers, but you can encourage them to be social by providing them with lots of positive experiences with strangers from when they’re a puppy. Have the strangers give them treats and assure them strangers are a good thing.
Because of the breeds that come together to make the Bocker, your dog might have a strong hunting drive. This means two things.
Bocker – A Hunting Drive
The first is that they may have an unreliable recall. Long leashes are a great tool, but you should never let your dog run completely loose. You can practice recall over time and it may get better, but it’ll be more of a challenge with this dog than other breeds.
The second thing is that they may not get along with small animals. Their prey drive can be high and they might chase cats, and will almost definitely chase even smaller animals. While it’s possible for them to co-exist with cats if they’re raised with them, extreme caution should be taken. Never leave them alone unsupervised, even when you fully trust your dog. The Bocker is a great breed.