If you were wondering if a mix between a Shiba Inu and a Cocker Spaniel exists, look no further, it does exist and it’s called the Shocker. And, it looks just adorable.
Besides the cute appearance, these medium-sized dogs also carry the best traits of both breeds.
They are loving, lively, and independent. You will also discover that they are great with kids and other dogs, but when it comes to other animals, the Shiba Inu side in them simply doesn’t let them get along nicely.
These dogs are not demanding when it comes to exercise and a short walk outside will do just fine.
However, is this enough to know if you are considering becoming a Shocker owner? What else is there to know? Do you need to spend hours on the internet researching?
Luckily for you, thanks to our guide, your research will come down to just some 10 to 15 minutes. To help you understand this breed, we have created our Shocker in-depth guide.
In this article, you will find out what are the most important facts when it comes to this breed, as well as how you can take proper care of your Shocker puppy.
But before we get there, you need to learn a few things about the puppies and see what you should keep in mind when looking for a reputable breeder.
The Shocker Puppies – Before You Buy…
Buying the puppy is the easiest thing, but before you get there, here is what you need to consider to make sure you are going back home with a high-quality, healthy Shocker.
What price are the Shocker puppies?
If you want a healthy puppy that doesn’t come with any hidden genetically heritable health issues, you need to find a reputable breeder.
And, the price range for such puppies goes from some $500 to all the way up to $1000 or higher.
Those expensive pups come with breeding rights and a bloodline that is meant to win dog show trophies.
How to find reputable Shocker breeders?
Reputable breeders aren’t easy to find, but they are essential if you want to buy a healthy dog that has no hidden genetically heritable health issues.
But, how can you distinguish a reputable breeder that stands behind his dogs and offers high-quality pups, from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill, whose puppies are everything but high-quality and healthy?
And, how to avoid buying a puppy that comes with a bunch of genetic disorders and illnesses that are bound to show up as they mature.
Easy actually, you just need to pay attention to the red flags that might appear during the breeder choosing process.
Here are the signs that will tell you that you are dealing with either a puppy mill or a backyard breeder and that you should avoid such a deal at all costs.
- A puppy selling ad that is always active and there are always available litters
- No official website
- A price per puppy that is significantly lower than the average price range for this breed
- No medical record of the litter
- No health clearances for the litter parents
- No vaccination proof
- Lack of knowledge on the breed
- No advice on proper puppy care
- No diet schedule and a list of ingredients for meals
- Home delivery
These are the obvious signs that the breeder you are considering is a bad choice. A reputable breeder will offer you all of the listed paperwork before you even ask.
He will also give you an in-depth insight into the breed and offer you tons of advice for proper health care, feeding, training, exercise needs, and more.
A reputable breeder will also offer you contacts of his previous clients so that you can check how happy they are with their dogs, and even help you choose the puppy that matches your personality and lifestyle.
In the end, a reputable breeder cares about the breed and is focused on making it better and providing the perfect homes for each of his pups.
Backyard breeders and puppy mills are focused only on taking your money, and couldn’t care less about the breed and how they are destroying it with bad breeding.
3 Little-known facts about the Shocker puppies
In this part, you will get more familiar with what it means to live with a Shocker puppy so that you can decide for yourself if you are ready for this step.
- They will fetch anything you throw
Shockers love the game of fetch and they are more than happy to bring back pretty much anything you throw.
- They are extremely smart
These pups are extremely intelligent and in most cases, it will take you no more than a day to teach him to sit, lay down, and shake.
- House training can get complicated
In the beginning, house training will be a drag and you will need plenty of patience.
But, once your Shocker picks up, he will advance rapidly and soon you won’t have indoor accidents at all.
Physical Traits of the Shocker
In this segment of your guide, we will talk about the Shocker’s average size and weight range, and the average lifespan, so that you have an idea how long will your loyal companion be by your side.
How big is a full-grown Shocker?
In general, the Shockers aren’t big dogs and, when talking about males, their height range goes from 15 to 20 inches.
The females, on the other hand, are slightly shorter and their height range goes from 14 to 16 inches.
As for their weight, the females usually have around 15 pounds of weight, while the males are heavier and can go up to 25 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Shocker?
Contrary to the popular belief that designer breeds tend to come with a short lifespan, the Shockers have a pretty nice life expectancy.
Assuming that you are providing a proper diet and enough exercise, as well as regular vet checkups, you can expect from your Shocker to stick around for 12 to 15 years.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Shocker
The Shockers carry the best traits of both breeds. For example, they come with the Cocker Spaniels affection and sweetness, while also having the beauty and the majestic appearance of the Shiba Inu.
However, the results may vary since they come from two breeds and the parent gene percentage can be different from pup to pup.
One thing stands though, this is a relatively new designer breed and we are yet to discover new traits and characteristics as it develops and experienced breeders improve the breed with careful and thoughtful gene selection.
For now, what we’ve noticed about the breed when their personality is concerned, is that they always come with the Cocker Spaniel’s family affection and the need to be around their family members most of the time.
However, from time to time, and depending on the Shiba Inu gene percentage, this breed also needs to have time-outs and spend some time alone. This is a characteristic Shiba Inu independence trait.
In general, the Shocker is a dog that is meant to be with a family that has an active lifestyle. They have high energy levels and need plenty of exercise to wear themselves out.
This will also help them in suppressing the negative traits of the Shiba Inu, such as destructive behavior when bored.
If they have enough exercise, they will be calm indoors, and pretty much just be focused on being close to the family, even if that means just spending time laying in front of the TV.
When it comes to their social skills, the Shockers can be friendly towards the people who aren’t a part of the family.
But, if the Shiba Inu is more dominant in their genes, they can be suspicious of strangers and become protective even when there’s no need for such behavior.
This is why early socialization is a must so that they realize that not all people are a threat and that they can get along with other dogs and animals as well.
Also, if introduced to children while they are puppies, they will get along with them, but the kids should also be aware of how they should behave when around dogs.
All in all, the Shocker is a highly intelligent breed that can respond well to training and pick up on commands quite quickly.
But, this also means that if you have a harsh approach, they will become very stubborn and refuse to listen when you tell them to do something.
For this reason, you should have a positive approach to the training and include positive reinforcement as a method, as well as praise and treats.
Once you are synced with each other, your Shocker will become obedient and willing to follow your lead, and become a great addition to your family.
When talking about choosing a proper diet plan for your Shocker, we should highlight that the meals should be based on a premium-quality dry dog food.
With such a diet, your dog will have a balanced nutrient intake, and you will be happy to know that your dog is properly developing and that his health is not at risk.
As for the food amount, in general, and based on their activity levels and size, Shockers need from 2 to 2.5 cups of premium-quality dry dog food daily, divided into two equal meals.
How much Exercise does a Shocker need?
The Shocker is an active dog and he needs regular daily exercise to stay away from boredom inspired destructive behavior.
You should take your Shocker out at least twice a day, for a half an hour walk, and combine each walk with at least half an hour of playtime at the dog park.
If you have a yard, your Shocker will highly appreciate it, but keep in mind that this is a dog that likes to hunt prey and wander off in the process, so you need to make sure there are no weak spots in the fence.
The Shocker Health and Conditions
Having in mind that this breed comes from two different breeds, it’s no wonder that the Shockers can suffer from health issues that are associated with both the Cocker Spaniels and Shiba Inus.
The health issues you should be aware of include various eye problems, elbow and hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and various skin allergies.
As with any other breed, to have an idea of what to expect and be prepared for, it’s best to talk to the breeder about the illness history of both bloodlines.
My final thoughts on the Shocker
With the health section, we have reached the end of our Shocker guide.
Hopefully, you now have a much better idea of what being a Shocker owners means and you know if this breed is the right one for you.
But, just to be on the safe side and not make a hasty decision, here is a quick summary of the most important traits of this breed, so that you can double-check and make a well informed final choice.
The Shockers are caring, active, lively dogs that can also be stubborn and very independent.
Most of the time they will want to be close to the family, but from time to time, they will spend some time alone, as if they are “rethinking their life decisions”.
Usually, these dogs are people friendly and great with kids, as well as other dogs, if they were properly socialized while they were little puppies.
However, regardless of the quality of the socialization, they have a strong prey drive and don’t get along well with other animals, especially cats.
The training can be difficult but is highly possible if you are patient and consistent.
In the end, the secret to having a well-mannered dog, regardless of the breed, is tons of love!
As long as you and your family love your Shocker, he will love you all back and behave nicely so that he makes sure you are pleased with him.
That would be all for today’s guide. We hope that we helped and that you’ve decided that this is the breed you were looking for. If so, our mission was a success!
Thanks for reading our guide to the end, and feel free to share it on social media so that more people can get to know this breed much better and fall in love with it just as you did.
- The Shocker Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Shocker
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Shocker
- Shocker Diet
- The Shocker Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Shocker