Sprocker Spaniel (English Springer Spaniel & Cocker Spaniel Mix)

Height: 14 – 20 inches
Weight: 30 – 45 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 13 years
Colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Fawn, Red, White
Suitable for: Families with older children, Couples, Active individuals
Temperament: Intelligent, Easy to train, Energetic

Hitting the designer doggie market in 1997, the Sprocker Spaniel is the perfect little pooch for a family with older children, couples, or active individuals. The result of breeding an English Springer Spaniel with a Cocker Spaniel, a huge personality is contained within this petite pup.

Available in an array of stunning colors, the Sprocker Spaniel has stunning looks and a temperament to match. If you’re interested in bringing this expressive dog home with you, read on to find out all about this awesome hybrid!Divider 1

Sprocker Spaniel Puppies – Before You Buy…

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Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

With big floppy ears and soulful eyes, the Sprocker Spaniel puppy is awfully hard to resist. But before you scoop her up and bring her home, there are quite a few things that you should take into consideration. Will she get along with your kids? How about your other pets? Is she easy to train?

The first rule when shopping for a Sprocker Spaniel puppy is to find one from a high-quality and reputable dog breeder. To get a happy and healthy pup, you must do your research.

Here are some tips to look for when searching for a top-notch Sprocker Spaniel puppy breeder:

  • The puppy’s parents will be on location and you will be able to meet both the mother and father.
  • Both parents are in good health and socialized with strangers.
  • The breeder will be knowledgeable about the breed and kindly answer any questions or concerns that you have.
  • They will keep the puppies until they are at least eight weeks old or older and provide their first round of vaccines.
  • They will have recommendations to give you if you ask for them.

Some red flags of a bad breeder, or “backyard breeder,” include:

  • Not allowing you to meet or see the puppy’s parents
  • Routinely advertising new puppies online
  • If you do see the parents, they’re in poor health
  • Giving the puppies away before they are eight weeks old, or without the proper vaccinations
  • Not having any documentations for the puppies or their parents
  • Not answering your questions

If you notice any of these characteristics, do not buy a Sprocker Spaniel puppy from this breeder, no matter how affordable they might be.

What’s the Price of Sprocker Spaniel Puppies?

Sprocker Spaniel puppy costs can vary greatly and can be anywhere from $400 up to $1,000. You must bear in mind that the initial cost of your puppy is only the first check you’re going to be writing for her.

Experts state that owning a dog can cost you between $1,400 and $4,300 annually. This takes into account high-quality pet food, dog walkers and sitters, toys, routine vet visits, grooming, preventative medicines, and more.

Remember that buying a puppy is a decade-long commitment or more. If you want your Sprocker Spaniel to thrive, you must invest both money and time in her.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Sprocker Spaniels

1. They Were Initially Bred by Gamekeepers

The Sprocker Spaniel hybrid came onto the scene about 30 years ago. It is presumed that gamekeepers purposefully bred the Cocker Spaniel and the Springer Spaniel to create a hardy gundog that could work in challenging terrains and in tough conditions.

2. Their History Shouldn't Fool You

Despite their history as hunters, Sprocker Spaniel dogs are perfect family pets that, if socialized correctly, get along with almost everyone.

3. They Have Lush, Full Coats

Sprocker Spaniels are widely admired for their silky and wavy fur. They’re the best combination of both brawn and beauty!

Parents of Sprocker Spaniel
The parents of the Sprocker Spaniel. Left: Cocker Spaniel | Right: Springer Spaniel

Temperament & Intelligence of the Sprocker Spaniel

Like their spaniel parent breeds, Sprocker Spaniel designer dogs thrive on being around their human companions and are fun-loving, loyal dogs. However, they are extremely energetic pooches that need substantial exercise to keep them busy and fend off boredom. Perfect for active families who have a large yard, Sprocker Spaniels are easy to train and always aim to please. Thus, positive reinforcement training methods work best for these dogs.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Sprocker Spaniels are devoted family pets. Alert, affectionate, and active, these dogs are both hard workers and family-friendly dogs. However, they are curious canines that always get into mischief, which is part of their endearing appeal.

Your Sprocker Spaniel will flourish when given a task to do and love their people. However, if they are left on their own for hours on end, this pup will succumb to boredom quite easily and take up bad behaviors, such as chewing. So, Sprocker Spaniels will do best in a home where there is always a pet parent around to play with.

While these dogs are good with kids, playtime between them and your young tots should always be supervised.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Absolutely! Sprocker Spaniels love to play with other dogs and, while curious about the family cat at first, will make fast friends with her. However, as with other working dog breeds, your Sprocker Spaniel may be inclined to chase the cat now and then. So, just keep a watchful eye on their interactions.

It’s important to note that as with any other breed of dog, early socialization is a must for your Sprocker Spaniel. Enroll her in puppy classes, take her to a dog park, or walk her around the neighborhood to get her accustomed to other dogs from a young age.

Sprocker Spaniel Dog Breed Info

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Things to Know When Owning a Sprocker Spaniel

Understanding your Sprocker Spaniel’s temperament is only the first step in understanding if this breed is right for you and your family. Here are some other need-to-know items before you take the plunge and bring a Sprocker Spaniel puppy home.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

When you bring your Sprocker Spaniel puppy home, your breeder will most likely give you a feeding schedule for her. You should do your best to stick to the same routine and feed her the same food to avoid an upset stomach.

Your new pup needs to be fed a high-quality, highly nutritious food in order to correctly grow and develop. As a rule of thumb, feed your pup three to four times per day. Once she is 11 months, she can be switched over to adult dog food.

The amount of food you will feed your adult Sprocker Spaniel will depend upon her weight and activity level. Always check with your vet about the proper amounts to give her.

Exercise 🐕

Sprocker Spaniel dogs are highly intelligent and high-energy canines. As such, they need efficient amounts of mental stimulation and physical activity to ensure they’re both happy and healthy. Your Sprocker Spaniel needs about 60 to 80 minutes of vigorous playtime every day. This can include a brisk jog, a romp in the backyard, or a game of tug-of-war inside.

Since your dog is extremely smart, she needs to be challenged almost daily. Working breeds thrive on tasks. So be sure to keep her busy with chores! Teach her to fetch your slippers or the morning newspaper. Invest in some doggie puzzles to keep her entertained. Just be sure that she gets the mental stimulation she needs to keep boredom at bay.

Sprocker Spaniel Dog Breed Info
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Training 🎾

Thanks to their two intelligent parent breeds, the Sprocker Spaniel is an easy-to-train dog. She always aims to please, so using positive reinforcement training methods is always best. Clicker training is a great way to quickly teach your Sprocker Spaniel basic and advanced tricks.

A Sprocker Spaniel trait that you’ll soon pick up on after a training session or two is that she can suffer from selective hearing. While this stubborn streak is easy to deal with, her ability to pick up bad behavior should be monitored carefully. Due to her high intelligence, she can easily pick up bad habits if left to her own accord.

Sprocker Spaniels thrive on the one-on-one attention they get during their training sessions with you. However, you should aim to show her new tricks to keep her interest.

Grooming ✂️

Because of their long, flowing coats, Sprocker Spaniel dogs need to be groomed daily. You should pay close attention to their bellies, paws, and ears where the long hair can easily get knotted or tangled.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism

Your Sprocker Spaniel can suffer some of the same health problems as her parent breeds can. This can include Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which will lead to blindness, allergies, and Hypothyroidism, which can cause your pup to gain weight and feel lethargic.

It’s important to routinely schedule check-ups with your vet in order to keep your Sprocker Spaniel feeling her best during the duration of her lifetime.Divider 5

Male vs Female

Female Sprocker Spaniels tend to be calmer and more sensitive and affectionate than their male counterparts. Males are oftentimes less needy and more independent. The females are also smaller in height and weight.

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Final Thoughts

The Sprocker Spaniel hybrid dog is a well-rounded and adorable designer dog for any type of family. While they tend to be a bit high maintenance when grooming is concerned, they are friendly, lively, and fun-loving companions for people of all ages.

If you do decide to get a Sprocker Spaniel, ensure that she gets a lot of attention, playtime, and is thoroughly socialized and trained from a young age.

Overall, this spirited Spaniel mix is a great dog that will be a devoted companion for her entire life.


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