Hepper is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more.

Cockeranian (Cocker Spaniel & Pomeranian Mix)

Cockeranian (Cocker Spaniel & Pomeranian Mix) Featured Image

Height: 10 – 15 inches
Weight: 15 – 25 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Colors: Multiple
Suitable for: Active families, apartment or house with a yard
Temperament: Devoted, friendly, affectionate, stubborn, social, active

When you cross the Pomeranian with the Cocker Spaniel, you’ll have the Cockeranian, also known as the Cocker-Pom. The Pomeranian is a well-known and well-loved lapdog that is energetic, lively, and curious, and the Cocker Spaniel is a gentle, playful, and happy dog. The Cockeranian can only be the most adorable dog when she comes from two such gorgeous and amazing parents.

The Cockeranian’s appearance will depend on which parent she will take after the most. She might be small or medium in size with a double coat of wavy and coarse fur on top and a dense and soft undercoat. She might have medium to long ears that may hang loosely like the Cocker or held erect life the Pom. She could range from the lightest to the darkest colors but might be more commonly black and white, light brown, or almost any color combination with black markings.

Divider 1Cockeranian Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

The Cockeranian is a very energetic dog that, like most mixed breeds, is healthy and has a long lifespan. They can be easy to train, but be aware that they might also have a stubborn streak. The Cockeranian is a very happy and friendly dog that will get along well with everyone she meets, as long as she has been socialized well.

What’s the Price of Cockeranian Puppies?

At this time, there were no Cockeranian puppies available, but the price for a Pomeranian or Cocker Spaniel mixed breed puppy ranged from $1,000 to $3,000. If you choose to find a Cockeranian puppy through a breeder, you’ll want to ensure that the breeder is reputable and responsible and avoid any puppy mills.

Here are four tips that will help you to determine if you’re dealing with a reputable breeder:
  • Meet the breeder in person: Ask for an appointment as most breeders keep their dogs at their homes. Ask to see where the dogs sleep and observe how clean and well-kept they are. Are the dogs healthy and seem to have a positive relationship with the breeder? Definitely use video chat if you can’t meet with the breeder face to face.
  • Ask to meet the puppy’s parents: You’ll want the opportunity to meet the parents of your puppy so you can observe their temperament and health. This can also provide you with a glimpse of the possible personality and appearance of your puppy when she becomes an adult.
  • Look at the dog’s medical history: Ask the breeder to show you their dog’s official medical background. Any medical issues that the parents have should be disclosed to you.
  • Ask questions: Asking questions is an essential part of picking a puppy. A good breeder will answer all of your questions honestly as they are only interested in ensuring their dogs are going to the best homes.

You need to also consider the expense of raising a puppy and taking care of a dog throughout her life.

Some of the maintenance of a puppy will include:
  • Puppy training pads
  • Grooming tools
  • Toys for playing and chewing
  • Puppy/dog food
  • Treats to assist in training
  • Crate and bedding
  • Dog leash, harness, and collar
  • Water and food bowls

Additional expenses that you may encounter:
  • Neutering or spaying surgery
  • Veterinarian appointments
  • Vaccinations
  • Grooming appointments
  • Microchipping your puppy
  • Obedience and training classes

You might also consider adopting a Cockeranian as you’ll give her a second chance at a better life. The cost of adopting a dog could range from $300 to $600. However, some rescue groups will waive the adoption fee if you bring a special needs or senior dog home with you.

Divider 83 Little-Known Facts About the Cockeranian

1. The Cockeranian is very attached to her owner.

They won’t do well if they’re left alone for very long and are likely to suffer from separation anxiety.

2. The Cockeranian can make a great watchdog.

They can be very protective and devoted to their family and are known to stay by their loved one’s sides and bark at strangers.

3. The Cockeranian may do best in warmer climates.

Even though they have a double coat, your Cockeranian will probably prefer warmer temperatures.

Parent-breeds-of-the-Cockeranian_censored
Parent breeds of the Cockeranian | Left: Cocker Spaniel, Right: Pomeranian (Source: Pxfuel)

Divider 3

Temperament & Intelligence of the Cockeranian

The Cockeranian is a very sensitive but friendly dog that might have a bit of a stubborn streak. They are also very social and will enjoy meeting people and other dogs. They are very devoted to their family.

Cockeranians are smart dogs as they come from two intelligent breeds but look out for a little bit of a naughty side! They are very active and playful dogs that will prefer to be by your side and will love you absolutely unconditionally.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Yes, the Cockeranian is one of the best dogs for families thanks to their playful and affectionate natures. However, these dogs will do better with older children. Just be sure to supervise regardless of the child’s age for both the children’s and the dog’s safety. Always teach your children to respect dogs. There should never be pulling on tails or ears or riding your dog like a horse.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Cockeranian gets along very well with all other pets, as long as they are socialized well as puppies. They are social and friendly dogs, and there are no known issues with this breed with other dogs or animals.

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning a Cockeranian:

Food & Diet Requirements

Start by finding a good quality dog food that is specifically meant for your dog’s size, activity level, and age (such as this one). You can find additional information on the quantity of food and how often you should feed your dog on the back of the dog food bag. You can also speak to your veterinarian if you need any extra information about your dog’s health or weight.

Exercise

The Cockeranian is a very energetic dog that requires more exercise than you might expect for a dog of its size. You should expect to provide your dog with a minimum of 1 hour of exercise every day. Long walks or hikes as well as playing in the backyard, or if the weather is unpleasant, you can accomplish this with playtime indoors and shorter walks.

Training

Training the Cockeranian can be somewhat of a challenge due to their high energy and a streak of stubbornness. Lots of patience and consistent and firm training with positive reinforcements will go a long way, so you’ll end up with a well-adjusted family member.

Grooming ✂️

Both the Cocker Spaniel and the Pomeranian require a fair amount of grooming, and the Cockeranian will need a fair bit of brushing as well. Expect to carefully brush your Cockeranian at least 2 to 3 times a week and bathe her about 2 times a month with a good dog shampoo. You might need to consider taking her to the groomers once every 2 months.

You should brush your Cockeranian’s teeth around 2 or 3 times a week, trim her nails  every 3 to 4 weeks, and clean her ears at least once a month (or as often as you see fit).

Health and Conditions

The Cockeranian, as a mixed breed, will not be as likely to inherit the same health conditions as her purebred parents. But there aren’t any guarantees that she will not be free from these hereditary health issues, so being aware of the serious and minor conditions her parents might suffer from is essential.

Your vet will check your dog’s ears, eyes, and skin and will need to run urinalysis and blood tests to ensure your dog is in good health.

Your vet will need to give your Cockeranian a full physical exam and will pay special attention to her hips, elbows, and knees and will need to run cardiac, blood, and urinalysis tests.

Divider 5Male vs. Female

The female Cockeranian will usually be smaller in size than the male, but this also depends on which parent she takes after more. A dog that is closer in size to the Cocker Spaniel will always be larger than the one that takes on more of the Pomeranian physical attributes. In general, the Cockeranian might run about 10 to 15 inches in height and weighs around 15 to 25 pounds.

The next difference is neutering the male or spaying the female. Spaying is a more complicated surgery, which also means it will be more expensive and will take your female Cockeranian longer to recover from than neutering the male. This surgery has multiple benefits other than preventing pregnancy. It can reduce any aggressive behavior, stop your dog from wandering away, and help prevent future health problems.

Finally, many believe that there is a personality difference between female and male dogs. Males are thought to be a little less affectionate and more challenging to train than females, but there are debates about this. However, how a dog behaves and the kind of temperament she ends up with will always be determined by how your dog was raised and socialized as a puppy and how she has been treated as an adult.

Divider 3Final Thoughts

At this time, the Cockeranians that people have brought into their homes primarily adopt one through a rescue group. Otherwise, you can talk to Cocker Spaniel and Pomeranian breeders, attend dog shows, and speak to people at local and national dog clubs. Posting your interest in the Cockeranian on social media might even be the best way to find one.

These dogs are sweet, loving, and loyal and will love playing with you just as much as cuddling. Perhaps the Cockeranian is the perfect family pet for your own family.


Featured Image Credit: Pixabay