Bocker (Beacker) is a new breed designed by the way of Beagle and Cocker spaniel crossbreeding. Bocker is a popular and extremely affectionate and intelligent dog that makes it a perfect dog for an adult person.
Appearance and Size
A mixture’s genetic buildup is not always 50% Cocker spaniel and 50% Beagle – crossbreed dogs may vary in terms of exterior.
As a rule, Bocker has a square, well-muscled, oblong body with broad head, short muzzles, long, floppy ears, and a tapered tail, that is slightly curved and tipped in white, similar to its Beagle parent.
As a rule, Bocker’s hair is of middle length, slightly curved, with Beagle color and pattern (chocolate, red spots on white background). Sometimes, Bockers inherit coat color of Cocker spaniels: creamy, sandy or chocolate. However, a color depends on particular parents.
What concerns its size, it weighs about 20 pounds and is 15 inches at shoulder.
Life Expectancy and Health Issues
An average life expectancy of a Cocker spaniel and Beagle mixture is 10-11 years. On the whole, concerning health issues, Bocker is a healthy breed with strong immune system. However, inherited from Cocker spaniel, a Bocker can suffer from eye allergy, may have dry skin or coat.
Also, Bockers who has long floppy ears may have problems with ear canals, that catch various infections (fungus and bacteria).
What concerns Bocker’s temperament, this dog is intelligent, affectionate and strongly devoted to its master. It has undeveloped barking skills, so it may be useless as a guard in your house. Bocker can be easily intimidated by other dogs.
Another necessary information: a Bocker has a rather independent personality (though devoted to people), so it would rather sleep somewhere outside its owner’s bed. Because of its Cocker’s parent, a Bocker may inherit a special trait – the so called “spaniel rage” especially after attaining three years of age causing them to display a certain outburst of anger and aggression for a short span, resulting in an unpleasant situation.
On the other hand, Beagle ancestor can give Bocker a hyperactive behavior that should be directed on the right way.
Bocker’s owner should not forget about daily exercises and serious trainings in order to get rid of unpleasant hunting traits. Proper education will give the opportunity to make a dog obedient and calm.
On the whole, a Bocker is a great loving dog and perfect companion for adult people who need to be very responsible towards Bockers concerning their temperament and character, showing a dog a man’s leadership. Bocker is a dog for active people, a nice and reliable friend.