Spanador (Cockador, Cockerdor) is a mixture between two purebreeds: Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever. This breed has been recently originated in the USA as a designer dog and is already recognized by Designer Breed Registry (DBR), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and other organizations.
Spanador Breed Characteristics
Spanadors are smaller, than an average Labrador Retriever, but is bigger than Cocker Spaniel: it weighs about 10-22 kilos, and its height at the shoulder is about 40-50 cm.
Average life expectancy of a Spanador is 12-15 years (both Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel are considered to be long-livers).
Depending on the inherited traits of their parents, Spanador can get Cocker-like fur texture (slightly oblong, curly) or be more Labrador-like (dense, short hair). The most popular Spanador fur color is of Labrador-pattern (pale-yellow, brown and black color), but there are cases of Cocker-pattern of the coat (black or brown sports on the white background, ginger).
The Spanador is a medium-sized well-shaped dog with fairly massive buildup. It has strong legs, thick tail, big head with pendant ears.
Temperament and Behavior
Spanadors are cheerful and lovable dogs that make them perfect pets for families with children and pets (a Spanador will be a nice companion in games). Spanador fits any family, but, if you are not active or haven’t enough time to walk with your Spanador ‘properly’, better choose some lazy breed.
Spanador are loyal and affectionate dogs who always want to be near their master. However, some Cocker Spaniels may be aggressive, alert and rather independent. So, these traits may be inherited by a Spanador as well.
It is not a surprise, that Spanadors (as their Cocker Spaniel parents) are perfect watchdogs who will guard you 24 hours a day. A Spanador will immediately bark at any sign of a stranger that sometimes seems to be annoying.
Since Spanadors are extremely active and playful they will need long and active regular walks to release their energy. As an extra activity, you may engage your dog in agility, Frisbee play or ballgames that will be definitely a plus. Spanador is better to undergo general training course not to cause problems in the future.
Spanador is a perfect family pet: well-mannered, cheerful and affectionate companion. It doesn’t shed much (it is important!) and is loyal towards people and pets. Choose a Spanador for your family.