Hybrid Dog Breed Facts Bocker

The Bocker is not a pure breed of dog, but rather, it is a hybrid breed of dog that is comprised of the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel. Because of this mixing of breeds, it is not always easy to determine what any individual dog will be like. That will depend largely on how much of each of the original breeds that they have in them as well as what floats to the top on the genetic make up. It will also depend on whether the mix was of two pure bred parents or if the parenting dogs were both mixes themselves. This mating of two mixed breed dogs is what is referred to as a multi-generation cross.

Although a litter of pups cannot necessarily be pre-determined regarding what they will look or act like in any exact way, there are some characteristics that do seem quite common in the Bocker. The following are brief descriptions of the physical and personal characteristics of the Bocker in general that may help you decide if this is the dog that would be a good fit for you or for your family.

*Physical Characteristics

The Bocker typically has a small body that is fairly compact, square, and well-muscled, but should not be overly fatty. The Beagle, in particular, can be prone to overweight, so owners should take care to ensure that they are getting proper exercise and are not over-eating. Obesity in dogs can cause very serious health just as it can in humans. Bockers usually weigh between 18 and 28 pounds. The legs should be proportionate to the body and the tail is rather long and tapered, held either upward or downward. It may also curve slightly.

The head is usually round and the muzzle is rather long and somewhat square, with a moderate stop. The nose is black in color. The round eyes can be either light or dark, depending on the coat color. They hold an expression of sweet sensitivity and friendliness. The ears are held in the flopped position, hanging down on the sides of the face, and are covered by silky fur. Ears should be checked regularly for any signs of infection, as both of the originating breeds are prone to them.

The coat of the Bocker is usually short, fairly soft, and is tight to the skin. The breed comes in an assortment of shades, sometimes bi-colored or multi-colored. The coat of this breed requires regular, but simple, care in order to keep it shiny and healthy, as well as free of debris that can get stuck in the fur. They will need to be brushed thoroughly with a stiff bristled brush on a weekly basis. This will also remove some of the loose hair and cut down on shedding.

*Personal Characteristics

Bockers are intelligent dogs and they are easily trainable. They are happy to know when they have pleased their owner. Good human to canine communication is essential. Training of any sort must be consistent, with the human establishing his or her position as “pack leader” from the start. The breed does not tend to want to dominate, being happy to have a human leader to follow. They will respond best to calm firmness from their owner, as well as a reward system and plenty of praise. It is a good idea to use the crate training method or puppy pads to assist in the process of housebreaking, especially if there is some trouble in this department.

Bockers want a good deal of interaction with the people that they care for. They will develop strong bonds with them and will want to do everything that their owner is doing, but they do not tend to be constantly underfoot. They are exceptionally affectionate and sweet by nature, showering their families with love. They should have plenty of activity, at least a brisk walk daily and some time to run off the leash in a safe area. This will keep them healthy as well as prevent boredom. They do well with both children and other pets, generally.