Cockador: Cockerspaniel and Labrador Cross Breed

We thought we had heard of it all here at Cockapoo HQ, but then we came across another curious and intriguing designer dog known as a Cockador, or Spanador, depending on what you prefer. Relatively new, the origin of this dog is not known although if you look back through the statistics for search results through Google you will note that people only began searching for the word Cockador from 2005 onwards.

AS you’ve probably guessed, a Cockador is the resulting puppy of a Cocker Spaniel crossbred with a Labrador.

If you are interested in owning an active dog that has a soft and loyal side, the Cockador may be why you are after. Let’s look at some key considerations you need to factor in before you go ahead and buy one of these beautiful animals.

Cockador Temperament

Although Cockadors will inherit the sociable side of both parent breeds, you also need to keep in mind that Labradors are gun dogs and have that strong instinct to retrieve things, so will need lots of exercise. They are also very playful and intelligent and if you have young children, they will be the perfect companion dog. Especially if you take on a Cockador puppy from a very young age and socialise them properly.

Colours and Sizes

If one of the things that have put you off owning a Labrador in the past is their size, a Cockador may be a reasonable compromise, as a Cockador fully grown is not quite as big as that parent breed.

There are a wide variety of colours available, with black, blond, chocolate and brown among the most popular and common tones. However, the Spaniel influence means reds, roans and brindles are also likely too. With regards to the length of their coat, it really depends on what parent they take after more, whether they have a long and wavy coat or a shorter Labrador-like coat.

How to Find Cockador Pups

As they are still a relatively new breed, you are only likely to find F1 Cockador pups available at the moment. The good thing is that both parents will be registered with the Kennel Club and should have checkable records. You should always ask to see those records to make sure you know there are no inherent problems that are likely to be passed onto subsequent litters.

While we understand that it is very exciting getting a new dog and you want to go to a proper breeder, we would be irresponsible if we didn’t mention the worthwhile option of rescuing/adopting an abandoned dog.

Unfortunately, we can’t say you would definitely get a Cockador, so if you have your heart set on that breed you will be best sticking to a breeder.

We’ve covered tips and rules for getting dogs from breeders on this site before. We would encourage you to read this post,

Based on the pictures alone, we’re not surprised you are interested in owning a Cockador. We hope our guide to this fresh and fledgling breed helps you find the dog of your dreams.