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Designer dog breeds have become more and more popular as people seek to have a mix of the best traits from different dogs in a single dog. One of the greatest successes is the Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix which is commonly called Spanador, Cockador, or Cockerdor. If you are looking to buy one, then some of the questions you might have include:
- What is a Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix?
- What are the characteristics of a Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix?
- Why would you want one?
- Is it good for hunting?
- Where can you get one and the cost?
What is a Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix?
The Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix is a dog that results from the crossbreeding of the American Cocker Spaniel with the Labrador Retriever. As you may already know, these two parent breeds have some of the best traits among dogs, and a mix gives the Spanador a significant advantage in terms of characteristics.
What are the Characteristics of a Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix?
Given that it’s a designer dog, its characteristics are a mix of those of the parent breeds. Both breeds are very popular, highly active, energetic, friendly, and easy to train, traits that they pass on to this designer breed.
With the Cocker Spaniel and the Labrador Retriever breeds registered with AKC and classified in the Working Group of dogs, the resulting crossbreed is excellent for outdoor needs. Its instincts in the woods and water are incredible.
A Labrador Retriever is bred for pick up game. It is excellent at following an owner’s verbal, hand, and whistle cues when used in hunting or other activities.
On the other hand, the Cocker Spaniel is a hunting dog. Its bred to flush out game from thorns, bushes, and brackets. It will fearlessly dive into these places to flush out birds, rabbits, and other wildlife species for the owner. Additionally, it also has some retrieving uses when out hunting. This breed is highly responsive with impeccable working cooperation.
A Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix, therefore, benefits from both sides which make it excellent for all outdoor needs.
When it comes to physical appearance, it lies on a spectrum between those of the parent breeds. That means that your Spanador will fall anywhere between the following characteristics:
Male: Weight 25-30lbs, Height 14.5”-15.5”
Female: Weight 20-25lbs, Height 13.5”-14.5”
Lifespan: 12 years
Coats: Two; a shorter undercoat and an outer coat that is longer, silkier and may be straight or wavy plus feathering (longer hair) around ears, chest, belly, and legs
Male: Weight 65-80lbs, Height 22.5”-24.5”
Female: Weight 55-70lbs, Height 21.5”-23.5”
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Coats: Two; an undercoat and a coarser outer Guard coat that repels water and protects its skin
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