Bocker

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Bocker

The Bocker is a cross between a Beagle and an American Cocker Spaniel. They are generally small and compact but muscular with a medium to long coat that can come in almost any color. Although they can be used for hunting, this hybrid is generally sought after for use as a pet because of their friendly, loyal disposition. This breed is lively but obedient and can be trained fairly easily, so it's good for new owners. The Bocker is an intelligent dog that gets on well with children and other pets. What's more, even if they're not aggressive, they make good watchdogs as they'll protect their owners.

History of the Bocker

To understand the history of the Bocker breed, you'll need to know the history of its parent breeds, the Beagle and the American Cocker Spaniel.
        

A little of the Beagle

        
The Beagle is one of the oldest known breeds, originating in the 1300s and used in England in the 14th century for rabbit hunting. According to some, Beagle comes from the Celtic word petit, but others say the name comes from a French word meaning open throat. This refers to their tendency to howl or bark. The breed's origin is not well known, but it is thought to have come from packs in England in Roman times. They were used almost exclusively for hunting and were called pocket dogs because they were so small. In fact, they averaged just 23 centimetres in height at the time. They came to the United States in 1642, although they didn't look much like the English version of the Beagle. They were larger and more like a Basset Hound. The Beagle was accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885 and is the 5th most popular dog in the USA.
Standard of the Beagle

A little of the American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel was born in the 1800s in the United States to flush out and retrieve birds. In fact, their name Cocker means woodcock, which is a type of bird they were good at hunting. There are two types of Cocker Spaniel, American and English, which were considered the same breed until the AKC separated them in 1935, although the Cocker Spaniel breed was recognized in 1878. They are the 29th most popular dog breed in the United States.
Standard of the American Cocker Spaniel

Appearance of the Bocker

The Bocker is a small dog with a fluffy coat of medium to long fur that can take on almost any color. However, the most common colors are black, merle, white and brown with tricolor or bicolor patterns. Some may have a solid coat like the American Cocker Spaniel, and others may have the spotted or tricolored coat of the Beagle. They have large, pendulous, hairy ears and a square head with a medium-sized muzzle and intelligent eyes. The Bocker has short, muscular legs and large paws with a short to medium tail that can curl over the back.

Temperament of the Bocker

The Bocker Dog is gentle, easy-going and relaxed. Overall, the Bocker is a friendly, well-mannered dog that will bring great joy to its owners. They are excellent companion dogs for singles, couples and the elderly who are looking for a four-legged friend who will keep them active, but who will also snuggle up after a long day. They're creatures of habit who'll be more comfortable being fed and walked around the same time every day, which is good news for those who already have a regular routine. Bockers understand the concept of personal space and won't hesitate to sleep in their basket at night or relax in their bed playing with a toy while you're busy. Bocker dogs will alert their owners to any newcomers entering the house, knocking on the door or strange noises outside. They tolerate heat, but dislike colder climates. If you live in a region that sees its fair share of snow, you'll need to invest in good quality winter dog equipment.

Needs and activities of the Bocker

Because both parent breeds are docile and friendly, the Bocker is an excellent pet for anyone, including those with children and other pets. The Bocker is intelligent and loyal and will do whatever it takes to please its owners, so training is usually fairly easy. However, you must be consistent or the American Cocker Spaniel in your Bocker will try to take advantage of you. Socializing them early is important to help them get along well with other dogs at the dog park. They love to be cuddled and loved, and will patiently endure a child's attention for hours. However, it's never a good idea to leave a small child alone with a dog.

Maintenance of the Bocker

Since the Bocker has a medium to long silky coat, it's important to brush it at least two or three times a week, using a stiff bristle brush and a metal comb. Don't pull at carpets or tangles with the comb. It's best to use your fingers to detangle the fur and then brush. Because of their long ears, you should check them once a week for dirt, wax and redness. In addition, clean them with a soft cloth or cotton ball and a mild cleanser recommended by your vet. Trim nails if necessary and brush teeth at least twice a week.

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