Facts & Origin
Origin and history of the Shockerd
The Shockerd, a mix of a Cocker Spaniel and an English Shepherd is a relatively new breed and therefore does not have a long history. However, both parent breeds have a long and impressive history.
The Cocker Spaniel, originally a hunting dog breed from England, is known for its friendly and even-tempered nature. The English Shepherd, on the other hand, was used as a herding and working dog in the United States and is known for its intelligence and adaptability.
|Origin||England - UK|
|Life expectancy||10 - 17 years|
|Activity level||average - high|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character and nature
As a crossbreed of two very different breeds, the character of a Shockerd can vary greatly. However, he generally inherits the friendliness and even-tempered nature of the Cocker Spaniel and the intelligence and adaptability of the English Shepherd. This makes the Shockerd a great family dog that gets along well with children and other pets.
Shockerds require regular physical and mental exercise. They are well suited for active families and can also be used in dog sports such as agility or obedience. However, despite their activity, they are also capable of enjoying quiet hours.
Care and health of the Shockerd
Grooming requires some commitment, as this breed tends to have a medium to long coat . Regular brushing is therefore essential to prevent matting and skin problems. We recommend brushing these dogs at least once a week.
In terms of health, the Shockerd is prone to the same health concerns found in both the Cocker Spaniel and the English Shepherd. These include eye problems, hip dysplasia, and a tendency toward obesity. Regular vet visits and a healthy diet are important aspects of keeping the Shockerd healthy.
Breeding a Shockerd
Since the Shockerd is a hybrid dog, breeding this dog can yield different results depending on which parent is dominant. It is important to do research and find reputable breeders to ensure the dog is healthy and well cared for.
What does this mongrel look like?
The genetics of the Shockerd can sway towards either English Shepherd or Cocker Spaniel. However, the Shockerd usually exhibits a harmonious blend of both breeds. He has a medium sized, sturdy build. This hybrid breed often has a medium to long coat of various colors within the confines of his parent breeds.
Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.
Metabolic diseases (cystinuria)
Cystinuria is a hereditary metabolic disease. Affected dogs lack a transport protein for certain amino acids (protein building blocks). In the kidney, the task of this transport protein is a return transport of amino acids from the urine into the bloodstream.
This mix is usually very bright, intelligent, affectionate and willing to learn.
This hybrid breed can come in a variety of colors and patterns, from black and white to red and silver to fawn and blue.
The Shockerd requires at least one hour of exercise daily. Since they are very affectionate and playful, they benefit most from a combination of walks and playtime.
Yes, this hybrid breed is usually very social and compatible with other dogs.