Hybrid Breed

Cocker Spaniel + Rottweiler


What is a Cockweiler?

A unique mix breed of Cocker Spaniel and Rottweiler, the Cockweiler (also called the " RottieCocker") presents itself as a lovable and sturdy companion that combines the best traits of its pedigrees. Let's take a close look at this fascinating crossbreed.

Origin and History

The Cockweiler is a relatively new hybrid, resulting from the crossing of a purebred Rottweiler and a purebred American or English Cocker Spaniel. The roots of its pedigree go back to the Roman Empire for the Rottweiler and to 14th century Anglo-Saxon England for the Cocker Spaniel.

This mix breed was developed to produce a dog that has both the physical strength of the Rottweiler and the friendly, easy-going nature of a Cocker Spaniel.

Alternate Name Rottie Cocker
Origin England - Germany
Life expectancy 8 - 17 years
Care requirements high-maintenance - low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character and personality

The Cockerweiler is characterized by its intelligence, friendliness and ability to learn. Thanks to the balance of the Rottweiler and the liveliness of the Cocker Spaniel, these four-legged friends are often varied in their activity. They are usually relaxed and laid back, but can also be boisterous and playful when they are warmed up and comfortable.

This mixed breed is ideal for families and individuals. He likes to be an active part of his humans' daily lives and requires regular physical and mental stimulation. He fits well with an active lifestyle and is a great companion for long walks or hikes.

Social interaction and training

Thanks to their intelligence and trainability, Rottie Cockers are easy to train. It is important to keep training varied and interesting, as this dog breed gets bored quickly. Due to their friendly and social nature, they make excellent pets that integrate well with families that have children and other pets.

Care and health

The Rottie Cocker is generally a healthy dog, but may inherit certain health problems from its original breeds. These can include hip dysplasia, eye problems, and skin as well as heart disease. Regular vet visits and good grooming are therefore essential to maintain their health.

The coat of these mixed breeds requires regular grooming. This includes brushing to prevent matting and removing dead hair. Also, the ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infections.

Like all dogs, Cockweilers need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Breeding the Cockweiler

As a mixed breed, there are no specific breeding standards for Rottie Cockers. However, it is important that both the Rottweiler and Cocker Spaniel parent are healthy and have good temperaments. If you are considering a Rottie Cocker puppy, make sure the breeder is respectful, responsible and open to questions.

In appearance, the Rottie Cocker can vary like any mixed breed dog. He can have both the slimmer, lighter form of the Cocker Spaniel or the more robust, stronger form of the Rottweiler. Often his coat is low maintenance, being a short, straight coat. However, if he inherits the denser, curlier coat of the Cocker Spaniel, more frequent grooming may be required.

Fur length medium - short
Fur wavy - flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear - Triangle
Tail fanned out - lang
Anatomy dainty, rugged, massive, square, hefty
Size ♀ 36 - 63 cm
Weight ♀ 12 - 48 kg
Size ♂ 38 - 68 cm
Weight ♂ 13 - 60 kg
Suitable For -
  • Epilepsy

    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.

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • Heart disease

    Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.

  • Joint damage

    In some breeds, joint damage can occur later in life, affecting the musculoskeletal system.

  • Yes, these dogs are very social and can usually get along well with other animals, including other dogs. However, they need sufficient socialization to ensure that they respond positively to interactions with other animals.

  • The amount of time spent each day depends greatly on the dog's individual needs, but as a general guideline, you should spend at least one to two hours a day actively and consciously caring for your dog, including exercise, training and play.

  • Although all dogs shed, it varies by hair type. Since these dogs can have a combination of longer, woolly spaniel hair and short-haired Rottweiler hair, there can be a moderate to high amount of shedding.

  • On average, these hybrids live between 8 and 14 years, although some specimens can even reach 16 years or more.

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