Beagle vs Cocker Spaniel

Compare the Beagle to the Cocker Spaniel. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Beagles and Cocker Spaniels.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Beagle and Cocker Spaniel are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Beagle is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Beagle is very easy to groom. The Cocker Spaniel has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Beagle has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Beagle vs Cocker Spaniel
Beagle
Golden Cocker Spaniel
Breed NameBeagleCocker Spaniel
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height13-16 in.14-15 in.
Weight20-30 lb24-28 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryGreeceSuriname
Origin Year500 AD1800 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 90°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow-Medium
Top Running Speed28 mph20 mph
StrengthLowMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLow-MediumMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBeagleCocker Spaniel
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBeagleCocker Spaniel
Lifespan
Lifespan10-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Autoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaNoYes
Beagle DwarfismYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
Chinese Beagle SyndromeYesNo
DistichiasisYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
GlaucomaYesYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Idiopathic EpilepsyNoYes
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Primary SeborrheaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBeagleCocker Spaniel
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesYes
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black, Fawn, & WhiteYesNo
Black, Red, & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & BluetickYesNo
Black, Tan, & RedtickYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
BrownYesYes
Brown & WhiteYesYes
Brown, White, & TanYesYes
LemonYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & BlackYesNo
Red & WhiteYesYes
TanYesNo
Tan & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanNoYes
Blue RoanNoYes
Blue Roan & TanNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
BuffNoYes
Buff & WhiteNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldenNoYes
Red RoanNoYes
SableNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
SilverNoYes