Bocker Dog Breed

Black Bocker Puppy
  • Other names:
  • Cocker Beagle
  • Beaker

Pronunciation: [bä-kər]

The Bocker is a hybrid dog that comes from the mating of the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel. Bockers can eventually produce a host of problems from serious health concerns to demands for its daily routine (and somewhat great amount of sleep) not be interrupted. Although there is little information available about this mixed breed, it's very strongly recommended that you thoroughly research Beagles and Cocker Spaniels if you wish to get a Bocker.

Bocker Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-12 yrs.14-16 in.20-30 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

There is no classification for the Bocker. While it comes from two purebred parents that are recognized and categorized by the American Kennel Club, the Cocker Spaniel Beagle hybrid is not known for being used for its parents' Dog Group jobs as a Sport or Hound. Furthermore, this mixed breed is not very well recommended for first-time families, homes with young kids or for people who are infirm and who have not the considerable time and patience required to train and accommodate the Bocker.


  • Can be cute
  • Can be calm
  • Highly intelligent
  • Can be a good watch dog
  • Fairly high tolerance of cold climates
  • Has only a moderate amount of health concerns


  • Sleeps a lot
  • Demands routine
  • Not good with kids
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Difficult to train
  • Is prone to obesity
  • Great tendency to roam
  • Can be extremely stubborn
  • Not very tolerant of hot climates
  • May eventually exhibit belligerence
  • Can easily develop separation anxiety
  • Exercise regimen must be carefully planned
  • Requires a very careful and possibly expensive diet
  • Can be a bit expensive to adopt / buy as well as to maintain

Bocker Breed Description

The Bocker, also known as the Beaker, is a hybrid dog that comes from cross-breeding a Beagle and a Cocker Spaniel. It's unknown how or when — let alone why — this mixed breed dog was produced. There is not too much Cocker Spaniel Beagle mix information available, and no real history either. What's known is that they can be more than a handful to handle.

Like most highly intelligent dogs, the Bocker can be difficult to train. Unlike other dogs that eventually have their intellect redirected to make what they have learned applicable, the Bocker may continue to resist most training even as he pursues a desire for agility play. Don't be surprised when he challenges your authority at most every turn.

While they are basically friendly, they have a penchant for jumping about, not suffering little children and being rather ornery when roused from sleep. They are not particularly active, and their demand to maintain a significant sleep schedule may make them appear somewhat lazy.

Bocker Temperament

The Bocker has the potential to possess a wide range of temperamental traits. While the Beagle Cocker Spaniel mix personality generally tends to be friendly, desirous of agility play and well-behaved around other dogs, there is always the chance that he may develop (or have in "hiding") the infamous Cocker Spaniel rage. That bad attitude may not present itself for a couple or three years, however, hence the "hiding."

Training will almost assuredly be a challenge. These extremely smart dogs tend to have the idea that they don't need you and they don't need to please you. This means you must be extra-patient as well as firm when feeding, training and exercising them, as these three things are all part of one big game — unless you plan to let your Bocker run wild in the streets, in the home or anywhere else. Early and consistent socialization must also be administered in tandem with the aforementioned activities.

Perhaps the one thing that will also be realize is that the Cocker Spaniel Beagle mix temperament includes a lot of sleeping. As these dogs prefer routine, they may strongly resist exercise, training and other activities if they interfere with or interrupts their sleep time. They usually make clear from early on when they prefer to sleep.

Bocker Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Bocker dog breed.

Black Bocker Puppy
Red & White Bocker

Bocker Health

There are few health issues known — so far — regarding the Bocker. Then again, this is a fairly new hybrid dog, so it may take more time before a clearer picture is drawn of this mixed breed's basic physiology. Eye problems, thyroid complications and joint concerns top this dog's short list. There are other things, too, such as heart issues, epilepsy and Beagle Dwarfism, but so far these seem to be relatively minor in occurrence.

You should, however, also be careful when it comes to feeding and exercising them; too much of either can prompt problems such as obesity and over-exertion. A moderate amount of exercise — as part of a routine done the same time every day — along with very good food in small portions is strongly recommended.

If you take care of your Bocker, he should enjoy a life span of 10 to 12 years.

  • Beagle Dwarfism
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart Problems
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • View all 7...

Bocker Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Bocker as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • International Designer Canine Registry