Cockapin Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Miniature Spaniel

Pronunciation: [ka ka pin]

The Cockapin appears to have only become known in the last few years. There is very little known about this small mixed breed dog produced by mating a Cocker Spaniel and a Miniature Pinscher (MinPin). They can look very different from one puppy to another — even in a single litter. Some may acquire the long, silky hair and other traits of the Cocker Spaniel while others may get the very short-haired coat and characteristics of the MinPin. The best thing to do is to become very familiar with both parent breeds so as to be ready for whatever temperament your Cockapin may exhibit.

Cockapin Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-15 yrs.10-15 in.10-30 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.

The Cockapin is a designer dog that may have been first seen around the 1990s but most likely was introduced very late in the designer dog game — perhaps more than a decade into the 21st century. While they have a very distant relation to a well-known guard dog breed, this hybrid dog is one of those that may or not be an attractive dog nor serve much purpose other than to be a small companion. They aren't bad for first-time families or those homes with kids, but they may not be the easiest dogs to train and they can be temperamental around boisterous children and people.


  • Very loyal
  • Moderate barker
  • Highly affectionate
  • Loves to romp and play
  • Can be decent watchdogs
  • Usually has low grooming needs
  • Good for somewhat active people / families
  • If Miniature Pinscher is genetically dominant (i.e., a short coat), shedding should be minimal


  • May bark a lot
  • Difficult to train
  • Can be very sensitive to touch
  • Can quickly acquire separation anxiety
  • May be braver than is good for his safety
  • If Cocker Spaniel is genetically dominant (i.e., long haired-coat), shedding can be significant

Cockapin Breed Description

As the Cockapin comes from two pure breeds with significant smarts, it too tends to be an intelligent hybrid dog. These small dogs can be difficult to train at the outset. With some patience on your part, they'll be easier to train as time goes on. They'll always be a bit headstrong as well as quick to develop separation anxiety if left along for too long or too frequently. On the other hand, they are alert, wonderfully loving and extremely affectionate.

Although they aren't particularly strong or weak, they do need a fair amount of daily exercise to remain fit, happy and healthy. They'll prefer being at your side all day, every day, and doing whatever you may be doing — so be sure to get out and around a bit. Don't forget to get out to the dog park a few times per week.

You should know that because the Cocker Spaniel / Miniature Pinscher has been around for only a short time, there is very little known and even less information available. We recommend visiting both parent breed pages to learn more about the possibilities for your hybrid!

Cockapin Size

The Cockapin is a small dog that tends to weigh from 10 to 30 pounds and can stand anywhere from about 10 to 15 inches high. Because it comes from two purebreds that have significantly different body types, there is no telling how any particular Cockapin puppy may turn out.

Average Adult Height

10-15 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

10-30 lbs

Cockapin Health

The Cockapin is such a new designer dog that very little is known about his health issues. Because he is produced from two somewhat different purebred dogs that share very few ailments, it will be difficult to determine what your dog may develop. Fortunately, neither parent breed has many problems — although they both have concerns regarding their kneecaps slipping.

What is absolutely recommended is to learn about the two parent breeds so as to anticipate any problems your Cocker Spaniel / MinPin may encounter. With hope, you'll see anything through and share anywhere from 12 to 15 years with your loving Cockapin!

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Luxating Patella
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
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Cockapin Breed Recognition

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

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry