How Big Is A Sprocker

How Big Is A Sprocker
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Sprockers are very much a sum of their parents so it’s important to see both if possible and try to gauge their potential offspring’s size and temperament. There is no ‘standard’ with Sprockers. You do need to know if your puppy is going to annoy the neighbours by tuneless singing when you are out or possibly going to grow so big they take over your home.

A Spaniel Defined

It is terrible to stereotype anybody or anything, and maybe the whole point of having a Sprocker is their true diversity. But it is fun to look and wonder about their traits so, with the belief that to define a Sprocker, you need to understand a Spaniel so here we go.

So Sprockers…. a mix of a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel. However, as with any child, the offspring will contain various elements of both parents. Some good and some possibly slightly not so good.

The Cocker boys

Small Male Cocker Spaniel
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Small Male Cocker Spaniel

Large Male Cocker Spaniel
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Large Male Cocker Spaniel

Cocker boys can be split in both size and personality. Starting with the solid ones, the Mallowdale pedigree line of Cockers (for example out of quite a few) are robust dogs with a bold head and a sturdy body. Don’t be fooled by this though, they are extremely agile and as fast as they smaller contemporary’s. Happy twinkling eyes, clever and handsome with it. This line of Cockers is quick to learn and need to be taught whether they are destined to be family pets or working dogs. They produce big pups which the male Sprockers can outgrow their fathers. You will be getting a muscular happy and intuitive puppy that needs to be taught boundaries.

The smaller of the Cocker males are extremely athletic looking. Lean, muscular, longer legged and deeper in the chest. You often don’t own one of these you simply wear one, since their main principle in life is to love you as much as feasibly possible and this often means attempting to morph their sinewy body into yours. They need praise as opposed to food, often not being particularly interested in eating which keeps this handsome body slight and this carries through into their offspring. More chatty than the bigger Cockers in a good mood but if feeling left out can make a howl sound like someone is torturing him so doesn’t always take kindly to being left alone. They need a lot of mental stimulation otherwise they learn interesting tricks like opening the fridge.

The Cocker girls

Small Female Cocker Spaniel
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Small Female Cocker Spaniel

Large Female Cocker Spaniel
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Large Female Cocker Spaniel

Oh my! If you want to meet a Diva you have come to the right place. These too split their characters down the middle. If we start with the smaller ones this time; they are powerhouses of speed and agility. All can sail over a gate barely touching the ground on the other side, before reappearing a tad too quickly as you are bending down to open the bottom bolt. Fortunately, they are light as feathers and even a medium size child can carry them around easily. BUT they have a lot to say and are certainly ones not to be left to their own devices. They get bored easily and need mental stimulation otherwise you will find them sitting on your kitchen table rearranging the dahlias in the vase for you or you could find some very annoyed neighbours who are not as patient as you when it comes to them having a good old sing-song during the day. I like to think of them as pretty versions of Dobby in Harry Potter.

On the other side of the coin are the heavier set Cocker girls. They carry the same gene as Tango and Tarka when it comes to love and are very determined to get you trained before you train them. They are much more high maintenance than the Springer girls but are better at adapting to their various roles during the day. Their counterparts such as the smaller cockers are at constant high speed; these girls learn how to turn it on and off as need be. A day out shooting or miles of hiking from dawn to dusk and the following day snoring gently away on a warm chair by the fire make them very dual purpose in our lives.

The Springer boys

Small Male Springer Spaniel
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Small Male Springer Spaniel

Large Male Springer Spaniel
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Large Male Springer Spaniel

Poor Springers have the worst press of the whole Spaniel clan. They are meant to be completely ‘nuts’ which is a very unfair sweeping statement. Ok, so some are more high powered than the others which makes them (with all the mentioned) important to meet. But the male Springer is strong, stoic, patient and a perfect combination of minding their own business quietly and being great fun when the time is right. These boys are very aware of the people around them, highly sensitive to mood swings, do not like heated arguments and if you are unwell come and find you, with their big deep seal like eyes filled with worry. They will settle down by your side and refuse to budge until they feel their job is done. But they dig…not all of them but they can and if you have a keen gardener in the home their help will not be appreciated. They also chew things up. Especially…. well anything really but do grow out of this…. eventually. So it’s a question to ask of the male Springer… does he chew…. some do and some don’t.

The Springer girls

Small Female Springer Spaniel
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Small Female Springer Spaniel

Large Female Springer Spaniel
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Large Female Springer Spaniel

Like the boys, they suffer from a nutty reputation and, again, not necessarily so. The girls are a kind lot, measuring out their love and attention to all their family around. They are great mothers to both humans and their own. When it comes to large litters of pups, these clever things spend their time arranging and rearranging their offspring to make sure all are equally fed and cleaned. It is a marvellous sight to see. With children in the family, they can often take on a ‘nanny’ role gently nudging the errant child along with their nose or tugging at their clothes for attention.

They do fall into two categories, not necessarily different looking but certainly in energy. If you are looking for a family Sprocker make sure the Springer is a family one and not a fully blown gundog. Not that a gundog Springer doesn’t make a good pet, they can do but if you are a novice to Spaniels then getting the right combination of parents is imperative. If you mate a high powered Springer with a very bouncy Cocker you are going to have a very active puppy…

In essence, try and meet both of the parents of your puppy, ask to see if they have any other members of the family to hand or to see any photos of past puppies. If people love their dogs they will happily regale you proudly with stories whether you asked or not!

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