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
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
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
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
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!