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The Beaker is the offspring of two different purebreds, the Cocker Spaniel and the Beagle. He is also called a Bocker, Bocker Spaniel or a Cocker Spaniel/Beagle Mix. This mixed or cross breed has a life span of 10 to 12 years and has talents in watchdog and tracking. He is a perceptive dog but can have stubborn moments and may also inherit the Cocker Spaniel snappiness.
|Here is the Beaker at a Glance|
|Average height||Small to medium|
|Average weight||20 to 30 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, soft, water-repellent|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to very good depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Good to very good|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Quite high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – better with experienced owners|
|Trainability||Can be difficult|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Fairly high|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||10 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$ 350 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$400 to $500|
Where does the Beaker come from?
The Beaker is a designer dog, a recent term given to deliberately bred mixed dogs who are usually first generations dogs but can be second generation too. This trend has shot up in popularity over the last two decades amongst the public and the celebrities. Some are bred with care and purpose by decent breeders but there are also many puppy mills and bad breeders creating dogs just to make money. Take care where you buy from and perhaps consider checking out local shelters too. As is the case with many of these dogs there is no information or detail about where and why the Beaker was bred. We know it was in the USA and that is all. So we take a look at the parents to get a better feel for what could go into the mix!
The Beagle's history is a little uncertain in some places as while we have reports of beagle like dogs from as far back as Roman times they were not the Beagles we know today. Used for hunting for a time they fell out of favor in the 18th century when foxhounds became popular and because Beagles were not that fast. However farmers continued to use them and that is what saved the breed. In the 1800s they were imported to America and there they were bred to be smaller.
Today the Beagle is a sweet dog, funny but also quite naughty! Training and socialization is important and since they love their food so much occasional treats to bribe them to be good is recommended!
The Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel come from a Spanish line of dogs, and was named for his favored ability in woodcock hunting. It was not untie 1892 that he was recognized as a breed in England as for a few hundred years before that to the English spaniel was a working category rather than an indication of breed. In the 1870s he came to America where he grew in popularity and where there became a division in English Cocker Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels.
A Cocker Spaniel today when well bred is affectionate and sweet and loves to cuddle. He also likes to be in the center of any family activity and loves to play. He enjoys being active and is alert but he also quite sensitive and does not do well when treated harshly. He can also snap if he is pain or scared. Early socialization will bring out he best side of him.
The Beaker is a lively and loving dog but he can be stubborn and from the Spaniel side he can have a temper that makes him occasionally aggressive or snappish. He is therefore best as a companion with adults only or with older children. He also can be perceptive about how his owners are feeling and will comfort you when he sense you need it. He is affectionate and loyal but he is not necessarily attached to you all the time. He is protective and can be shy or indifferent around people he does not know, but will be friendly enough when he gets used to you. He does have jumping tendencies so that will need to be a part of his training to stop it. He sometimes also has the scenting skills from the Beagle and will try to chase scents.
What does the Beaker look like
He is a small to medium sized dog weighing 20 to 30 pounds. He has floppy ears, a long but strong body, short muzzle, broad head, brown small eyes and a tail that is a little curved. His coat is straight, short, soft and water-repellent. Common colors are brown, white, black, golden and cream.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Beaker need to be?
The Beaker is a fairly active dog who will need regular exercise outdoors as well as his play indoors especially if he lives in an apartment which he is capable of doing. He would love taking trips to a dog park, having a brisk long walk twice a day or even three times, and playing dog games. Some of his toys should challenge him mentally too. Access to a yard is not a requirement for him as long as you give him other opportunities though it is a nice bonus place for him to play.
Does he train quickly?
Early socialization and training are a very important factor with this dog in curbing the snapping and jumping and helping him to interact better with children, other dogs and other pets. He is a difficult dog to train though so he is not best suited to first time owners. He needs someone to be firm and set themselves clearly as his pack leader while still being positive with their approach. Reward and praise, use treats, be consistent and always be patient. He does love his food so treats are a great motivator though he can have issues with food being held over his head and may jump and snap. If training proves to be trickier than expected you can try a school or a professional trainer.
Living with a Beaker
How much grooming is needed?
He will need brushing every other day to keep up with the loose hair as he does shed a moderate amount and you will need to clean up some hair. If you have allergies he is not the best option. Give him a bath just when he needs it as doing it too frequently can dry out the natural oils in his skin. Use a dog shampoo only. His ears should be cleaned and checked for infection once a week and his nails clipped when they get too long. His teeth too need cleaning at least two to three times a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Beaker is not the best dog to have around young children. With help with early socialization he can get on fine with older children. He can sometimes be meek around other dogs and may be inclined to chase other small pets. If raised with any of them he can be better.
This is a good watchdog as he will bark to alert you of an intruder but he does bark frequently and that may be a problem if you live where there are noise restriction rules like some apartments have. He should be fed 1½ to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food split into two meals a day. He can inherit the Beagle howl and he can be prone to obesity.
The Beaker can inherit health issues from his parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. To have better chances at having a healthy dog you should ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances and you should visit the puppy to see the conditions he was kept in.
Costs involved in owning a Beaker
The Beaker puppy will cost between $350 to $600. Costs for things like a collar and leash, crate, carrier, blood tests, deworming, chipping, neutering and shots come to between $455 to $500. Annual costs for medical basics like check ups, flea prevention, shots and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560. Annual non-medical costs for things like toys, treats, food, license and training come to between $400 to $500.
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The Beaker has some great qualities, he is perceptive, affectionate and alert for example. He also has some issues that make him a harder dog to own, he is hard to train, can be aggressive and can be stubborn. He will need an owner with experience to see his good qualities and be willing to work on the other ones with patience.