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Cheeks History

The Cheeks are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Cheek is a hybrid, or designer, dog that was developed by a breeder named Sherryl Nelson in the early 1990s. The Cheek is classified as a “toy” or “teacup”, but it should be a fairly large toy sized dog. The intended purpose of a Cheek is to act as a loving pet, not as a working or sporting companion. The cheek is a relatively recently developed hybrid or “designer” type, which makes it a relatively new addition to the canine world. The breed was created in 1993, when a Cocker Spaniel breeder crossed a female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a male Cocker to create the “Cheek”. The “Cheek” was a hit, and was soon being produced by a number of different breeders. The “Cheek”, or “Blushing Cocker” as it is sometimes known, has a long, silky coat and tends to be a bit on the small side.

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Chihuahua, Pekingese

Cheeks Physical Characteristics

The Cheeks is a medium sized, short, stocky, and muscular breed that is usually between 15 and 19 inches in height and 62 to 90 lbs. in weight. The cheeks have a very heavy, weatherproof, double/triple layered, water resistant coat. The hairs are wavy, and erect. The head is broad and round with a moderate stop. The muzzle is deep and moderately long, with well opened nostrils. The jaw is strong and sufficiently developed to carry heavy loads. The ears are large and hang downward. The legs and tail are relatively straight. The toes are well arched and are thickly covered with hair. The gait is effortless, light, fast and with drive.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 3 – 9 lbs

Female Weight Range: 3 – 9 lbs

Cheeks Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Cheeks Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hydrocephalus, Mitral Valve Disease, Skin Problems, Eye Problems, Heart Problems

Cheeks Temperament and Behaviour

The Cheeks is a playful, happy, outgoing, and adaptable breed that is happiest when they are with their family. They are very intelligent and can learn quickly, but are also independent thinkers. They require lots of mental and physical stimulation, and do well in an active home.

Cheeks Activity Requirements

The Cheeks are a little-known, but unique, breed of dog. They are a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Chinese Crested. Because of their small size, the Cheeks don’t require a great deal of physical exercise. While they don’t require a lot of room, they do require one or two short walks or floor play sessions each day. The Cheeks do have a long coat, so brushing and combing is required. If you don’t have time for this, consider a different, more low-maintenance, breed. The attention-loving, outgoing personality of the Cheek makes this a high-energy, but fun, dog. If you have time and affection to give, this can be a great companion.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cheeks is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cheeks is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cheeks is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cheeks is part of the Unclassified group.

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