Dog Breed Profile

Cockapin History

The Cockapin is a sighthound and scent hound mix. The Cockapin is a dog that is the result of breeding between an American Cocker Spaniel and a Beagle. The origin of the Cockapins is uncertain. Some historians speculate that the mixing of the two breeds began around 1850. The introduction of the Papillon into the gene pool in 1950 led to more distinctive appearances. The popularity of the cockapins was originally low, but it slowly grew through the 1880’s and 1890’s.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Cockapin Physical Characteristics

The Cocker Spaniel is a medium-size breed of spaniels developed in England and introduced in 1896. It is the smallest of the varieties of the English cocker spaniel. Members of the breed stand 15 to 17 inches (38 to 43 cm) high at the withers. They are graceful, well-balanced dogs with a level topline and long, tapering, muscular legs. Their easy gait encourages the Cocker Spaniel to move with a natural, free stride. The breed has a head that is proportionate to its size. It has a small muzzle, large, expressive eyes, and a feathered or rose-petaled ear. The ears are set wide apart, and the tail is docked and set low. The tail also sometimes has feathering. The coat of an English Cocker Spaniel is silky, glossy, and flat. There are four varieties or types of English Cocker Spaniel: the Field (or Hunt), the Show (or Show), the Working (or Game), and the Grand.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Black, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 13 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 12 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 25 lbs

Cockapin Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Cockapin Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Otitis Interna and Media, Entropion, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Cockapin Temperament and Behaviour

The Cockapin is an energetic, playful, and sociable breed. They are extremely people-oriented and love to snuggle with their families. They are highly trainable, and do well in obedience and agility. The Cockapin is a very intelligent and alert breed, and can be very protective of his family. They enjoy lots of attention and affection.

Cockapin Activity Requirements

Cockapoos are an energetic, playful crossbreed that tends to be more on the high activity end of the scale. They are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, and they typically inherit the friendly, people-loving personality of the Spaniel and the intelligence and athleticism of the Poodle. While Cockapoos can be couch potatoes, they do tend to be very active. A daily walk or backyard play time is important for keeping them healthy, happy, and out of trouble. If you are interested in a Cockapoo, be sure to take into account their need for exercise and attention. These pups can be lively and mischievous, and they need an outlet for their energy. If this sounds like the pup for you, be prepared to give them both mental and physical stimulation.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

150 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cockapin is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cockapin is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cockapin is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cockapin is part of the Unclassified group.

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