About this group
Clever, energetic and eager to please, Sprockers make both fantastic family pets and versatile, dual purpose working dogs.
A Sprocker is a cross between the English Springer Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel (sometimes the American Cocker Spaniel). The exact history of the breed is not known, but it is thought that Scottish gamekeepers began breeding their Spaniels and Cockers to create a more versatile working dog. They have only been known as Sprockers for the past 20 years, which has seen a rise in their popularity. These days, it is estimated there are between 5,000 and 10,000 Sprockers in the UK.
Sprockers need a lot of exercise, as they have boundless energy. It is important to walk them every day, as well as provide them with mental stimuli (they love learning new tricks and commands). If either parent is a working Spaniel, the offspring’s need for exercise is even greater! So not a breed for the faint hearted. They are also sociable dogs and very cuddly.
Both the Springer Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel are considered healthy breeds, but can suffer from some genetic disorders, all of which can also appear in their Sprocker offspring. These disorders can include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar lunation, canine dilated cardiomyopathy, cancer, retinal dysplasia, ear infections, allergies and heart murmurs.
By joining this group, you club together with other Sprocker owners to get a great deal on MoreThan’s excellent pet insurance policies.