How Much Does a Cocker Spaniel Cost?
The Cocker Spaniel breed originated in the early 20th century and belongs to two breeds in the Spaniel family. Originally bred to become a hunting dog, they are now known to hunt and also be shown at famous dog shows. The cost of a Cocker Spaniel will greatly depend on its age, the type of breed (Champion, etc), the rarity of its coat, and other factors. Cocker Spaniels make great family pets since they are extremely good with children. They are also very happy, playful, and gentle dogs. In addition, like many dogs, they are very loyal to their owners. Although they may bark occasionally, such as when someone is at the front door, they are fairly quiet dogs.
How much is it?
- On average, typical Cocker Spaniel puppies are going to cost anywhere from $375 to as much as $900. Champion bloodline puppies that come from perfect bloodline parents will be near the $900 end, while typical adoption fees will run $375 to $600.
- PuppyFind.com, one of the Internet’s largest classified ads for pets, has a range of ads with prices that fall anywhere from $400 to as much as $900. Like mentioned above, the champion bloodline puppies can cost upwards of $900.
- Oodle.com, another popular classified website, has quite a few Cocker Spaniels up for sale. The majority of the listings on this website range from $300 to $600.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping the dog across state lines will usually cost around $250 to $400. Aside from the shipping fees, the travel crate will cost an additional $100. Remember that airlines will have strict guidelines when it comes to travel crates and pet shipments.
- Routine vet checkups, premium pet food, grooming a few times a year, and flea control can cost upwards of $1,000 to $1,500 for the year. GulfCoastCockerSpanielRescue.com has a great breakdown on what you should expect to pay when adopting a Cocker Spaniel.
- Do not forget other basic accessories such as toys, grooming materials, a playpen, treats, collars and a dog bed. It is not too uncommon to see dog start-up costs be as high as $500 or more.
- If you would like to enter you Cocker Spaniel in shows and competitions, you will need to pay for it to be trained properly. You may also have to pay entry fees when participating in a show.
What is going to be included?
- Common Cocker Spaniel coats are going to be black, red, golden, black and tan, and even a mix of three colors.
- The average Cocker Spaniel will weigh between 22 and 31 pounds.
- Most breeders should include up to date registration papers, vaccination records, and a medical history. If your breeder does not include any of this information, it is probably best to choose someone else.
- A reputable breeder should include a medical guarantee that lasts at least 30 days. If anything were to happen during that time to the dog, the vet bills would be covered or you would be able to return the dog with no questions asked.
- The Cocker Spaniel will commonly have their tails docked. While this is completely optional, do not be surprised if the breeder has already done it for you. Along with their tails being docked, their dew claws may be removed as well.
Tips to know:
- A Cocker Spaniel should be groomed and bathed at least every eight weeks. Unless you have the professional experience to do so, it is important that you take the pet to a groomer. Most sessions will cost upwards of $60.
- This particular breed is known to have common skin conditions. If fed low-quality pet food, the skin conditions can either arise or worsen. It is very important that you consider premium dog food to prevent this from happening. Ask your vet what brand he would recommend.
- Cocker Spaniels are also known to have mild ear conditions because of their floppy ears that do not allow air to come through. This lack of air can create a warm environment, which can lure in ear mites and other parasites.
- The average Spaniel lives anywhere between 11 and 16 years.
- Common health problems to look out for can include cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation. One cataract surgery for a dog can set you back as much as $2,000!
How can I save money?
- A Cocker Spaniel is known to be heavily overbred. Because of this, you may find a lot up for adoption in your area. By going cheap, you may find the dog to have common health or temperament issues. Because of this, you should never sacrifice the health of the dog for a cheaper price.
- If the thought of a $2,000 surgery scares you, highly consider a pet insurance policy. They are relatively inexpensive and can potentially save you thousands. 247PetWatch is one example, in particular, that sells pet insurance.
- When first starting out with a dog, consider purchasing many accessories used. Crates, dog beds, toys and so much more can be found on websites such as Craigslist and at local garage sales.
- If you are only buying a Cocker Spaniel as a family pet, you do not need to spend the money to get a champion breed.