How Much Does a Cocker Spaniel Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

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, its heritage and breeder you adopt from.  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.

cocker spaniel pup ahoy by sweetron1982, on Flickr
cocker spaniel pup ahoy” (CC BY 2.0) by  sweetron1982

How much does a Cocker Spaniel cost?

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., 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, from what we witnessed here, could cost upwards of $900.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Most reputable breeders should include up-to-date registration papers, vaccination records, and a medical history.   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 its 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.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping the dog via car or air 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.  However, as experts recommend, it’s always best to check out the puppies in person to see how the breeder breeds their dog and what the parents look like.

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 for a healthy dog.  Plan on spending much more if your dog were to come down with a serious illness.

Do not forget other basic starter accessories such as the 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.

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 start at $60.

Tips to know:

Common Cocker Spaniel coat colors will include black, red, golden, black and tan, and even a mix of three colors.  Its coat will be medium in length and should appear straighter in appearance.  You may even see the acronym, “ASCOB,” which means “any solid color other than black.

The average Cocker Spaniel will weigh between 22 and 31 pounds, with heights ranging from 15 to 17 inches.

The average Spaniel, when healthy and kept in captivity, can live anywhere between 11 and 16 years.

Their temperament, according to owners who have had one, said they tend to be very lively, intelligent, cheerful and loyal to their family and friends.

This 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.

Common health problems can include cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation.   One cataract surgery for a dog can cost as much as $2,000.

Before adopting, be sure to ask the breeder if they have performed any health tests on the parents.  That way, you can be certain the parents are free of any popular health defects your soon-to-be puppy may suffer from.

They are friendly with other dogs and cats as long as they are socialized early.

They do shed a great deal and will require brushing almost daily as stated above.

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.

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.

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