The average lifespan of the Cockerdor dog breed is 12-14 years but he can live longer if properly taken care of. Regular exercise, a healthy and balanced diet, routine vet check-ups, and a loving home environment are important factors that prolong your Cockerdor puppy’s life as he grows older.
The Cockerdor dog breed may inherit certain health issues from his parents. Learning about them will help you prepare in the future should they manifest on your Spanador puppy.
Hip and elbow dysplasia
Both parent breeds of the Cockador dog are predisposed to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. These health issues are caused by the malformation of the hip and elbow’s ball and socket. As a result, the joints painfully rub against each other. Treating this condition often involves surgery and medical therapy.
The Cocker Spaniel cross Labrador breed is also at risk of inheriting cataracts from his parent breeds. It is an ocular disease that causes a cloudy film to form on the eye's lens, obscuring the affected dog's vision. The most common treatment options for cataracts are surgery and medications.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
This degenerative eye disorder can occur in the Cockerdor dog breed too, since both his parent breeds are predisposed to it. As there is no cure for PRA, its outcome often leads to loss of vision. Pet owners need to help affected dogs adjust to their environment as their eyesight slowly deteriorates.
The Cockerdor dog breed is highly susceptible to numerous hereditary diseases. The best way to prevent these health issues from cropping up is to select a Cockerdor puppy from health checked parents.
Make sure to ask the breeder if both of your chosen Cocker Spaniel cross Labrador puppy’s parents are health tested. Check for recent clear eye tests, hip and elbow tests, and PRA DNA tests. Reputable Cockerdor breeders should be willing to provide you with this documentation.
How much exercise does a Spanador need?
The Cockerdor comes from a breed of highly active working dogs. Thus, he needs around 70 minutes of physical activity every day and fits well as a jogging or running partner.
This Cocker Spaniel Lab mixed breed does not do well being cooped up in small apartments. The Cockerdor needs a home with a large back garden where he can run around and play.