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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Cocker-Pei - Cocker Spaniel and Shar Pei Mix
The parents of Cocker-Pei. Left: Cocker Spaniel, Right: Shar Pei

The Cocker-Pei is a mixed dog, her parents being a Cocker Spaniel and a Chinese Shar-Pei. She is a medium to large dog who takes part in activities including military work, sighting, herding and racing. She is expected to live for 10 to 15 years. The Cocker-Pei is a possessive and sweet dog.

Here is the Cocker-Pei at a Glance
Average height 18 to 21 inches
Average weight 40 to 65 pounds
Coat type Short, soft, wavy if like the Cocker, short and rough if like the Shar-Pei
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Quite tolerant at being alone for moderate amounts of time
Barking Rare but can howl
Tolerance to Heat Low to good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Good
Good with Children? Good
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good with enough time outside
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good
Trainability Moderate – can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, cancer, bloat, OCD, skin problems, eye problems, AIHA, epilepsy,
Other Health Concerns Swollen hock syndrome, joint dysplasia, allergies
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $175 to $650
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $390 to $500

Where does the Cocker-Pei come from?

There are a growing number of cross breeds around today. Crossing dogs is not anything new, all purebreds we have today were developed by crossing other dogs together, though most developed over a number of generations and with time. With these dogs, so called designer dogs, the first generation is what is wanted. There is a lot of controversy among dog lovers about them. Some are against saying these dogs are nothing more than mongrels or mutts. Some love them especially when the results are the best of two loved purebreds in one dog. But that cannot always be guaranteed, any trait from the parent can go to the offspring, good and bad. Another problems is the amount of bad or ignorant breeders and puppy mills that have sprung up to profit from the trend. Make sure you are not supporting these kinds of disgusting breeders.

The Cocker Spaniel

Spaniel means Spanish dog, and it is thought they do originate from Spain. There were two kinds by the 1800s toys who were companion dogs and larger hunting dogs who were then dived into water and land spaniels. The Cocker spaniel was named for his adeptness at hunting woodcocks. In England the term spaniel was used more as a working category than as a breed of dog. The Cocker Spaniel was finally recognized in the late 19th century, just after its arrival in America. Eventually the American breed and the English started to have slightly different characteristics, the American being smaller too. In the 1930s it was recognized that there was a difference between the two types and by 1946 the SKC set them as two different breeds.

When bred well the Cocker Spaniel is sweet, cuddly and loves to take part in family activities. He also loves to play, is alert, and enjoys getting outside with his owners. He can be sensitive so harsh treatment or tones should not be used with him. Sometimes when he is afraid or in pain he can snap and grow

The Chinese Shar Pei

We are not exactly how old the Chinese Shar Pei is, but he can be traced to Southern China where he was used as a fighter, hunter, guard dog and herder. When the People’s Republic of China formed nearly all dogs disappeared. But thankfully some Shar Pei were in Taiwan and Hong Kong and a breeder in Hong Kong called Matgo Law saved the breed. A few came to America in 1973 and they were recognized by the AKC in 1991.

Today this is a very alert dog with an independent nature and a wariness of strangers. To his owner or family he is devoted and he wants to be with them all the time. He is calm but he is strong willed. He also has an aggressive side if he feels his family are being threatened, and that aggression can come out with other dogs. Early socialization and training are important with this dog and his owner will need to establish themselves clearly as pack leader.


The Cocker-Pei is an intelligent, sweet but quite possessive dog. She is protective of her family and devoted to them and does not like to share! She can growl at strangers when they are a distance away. With her family though she is gentle, loving, playful and loyal. She loves to snuggle with you and is a great family dog and companion. She does have a stubborn side to watch out for though. She is a happy dog and enjoys company and being social so she does not like being alone for long periods. She would be okay though if you left her with another dog to keep her company. She is level headed but if she is unhappy about something she will let you know in a very clear and vocal way!

What does the Cocker-Pei look like

She is a medium to large dog weighing 40 to 65 pounds and standing 18 to 21 inches tall. She has a stout and strong looking body, a long tail, floppy ears, large webbed paws and a wrinkled face. Her coat can be silky and soft and short. Common colors are red, chocolate, browns and white or light markings. She often has longer feathering on her tail and legs.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Cocker-Pei need to be?

The Cocker-Pei is a fairly active dog and will need regular physical and mental exercise to keep her happy and healthy. She enjoys trips to a dog park and tends to play close to you even when off leash in a secure area. While she needs a certain amount of physical activity she also tires quickly and may need to rest while out a few times. Make sure she does not overheat. As a medium sized dog she can live in an apartment if it has a bit of room and she gets enough time outside. Access to a yard is just a bonus.

Does she train quickly?

She is moderately easy to train so while she may not be as quick as some dogs, she is certainly not harder or slower. Early training and socialization are a key part of being a dog owner, she will be a better dog for it. While intelligent she can have a stubborn side so be firm and consistent with her. Stay positive and reward her using treats, praise and whatever else works with her! Staying calm and patient will get you much better results than negative methods.

Living with a Cocker-Pei

How much grooming is needed?

She will need to be brushed two to three times a week to keep the coat looking healthy and sheds a low to moderate amount. She will shed more when the warmer weather comes along. She will need to be bathed when she gets really dirty using a dog shampoo only. Her wrinkles should be wiped and kept dry to prevent problems there. Her ears should be checked and cleaned once a week using a ear cleaning solution for dogs and a cotton ball. Her nails will need to be clipped when they get too long too. This is not a simple grooming requirement as there are blood vessels and nerves in the lower section of the nails. Should you cut through that it will hurt her and cause bleeding. If you are unsure about it have someone show you how or leave to the groomers. Brush her teeth at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is good with children, can be very good with socialization and when raised with them. She is playful and energetic with them and also affectionate and protective of them. She is also gentle when she needs to be. Other pets and dogs are fine to have with her too.

General information

She is an occasional to frequent barker, she barks when she plays, she barks when people walk past the house and so on. She should be fed 2 1/2 to 3 cups of dry dog food a day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health issues that can be inherited from her parents to be aware of. They include Hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, cancer, bloat, OCD, skin problems, eye problems, AIHA, epilepsy, Swollen hock syndrome, joint dysplasia and allergies. To lessen the chances at having a puppy with genetic issues buy from trustworthy breeders who allow you to visit the puppy before buying and can show you parental health clearances.

Costs involved in owning a Cocker-Pei

The Cocker-Pei puppy usually costs at the moment somewhere between $175 to $650. Other costs include buying a crate, collar and leash, blood tests, deworming, shots, micro chipping and spaying. These may come to between $450 to $500. Yearly basic medical needs like check ups, vaccinations, flea prevention and pet insurance come to between $485 to $600. Yearly non-medical costs for basics like treats, license, food, training and toys come to between $390 to $500.


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The Cocker-Pei could be a great choice for a family or couple or single owner. She gets along with everyone and is a very happy, sweet dog. She does have a stubborn side to her though and can be possessive so will need lots of attention to avoid issues!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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