The new breeds of dogs coming out are more diverse than ever before. Breeders can pick and choose their perfect match for colour or personality traits! One of the newer hybrid breeds is the Coagle, Also known as Bocker. Wondering what a Coagle is? Keep reading below to find out.

A Coagle is a hybrid dog with 50% Beagle and 50% Cocker Spaniel. Coagles make great companions for people of all ages. Coagles are very active and intelligent dogs. They are often called Bockers.

Now we know what a Coagle is. Let’s learn about the two dog breeds that created this hybrid dog and understand the possible temperaments, appearance and trainability of the Coagle.

Hybrid Dog Meaning: A hybrid dog is not a pure dog breed. It is a mix of two or more purebred dogs with known backgrounds.

Coagle: A Hybrid Breed

Coagles are mixed breed dogs that get some of the best qualities from their parents, the Beagle and Cocker Spaniel.

The Coagle dog has a sturdily built body with medium to long fur. Their large floppy ears and square-shaped head makes them very adorable. 

Coagles can be highly affectionate and curious by nature. Like their parents, Coagle pups need a lot of stimulation to remain entertained.

The Beagle and Cocker Spaniel mix: Coagle shares the status of a fashionable breed. This mixed breed makes a great family pet, owing to their love and loyalty. 

Coagles can be excellent dogs for first-time pet owners as they can be easily trained. Even though they are not aggressive, they can also be excellent watchdogs by protecting their owners.

Hybrids With One Parent A Beagle

Purebreed Parent OnePurebreed Parent TwoHybrid Name
MalteseBeagle Malteagle  
PomeranianBeagle Pomeagle  
PugBeagle Puggle
French BulldogBeagle Frengle  
Border CollieBeagle Border Beagle
Table showing five examples of mixed beagle dogs, along with their hybrid name

Hybrids With One Parent A Cocker Spaniel

Cairn TerrierCocker SpanielCairicocker
DachshundCocker SpanielDocker
Labrador RetrieverCocker SpanielSpanador  
Miniature Schnauzer Cocker SpanielSchnocker
PugCocker SpanielCocker Pug  
Table showing five examples of Cocker Spaniel mixed dogs, along with their hybrid name

Coagle Parents Breed History

To understand Coagle history, one must understand the history of the parent breeds, the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel.


The Beagle is one of the oldest dog breeds that originated in the 1300s. Even though the origin of this breed is not correctly recorded, it’s believed that they came from pack hounds during Roman times. During the 14th century. Hunters used Beagles in England for rabbit hunting. 

The Beagles were also called pocket-size dogs due to their size. When they came to the US in 1642, they didn’t look like the English version of the Beagle. However, they were still accepted by the American Kennel Club and were considered one of the most popular dogs in the US.

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel originated during the 1800s in the US for fetching birds. There are two types of Cocker Spaniel breeds the American and the English. 

Both were considered the same breed, but the American Kennel Club separated them into different breeds. The Cocker Spaniel got its recognition in the year 1878.

Who First Cross Bred The Coagle (Bocker)

It’s hard to track the exact origin of this Coagle dog breed (Bocker), But crossbreeding of the two dog breeds is 50/50 from both parents. It’s likely not a professional breeder, or they would have documented it. I presume it would have been one-off home breeders.

Reason For Crossbreeding

Crossbreeding of purebreds became a trend in the late 1980s. As the demand for designer dogs was on the rise; hence, through crossbreeding, new designer dogs were being created. 

Although there is no precise information about the reasons for crossbreeding the Beagle and the Cocker Spaniel, we can assume that this Coagle breed might have originated during the designer dog craze period. 

Another reason why the breeders would crossbreed two different pedigrees was to minimise any health problems that a dog breed may suffer. 

However, the Beagle and Cocker Spaniels dog breeds are not unhealthy breeds. The Beagle is considered one of the healthiest dog breeds around, hence sadly why they are often top choices for animal testing. 

The Cocker Spaniels also are healthy dogs. 

So, crossbreeding, for this reason, the Coagle doesn’t match the reasoning behind doing it for health benefits. 

I believe it’s down to attraction and desire to discover what a dog with parents being half Beagle and half Cocker Spaniel might look like. The Coagle, also known as the bocker dog, lived on through word of mouth.

Break Down Of The Names


Co = Cocker Spaniel

agle = Beagle


B = Beagle

ocker = Cocker Spaniel


They can be easily differentiated from other dog breeds by their broad head, short muzzles, small brown eyes, long floppy ears, large feet, and tapered tail over the back like their beagle parent.

As Beagles and Cocker Spaniels are small to medium-sized dogs, the size of the mixed breed is easy to predict. The pup is usually 12 to 15 inches tall and might weigh around 20 pounds.

We know that Coagle is a mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Beagle. Being a first-generation hybrid, it has got 50% traits of each parent breed. 

However, it’s hard to predict which traits might have been passed to the litter or what a puppy might end up with. Hence, each pup ends up being unique in their way.

Eye Colours

Coagle puppies can have different eye colours. However, brown, black, white, and merle are the most common eye colours.

Coat Of A Coagle

Depending on which coat the Coagle will inherit from its parents, being a Beagle or a Cocker Spaniel, the dog may need regular trimming or brushing. 

Regardless, both coats will need brushing, so brushing their coat two to three times a week using a metal comb and a stiff bristle brush is crucial.

The coat colour could be bicolour or tricolour, just like the Beagles. Or it can also have a solid coat like the Cocker Spaniel.

Floppy Ears Of A Coagle

The beautiful floppy ears of a Coagle look fantastic. However, checking the ears for wax buildup, dirt, redness, odour or ear infections is essential. Infections happen as their ears are floppy, and air won’t circulate inside correctly whenever they get wet, dry off the inside of their ears. Leaving them damp can create problems.


People who have Coagles say that their dogs are friendly and playful. Coagles have a lot of energy and love to be engaged in different things.

Pups of this mixed breed are very intelligent, thanks to the Beagle side of genetics. 

Coagles can alert the owners whenever someone they don’t know comes into the house or hears any strange noise outside. But if Coagles don’t have any tasks to do or are left for too long, they can feel unconfident and bored. So it’s essential to keep them engaged in some activities.

If left alone for a long time without any activity, the Coagle might become bored and show destructive behaviour. 

Destructive behaviour when a dog is bored is typical in most other dog hybrids or pure breeds.

Coagles are very good at understanding human emotions. They have a strong sense of time, so they are very particular about their daily routine.

Coagles need a routine to be happy and healthy. A pattern might include:

  • Getting up at the same time each morning.
  • Feeding at the same time.
  • Going for walks on a regular schedule.
  • Enjoying playtime at the same time.

This simple routine will make both you and your Coagle happier!


This breed is generally healthy and is not prone to any particular health problems, just the usual senior dog health issues that come with ageing.

Most puppies in a litter of Coagles are healthy and ready for good development. However, you may find a weak or small puppy in the litter. This puppy is called a runt. Even though it is smaller and more vulnerable than the other puppies, its overall health remains good.

What is the life expectancy of a Coagle?

Coagles typically have a 12- 15 years lifespan and are considered in excellent health overall.


Since each puppy will have a unique personality given by two completely different breeds, knowing the trainability of a Coagle overall can be difficult. 

However, Beagles are very intelligent dogs with a calm nature that dog owners can easily train. 

Cocker Spaniels are much more hyper and can decide on their terms whether or not they are ready to take orders or directions. Cocker Spaniels love to play, so an owner should complete training around playing/toys rather than food driven. 

You mix the two breeds, and in theory, the trainability of a Coagle could be either-or. 

For instance, if the Coagle puppy takes 50% intelligence from its parent, the Beagle and 50% playfulness from the Cocker Spaniel parent. Training should still be excellent. 

Factors that also come into play are your training ability and skills.

So, the trainability of a Coagle is either excellent or a little less than perfect. However, remember that all dogs can be trained. As a dog owner, this is where your skills are of the utmost importance. 

Do Coagles tend to gain weight?

Yes, Coagles often put on weight if they’re not active. Keeping them active and not overfeeding these dogs is essential to maintain their health.

What is a Bocker?

A Bockers is a mixed hybrid dog with parents from the Cocker Spaniel and a Beagle breed. They are also known as Coagle.

Are Bockers and Coagles the same dog?

Yes, they are the same dog, with the same parents being a Cocker Spaniel and a Beagle. Just with different names!

Recap: What is a Coagle?

A Coagle is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Beagle. They are also known as Bockers, but I prefer the name Coagle.

Happy Coagle Parenting!
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