Cocker Spaniels are intelligent, loving, and affectionate. They have long bodies, soft and silky hair, dreamy eyes, and adorable floppy ears you can’t resist scratching behind. Just looking at these beautiful creatures will make your heart melt.
Do you know what captivates us about Cocker Spaniels? The many stunning coat colors these remarkable pups come in. Let’s venture into the wonderful world of Cocker Spaniel colors: rarest to most common. From solid black to enchanting blends of various colors and patterns, you’ll learn why Cocker Spaniel coats have a unique charm.
1. Merle Cocker Spaniel
Merle is not one specific color, but we can’t start this article without discussing the rarest color pattern of Cocker Spaniels. Why are they so rare? They are hard to breed, and some pups are born with health problems such as auditory defects. However, some Merle pups can cost you around $8,000.
They are solid and partly colored, with it being lighter than usual. It’s not just parts of the coat that lightens. Merle Cocker Spaniels have blue eyes. Their eyes can be solid, speckled blue, or have one blue and one green or brown eye.
A regular color Cocker Spaniel breeds with a Merle Cocker Spaniel (one that carries the Merle gene), which will create the different patterns of their coat, nose, eyes, and paw pigmentation. Blue Merle Cocker Spaniel and Red Merle are great examples of these rare patterns and colors. The Blue Merle is a black Cocker Spaniel with a Merle pattern. They have a black base coat with a blue-grey hue. The Red Merle has a brown base coat and a red-brown hue.
2. Lemon Roan Cocker Spaniel
Now this is a beautiful and rare Cocker Spaniel. The Lemon Roan Cocker Spaniel is a cross between a White Cocker Spaniel and a Standard Cocker Spaniel. They often get confused with an Orange Roan, but the Lemon Roan is much lighter.
The coat has a white base with lemon and cream patches on it. The Lemon Roan Cocker Spaniel has dark-colored eyes, contrasting with its light-colored body. Their color isn’t the only thing that attracts buyers. They have a lively and affectionate nature, making them loyal companions.
3. Liver Roan Cocker Spaniel
The Liver Roan Cocker Spaniel has a unique liver-colored shade and a roan pattern. Some refer to the liver shade as chocolate. Their unique appearance makes them medium-rare Cocker Spaniels that will turn heads.
The liver/chocolate color is the base, and warm off-white or tan hair is scattered in between. Liver Roan Cocker Spaniels have expressive dreamy hazel or brown eyes that give them a type of charm that appeals to many pet owners.
4. Red and White Cocker Spaniel
Red and White Cocker Spaniels are a rare partly combination. Their base color is white with red or mahogany patches. As with the other Cocker Spaniel colors, the patches can vary in position and size. What makes this color so unique is the red sporadically distributed on the white background. The red comes in various shades of red.
Many Red and White Cocker Spaniels have warm dark eyes that complement their light color. This Cocker Spaniel color is a medium-rare color combination beloved by owners. Their color isn’t the only thing to love about them. They have a sweet, friendly nature adding to the breed’s allure.
5. Buff Cocker Spaniel
Buff Cocker Spaniel is a light yellow-brown color but can also be yellow-red. Some may even describe the color as beige, cream, or caramel. Their charming appearance sets them apart from other colors. They are somewhat rare but popular among Cocker Spaniel owners.
Their soft appearance showcases their warmth and elegance. The base coat for Buff Cocker Spaniels is cream, and you may see varying shades thereof with white on its chest and throat. These shades are generally uniform throughout.
6. Black and Tan Cocker Spaniel
Black and Tan Cocker Spaniels have a black base color with patches of tan. The tan is most commonly located around their snout, eyebrow area, and often their paws. They are not as rare as a Liver Roan or Buff Cocker Spaniel but rarer than the common Black Cocker Spaniel.
Their deep-set eyes are typically complemented with painted tan eyebrows, giving this cutie a contemplative expression. Their floppy ears are covered with a curly mop of black fur with a dab of tan. These pups are ideal for families that want a traditional-looking Cocker Spaniel but with some character in their color.
7. Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel
The Blue Roan Cocker Spaniels are excellent hunters and swimmers. That’s not the only thing Blue Roan Cocker Spaniels are known for. Their coats are beautiful! The base of their hair is black with a silver or white overlay that gives them a grey-blue hue. This blue shade on their coat will capture the attention of onlookers.
Blue Roan Cocker Spaniels are a common color and not rare. However, you won’t likely see them often. This distinctive roan pattern makes this a truly unique pup.
8. Red Cocker Spaniel
There is nothing quite like common Red Cocker Spaniels. This red beauty has a solid reddish-brown coat, and its growth in popularity means it comes at a more affordable price. Red Cocker Spaniels normally have black noses and dark eyes.
Their look is the typical Cocker Spaniel that most imagine when thinking about this breed. Their friendly faces and classic look give off a charm that attracts dog owners interested in the breed. If you’re looking for a new furry friend, you can’t go wrong with a Red Cocker Spaniel.
9. Black Cocker Spaniel
Black Cocker Spaniels are the most common color of the breed. It might even be the one you see the most. Their solid black fur, deep dark eyes, and nose are reminiscent of a midnight sky. Cue the traditional dog names such as Midnight, Raven, Blackberry, Shadow, or Thunder.
Solid color Cocker Spaniels, such as red and black, are significantly more common than multi-colored Cocker Spaniels. These mild-mannered pups are affectionate and cuddly. Their silky black coat and feathery, long ears remind us of royalty.
Why We Love Cocker Spaniels
Cocker Spaniels are particularly smart! They are social animals that are easy to train, so get your new best friend to sit and play catch in no time. Pay your pup with tons of kisses because they love affection. Since Cocker Spaniels are intelligent, potty training will be a breeze. In addition, they come in many colors, from solid to multi-colored and everything in between. What’s not to love about the Cocker Spaniel breed?
Summary of Cocker Spaniel Colors: Rarest to Most Common
|1||Merle||Multi-colored coat and solid blue or speckled eyes|
|2||Lemon Roan||White base with lemon and cream patches|
|3||Liver Roan||Liver/Chocolate base with warm off-white or tan patches|
|4||Red and White||White base with red or mahogany patches|
|5||Buff Cocker||Light beige, cream, or caramel|
|6||Black and Tan||Black base with patches of tan|
|7||Blue Roan||Black with a silver or white overlay that gives them a grey-blue hue|
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