Pure Heart Cockers
General Information
The cocker spaniel breed: The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of sporting dog. It is a spaniel type dog that is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel; the two breeds diverged during the 20th century due to differing breed standards in America and the UK. In the United States, the breed is usually called the Cocker Spaniel, while elsewhere in the world, it is called the American Cocker Spaniel in order to differentiate between it and its English cousin, which was already known as "Cocker Spaniel" before the American variety was created. The word cocker is commonly held to stem from their use to hunt woodcock in England, while spaniel is thought to be derived from the type's origins in Spain.

The breed is the smallest of the sporting dogs recognized by the AKC, and its distinctly shaped head makes it immediately recognizable. In addition, there are some marked differences between it and its English relative. It is a happy breed with average working intelligence, although by being bred to a show standard it is no longer an ideal working dog. 

American Cocker Spaniels have won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show on four occasions, with the first win in 1921 by Ch. Midkiff Seductive. Ch. My Own Brucie won the title twice in 1940 and 1941, and became known as the most photographed dog in the world. Brucie's win in 1940 coincided with the American Cocker Spaniel becoming the most popular breed of dog in the United States, and they would remain the most popular until 1952. The most recent victory was in 1954 with the victory going to Ch. Carmor's Rise and Shine. The popularity of the American Cocker increased once again in the 1980s with it becoming the most popular breed again from 1984 until 1990.

The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest dog recognised by the American Kennel Club as a sporting dog,[17] being on average between 13.5 and 15.5 inches (34 and 39 cm) high at the withers.[18] It is a dog of normal proportions, with medium long silky fur on the body and ears, hanging down on the legs and belly (known as feathering). The head has an upturned nose and the ears hang down.[19] The breed standard states that size over 15.5 inches (39 cm) inches for males and 14.5 inches (37 cm) for females is a disqualification at conformation shows.[20] American Cocker Spaniels weigh around 24 to 30 pounds (11 to 14 kg) on average, with females of the breed usually weighing slightly less than the males.[17]

The head of an American Cocker Spaniel makes the breed immediately recognizable, with the rounded dome of the skull, well-pronounced stop, and a square shaped lip. The drop ears are long, low set, with long silky fur, and the eyes are dark, large, and rounded. The nose can be black or brown depending on the colour of the breed.[19]

The coat of the breed come in a variety of shades with the colors being separated into three main groups: black/black and tan, any solid colour other than black (ASCOB), and parti-color. The black variety is either all black, or with tan points on the dog's head, the feet and the tail in a pattern called black and tan. The group known as ASCOB includes all other solid colors from light cream through to dark red, although some lighter coloring is allowed on the feathering according to standards. Parti-colored dogs are white with patches of another color such as black or brown, and includes any roan colored dogs In addition, American Cockers coats can come in a pattern known as merle, which is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

American Cockers have rounder eyes, a domed skull, shorter muzzle and more clearly pronounced eyebrows than the English Cockers, whose head is more setter-like. In colours, the roan colours are rarer in the American variety than in the English but the shade of buff which is common in the American is not seen in the English breed at all, although there are English Cocker Spaniels which are considered to be a shade of red. The English breed is also slightly larger, being between 14.5–15.5 inches (37–39 cm) in height. Source: Wikipedia

For more specific information on the breed standard from the AKC, click here.

Color and Markings: 
  • Typical Colors: Black, Black and Tan, Any Solid Color other than Black (ASCOB), Parti-Color with black, red, and brown.
  • Special Colors: Any typical color with white markings, Red, Chocolate.
  • Parti: Two or more solid colors, one of which must be white.
  • Merle: lighter colors of the base color swirled with the darker base color.
  • Roan: single white hairs and white patches intermingled with the base color.
Spaying/Neutering: Pure Heart Cockers requires that all customers spay or neuter their cocker spaniel at 4-6 months of age if they buy from us. This is included in our purchase agreement and is designed both to ensure the integrity of Pure Heart Cocker's puppy quality and to improve the overall health of our puppies. Breeding rights may be granted on cocker spaniel puppies for additional fees and on a case-by-case basis for qualified individuals and is purely at the discretion of Pure Heart Cockers. Contact us for more information.

Benefits of spaying females include no heat cycles (therefore males will not be attracted); less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in auto accident; reduce or eliminate risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle; reduces number of unwanted dogs/puppies; helps dogs live longer, healthier lives. 

Benefits of neutering males include reducing or eliminating risk of spraying and marking; less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents; risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease; reduces number of unwanted dogs/puppies; decreases aggressive behavior, including biting; helps dogs live longer, healthier lives. 

Adapted from article on http://www.spayusa.org.

What We Provide: 
  • On request, a registration application to register your puppy with the AKC — you will need to fill it out online per the instructions on the form. However, such a registration is not generally needed except for breeding purposes. Since our purchase agreement requires spaying/neutering between 4 and 6 months of age, most of our buyers don't ask for this application.
  • Signed health guarantee from Pure Heart Cockers — included as part of contract.
  • Small baggie of puppy food.
  • Doggie toy or blanket with scent of litter mates.
  • Plain Collar, if you would like to provide your own we will get your puppy accustomed to it. 
  • A medical record showing all shots/worming that have been given to your puppy. Since you will need to schedule a vet appointment within 5 days of receiving your puppy, you should bring this medical record to make sure the vet is aware of all treatments given. 

All puppies are priced the same, regardless of color or gender. We reserve the right to lower prices if necessary if the puppy begins to "age out" so that he/she can be placed in a home sooner, but given demand we do not expect this to be necessary. Current pricing will be displayed with each litter on our Available Puppies page.

A deposit of 50% of the purchase price is required to reserve your puppy; this and all deposits are applied to the price of the puppy. Our preferred method of payment for deposits is PayPal, but we also accept cash, cashier's check (no certified or personal checks), money orders, and debit or credit cards. The 50% deposit is non-refundable, but may be applied to a puppy from a future litter for up to 2 years from when the deposit is received. When you pick out your puppy, one half of the balance (25% of the purchase price) is due. Final payment is due IN CASH when you pick up your puppy. If you are placing a deposit on a puppy with fewer than two weeks before delivery or pick-up, please contact us for payment arrangements. 

For other payment arrangements such as a single one-time payment in full, or a modified installment plan, please contact us prior to making payment. We will not accept less than the 50/25/25 arrangement, but may consider more aggressive installment plans. Note that all non-cash payments must clear before taking possession of a puppy.

Note that puppies in future litters may be priced higher; however, your deposit on a puppy from a future litter will lock in the advertised rate for puppies from the most recent advertised price at the time of deposit.

What our Prices Include:

  • Docked tails: This is done before the puppies are 3 days old to ensure no undo pain for the puppies. The nerve in the tail does not develop until after the 3rd day.
  • Dew Claw removal: Dew claws are removed before day 3 to prevent undo pain to the puppies.
  • First Shots: Puppies need regular vaccinations every 2-4 weeks until 14 weeks of age. Puppies leave the mother after week 8 so you will have to keep up on the vaccination schedule.
  • Dewormed: Puppies should be dewormed at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age, then again at 6 and 12 months.
  • AKC Registered: The American Cockapoo Club (ACC) is a registry and a club dedicated to promoting the cockapoo, while encouraging and supporting its breeder members. 
  • 1 Year Health Guarantee: Signed guarantee from Pure Heart Cockapoos, included as part of the purchase agreement, that guarantees you a puppy free of genetic defects for 1 year. Breeder must be presented with documentation from a reliable and professional veterinarian. Buyers have the option of returning the puppy within the 1st year in exchange for first position on a waiting list for a future litter.
  • Starter Kit: Includes a small bag of food, a plain collar, and a toy or blanket with scent of litter mates.
How to Buy a Puppy from Us:
  1. A client information form must be completed by the buyer. (Pure Heart Cockers reserves the right to opt out of moving forward with a sale if we have reason to believe the puppy's best interest is not intended.)

  2. A deposit must be placed to hold a puppy (50% of the purchase price). This is absolutely non-refundable and applied to the price of the puppy. It can transfer from litter-to-litter for up to 2 years.

  3. At birth, the picking order is done in the order of deposit receipt. Picking will occur between 4-7 weeks of age. At minimum, we will post pictures shortly after birth, around 3-4 weeks of age, and every 8-10 days after. At the time of picking, the next 25% of the puppy price is due. Please note that if you choose to visit in person for puppy selection, interaction may be "no-touch" as they may not have been vaccinated yet at this point.

  4. Puppy pick-up will begin at 8 weeks. The final 25% of purchase price (all of remaining balance) is due IN CASH at time of pickup. All previous deposits must have cleared before pickup. Please note that puppies not picked up by 9 weeks of age may be subject to a $15/day boarding fee.