How much does a Cocker Spaniel cost? (+ownership costs)

Cocker Spaniel dogs from reputable breeders cost between $1000 and $2000 with the cost of adoption being under $500 but with an average cost of $300. The cost of owning a Cocker Spaniel is around $1000 but this can vary depending on several factors. 

A Cocker Spaniel is one of the most expensive dogs to care for.

But as I said, the cost 0f ownership can vary depending on how healthy your dog is, his size, the length of the coat, and so on.

It is highly recommended that you get your Cocker Spaniel dog from a reputable even though, initially, it may be expensive.

This will ensure that the puppy you get is healthy and reduce the risk of the dog developing a health complication later on, which is expensive to treat.

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To learn more about the Cocker Spaniel’s cost, keep reading. 

How much a Cocker Spaniel cost?

Cocker Spaniel cost Estimate table
Breeder price $1000 to $2000
Adoption costs Between $150 and $500
Registration cost $35
Training Around $600
Grooming costs Between $50 and $200 per grooming session
Vet Bills Around $40 to $90 per check-up
Feeding costs Between $40 and $150/month
Doggie supplies About $600 annually
Miscellaneous $200 annually

Please note that these are estimates and the costs can slightly differ. 

Initial costs of acquiring a Cocker Spaniel puppy

As I mentioned earlier the price of a Cocker Spaniel puppy can vary between $1000 and $2000. However, for superior lines and shows dogs, the price can go as high as $10,000.

The reason show Cocker Spaniels are significantly more expensive is not because they are healthier but it is because they fully fit the breed’s standards.

Breeders may also ask you for a deposit that can range between $100 and $500.

However, if you decide not to get your puppy from that breeder, you will get a refund for your deposit, depending on their refund policies.

This cost can vary depending on factors such as age, location, coat color, and even lineage of the puppy’s parents, factors that we are going to look at in more detail later in this post.

Adoption cost:

Usually, adopting a Cocker Spaniel is way cheaper than getting one from a reputable breeder. Adoption fees can range between $150 and $500.

Apart from saving money, adoption can also have several advantages over buying a puppy such as;

  • A fully vaccinated dog.
  • In most cases, the dog will have basic obedience and house training, at least.
  • Free registration.
  • You also get to see all the dog’s health records.

However, because most of the time these dogs are usually rescued dogs, they may be insecure, fearful, or have any other behavioral issues that may take time to correct.

But this is usually in several cases but in general, the benefits of adoption outweigh the disadvantages.

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What about service Cocker Spaniels?

Cocker Spaniels can also be used as service dogs doing tasks such as search and rescue and even as therapy dogs.

You can get your dog trained to be a service dog but if you want to get a fully trained Cocker Spaniel upfront, it is going to be super expensive, costing upwards of $20000.

Service may also include competitive competitions such as races.

These dogs are usually super expensive because the cost of training them and their high maintenance needs are significantly costlier.

If you decide to train your dog to become a fully certified service dog, you may have to part ways with between $2000 and $5000.

How does shipping a Cocker Spaniel cost?

If you are not getting your Cocker Spaniel from within your area, you will need to get him or get him shipped to you.

On average shipping will cost around $400 and this will even include the cost for the travel crate.

If possible get a travel crate for about $80, drive, and get your puppy to save some money.

Factors that impact the price of a Cocker Spaniel


The bloodline/lineage of a Cocker Spaniel is one of the main factors that affect the Cocker Spaniel’s price.

If you decide to get your puppy from a line of show Cocker Spaniel or a puppy from a line of famous dogs, the cost is going to be significantly higher, as high as $10000.

These puppies may also come with co-ownership contracts.


Cocker Spaniels puppies will cost the highest when they are at the age of between 6 and 20 weeks.

As the puppies age, the initial price of acquiring the dog drops. This may happen with puppies that may have not been book but this is less common.


Depending on how popular a Cocker Spaniel is in your state, the price may vary.

The location where you get the puppy may also affect the cost of shipment or fuel cost when you are driving to get the puppy.

Coat color

Cocker Spaniels come in various colors and color patterns such as solid black, brown, red, black and white, brown and white, red and white, tri-color, and many more.

You can have puppies from the same litter listed at different prices depending on how popular a certain coat color is.

Other factors may come into play but these are the main cost factors.

cocker spaniel ownership cost

Veterinary bill and health expenses

Although the Cocker Spaniel is a generally healthy dog, he is also susceptible to health issues such as;

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart disease
  • Canine cancer
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma

These health issues can be expensive to treat that is why it is recommended to get your dog from a reputable breeder. But in general, the cost of getting a checkup for your Cocker Spaniel can range from $40 and $90.

Cocker Spaniel treatment expenses

Treatment Cost estimate
Antibiotics administration $10 to $200
Cataracts treatment $2000 to $3000
Degenerative Myelopathy diagnosis $2000 to $4000
Hip dysplasia (therapy and surgery) $1800 to $4500 per hip
X-ray $50 to $200
Glaucoma $2000 to $3000
Heart disease $1500 to $5000
Corneal dystrophy $2000 to $3000
Patellar luxation $1500 to $3000
Epilepsy $200 to $500 per year
Deworming $10 to $20
Vaccination $70 to $100

Spay and neuter services

Spaying and neutering Cocker Spaniels helps to prevent unwanted puppies, behavioral issues, and can also protect the dog from serious health problems.

The cost of spaying a Cocker Spaniel can be between $60 and $500. Neutering will cost around $200 on average but can go as high as $400.

Human societies and dog rescues are less expensive than vet clinics. To find a spay/neuter clinic near you visit the ASPCA’s Free and Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Database.

How much does the insurance for a Cocker Spaniel cost?

As we have seen the cost for treating a Cocker Spaniel can be pretty high that is why it is important to get a health insurance coverage that covers the following, at least;

  • Prescription medication.
  • Accident cover.
  • Orthopedic conditions coverage.
  • Most of the hereditary conditions.

A good insurance cover for your Cocker Spaniel will cost around $50 per month. 

Feeding cost

Cocker Spaniels have big appetites but depending on how big he is, the feeding cost can vary slightly.

The monthly cost of feeding this dog can range from $30 to $150 for premium foods and treats.

An average 30-pound bag of dry food will cost around $35 and get as high as $150 a bag for premium food brands.

Grooming costs

A Cocker Spaniel grooming session can cost between $50 and $200 depending on what you want to be done by the groomer.

However, I would recommend learning some basics on how you can groom this dog if you do not already.

Our Cocker Spaniel grooming guide could be a great place to start.


The Cocker Spaniel is an intelligent breed. You should not have a hard time training this dog if you know how to do it.

However, some owners may choose to get help from a professional trainer.

The cost of basic group training classes will on your location. Typically, an 8-week puppy obedience course classes should go for around $150. Some trainers may also offer full training courses that are usually around $600.

Private classes usually start a $50 a session.

Cocker spaniel supplies

Supplies Cost estimate
Crate $40 to $200, depending on the size of the crate.

Small hard crates: About $35

Decorative crates: Between $100 and $600

Harness and leash $10 to $100
Toys Between $5 and $100
Doggie dish as low as $5 per piece
Doggie bed $100 to as low as $30

Cocker Spaniel cost summary

Cocker Spaniels are adorable dogs with beautiful coats that make great canine friends.

Owning this dog can be expensive but the cost of owning him may vary depending on some of the things that we have mentioned.

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