Since these dogs are naturally stubborn and independent, it is essential to get them habitual to grooming from a young age, otherwise, they develop the tendency of not enjoying being groomed or clipped when they get older.
Ears: You would need to regularly check the ears for signs of infections and clean them as needed to refrain from ear problems.
Eyes: Their eyes need to be checked and cleaned frequently to prevent infections.
Teeth: You will be required to brush their teeth two to three times a week; daily brushing is always good.
Nails: Their nails need to be clipped at least once in a month.
Hair: Due to their thick hair, daily brushing is mandatory to eliminate dead cells and hair and avoid tangles. They need to take bath occasionally, as too much bathing may lead to skin irritation and dryness.
Recommended daily amount: The quantity of food should be strictly based on their energy levels and size. On average, Shockers need 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food per day.
What food to choose: The meals being given should be based on a portion of high-quality dry dog food.
How to keep good shape: With a proper diet as mentioned above, Shockers will have a proper nutrient intake. Coupled with a moderate quantity of exercise such as fetch games, short walks, a trip to the dog park, etc. will help them to be in a good shape.
How many times to feed your dog: The food being given should be divided into 2 equal meals.
Because Shocker comes from two different breeds, it cannot be ignored that they can inherit and suffer from health issues that are seen in both the parent breeds - Cocker Spaniel and Shiba Inu.
The common health issues in Shockers include different eye problems, elbow and hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and some skin allergies.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia:
Condition - These are one of the most common health issues in dogs of small and medium-size. This is characterized by painful joints, frequently leading to paralysis. This disease occurs due to the unusual development of the hip joint, usually caused by a fast growth rate as a baby.
Treatment – The mild cases of Dysplasia are treated with over the counter pain medicines, while severe cases may need corrective surgeries.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Condition – The Shocker is prone to eye problems hence it is suggested to visit an ophthalmologist regularly. This disease involves the continuing deterioration of the retina, often leading to blindness over some time.
Treatment – Prevention is always considered better than cure in case of eye disorders. It is better to get the Shocker checked with an ophthalmologist regularly, or as soon as you find out any anomaly. In acute cases, corrective surgery is the only option to treat the condition.
Condition: Just like humans, sometimes dogs also experience episodes of seizures and fits, which do not accompany any detectable underlying medical cause. They may occur at any time.
Treatment - Even though epilepsy doesn’t have a particular treatment, certain anti-convulsing medications are sometimes helpful. This can help control the episodes of fits or seizures without any negative impact on the dog’s health.
Shockers, just like other designer cross-breeds, have inherited the best of the traits of both the parents – intelligence, alertness, and agility. They are very intelligent and respond very well to training and understand the commands quite fast. However, due to their independent and stubborn nature, they need socialization training from the very beginning stage.
Due to their stubbornness, they will not respond if you show harsh behavior or anything they feel is negative. Hence, you should always follow a positive approach to the training and implement only positive reinforcement practices such as appreciation and treats.
Once the Shocker develops that bonding with you, your pooch will become very obedient. He would willingly follow your lead, and grow up to become an excellent addition to your family.
Due to the reason that Shocker is a relatively new breed, their characters and temperament are yet to be understood completely. Their character also depends a lot on the percentage of the gene of either parent. For what has been observed so far, it can be said that they are affectionate and need to be with or near their family members most of the time. When left alone for long, they may become destructive.
But if the breed has taken more of the Shiba Inu’s traits, they may need to have time-outs and like to spend some time alone. If they feel they have had sufficient exercise, they will prefer being calm indoors. Again, if the Shiba Inu gene is the dominant gene, they can be apprehensive about the strangers and become very protective of their family.