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Are Chocolate Cocker Spaniels Rare? (The Rarest Color?)

Chocolate Cocker Spaniels are not considered to be a rare color variation of the Cocker Spaniel breed.

Cocker Spaniels come in a variety of coat colors, including black, red, and liver (chocolate).

While chocolate Cocker Spaniels may not be as common as some other color variations, they are not considered rare.

Are Chocolate Cocker Spaniels Rare or Common?

Let’s clarify first that the coat color term “Liver” is interchangeable with “Chocolate”. However, it’s far more common to see chocolate labelled as liver. Just know it’s the same thing!

It’s difficult to say exactly how common chocolate Cocker Spaniels are, as it can vary depending on the region and the popularity of the color in a particular area.

In general, Cocker Spaniels come various coat colors, including black, red, tan, liver, and merle colors.

Some coat colors, such as black and red, may be more common than others.

Do Chocolate Cocker Spaniels Cost More?

In general, no, chocolate cocker spaniels are not necessarily more expensive due to their color.

The price of a Cocker Spaniel puppy in the United States can vary depending on multiple factors, including the breeder, the puppy’s pedigree, and the demand for Cocker Spaniels in a particular region.

How much is a chocolate (liver) cocker spaniel?

  • The American Kennel Club (AKC) lists the average price range for chocolate Cocker Spaniels as $800 to $1,500.
  • This is the same price as cockers with other coat colors.

Prices vary dramatically depending on breeder, bloodline, as well as supply and demand.

Although coat color can impact the price in other breeds, this doesn’t tend to happen with cocker spaniels. Coat colors have little impact on pricing.

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What Color Eyes Do Chocolate Cocker Spaniels Have?

Chocolate cocker spaniels will have either brown or dark brown colored eyes. In some situations, they may have lighter eyes, but this is uncommon.

What’s The Rarest Cocker Spaniel Color?

Merle cocker spaniels boast the rarest color combinations. But, technically a merle spaniel is not a purebred spaniel, so that’s worth considering.

Some people consider consider chocolate as being a “rare” color for the cocker spaniel, yet others would consider it a standard color.

For sure, cocker spaniels with blended coat colors certainly produce a look less common. For example, Chocolate and white coated cocker spaniels are particularly rare.

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What’s The Original Color of Cocker Spaniels

According to The Kennel Club UK: the original colors of cocker spaniels are as follows:

Solid colors: Black, red, golden, liver (chocolate), black and tan, liver and tan. No white allowed except a small amount on chest. Any colour or marking other than the above is undesirable.

So yes, chocolate (or liver) is an original color of the cocker spaniel.

Are Chocolate Cocker Spaniels Different In Any Way?

Other than their color, chocolate cocker spaniels are the same as all other cocker spaniels regardless of their coat color.

  • The exception to this would be merle cocker spaniels. Where some believe their difference in genetics is enough to cause character and temperament changes.

Apart from that, chocolate cocker spaniels grow the same, shed the same, train the same, live just as long, eat the same and more!

The reason I include this section is because many owners ask questions distinguishing that their cocker is “chocolate” as to say the answer would be different.

Simply put, no. The coat color of a cocker spaniel doesn’t change their temperament, health, or behavior…

Chocolate cocker spaniels are the same breed and variety as another color cocker.



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