Tri Colour Cocker Spaniel: A Very Colourful Cocker

July 23, 2022

The tri-colour Cocker Spaniel is one of the most visually interesting coats you can find this breed in.

Also known as a black, white, and tan Cocker Spaniel this coat variation is an interesting option for anyone looking for something a little different.

As this colour of Cocker is highly sought after you will find that prices can be a little more expensive than some of the more common colours, however, this can vary a little and you may get lucky!

Want to learn more about this eye-catching colour combination? Read on.

What is a Tri-Colour Cocker Spaniel?

When a Cocker Spaniel is described as having a tri-colour coat it means their coat is made up of three colours.

This variation of a Cocker Spaniel's hair is usually predominantly black and white with a touch of tan spotted throughout the coat. It may also be only in one area such as the muzzle, paws, or side. It really does vary quite a lot from dog to dog.

Are Tri Colour Cocker Spaniels Always The Same Colour?

In most cases, a Cocker Spaniel with a tri-colour coat will follow the black white and tan colouring outlined above.

There are fairly similar Cocker Spaniel coat styles you may find though. The closest colours to this coat would be the blue roan with tan. It will depend on the density of their coat though as in some instances it may look a bit grey.

Is a Tri-Colour Cocker Spaniel Part of the Breed Standard?

The tri-coloured black white and tan Cocker Spaniel is included in the American Kennel Club's breed standard colours. This is very positive and will play a little into the popularity and availability of dogs with this beautiful coat.

How Common are Tri-Colour Cocker Spaniel?

Cocker Spaniels sporting tri-colour coats are not quite as commonly found as coats such as black, blue roan, or golden.

However, if you would like to add a Cocker Spaniel with this coat to your family you shouldn't have too much difficulty finding one with a little patience.

How Much Does a Tri-Colour Cocker Spaniel Cost?

So, you are tempted to get one of these colourful Cocker Spaniels? The next question is how much should you expect to pay for one.

UK Tri Colour Cocker Spaniel Prices

  • £1100 - Female Tri-coloured Cocker Spaniel
  • £1500 - KC registered Tri-coloured Cocker
  • £1600 - KC registered Tri-coloured Cocker

Prices from:

In the UK you can expect to pay £1100-£1600 for a black white and tan Cocker. There are breeders who charge a bit more for dogs of this type, however, this is a good guideline.

USA Tri Colour Cocker Spaniel Prices

  • $3500 - Tri-coloured Cocker Spaniel
  • $2785 - Male Champion Bloodlines
  • $3000 - Female Champion Sired

Prices from: Mary's Cocker Haven & Next Day Pets

How to Find a Tri-Colour Cocker Spaniel

You have a few options to choose from if you are looking for an available black white and tan Cocker. This includes trying to see if local breeders have puppies ready to go or on the way, or searching online.

Both options have their own advantages. Let's run through each of the options just now.

Local Breeders

This should be your first port of call. Do a quick search online to see if there are any Cocker breeders close by and give them a call. You are looking to find out if there are any available litters with black white and tan pups who don't have a forever home yet.

If you have no luck with that remember to ask if there are any plans for future litters which could lead to puppies with these colours or if the breeder knows anyone else you should contact.

Puppy Websites

Looking for a tri-coloured Cocker Spaniel puppy on a website that lists pups for sale can be a great way to shortcut your search. Here you will have access to breeders with pups for sale but also home breeders who are just having a litter with a family dog.

I've always had my Cocker Spaniels from home breeders.

USA Puppy Sites

UK Puppy Sites

Do Tri Colour Cocker Spaniels have any Health Issues?

There are no specific health conditions which are solely linked to black, white and tan Cocker Spaniels.

Having said that Cocker Spaniels are known for being predisposed to a fairly wide range of health conditions. The main ones to be aware of include ear infections, and a wide range of eye conditions such as glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy.

Do Tri Cocker Spaniels Shed a Lot?

As a breed, Cocker Spaniels are regarded as moderate shedders. This means that you will need to actively take care of their coat with brushing to remove dead hair (your house with thank you) and regular grooming to keep that colourful coat looking pretty.

Are Tri Colour Cockers Easy to Train?

Yes, Cocker Spaniels are very easy to train and will pick up new skills very quickly.

This is certainly helped by how intelligent this breed of dog is. When measured against all other dog breeds they come 21st, and the black, white and tan variation is no exception to this.

It doesn't matter if you are just looking to toilet train your Cocker Spaniel or trying to teach some fancy tricks you should have any difficulty doing so.

Tri Colour Cocker Temperament

No matter which type of coat your Cocker Spaniel has you can expect a very affectionate, loyal, and playful companion. A perfect family dog.

One thing that the tri-coloured Cocker does have going for it in temperament is that it has a lower chance of aggression when measured against Cockers with a solid coat.

How Long Do Tri Colour Cocker Spaniels Live?

Cocker Spaniels with these colours have the same expected life span as the rest of the breed. This is 10-14 years. The exact amount will vary on many factors which include health, care, exercise, and just plain luck.

Taking good care of your black white and tan Cocker can even see the dog live far longer than this. It is not uncommon to hear of dogs beating the top range.


And there you have it. The black white, and tan Cocker Spaniel.

While not the most commonly found Cocker Spaniel coat the tri-colour makes for a very visually appealing dog. The tan markings can vary from small spots to patches making each dog with this coat very unique.

If you do want to find a Cocker Spaniel puppy that looks like this refer back to the section on where to get one and you will be well on your way to adding a new member to your family.

Allan  Noble
Hi, my name is Allan! I am the owner of Spaniel Advisor and I've got over seven years experience of owning Spaniels.  
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