The Cockalier is a hybrid or designer breed that is a mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel. This breed is available in many different colors as well as with a variety of markings. One of the most common markings is the Blenheim, which is a white color with spots that are golden red. The actual color of the dog will depend upon the lineage. There are many different possible markings and colors that may come through both the Cavalier as well as the Cocker Spaniel lines.
For the most part, the Cockalier will tend to take on more of one of their parent’s shape than a combination of both. As a result, some Cockaliers tend to be somewhat short and have bodies that are stocky; similar to that of the Cocker Spaniel. There are also other Cockaliers that will have a body shape that is more similar to that of the Cavalier. The actual size of the dog will also depend upon the weight of the parents. For the most part, Cockaliers tend to weigh between about 20 pounds and 30 pounds.
The coat of the Cockalier will also depend upon which parent the dog takes after as well. Some Cockaliers tend to have a coat that more resembles the Cavalier while there are other dogs that will take more after the Cocker Spaniel. Maintenance will depend upon which parentage the dog takes after.
The Cockalier breed is known for being easy-going and having a disposition that is sweet. They are also well known for being easily trained. For the most part, they get along well with children and make good family pets. They also get along well with other animals in the home as well. Their intelligence allows them to be quick learners and they typically have a strong desire to please their owners. Generally, they are easy to housetrain. This is a very loyal dog that does not usually display any signs of aggression. The smaller breed dogs should be supervised when playing with young children because they may be easily injured by energetic play. These dogs do love to play and should be provided with ample opportunity to play, especially with balls and ropes which they can tug on.
The Cockalier breed tends to be prone to having problems with ear infections, which comes from the Cocker Spaniel line. This can typically be prevented through frequent inspections and cleanings. The best course of action is to treat the problem early on rather than allowing it to go until it becomes serious. Prospective owners may wish to investigate the parentage to determine how serious this problem may be in their dog.
The coat of the Cockalier will generally vary depending on whether the dog takes after the Cocker Spaniel or the Cavalier. There are some dogs in this breed that will have a coat that is curlier and more similar to that of the Cocker Spaniel while others will have a coat that is finer and more like the Cavalier. Dogs that have taken more after the Cavalier line will need to have more attention paid toward their ears. This is because the fine hair on this type of coat can easily become snarled. Also, it should be noted that the Cockalier with a Cavlier coat will be a moderate shedder. While this breed does housetrain easily, owners should be aware that because it is a small breed, the Cockalier tends to have a small bladder and will need to be walked or taken out more often than a larger breed dog in order to prevent accidents.
The best environment for the Cockalier is one in which they will have plenty of space in which to run and play. While this breed can do well in an apartment, the owner will need to make sure that they provide plenty of opportunities for playing and exercising. When taking the Cockalier out for walks, it is important to realize that some dogs in this breed enjoy hunting small game so they are known to give chase when they encounter small game such as squirrels and rabbits. This is a dog that does well with training and when trained early will learn to respond to commands easily.
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