The Cockalier is a cross breed between the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. With both its parents being spaniels, the cockalier falls under the general spaniel breed. They commonly come in shades of brown and white.
The shape and size of the dog completely depends upon the ruling gene inherited from either of its parents, with some cockaliers being short and stocky, while the others are tall and slim. These long-haired lapdogs are marked by dark eyes and long, floppy ears. Because both of its parents belong to the spaniel group, the cockalier’s characteristics are easier to predict, as compared to the genetic parent-baby relationship of other hybrid dogs.
|Also known as||Cockalier Spaniel|
|Colors||White and brown (commonly), Black & Brown, Black & White, Brown & White, Chocolate, Dark Brown, Golden, Merle, Red, Speckled, Spotted, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Toy dog, lap dog, designer dog, sporting dog|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Height (size)||Small to Medium; 12-15 inches|
|Temperament||Intelligent, loving, loyal, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Other Pets/Dogs||Yes|
|Litter size||3-5 puppies|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
They are always eager to please their family. Being social by nature, cockaliers would easily bond with people. They are playful, and are good to kids. Although, given their size, the dog might easily be hurt while playing with them.
Cockalier is a non-aggressive, calm dog that seldom barks. Although, they are wary of strangers. This intelligent dog would learn things very easily and make a great family pet that are ideal for apartment life.
Cockaliers need attention. So, be sure you give it enough company, or else your dog might easily develop separation anxiety.
Cockaliers are natural hunters. Try keeping them indoor, except during exercising, if you don’t want them be a ‘hunter’.
Cockaliers can very easily pick up commands and tricks. You need to be a calm and consistent trainer to train the modest and loving cockalier. Be strict and define rules clearly to be its ‘pack leader’, so as to avoid possible ‘small dog syndrome’ in the future. Train it to socialize from its puppy days. Crate training is also easy, provided you keep the sessions short. Insist on being generous with positive encouragement and compliments.
Feed your cockaliers with general high-quality dog foods, recommended for dogs of the same size and energy level. Some cockaliers are pickier than the others. As a change, you can also try cheese, bread, peanut butter, vienna sausages etc.