Cockalier

The Cockalier is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel dog breeds. Friendly, gentle, and intelligent, these pups inherited some of the best traits from both of their parents.

You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add a Cockalier to your home!

The Cockalier is one of the most affectionate and loving dog breeds around. They are loving and loyal and will quickly form lifelong bonds with any humans who show them love and kindness. They are intelligent and usually take well to training, making them an ideal option for first time dog owners.

While the Cockalier is a high energy canine, they can also adapt to living in apartments or smaller spaces–as long as enough exercise is provided. If you’ve looking for a loyal and loving dog with a great temperament, definitely consider adopting a Cockalier.

See below for all Cockalier facts and mixed dog breed characteristics!

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
4
Good For Novice Owners
4
Sensitivity Level
4
Tolerates Being Alone
2
Tolerates Cold Weather
2
Tolerates Hot Weather
2

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
5
Dog Friendly
4
Friendly Toward Strangers
3

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
2
Drooling Potential
1
Easy To Groom
4
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
3
Size
2

Trainability

Easy To Train
4
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
2
Prey Drive
3
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
2
Wanderlust Potential
2

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
2
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
5

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:
12 to 15 inches
Weight:
10 to 28 pounds
Life Span:
12 to 15 years

More About This Breed

  • Highlights

    • The Cockalier's coat usually comes in a range of colors that include black, brown, red, and white. The coat is medium in length and usually described as being curly to the touch.
    • These cute and adorable pups are naturally friendly and affectionate towards people--and they do excellently around small children.
    • The Cockalier is renowned as being a mixed dog breed that's smart and eager to please, so there usually aren't any issues with socialization and training.
    • The Cockalier requires over an hour of exercise every day. Ideally, these sessions should be on the energetic side.
    • While this is an energetic mixed breed, these dogs can adapt to apartment living so long as they get enough exercise.
  • History

    As a newer designer dog breed, it's hard to find much in the way of detailed information available about the Cockalier's origin. But looking into the background of the parent breeds gives you a solid snapshot of what you're dealing with.

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was first bred as a companion dog for members of royalty. It's even rumored that King Charles I and II gave the breed its name! When it comes to the Cocker Spaniel, they were originally bred as hunting gun-dogs and prized for their intelligence.

    The Cockalier has become known as a designer dog breed, but many of them unfortunately end up in shelters. So consider contacting your local rescue groups and shelters if you're thinking about adding the Cockalier to your home.

  • Size

    The Cockalier is a small dog. As is always the case with newer mixed dog breeds, exact size standards might vary.

    Most weigh in at ten to 28 pounds and range in height from twelve to 15 inches. Female Cockaliers are sometimes marginally smaller than their male counterparts.

  • Personality

    When people talk about the Cockalier's personality, it's almost unanimously agreed that this is a super sweet dog with a great disposition. These cute and adorable pups are naturally friendly and affectionate towards people--and they do excellently around small children.

    It's very rare indeed to ever see a Cockalier display any aggressive tendencies. If you're new to training a dog, you're in luck: The Cockalier is renowned as being a mixed dog breed that's smart and eager to please, so there usually aren't any issues with socialization and training.

    While the Cockalier can be fine living in an apartment situation, remember that this is an active dog who will need regular brisk walks and play sessions. This dog wants to be around people and become a key part of your family, whether that means embarking on long afternoon walks together or snuggling up on the couch to relax.

  • Health

    Cockaliers are generally considered to be healthy dogs, although the breed can be predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Chihuahua face. As always, it's important to schedule regular wellness visits with your dog's vet.

    Some of the more common health problems Cockaliers suffer from include:

    • Hip Dysplasia
    • Syringomyelia
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Care

    As with all dogs, it's important to keep up your Cockalier's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.

    The Cockalier requires over an hour of exercise every day. Ideally, these sessions should be on the energetic side. This is a dog who loves to run and chase after things, and will happily add swimming sessions to their repertoire. The Cockalier is smart, too, so make sure to add interactive toys to play times.

    Consult with your vet about how best to look after your Cockalier's teeth--they can help recommend appropriate brands of toothpaste and demonstrate correct brushing techniques. Pay attention to the dog's nails. Regular clipping will keep them in top condition. Also, make sure to check the breed's ears and eyes regularly, and look out for any signs of dirt build up or infection.

  • Feeding

    An ideal Cockalier diet should be formulated for a small dog with high energy.

    Cockaliers need to stick to a heathy diet as overeating can cause weight gain and associated health problems, especially if adequate exercise isn't offered.

    As with all dogs, the Cockalier's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Cockalier's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    The Cockalier's coat usually comes in a range of colors that include black, brown, red, and white. The coat is medium in length and usually described as being curly to the touch.

    Due to the breed's gentle dispotition, grooming sessions are usually low key affairs. Brush the dog's coat a couple of times a week, paying attention to any areas that might look like they could turn into mats.

    The Cockalier does best in moderate weather. Just remember to pop a dog coat on your Cockalier when it's colder outside, and always make sure there's suitable shade and fresh water around during the hotter months of the year.

  • Children And Other Pets

    Cockaliers and kids are an excellent match. The mixed breed is exceptionally affectionate and playful and will love taking part in impromptu play sessions with the kids. Just remember to make sure both parties are socialized correctly during the early days.

    In general, Cockaliers are fine around other household pets. But be sure the boundaries between the dog and existing household pets are laid down early.

    Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this breed. Make sure to reward your Cockalier for good behavior and adhere to a proper training regime when you bring them home to your family.

  • Rescue Groups

    It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Cockaliers because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Cocker Spaniel or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:

    You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!