Cockalier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cockalier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Cockalier have?
Cockalier Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel dog breeds.

Cockalier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Cockalier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Cockalier in the United States? How much money is a Cockalier?

Where to buy a Cockalier with a good pedigree?

$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Cockalier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cockalier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cockalier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Cockalier? How many Cockalier are there in the world?
Average: The Cockalier is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Cockalier Size

Size
Is a Cockalier small, medium or large dog?

How big do Cockalier get?

What is the average size of a Cockalier?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Cockalier weigh? How much should a Cockalier weight? What is the normal weight of a Cockalier? How much does a full-grown Cockalier weight?
20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Cockalier?
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cockalier? Cockalier height:
12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Cockalier?
13.5 inches (34 cm)

Cockalier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cockalier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cockalier's coat?
BlackBrownWhiteMerleSpeckledChocolateGoldenRed
Grooming
How to groom the Cockalier and how often? How often should I take my Cockalier to the groomer?
Advanced: The Cockalier requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Cockalier a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Cockalier, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Cockalier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cockalier Spaniel? Do Cockalier dogs shed a lot?
Cockaliers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Cockalier need a bath? How often should you give a Cockalier a bath? Can I bathe my Cockalier every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Cockalier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cockalier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateIntelligentLoyalPlayfulGentleLovingGoing
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cockalier? Is the Cockalier breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Cockalier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Cockalier is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Cockalier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Cockalier?
Cockaliers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Cockalier is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cockalier sensitivity:
Cockaliers are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well.

They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Cockalier a good family dog?
High: Cockaliers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cockalier Spaniel need? Cockalier social needs:
Cockaliers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Cockalier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cockalier Spaniel bark?
Average: The Cockalier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Cockalier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cockaliers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cockalier dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cockaliers are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Cockalier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cockalier Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cockalier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Cockalier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Cockalier has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Cockalier? How much bite force does a Cockalier have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Cockalier bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Cockalier, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cockalier do?
Cockaliers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cockaliers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cockalier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cockalier roam?
Cockaliers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cockalier have high prey drive?
Cockaliers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Cockaliers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cockalier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Cockalier in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Cockalier breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cockaliers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Cockalier be left alone? How long can you leave a Cockalier alone?
Cockaliers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Cockalier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cockalier temperament with other people:
Cockaliers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cockalier dogs get along with other pets? Are Cockalier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cockaliers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Cockalier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cockalier temperament with children:
Cockaliers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cockalier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Cockalier breed live with a cat?
Cockaliers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Cockalier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cockalier dogs get along with other dogs?
Cockaliers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cockalier can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cockalier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Cockalier breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Cockaliers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Cockaliers good office dogs? Do Cockaliers make good office friendly dogs? Can Cockaliers be office dogs?
Yes
Cockalier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cockalier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cockalier Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Cockalier dogs good for elderly owners?
Cockaliers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Cockalier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cockalier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Cockaliers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Cockalier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cockalier breed? Most common health risks of Cockalier:
Hip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Cockalier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Cockalier see the vet?
Frequent
The Cockalier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cockalier dogs live? How old can a Cockalier be? What is the age limit of the Cockalier? How many years can the oldest Cockalier live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Cockalier?

How long is the lifespan of a Cockalier?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Cockalier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cockalier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Cockaliers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cockalier have? What is the activity level of the Cockalier?
Cockaliers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Cockalier need? How much exercise do Cockalier dogs require per day?

Do Cockalier dogs need a lot of exercises?

Cockaliers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Cockalier breed need?
Cockaliers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Cockalier need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Cockalier breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Cockalier? How much food should I feed my Cockalier?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cockalier risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cockalier's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cockalier's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Cockalier has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Cockalier drool?
The Cockalier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cockalier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Cockalier.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cockalier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cockalier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Cockalier is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cockalier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cockalier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Cockalier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cockalier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Cockalier is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cockalier be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Cockalier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cockalier be a boat dog?

Not really

Cockalier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cockalier be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Cockalier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Cockalier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cockalier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Cockalier pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Cockalier breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Cockalier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cockalier have in a litter? How many puppies can the Cockalier breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Cockalier have? How many puppies can a Cockalier give birth to?
3-7 puppies

Cockalier Recognition

AKC Group
Is Cockalier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Cockalier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cockalier breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.International Designer Canine Registry

Cockalier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Cockalier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Cockaliers are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Cockalier breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Cockalier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Cockaliers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Cockaliers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Cockaliers are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Cockaliers are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Cockalier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cockaliers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cockaliers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Cockaliers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cockaliers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Cockalier requires a lot of grooming.
  • Stinkiness: The Cockalier has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cockalier's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cockaliers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Cockalier History

The Cockalier is a relatively newly developed designer dog breed, which emerged after crossing the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It is thought that the breed is originated in the late 1990s, even though, it is possible that mixes, resembling the Cockalier, were in existence as a result of natural mating throughout the years. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the middle of the 20th century, in North America and in Canada, with crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, with the intention of developing new breeds. These designer dogs gained popularity instantly, for the reason that they usually inherited the best and most desirable qualities, abilities, and traits of their parent breeds. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these designer breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to create these dogs.

Even though both of these parent breeds are Spaniels, Cockalier specimens tend to fall on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of external appearance and also in terms of behavioral traits. This is very common with hybrid dogs because just like the Cockalier, the specimens are most likely first-generation specimens meaning that their DNA consists of 50% Cocker Spaniel and 50% Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, thus the puppies’ appearance, abilities, and behavioral characteristics always remain uncertain. In spite of this, in order to gain a better understanding of why breeders started to cross these two breeds, we need to look at both of the parent breeds’ histories.

On the one hand, the Cocker Spaniel is a really old breed, for the reason that the breed was first developed during the 15th century. The breed’s initial purpose was to be a hunting companion, more specifically, a gun dog, that would flush out Woodcock for the huntsmen to shoot and to retrieve anything with their soft mouth. Their name is also derived from the word Woodcock. Over time, during the 1920s, the Cocker Spaniel naturally separated into those that were used for showing at dog shows and those that were used for working.

On the other hand, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel had always been held with high regard by the nobility, royalty, and the aristocracy of Europe, during the 17th century. Charles I and King Charles II were fond of the breed, and they both owned several specimens. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel had the reputation of being the most docile and sweet-natured toy dog. The breed was not bred to be a working dog, it was rather used as a companion animal alongside people and their families.

Despite the fact that both of the Cockalier’s parent breeds are very old, well-recognized breeds, the Cockalier is not registered with any of the major kennel clubs yet. However, the breed is a member of the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), the DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club), and the DRA (Dog Registry of America, Inc). Nevertheless, the Cockalier is the perfect combination of the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, because the breed is believed to be really sweet, kind-hearted, moreover, a really intelligent hybrid breed, which will most likely increase the demand for more Spaniel hybrids. Today, the Cockalier is usually kept as a family companion.

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    Jun 20, 2020, 10:15:36 PM:

    Good