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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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Cockalier
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Other Names
What other names does the Cockalier have? The dog breed also known as...
Cockalier Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
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
Price
How much does the Cockalier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Cockalier price:
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.

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.

Cockalier General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Cockalier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Cockalier weigh? Cockalier weight:
20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Cockalier? Cockalier average weight:
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cockalier? Cockalier height:
12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Cockalier average height:
13.5 inches (34 cm)

Cockalier Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cockalier have? What does this canine coat 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?
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 bath is 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? Cockalier shedding level:
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.

Cockalier Characteristics

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? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Cockalier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Cockalier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
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, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
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 considered as a 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 same barks could have a different meaning. 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 as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cockalier dogs have an 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.)
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?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Cockalier fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Cockalier tartása lakásban.
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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Cockalier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cockalier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cockalier temperament with other people:
Cockaliers are stranger friendly dogs.
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?
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? What is this canine temperament 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.
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.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cockalier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Cockaliers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Cockalier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Cockalier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cockalier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Cockaliers tend to have more and 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
Life Expectancy
How long do Cockalier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Cockalier be?
12-15 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 activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Cockalier dogs require per day?
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 this fido need?
Cockaliers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Cockalier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
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 for 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 minimal 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 Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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.
How often can the Cockalier have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-7 puppies

Cockalier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Cockalier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Cockaliers are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Cockalier fajta.
  • Drooling tendency: The Cockalier is a perfect example for 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 and 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.
  • 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.

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

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