A designer dog, the Cockalier is a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. While most Cockalier puppies are resultant of crosses between purebred parents (first generation cross); a cross between non purebred parents will result in a multi generation Cockalier puppy. It is important to make sure that the parents used in cross are healthy and disease free. Also, before buying a puppy from a Cockalier breeder, it is important to know the parental lineage and the dominant parent in the cross. Knowing who the dominant parent between the two is can help in determining the characteristics of the resultant pup.
Cockalier puppies for sale are available in different colors, and with a variety in their markings. The most common marking in the Cockalier puppy is the Blenheim (white and golden/red). The actual color depends on the dominant parent. The coat type also depends on the dominant parent. If the pup takes after the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, it will have a short coat. If it takes after the Cocker Spaniel, it will have a medium to long coat. Small dogs, a mature Cockalier dog weighs anything between 20 to 30 pounds and stands as tall as 12 to 15 inches only.
Easy going and sweet natured, the Cockalier is a well behaved dog. Their eager to please disposition also makes them easy to train. Also good with children, they make wonderful pets for homes with children. They also gel well with other canine and non canine pets at home. Intelligent and smart, they are quick learners and are thus very easy to train. They follow orders, and make superbly loyal dogs. Soft natured, aggression is not in their being. They are also fairly easy to house break. Since they are tiny dogs, time with children should be supervised to make sure they are not hurt during play. Children should also be instructed to be careful and respectful of them. Energetic and playful, they love indulging in games and activities that can keep them occupied. Without optimal activity, indoor or outdoor, they can get irritable and restless. Hence, if an outdoor walk everyday is not possible, keep the Cockalier puppy busy in a game of catch at home. They love playing with balls and ropes. Cockaliers also take to water like fish and love swimming.
The soft, long coat of the Cockaliers need to brushed and groomed regularly. Daily brushing is important to avoid tangles and keep it clean. This is equally important for short coated Cockalier puppies. Most owners prefer to have their hair cut short. The hair around their ears will still need to be groomed. An average shredder the Cockalier dog is not advisable for people with allergies. Clipping will reduce shedding, and so will regular brushing, but it should be considered that they are not hypoallergenic dogs. Regualr baths with subtle puppy shampoo are also a must. Their ears need to be dried off properly as moisture left after a bath can cause infection. The Cockalier is anyway prone to ear mite infections. Regular vet visits and health checks are important for monitoring growth and routine shots. Signs of disease can be caught early on if the growth and health is monitored closely.
Training is easy as the Cockalier is an intelligent dog. It will follow commands and is also easy to house break. Energetic and active, it needs its daily dose of activity. A game of tug around the house or a walk in the park in enough to keep it calm and happy.
Cockalier Health issues:
A fairly healthy dog, the Cockalier is most prone to ear infection due to its long, floppy ears. Also, since it is a hybrid dog, it may be immune or highly prone to the diseases that its parents were prone to. It is also important in this case, to make sure that both the parents in the cross are healthy dogs.
Cockalier Living conditions:
Cockalier pups are healthy, happy dogs, which thrive under love and affection of their families. Good food, clean surrounding, ample outdoor or indoor activity will keep the dog happy. The Cockalier is also most suitable for homes with children and also for retirees and older people.