What is a Cockalier?

  • By: Mick Whitefield
  • Time to read: 2 min.

The Cockalier is a hybrid mix breed from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel.

Origin: ~ UK and the USA.
Bred for: ~ Fun loving, Gentle natured Family Pet.
Colour: ~ Black, Brown, Red and White with a mix of the various colours from both parent breeds.
Coat: ~ A medium to soft touch of varying lengths, wavy in places.
Height: ~ 12 to 15 inches or 30 to 38cms.
Weight: ~ 12 to 28lbs or 5.4 to 12.5kgs.
Lifespan: ~ 12 to 15 years.
AKC Group – Not Recognised.

Characteristics of the Cockalier

The fun loving Cocker Spaniel characteristics mix incredibly well with the docile, loving and attentive nature of the Cavalier Spaniel, giving you a really good dog for kids.

Cockalier 1

Clearly the bounce and general health of the Cocker Spaniel has had a good effect whilst the calming nature of the Cavalier has gotten rid of some of that annoying bounce and bump where the Cocker could easily knock over small children or the odd coffee table.

King Charles Cavalier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, small and light in frame.

It maybe should also be noted here that the Cavalier has been mix bred with both the English Cocker (which can be a bit like having a Tigger)

English Cocker Spaniel
English cocker spaniel dog running with a stick

and the American Cocker Spaniel which was already slightly lighter and less springy.

American Cocker Spaniel At Agility
American Cocker Spaniel Jumping off an A-frame at a Dog Agility Trial

Thus this is a great family dog, keen to participate in family life and eager to learn anything from sit and stay to rolling tricks.

Cockalier Dog Breed Drawing
Cockalier can have a variety of colours and sizes

If you live in an apartment then this still could be the dog for you as long as it is getting a good daily exercise regime.

Size may be the only issue any new owner of a puppy may have as they can easily be as small as a Cavalier or as large as an American Cocker.

Health Issues of a Cockalier

Occasionally cross breeding can create a genetic health problem that can be difficult to resolve, in this case however it appears that the particular health issue of mitral valve heart condition that is a degenerative disease typical with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been dissipated although not eradicated. None the less this is good news for any owners.

Other conditions to be aware of are syringomyelia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Canine Glaucoma, Cherry Eye, Dry eye.

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