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Short History of the BreedSometimes called a "designer breed', Cockaliers are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Physical Description and Size:Cockaliers can come in many colors and with a vast variety of markings. Blenheim (white with golden-red spots) is one of the more common markings, but it definitely depends on the lineage. Any colors/markings that are known to exist to the cocker spaniel or the cavalier can come through to a cockalier, as well as the possibility of a whole new pattern derived of part cocker and part cavalier markings.
Cockaliers generally tend to take on more of one parent's body shape than a combination of both. Some have the shorter, more stubby/stocky bodies of cockers while others have the distinct shape of a cavalier.
Size depends on what the parents weigh. Although most cavaliers weigh in between 20-30 pounds, some have been know to weigh less or more than that, with the general weight range being 15 - 40 pounds.
Temperament:Cockaliers are known for their easy-going sweet dispositions and their easy trainability. They are generally good with kids, quick learners and loyal companions and do well with other companion animals. Being such quick learners and wanting to please their owners, they are relatively easy to housetrain. However, they are generally a smaller breed and therefore have a smaller bladder, so it make take a little extra effort on the owner's part to get them 100% housebroken.
Dog CareCockaliers typically need some room to run and play. They are partial to toys and love to play with their humans. A cockalier is a good choice for someone in an apartment as well as a house. A lot of cockaliers are known to be hunters of small game, so it is necessary to be careful when having them outside near rabbits, squirrels, etc., as they will give chase.
The coat of the cockalier can vary greatly from one to the next. While some have the curlier coat of the cocker spaniel, other's have the finer fur of the cavalier. Extra attention needs to be paid to the ears of the cockaliers that have the cavalier coat, as the fine hair that hangs on top and behind can become quite snarled. Cavaliers are moderate shedders.
Health Issues and Life Expectancy: Like their Cocker Spaniel parents, Cockaliers may be prone to ear infections (sometimes yeast infections of the ear). A good cleaning and regular checking of the ears will help avoid and treat these problems early on.
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