The Cockalier is a mix between purebreds Cocker Spaniel and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Both parents are descended from Spaniels, which is one of the oldest breed of dogs, and thus they are relatively closely related. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeds were favorites of noble and royal families in England. The Cocker Spaniel has its name derived from the term cocker, and named for the dog’s excellence in hunting woodcock.
The Cockalier attains a height of 12-15 inches and weight averaging at 20-40 pounds depending on the stats of its parent dogs. Some can be short and stocky, while some are taller and slimmer. They have long hair with long floppy ears, and dark eyes. Their coat is soft and fluffy with the distinctive spaniel fringes around the legs and feet.
They can come in myriad of colors and markings, including black & brown, brown & white, black & white, chocolate, golden, red, dark brown, merle, spotted, speckled, and white. The most popular is called the Blenheim marking, defined by a white colored coat with spots appearing in different shapes and sizes and feature a golden red color.
The Cockalier is a medium cross breed known for being affectionate, gentle, intelligent, courageous, loving, loyal, out-going, social, cheerful and playful. They get along quite well with other pets and are friendly towards children. They are even-tempered and eager to please, which makes them easy to train.
The Cockalier is active indoors and suits apartment living, but must be given outdoor time with routine walks and play. It’s best to offer them a secure good play area since they exhibit sheer interest in hunting and may chase small game such as rabbits, squirrels, or birds. The Cockalier is prone to ear infections and preventative measures such as frequent inspection and cleaning can keep health concerns at bay.