Do you like dogs? Being stuck at home has given us all time to consider things we couldn’t do before because of packed days of work and socializing. A lot of people had taken in dogs during the pandemic. They’re good company and family especially when you live alone and away from home.
If you haven’t gotten one yet, we’ll tell you about one of the amazing breeds out there: Cockalier. Keep reading and we assure you that you’ll learn a lot about this breed and taking care of dogs in general.
What Is A Cockalier?
Cockalier is part of the designer breed of dogs which are products of breeding a purebred Cavalier King Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel. This breed is adored worldwide not only by dog lovers but by the general public, as intelligent, gentle, and friendly dogs. They are loyal and suitable to first-time owners. Whenever they are taken for a walk outside, these dogs always get greetings from random passersby.
Cockaliers can be trained easily with their intelligence and are strongly motivated to please their owners. They are dogs with high energy levels, but with sufficient exercise and walks, Cockaliers can adapt and stay within small and closed areas like apartments. Though a lot of Cockalier are sold in pet shops, a lot of them could be found in shelters and dog rescue houses. We strongly suggest that you look through some of these places in your locality before checking out shops.
What Does A Cockalier Look Like?
Cockaliers are adorable and cute. Their appearance varies depending on how their parents look, and the proportion of their breed. They can typically reach a height of 1 to 1¼ feet, highly distinguished by their long and furry ears. Fully grown Cockaliers can weigh around 5 to 13 kilograms.
They have short legs, and the females tend to be smaller in size compared to the males. Their body is broad and sturdily built, and are average in length. Cockalier’s head is round and dome-like. They have round eyes with earthly colors like black and brown and have a mid-length snout.
Its body is usually covered with short to mid-length fur with colors ranging from white, black, brown, gray, and reddish-brown; depending on the color of the parents. The furs are usually straight, curly waves or a mixture of both.
History Of Cockalier
One of its parent breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a breed that came from Toy Spaniels. They were named by King Charles II and were bred as royal companions. On the other hand, Cocker Spaniels began with American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel. This breed is the smallest member of the sporting dogs and was bred mainly for hunting.
There is no physical record of the specific date of the first arrival of the Cockalier breed since the designer breed and random breeding activities exploded, but they first existed in the US. However, the parent breeds came around the 14th to the 16th century, so it should have been around for only a few decades.
Cockaliers are offspring made by crossbreeding. Crossbreeding is done by a reproduction of two pure breeds to form a new variety of dogs. It is also possible to mate two mixed breeds of dogs. However, they are not supported by the canine communities, especially when it’s unsupervised by a professional.
Nonstop unhealthy breeding can cause an unsuspected transfer of hereditary diseases. If such diseases or abnormalities spread through generations, it would cause a lot of trouble to the community. We suggest that before you send your dog for mating, you should have him/her, as well as the partner, visit a veterinarian. The same should be done to the parents if you’re going to adopt a puppy.
Cocker Spaniels have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years and Cavalier King Spaniels have a lifespan of 9 to 14 years. There is no research yet that directly proves that having long-lived parents assures the same for children, but the absence of hereditary disease can give a longer lifespan to puppies. If the parents of the puppy you’re taking in are healthy, your Cockalier puppy should live from 12 to 15 years of age. The length of their healthy life is directly related to how well you raise them as well.
The range of Cockalier puppy prices is around $1800, to as much as $3500. There are also insurances for these dogs available on the market, but you must check for customer feedback before signing with one.
Cockalier pups have done well in taking in their predecessor’s character. It’s just the question of whether they took that of Cavalier King Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel. Cockalier is more of a watchdog than a guard dog. When properly trained, they will bark at strangers but will not attack them or do anything to remove any present threat.
This breed has a high tendency of being attention-seekers and doesn’t do well with being left all alone, but they can be trained early on to prevent any separation anxiety. If you work from home, you will fit right with this dog. Cockaliers are generally friendly. They can be initially wary of strangers especially when they don’t go out often, but they bond well with other dogs.
Cockalier Food & Diet Requirements
A Cockalier puppy requires high-quality meals. We highly discourage feeding your new pup with your leftovers as it might cause stomach problems. Meet with a veterinarian before feeding random kibbles to your litter. There are lots of dog food available on the market for every breed, and it would also help to communicate with fellow Cockalier owners, especially the parent of your pup.
Cockaliers should be fed with meals suitable to their size as well as energy levels. Normally, this dog doesn’t require supplements as long as they are getting nutritious food daily. These dogs can also eat food other than those offered in stores; including sausages, peanut butter, and cheese. Though it’s unique and rare, it’s better if you check for allergies before feeding new things to your fur baby.
Cockaliers are high-energy dogs. They require regular amounts of exercise and walks to stay fit and healthy. Doing physical activities does more than maintain the physical body, it also sharpens their senses and helps them build trusting bonds with other people and dogs easier. Cockaliers need as much as an hour and a half walks daily.
Cockaliers are not hypoallergenic dogs, so you’ll probably return a Cockalier puppy to the shelter if you are sensitive and allergic to dogs. Despite this, these dogs only shed moderately. The frequency of baths differs from breed to breed when talking about dogs. However, the rule of the thumb from vets suggests that one bath every month should be sufficient.
There are required teeth maintenance products for Cockaliers, together with training with their usage. It is also necessary to trim their nails regularly.
The fur density of a Cockalier depends on how close the pup is to each of the parent’s pedigree. The frequency of brushing depends on the density of the fur and the severity of the shedding of your dog. Generally, Cockaliers’ fur should need brushing as much as twice or thrice a week. There are tutorials on proper brushing for medium to thickly furred animals so you can reach the depths of your puppy’s skin but not create abrasions on it.
Their long furs on their long ears can cover up infections occurring inside. You need to trim this area as you see fit, and clean ear canals at least once a week. The furs around their eyes could also grow too much and irritate them. You need to trim these regularly and check for any possible eye infection.
If the fur on the rest of the Cockaliers body doesn’t grow too much, you are free to decide on the frequency of haircuts. Just note that furs that are too thick can propagate fleas and pests to your pets.
Owners suggest that Cockaliers should be trained as early as possible. You should try teaching your puppy obedience and basic commands at home to assist future lessons and lengthen his/her patience. They are fast learners and are quite enthusiastic to participate in training lessons. It would help them if you have a garden at home where they can constantly run around, including several toys to keep them occupied.
Cockaliers, like it’s parent breeds, love hunting prey. So if you ever take your pup on a walk, you must watch out for squirrels, birds, or anything that can catch his/her attention along the road. Rewarding style and friendly approach should help in training your puppy. You should have enough treats ready in your pocket whenever you feel like teaching your dog.
Cockaliers can learn the right commands as long as you are also consistent and patient with them. It’s better if you have a training regimen ready before you adopt the puppy to your residence so you can time his/her learning properly. Other than commands, your puppy must also be trained with associating with other dogs and keeping itself calm inside crates, especially when you have travel plans in the future. You can also train the pup with eating and pooping etiquettes.
Cockalier Health Issues
Cockaliers are not a pure breed. Mix breeds come from years worth of mixing random genes, and most of them were discovered from improper techniques that pass down not only the advantageous traits, but also ill ones.
This is the formation of a cyst inside the spinal cord. This cyst is filled with fluid, causing the spine to enlarge and radiate pain, weakening and stiffening the back.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
This a degenerative disease. The retina wastes away, causing partial vision loss to complete blindness.
This another eye disease caused by a sudden increase in pressure. The infected eye becomes noticeably red, causes severe pain, and also causes total loss of eyesight.
Overfeeding and lack of exercise will cause your dog to fatten up. Obesity is one of the most preventable conditions in dogs and just like in us humans, this condition can lead to more grave diseases in the future if left unchecked.
Another eye disease is the Cherry eye, where dogs suffering from it have a prolapsed tear gland. Even though it’s not as painful as other diseases, this can cause itchiness and catch infection when your dog scratches the area.
This is a hereditary disease that deforms the hips of dogs in the long run. Simple activities can be painful for canines suffering from this disease. Such deformity can minorly affect his steps or make him completely invalid.
Otitis Interna and Media
This is an inflammation occurring on the dog’s inner ear. It is caused by bacterial or fungal infection making the dog tilt his/her unusually, have reduced appetite, and have a weak hearing on the infected ear.
Is The Cockalier A Good Family Dog?
Cockaliers are amazing family dogs. They love being around their owners and like being petted all the time, even randomly sitting on your lap. They also do well with small children as they are gentle, patient, and don’t randomly pick fights. Still, they should be properly trained before being allowed near infants.
A lot of dogs in the world need shelter and care. So long as you have the time, we strongly urge you to welcome one in your home. Despite harsh situations in the world lately, most of the needs of these fur friends are easy to obtain. Once you’ve trained them well, Cockaliers will retain your trust for their entire lives and fit any role you wish for them to have.