The affectionate and playful Cockalier is exceptionally kind, loving, and dedicated to their families! These sweet-tempered pups have all the caring nature of King Charles Cavalier and all the intelligence of the Cocker Spaniel. If you are looking for a sweet, hypoallergenic pet that will have unwavering loyalty to you and your family, you have come to the right place. Cockaliers are easy-going, mild-mannered, and non-aggressive, making them excellent pets for first-time dog owners.
Standing on average 12-15 inches tall and weighing anywhere from 10-28 pounds, this breed is perfect for owners looking for a medium-sized dog with much love to give. You can expect to find your little social butterfly close by, as they love nothing more than to be with their loved ones! Cockaliers crave physical affection from their family members, so if you are hoping to get a pet that is more independent and cat-like in nature, you may want to consider other options.
These happy-go-lucky pups have a lot to offer; their friendly, outgoing, and silly nature makes them the perfect family pet. You can expect lots of laughs, lots of hugs, and lots of love the moment they step foot in their new home. There will never be a dull moment around the house with your little furry friend; these little love bugs will surely keep you and your family entertained for years to come.
The Cockalier is a new designer dog breed that continues to be quite rare. Because of this, it may take years before a detailed history of the breed is provided. All dog researchers can do now is look at their parent breeds to gain insight into these precious pups. The Cockalier is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles and the Cocker Spaniel. The Cavalier King Charles was bred to be companion dogs, whereas the Cocker Spaniel was bred to be hunters and were renowned for their intelligence. While there is little information about when this breed came to be, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Cockalier as its breed in 1940.
The Cockalier is a breed that is full of life. Cockaliers have inherited some of the best traits from their parent breeds; they are brilliant, exceptionally loving, and have the perfect amount of playfulness to keep you and your family entertained for years. These extroverts love being in the center of all the action, going out of their way to socialize with family members and other pets. Even when this pup is getting ready to wind down, they prefer lying next to you or right on top of you; they crave physical touch! The Cockalier loves to express their love for their owners and to please them, which many parents find endearing, but with that comes a sense of codependence on their owners; your pet will always want to be in your company. Whether they are in the mood to jump around with a ball or need a good nap, expect to find your Cockalier close by. When they feel like they are not getting adequate playtime or affection from their family members, they turn to more destructive behaviors caused by separation anxiety. If you have left your Cockalier alone for long hours without interaction or playtime, you should expect to come home to destruction. While not every dog will develop separation anxiety, there are resources available for parents of a pup that struggles with this. Some tell-tale signs of separation anxiety include urinating on floors, chewing, barking, and whining.
The Cockalier's friendly and outgoing disposition makes them an excellent addition to families of all types; this playful pup has much love to give owners of all ages and personality types. They are eager to please their owners, making them incredibly easy to train. These friendly furballs get along swimmingly with young children and other pets. These dogs are not known to be particularly loud, so you do not have to worry about your new furry friend barking all hours of the night! Like any dog, proper training from an early age is vital in ensuring your pup grows to be a well-behaved, well-rounded adult. Introduce your pet to new people, new pets, and new experiences at an early age to accustom them.
The Cockalier is highly adaptable and will find happiness in any home; their coat allows them to live comfortably in a variety of weather conditions. Additionally, these pups will be content in nearly any housing situation; from condos to the suburbs, this pet will do well in any home where there is lots of love. All that matters to your puppy is that you are there with them, keeping them company. They love curling up on the couch with their owners and watching a good movie. The social Cockalier is prone to separation anxiety; behavioral problems arise when your pet feels abandoned or lonely. Do not leave your pet alone for longer than necessary to prevent unwanted barking or other destructive behaviors. If you are looking for an independent dog that requires little interaction, you may want to consider other options.
These dogs are happiest when surrounded by loved ones who will give them all the affection they seek; from children to seniors, the Cockalier makes a great family pet for owners of all ages. If properly socialized from an early age, the Cockalier will get along swimmingly with other pets and children. These pups must be trained from an early age, though, so that they learn your household expectations and begin forming healthy habits, as bad habits may be a struggle to break later on down the line. Positive reinforcement goes a long way with these furry friends, and they do not respond well to yelling or other intimidations.
Crate training is very practical but should not be used excessively. Introduce the crate when your Cockalier is very young to familiarize them; this will come in handy later on should they ever need to be hospitalized or boarded. Crating will help your pet learn how to control their bathroom habits and teach them not to get into things they shouldn't. As your pup grows older, you may find that the Cockalier finds peace in the crate and may retreat to it for a nice nap or rest.
Depending on whether your pet takes after their Cocker Spaniel or Cavalier King Charles ancestry, their coat will vary between being very soft and delicate or curlier. Brushing your pet's hair at least twice a week will help prevent matting. Regular bathing will also help maintain your pet's coat. When preparing to give your pet their first bath, make sure you choose a shampoo that will not only keep their hair smooth and shiny but will also protect the skin underneath. Assuming your pet does not have any skin conditions, your dog will do well with a shampoo containing oatmeal, and Vitamin E. Bathing helps with shedding, especially if done on a regular basis - just make sure to wait until your pet's hair is completely dry before you begin brushing to prevent irritating your puppy's skin.
In addition to brushing your puppy's hair, it is crucial to brush their teeth at least twice a week to remove tartar buildup, which may be housing various bacteria that could make your pet sick. If you notice the foul-smelling breath, consider brushing their teeth once daily. Nails should be trimmed once or twice a month. Dogs' nails are sensitive and filled with blood vessels, so if you are uncomfortable trimming your furry friend's nails, take them to a professional to get this done.
Every week or so, examine your pet's ears, keeping a close eye out for any dirt buildup, redness, or foul odor, which can signal an infection. The Cockalier's floppy ears allow for an environment where bacteria grow rapidly. Gently wipe their ears with a cotton ball dampened with a dog-friendly ear cleanser to remove dirt. If you notice any sign of an ear infection, take your pet to the vet's office to be professionally examined.
The Cockalier takes after their Cocker Spaniel parent breed in terms of exercise. These playful pups need 60-75 minutes of exercise time each day to ensure they get sufficient physical and mental stimulation. So long as they get proper playtime, this breed will do well in any living area.
There are three forms of exercise your pet will enjoy: walks, playing with toys, or mental stimulation. A nice, brisk walk or a little play session in the backyard for 15 minutes a day is more than enough to keep your pup happy and healthy. Another idea is to try playing scenting games or other various mind puzzles, which will enrich your Cockalier's mental capabilities. Some Cockaliers even love swimming; once your pet is accustomed to swimming in a safe area, you will be able to take your pet with you the next time your family heads out to the lake!
Due to their intelligent and curious nature, Cockaliers excel in training. These fast learners are easy to train and live to impress you! The majority of Cockaliers respond well to agility and obedience training by the use of treats and positive reinforcements. Steer clear from yelling and reprimanding your dog during the training process, as this will result in an uncooperative pup. These fast learners can thrive in this environment! Not only do these training events allow your dog to exercise physically, but it also allows them to exercise their minds. Above all else, your pet will form a special bond with you through all of this, and after all, all they want is to spend as much time with you as possible.
Every dog is unique; you may find that your pet has more energy than the average Cockalier and requires a bit more exercise. But believe it or not, your Lil pup can be over-exercised! Some tell-tale signs that it is time for a bit of break include excessive panting, excessive thirst, limping, stiffness, or any other abnormalities in your dog's behavior. It is best to cut back on the exercise for a few days to give your pup a chance to bounce back. Once they have recouped, they will be good to go!
A healthy Cockalier lives on average 12-15 years. One of the keys to ensuring your pet lives a long, full life is giving them proper nutrition. Like people, each dog is unique and requires its specific diet; this is especially true for the Cockalier, whose weight ranges from 10 to 28 pounds! Assuming your Cockalier is of average size and weight, you can expect to feed them ½-2 ½ cups of daily food divided into two meals, making adjustments as needed. Regardless of their age, be sure to feed your pet regularly; this will help make potty training that much easier! If you are struggling to find a food your dog responds well to or wondering if they are getting all of the proper nutrients, meet with your vet to get suggestions.
Since Cockaliers are very receptive to training and thrive on positive reinforcement, you may likely use treats to train or motivate your pet. While this is effective, be sure not to overfeed your dog. Giving your pet too many treats may inadvertently result in unwanted weight gain or even obesity. If you suspect your pet is becoming overweight, try the hands-on test and the eye test in your own home.
For this test, you will need to look down at your pet. Place your hands on their back with your thumbs along the spine, and your other fingers faced downwards. Without having to press hard, you should be able to feel (not see) your dog's ribs. If you can't, lower their daily food intake and make sure they get some extra exercise.
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