The Cockalier is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spanieland the Cocker Spaniel.
As a cross between two spaniel dog types, the Cockalier is a moderate sized dog that is ideal as a companion pet. The Cockalier is a wonderful pet that is excellent with children and other animals. They may be prone to chasing cats, squirrels and birds but can be trained to be excellent house dogs with cats and other animals. Early and frequent socialization is important to prevent chasing from becoming a habit.
The Cockalier is one of the companion hybrid breeds that is not prone to being dominant or assertive, rather they are more submissive and sensitive. Gentle, positive training is the best option for this breed and they should not be trained using negative or harsh methods. They tend to be very attuned to human emotion and therefore only require a gentle correction to learn. They are highly intelligent and they do well in obedience classes.They are quick to learn new commands and tricks. The Cockalier tends to be a very playful dog, excellent at games of fetch or just romping around in the yard with the kids.