Do Cockaliers Shed?

by Jane Meggitt Google
    The Cavalier King Charles spaniel puts the "lier" in cockalier.

    The Cavalier King Charles spaniel puts the "lier" in cockalier.

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    The cockalier isn't a purebred dog, but a cross between the cocker spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Unlike some so-called "designer" dog crosses, these two types of spaniels share a lot of similarities. Neither is a non-shedding breed, so expect a cockalier to lose hair seasonally. If you're in the market for a nonshedding dog, look for a poodle or poodle mix. Consider the cocker spaniel/poodle cross, or cockapoo.

    Both the cocker and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel breed standards call for silky, moderate length coats. Both breeds permit a slightly wavy hair. No matter which parent your cockalier takes after, his coat shouldn't require more than weekly brushing. While these spaniels' fine coats do shed, neither does so excessively.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, her work has appeared in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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