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.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published 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.