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With their round, open faces, flopping ears and eyes that vary from a striking blue to a deep and warm brown, it’s hard not to fall in love with an English Cotralian! These puppers aren’t just a pretty face, either -- a cross between the hunting Cocker Spaniel and the Australian Shepherd, English Cotralians are very intelligent indeed. Not only that, but they’re fiercely loyal, and one of the most loving family companions a pet parent could ask for.
There’s a flip side to that affectionate streak, though -- these doggos need a lot of love. They also have pretty high energy levels. Don’t worry, though, as long as you keep their bodies active, minds busy, and let them know you care, English Cotralians can be just as sweet as they look! Read on to find some activities designed to keep your pooch as healthy and happy as can be.
One of the most gorgeous features of English Cotralians is their long, luscious coat -- which, like a lot of long human hair, requires a bit of maintenance! Regular bathing and grooming is absolutely essential. Like many intelligent dogs, these pups can carry quite a bit of tension, and a massage can be just the ticket to chill them out!
Sure, you could take your pooch to the grooming parlor, but doing your pampering at home doesn’t just save you money, it has the added benefit of providing pet-pet parent bonding time with your buddy. And since spending time with a happy dog is proven to have a relaxing effect on humans, you might even feel your own stress melting away!
Like many hybrid breeds, it’s a bit of a gamble when it comes to what traits your English Cotralian has inherited from each parent. If they’ve taken after the Australian Shepherd, it’s likely that they have a strong herding instinct. Some of these pooches have even been known to try and herd the ball instead of bringing it back when they’re first learning how to play fetch!
Harnessing that innate drive to teach your pup how to herd is a pawesome way to keep their brain engaged while making sure that they get their exercise. However, it must be said that your average urban or suburban park contains a distinct lack of animals suitable for herding, so unless you have a farm of your own or live next to some very agreeable farmers, getting professional help is a good idea.
Feeling tired and a little burnt out? Shedding the shackles of civilization and heading off into the wilderness with your buddy by your side might be just what the doctor (or vet) ordered! After all your love and attention, there’s nothing your English Cotralian likes more than a nice, long walk. Since their long coat can cause them to overheat, short bursts of vigorous activity aren’t as good an idea as lots of slower exercise -- English Cotralians are definitely quantity over quality kind of dogs! Not only that, but exposing them to new sights, sounds and smells provides extra stimulation for their minds.
It’s not too difficult to keep an English Cotralian content! Like any doggo out there, they want to know that they’re loved. A bored English Cotralian can be a holy horror, but with enough mental stimulation, they’re adorably docile, and if you add in enough exercise, they’ll be one happy pup indeed!