Cotralian

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30-60 lbs
16-22"
​United States
Cocker Spaniel
Standard, Miniature or Toy Australian Shepherd

The Cotralian is a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and the Australian Shepherd. They are a medium to large size dog that has a playful and loving personality. These dogs tend to be great family pets, however they may not do as well around smaller children and pets, as they can be a bit aggressive towards them. Early socialization and lots of training will be needed for this breed, however, the good news is that they train easily and respond very well to consistency. The Cotralian takes on the appearance of both the Cocker Spaniel and the Australian Shepherd, being around 16 to 22 inches tall and weighing anywhere between 30 to 60 pounds. Their fur is usually medium in length and very soft with a wide range of colors to choose from; usually black, tan, brown, gray, red, silver, and white. These dogs prefer more mild temperatures as they don’t necessarily over heat or get cold easily. If you are looking for a companion animal that also makes a great exercise partner and adventure buddy, then the Cotralian may be the perfect dog for you.

Purpose
​Companion
Date of Origin
​Unknown
Ancestry
​Cocker Spaniel, Australian Shepherd

Cotralian Health

Average Size
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Hepatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Joint Fluid Sample

Cotralian Breed History

Because the Cotralian is a new hybrid breed that hasn’t had a lot of time to develop an origin story, we don’t know a lot about where he originated. Thankfully, we do have a lot of information about his parent breeds so that we can get an idea of what the Cotralian came from. For instance, the Cocker Spaniel has been around for centuries and has always been used as a hunting companion. This breed was especially good at hunting water fowl, such as the woodcock from which the Cocker Spaniel takes his name. While these dogs have always had some degree of popularity, that fame really sky rocketed after the Cocker Spaniel was featured as the main dog breed in Disney’s movie Lady and the Tramp in 1955. Because of this, unfortunately, the dogs began to be bred carelessly and quickly, resulting in a few bad temperaments that snuck into the breed. Ever since then, breeders have been working hard to fix those issues and restore the Cocker Spaniel to its full potential. These dogs are used in shows, as companion animals, and as hunters. The Australian Shepherd, despite his name, was actually first created in the western United States during the time of the Gold Rush (1840’s). The Aussie is a working dog at heart who was designed to heard cattle and other livestock. Intelligent, energetic, and loyal, this breed is ready and willing to work his hardest for his master. He is an easy breed to train and eager to please. The Australian Shepherd became really popular after World War II when there was a renewed interest in Western-style horseback riding. Everyone was really impressed with the beautiful and intelligent dogs that were working alongside the cowboys and the rest it history. The Breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993 and have been used as working, show, and companion dogs ever since. By combining these two parent breeds, you can expect that the Cotralian is an energetic, intelligent, loyal, and friendly dog that makes a great pet for those who are looking for a companion that likes to be active and adventurous, while still loving their owner unconditionally.

Cotralian Breed Appearance

As a hybrid breed, the Cotralian is going to combine different aspects from both parent breed’s appearances. While it is difficult to predict what each individual Cotralian will look like, even within the same litter, the typical Cotralian will be a larger sized dog with short to medium length hair that is very soft. Both the Cocker Spaniel and the Aussie are extremely attractive dogs, so it is easy to assume that the Cotralian is a very attractive breed as well. Their coats can come in a wide range of colors and tend to be in the same style against the body as the Australian Shepherd. The ears, however, are more like the Cocker Spaniel by lying loose against the head and full furred; slight waving in the coat may be visible. Bright and intelligent eyes rest in the Cotralian’s face and, just like the Australian Shepherd, can actually be a bright blue in rare cases. More often than not though, the eyes will be a dark brown or black color. The body of the Cotralian is sturdy and athletic, with a long tail that may have very slight feathering on the underneath. The Cotralian does best in mild to cooler temperatures, as their fur type (being longer) does tend to keep them on the warmer side.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Gray
Red
Silver
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cotralian Breed Maintenance

The Cotralian is a moderate maintenance dog. While there isn’t a lot to the grooming routine, both of his parent breeds shed seasonally so weekly grooming will be required. Brush your Cotralian a couple times a week with a metal comb and rake brush in order to remove any loose fur and dirt that may be lying on the body. This will keep the hair healthy, clean, and shiny. Bathing only needs to occur once every month or whenever your dog gets especially dirty. Be sure to thoroughly dry your dog’s ears after bathing or swimming. Because the Cotralian has folded over ears, moisture can get trapped inside and cause ear infections. By drying the ears, you can avoid any infection issues. Besides bathing and brushing, be sure to clip the nails of the paws every few weeks or whenever you hear the nails clicking against the floor. This will keep the feet healthy and snag free.

Brushes for Cotralian
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cotralian Temperament

This breed of dog definitely is not for the beginner dog owner. While the Cotralian is very loyal and loving, he also is very intelligent; meaning that a firm hand in training will be needed in order for the dog to know who is boss. On top of this, the Cotralian can have a tendency to be a bit aggressive towards small children and smaller pets. This is most likely due to the hunting and herding instincts of his ancestors. While this issue may be fixed with early socialization and a lot of training, it would be best for this hybrid breed to be in a home with older children and larger pets. Besides that, the Cotralian is a sweet, loyal, and playful dog that enjoys spending lots of time with his owner; whether that is playing or working. This is a breed that will not bark unless needed and he may bark at strangers since his trust must be earned. Because of this, the Cotralian is a great dog to have around any neighbors, as he won’t be a nuisance with never ending bark sessions.

Cotralian Activity Requirements

Because the Cotralian has work dogs as his parent breeds, you can expect that he will need 1 to 1 ½ hours of physical and mental activity to keep him happy. Some activities that work great for tiring out your dog would be a long walk, a jog, a bike ride, training, and playing fetch in the yard or at a park. It is important to spend a lot of time training your Cotralian so that no aggression or bad manners can be developed. On top of this, training is a big part of keeping your dog tired mentally so that he doesn’t get bored. The Cotralian is a very loveable dog and will like to cuddle, but he definitely needs to get his exercise in a couple times a day. If you do so, your dog will be able to grow and mature in a responsible way by putting his energy into productive use.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Cotralian Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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