English Cotralian

30-38 lbs
United States
English Cocker Spaniel
Standard, Miniature or Toy Australian Shepherd

An English Cotralian is a combination of a purebred standard, miniature, or toy Australian Shepherd and the English Cocker Spaniel. They are social and affectionate animals that need a lot of attention from their owners. They are suited for all types of climates and home environments as long as owners are diligent about providing daily exercise and frequent opportunities to play. English Coltralians have an average life span of 12 to 15 years and an average weight of 30 to 45 pounds. Although this hybrid breed is relatively popular and well known because of its lovable personality and convenient size, it is not yet fully stabilized in form and personality. Consequently, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Australian Shepherd, English Cocker Spaniel

English Cotralian Health

Average Size
Male English Cotralian size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 38-45 lbs
Female English Cotralian size stats
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 30-38 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Nasal Solar Dermatitis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Distichiasis
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • Ear Examination
  • Ophthalmic Exam
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Thyroid Biopsies
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Levels

English Cotralian Breed History

The name English Cotralian is a combination of the names of the two parent breeds, the Australian Shepherd, also known as an “Aussie”, and English Cocker Spaniel. The Australian Shepherd, despite its name, does not originate from Australia. In fact, these dogs were likely bred from Collie varieties in the early 1900s to herd sheep in western United States. The Australian Shepherd’s popularity boomed during the 1950s and they are now employed as handicap guides, therapy dogs, drug detectors, search and rescue workers, and – of course – beloved family pets. Over the course of its history, this breed has been bred down in size to create miniature and toy varieties. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993. The English Cocker Spaniel originated in the United Kingdom and was bred in the 1800s for woodcock hunting, from which part of their name “Cocker” was derived. Until 1936, the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel (which tends to be smaller than the former) were considered the same breed. American and English breeders, however, began to disagree on breed standards. This resulted in two varieties, the American and the English Cocker Spaniels. The English version of the Spaniel was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1945. Although there is no exact date of origin for English Cotralians, the English Cocker Spaniels and Australian Shepherds are thought to have been bred together for decades because of their long and parallel history in the United States. This breed, although known for being extraordinarily amicable, is not widely popular. Additionally, English Cotralians are not purebred, so they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

English Cotralian Breed Appearance

English Cotralians have the compact bodies of Cocker Spaniels and with several characteristics of Australian Shepherds. If the English Cocker Spaniel is bred with a standard Australian Shepard, they will be medium-sized dogs with an average weight of 35 to 45 pounds and height of 16 to 20 inches. However, English Cotralians will be smaller if the English Spaniel is bred with a miniature or toy Australian Shepherd. Miniature breeds will usually be no more than 30 pounds, while toy breeds will be no more than 20 pounds. The height of the dog will vary proportionately to the weight. The breed’s medium length coat is usually dominated by two or three colors and come in variations of black, tan, white, blue, lemon, golden, liver, orange, and red in ticked, roan, or merle pattern with white or tan points or markings. Their ample coat is dense and a bit wavy. English Cotralians have sweet faces with round, dark eyes, low-set floppy ears, and a tapered muzzle.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown English Cotralian eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Cotralian nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black English Cotralian coat
white English Cotralian coat
blue English Cotralian coat
red English Cotralian coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
English Cotralian straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Cotralian Breed Maintenance

English Cotralians are not hypoallergenic dogs and their medium length coat requires regular grooming. Owners should brush their pet’s coat daily to reduce shedding, matting, and maintain shine. English Cotralians should be bathed monthly, with particular attention paid to cleaning their large floppy ears to avoid infections due to wax or debris build up. English Cotralians may even need longer pieces of their coat trimmed around their ears. Many owners prefer to bring their English Cotralians to professional groomers for maintenance. As with all breeds, English Cotralians should have their teeth brushed daily and nails clipped once or twice a month.

Brushes for English Cotralian
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
English Cotralian requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Cotralian Temperament

The cheerful English Cotralian is an extremely affectionate and intelligent family pet. They are always looking for something to do and someone to love; however, these lovable traits also make them prone to separation anxiety. As such, it’s important to provide English Coltralians with lots of opportunities to interact with others throughout the day. Note that English Cotralians are not aggressive in group settings, but they do tend to nip while playing, bark occasionally, and herd at dog parks. Consistent their amicable and intelligent personalities, English Cotralians are eager to please their owners, a breeze to train, as well as talented at learning and performing tricks. They can be quite sensitive to changes in their surroundings, so they do best in structured environments with a consistent schedule. Overall, owners who live in suburban or rural environments who want an ever-present and enthusiastic companion would be well matched with the English Cotralian breed.

English Cotralian Activity Requirements

English Cotralians are an active breed known for their endurance and agility. They are very playful and love a daily walk or a fun trip to the dog park. Because of their heavy coats, owners should not over-exercise English Cotralians in hot temperatures. These dogs thrive in urban environments if they receive enough exercise, but they will do best in a suburban or rural area where they have lots of access to the outdoors. English Cotralians have high impulses to hunt and wander, so they should always be monitored when they are off leash and outdoors. Don’t forget that English Cotralians also love downtime with their owners whenever they have the chance.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
75 minutes
activity minutes

English Cotralian Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

English Cotralian Owner Experiences

13 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Awesome companionship
5 years, 5 months ago
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