Cotralian:Australian Shepherd and Cocker Spaniel Mix

Hybrid Breed

Australian Shepherd + Cocker Spaniel


The Cotralian - a hybrid breed

The Cotralian is a popular mixed breed. The two parent breeds (Cocker Spaniel and Australian Shepherd) are combined to create an intelligent, energetic dog. This mix is great for families with children as they are very loving and eager to learn. They also love to interact with their owners and form an intimate bond with them. At the same time, they are more intelligent than other dog breeds and easy to train. Their energy level is high, which means they need regular outings and intense training sessions. They also need to be vaccinated and trimmed regularly. Although these two dog breeds are fundamentally different, they combine friendliness, loyalty and activity, making them ideal companions for enthusiastic dog lovers.

Alternate Name -
Origin USA - England
Life expectancy 10 - 17 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level high - average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Possible character traits of the Cotralian

The Cotralian is a loyal companion that follows its owner everywhere. This friendly and affectionate breed is ideal for those who want an attentive, happy and sociable dog.

This adaptable hybrid breed is easily trainable and learns new tricks quickly, making him an ideal companion. He will be a loyal family dog with strong protective instincts - he will defend and protect his family against all threats. With his curiosity and interest in everything that happens around him, he will make sure he is always in the know to meet his owners' needs.

The mixed breed has an adorable and playful personality. They love to participate in adventures and are absolutely loyal. They appreciate attention and care from their owners and need daily physical and mental activities to stay energetic and happy.

They are usually very affectionate and love to spend time with their owners. They understand what their owners are feeling and have been known to help their owners through difficult times.

Their shaggy coat, desire for interaction and love make Cotralians a perfect family dog. They are easy to train, very energetic, and most importantly, lots of fun. However, they are also intelligent enough to understand when they are needed and are loyal and faithful. If you are looking for a reliable and happy family dog that will always be there, a Cotralian is a great choice.

Typical diseases of the Cotralian

These mixed breeds are popular hybrid dog breeds that have won the hearts of many dog lovers with their great variety of personality and character traits, as well as their alert disposition.

Unfortunately, however, it is also the case that these hybrid dogs can carry a variety of physical ailments. Therefore, it is very important for owners to be aware of potential health problems in order to detect and have such conditions treated in a timely manner.

One of the most common health problems in Cotralians is a condition called lumbosacral junction (LÜB). This condition causes pain and tenderness in the lower back and lumbar region. It can be caused by trauma or injury to the area, but for them in particular, it is a genetic condition that is often diagnosed at an early age. Another common condition is hypothyroidism, which can lead to severe health problems.

Eye health is another sensitive issue. Many animals in this breed suffer from an eye disease called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). The symptoms of this disease do not become apparent until the dog is older, but should be detected early enough to slow down the progression of the disease.

In addition, Aussie Sheps are prone to allergies, especially allergic reactions to food and insect bites. These reactions can take the form of rashes, itching and respiratory problems and should definitely be treated medically.

In general, it is advisable to have regular preventive examinations, looking for any signs of illness. This is the best way to counteract the possible development of a disease at an early stage.

In any case, owners should always keep an eye on their beloved pets. If one observes changes in the behavior of the dog, it is advisable to visit a veterinarian as soon as possible. With a lot of love and care, possible diseases of this mixed breed, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, can be detected and treated in time.

The Cocker Spaniel and Australian Shepherd mix has an athletic, medium-sized build. He has a stocky build, but can also be agile. His coat is usually black and brown, gray or red and his head is usually short and square. His average shoulder height varies between 40 cm and 50 cm and his weight is usually between 10 kg and 15 kg.

What does this mixed breed look like?

The coat of the Cotralian is usually dense, soft and mostly wavy. The color can be anything from pure white to various shades of black or brown with white patches. Most often the coat colors are brown, black and red. This mixed breed often has a nice even color gradient, but the appearance varies from dog to dog. Sometimes you will see a mixture of shades and whites. This mixed breed is known for its sweet, friendly appearance and is both loyal and playful.

Fur length long - medium
Fur flat coated - wavy
Ear shape Standing Ears - Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out
Anatomy sporty, dainty
Size ♀ 36 - 54 cm
Weight ♀ 12 - 32 kg
Size ♂ 38 - 58 cm
Weight ♂ 13 - 32 kg
Suitable For -
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • MDR1 defect

    The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

  • Numbness

    Often occurs in old age.

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

  • A Cotralian is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and an Australian Shepherd. The mix may have similar characteristics to both parents, but it may differ from dog to dog.

  • Typically, it has a medium to long, dense and slightly wavy coat that can come in a variety of colors and black and white patterns. They also tend to be very intelligent and affectionate.

  • The Cotralian can grow between 40-50 cm tall and usually weighs between 15-32 kg.

  • The mix needs several hours of exercise and movement every day. To stay healthy, they should walk and do other activities for at least half an hour a day.

  • For a Cotralian, it is best to use a high quality dry food specifically designed for mixed breed dogs. It is important that the food is optimally suited to the size and activity level of the dog.

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