Cockaliers are a shedding breed and have relatively easy grooming requirements, with a regular brush (a few times a week) and baths when necessary. Their feathered ears and legs may need extra brushing to prevent knots. As Cockaliers are a floppy eared breed they require regular cleaning of ears depending on their lifestyle. It is recommended if the pups ears get wet that they are dried, if the pup goes swimming in a river or dam ears should be cleaned with a solution available at your local pet store. By introducing regular bathing, brushing and ear cleaning to your puppy at a young age it will be a much easier process later in life.
Cockaliers are very intelligent dogs and among some of the easiest breeds to train. It is very important to socialise your new pup and the best way to do this is to attend puppy preschool. Puppy preschool not only teaches your dog obedience and opportunities to socialise but is also very educational for you, the owner.
Cockaliers love to play, especially in or around water, from the day you bring your Cockalier puppy home they will want to spend every waking minute playing with you. The Cockalier is an enthusiastic dog that will love any form of attention, from trips to the dog park or sitting with the family.