Not the right build for 100% cavalier, and a very heavy head; but for his size, could well be a cocker/cavalier cross (cockalier) which are one of the more common mixes. There are B&T cockers and ears etc look far more cocker to me. It's always very hard to tell as you can mix two quite different dogs and have the offspring look mostly like one side. I have pics here of puppies from a rescue cavalier I took in that you'd think were labs!! They look exactly like labs -- the only thing cavalier about them is they are reddish rather than gold. I also once saw a dog that looked exactly like a cavalier with very short legs -- must have been a dachshund or corgi cross but you'd have thought it was a cavalier except for the telltale legs! I'd say your handsome fellow is definitely part cocker, if not a small cocker (you can get dogs well short of and over breed standards as we know with cavaiers!). I'd doubt he is cavalier mixed with something else -- besides very possibly being a cockalier that is. You might try googling for pics of cockaliers for comparison and see what you think?
As you can see, we all have different opinions! :lol:
I think its funny the cocker lady told you she thought he was an "ill bred cavalier" kinda an icy comment. I could just image that comment coming from a yellow haired lady in a designer Juicy pink sweatsuit wearing she is way too old for with full out glam makeup LOL I bet I have some of that right:/ However, I think your dog is a cavalier cross with a wanna be cavalier you were probably correct in thinking he's a cavalier/cocker but at the end of the day who cares. You love him dearly and you both were lucky to find each other. So welcome to cavaliertalk he sounds cavalier enough for us. I think he's super cute too.
However I just have to ask how come the vet didn't realized he was neutered at his first visit excuse me but boy "parts" are on the outside. I would think checking would be part of the physical exam :rolleyes:
She was very nice. She ran a cocker rescue and actually gave me some great tips about socializing Apollo more as he is ONLY friendly towards cavaliers and cockers. I think she meant he wasn't very breed standard towards anything besides absolutely adorable. She had her rescue cockers with her and they were giant compared to Apollo. He's only 12" at his shoulder.
And yes, I'm pretty sure now he's a mix. It's funny because before I adopted him I found this really great breeder for cavaliers. She was really nice about me adopting instead of purchasing one from her. She's keeping my record on file in case I ever return for a cavalier.
As for the neutered thing... He was so matted I didn't fault my vet at all. And to be fair we did think he was neutered as that's what the shelter had told me and that's what his paperwork said. It was hilarious when I went to get him at the groomers and they told me he had a "surprise".
Although it greatly explained his love of humping my leg. Thankfully that ceased the day he got neutered!
Thank you so much for all the help and compliments.
Edited for spelling because autocorrect on my phone is ridiculous.
My wife reckon she knows what exactly Apollo is - a breed called "an awesome friend"'. He is just so handsome and looks every bit a protector - you are both lucky to find each other.
Thank you! He is indeed. Like I said, it was more out of curiosity and just to watch out for health problems that pop up in breeds.
Was posting from my iPad yesterday and couldn't post a picture using that...came back to try to show you my Tess. But I haven't figured out how to insert a picture into a message on this forum, so I created a small album. If you click on my name, you get to my profile and see the album there.
I think your sweetie looks a lot like mine. Yours has more of a cocker head IMO--the nose shape and length, etc. But the body looks very Cavvie to me.
You should do a DNA test, for fun, if you can. I've heard the less expensive ones (about $65, from a cotton swab) are not so accurate but the more expensive ones (about $100, done from a blood draw) are pretty good.
hi Emkaybee, when you post using your iPad there should be 3 little icons just above the keyboard. If you click on the middle one it should take you to your photo stream/camera roll. then just tap on the photo that you want to include. If its not showing it might be that you need to install an update. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/20/6unaba8e.jpg
Glad to hear that Apollo found a loving forever home, what a handsome fella indeed!
He looks like a mix to me as well. We had a Cocker many years back..and your little guy has the same head shape & body as ours was. Although he looks like a black & tan Cavalier too. Yep..no expert either..but I would definitely say you have a combo.
He is super cute* !!!