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    Question Apollo - Cavalier? Help me!

    Hi, I adopted a rescue dog back in July. He was in an awful condition then; double ear infection, covered in hair mats, underweight, overgrown nails...ugh.

    After a few months on a proper diet and grooming [5lbs of mats shaved off] he's healthy and energetic and quite the opposite of the little guy I adopted a few months ago.

    I adopted him under the impression that he was a cocker spaniel. They said they picked him up near a breeder known to just dump dogs when they weren't useful anymore.

    Lately though I've been wondering if he's a cavalier. The only issue is that he has a docked tail. Other than that, he is WAY smaller than what a cocker spaniel should be and ... well I'll let the the pictures speak for themselves.

    I have a lot of pics so I'm just going to use links, is that okay?

    His "Pound" Picture, the picture that I fell in love with. I actually adopted him long before I ever met him. I just got to go pick him up and sign the last document. The first time we met was when I was putting his brand new collar and leash on.
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...36260234_n.jpg

    Car ride home!
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

    His first hour at his new home. I put the bows on him.
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...25925316_n.jpg

    What he looked like after being shaved down and gaining a few pounds.
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...06567662_n.jpg

    After bath time:
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...65217535_n.jpg

    His own bed (not that he sleeps in it)
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...35862191_n.jpg

    Him and me on the day we found out he officially hit a healthy weight!
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...01183691_n.jpg

    So what do you think? Am I crazy or does he have some cavalier in him?

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    im no expert..id say maybe a combo of both though? he is the colourings and size of a cavalier..but he definitley looks like he has some cocker in him.
    he is BEAUTIFUL, he is so lucky to have you
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    It's so hard to get a picture of him sometimes he's either sleeping or running around. I'll try to get some more full body shots. He looks a lot different now that his fur is coming back in and he's gained weight and muscle. He looks like a proper dog now.

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    In the first picture, he especially looks a lot like cavalier, but in the other pictures it seems like he could be a mix. Whatever he is, the first thing I saw, was how handsome he is and lucky to have been rescued by you.

    Tell us more about him. Do you know his approximate age?
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    He's approx 3. He was obviously handled before because when you pick him up and put him on a table like at the vet's, he stands perfectly still. You can lift his lips and inspect his mouth and he'll stand perfectly still. The vet said it also looked like his teeth had been professionally cleaned recently. Same for shots. When he was microchipped the vet tech put a muzzle on him because he was "afraid" of cocker spaniels and possible mixes biting him... Apollo sat there and didn't even bat an eye.

    The more his coat comes in the more it looks like a cavalier than a cocker, and he has such long legs. We met a cocker spaniel rescue group during a charity event and the lady told me no way was he a cocker, and she told me thought he was an ill bred cavalier. That's what got this idea in my head.

    I honestly could care less what he is, but in case of medical problems to watch out for, I'd like to at least have a best guess.

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    I just took this picture right now after bribing him with treats.

    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...09531379_n.jpg

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    Looks a lot like my Tess.

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    Thank you for the help

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    I'm no expert, but if he's not 100% cavalier, he's not too far off. One way or the other, he's lovely
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    He looks like maybe a mix but with more cav than cocker. He is so adorable! Glad he has found a good home
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