Silky Cocker

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Central Mediterranean Basin <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Silky Cocker

The Silky Cocker is a hybrid of the Maltese and the American Cocker Spaniel. As neither of these dogs is particularly large, this mixed breed companion is relatively small, generally measuring less than 36 centimeters and weighing less than 9 kilos. They have soft, silky, wavy or straight coats that require moderate maintenance, and vary in color from black to cream in several shades. These affectionate dogs retain many characteristics of their parents, including a strong propensity for hunting. Although Silky Cockers are primarily bred as pets, their urge to hunt often makes them prone to wandering. Their exercise requirements are limited, but they are best kept in a fenced-in yard.

History of the Silky Cocker

The Silky Cocker is a relatively new hybrid breed, so little is known about its history. What is known is that this cross between the very popular American Cocker Spaniel and the Maltese is an excellent pet for families and new owners alike. This mixed breed embodies the best characteristics of both parent breeds, including loyalty, intelligence and affection.

 

        

A little of the Maltese

        
The affectionate Maltese has been around since ancient times and was bred to be a loyal companion and comfort to its owners. The breed has gone by many names over the years, including Maltese Terrier, Melitae Dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta and Maltese Lion Dog. These compact dogs originated in Malta and were once used to comfort the sick throughout Egypt. They were frequently depicted in ancient paintings, poems and other works of art. The breed remains popular to this day, and still serves as a faithful comforter and companion to its owners around the world. The Maltese is also often kept as a show dog and can be seen at dog shows around the world.
Standard of the Maltese

 

        

A little of the American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel was developed in the 1800s and bred as a hunting dog and bird retriever. They are known for their loyalty and affectionate nature, and have been popular since their early days. The American Kennel Club has officially recognized the American Cocker Spaniel since 1878, and the breed remains one of the most popular in the country. The English Cocker Spaniel was also developed in the 1800s and bred for the same purposes as the American Cocker Spaniel.
Standard of the American Cocker Spaniel

Appearance of the Silky Cocker

The Silky Cocker is a small, light dog with a long, silky coat. This soft coat can be straight or wavy, and its color is highly variable. The most common colors are apricot, black, chocolate, cream, gold and red. The Silky Cocker's hair often reaches the ground and flows gracefully when the dog walks. The muzzle is of medium length, ending in a small nose whose color varies according to the coat color. Most, however, are brown or black. The eyes are generally brown. Silky Cockers have floppy, folded ears. Some have feathered ears, like the American Cocker Spaniel.

Temperament of the Silky Cocker

Silky Cockers are prized for their loving, affectionate nature. They are fiercely loyal, and nothing makes them happier than spending time with their owners. The American Cocker Spaniel and Maltese tend to get on well with children, making the Silky Cocker an excellent pet. However, because of their small size, they can be snippy with young children who have not been taught to handle them properly. This breed is intelligent and moderately easy to train. Like many small breeds, they can be difficult to house-train. But since they're eager to please their owners, regular training usually produces the desired results.

Needs and activities of the Silky Cocker

Both the Maltese and the American Cocker Spaniel are moderately active. The Silky Cocker is energetic and needs regular exercise, but its small size makes this easy. A daily walk or outing to the dog park is a great way to burn off energy and keep your canine companion happy. This breed also loves to explore the garden, but its urge to hunt and roam can create a dangerous situation if the area is not securely fenced. These intelligent dogs also need mental stimulation, and respond well to training exercises and opportunities to please their owners. They thrive in any environment, provided they get about an hour's exercise a day.

Maintenance of the Silky Cocker

Although the Maltese has no double coat and is considered hypoallergenic, the American Cocker Spaniel sheds. The Silky Cocker, therefore, is not considered hypoallergenic, and the breed is known for moderate shedding. To keep this dog's coat in good condition and avoid knots and tanglesd, it must be brushed daily. Regular brushing with a long-hair brush and wire comb is highly recommended. If you add a Silky Cocker to your family, you should also expect regular grooming appointments. These dogs need to be bathed regularly and professionally groomed at least every two months. You may also need to clean around the eyes frequently to prevent staining. Nails should also be trimmed, and ears and teeth cleaned regularly.

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