Cocker Sheltie

25-35 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Shetland Sheepdog
Sheltie Cocker

A Cocker Sheltie is a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and the Shetland Sheepdog. It is considered a designer breed because two registered pure breeds were bred to create the Cocker Sheltie. Their coat is usually long and dense, which will require regular brushing. Other characteristics that the Cocker Sheltie may inherit from his parents are a herding instinct, friendly disposition, high energy level and an affectionate nature.  The Cocker Sheltie will do best in a house with a fenced in yard. The Cocker Sheltie makes an excellent active companion for a dog owner who likes to be on the go.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel, Shetland Sheepdog

Cocker Sheltie Health

Average Size
Male Cocker Sheltie size stats
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Female Cocker Sheltie size stats
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Eye Examinations
  • Urinalysis
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Thyroid Panel

Cocker Sheltie Breed History

The word Spaniel means "Spanish dog," and it is believed that they originated in Spain. Thought to have been around since the 1300s, the Cocker Spaniel was first trained to flush out woodcocks from their hiding place, hence the name. Divided as land and water spaniels by the American Kennel Club when first registered in 1878, the breed was further differentiated by size. This division also led to both the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel breeds, with the English Cocker Spaniel becoming separate in its own right in 1946. Both are listed in the Sporting Group of the AKC, with the American Cocker Spaniel being the smaller of the two. Both breeds do very well in the show ring. The Shetland Sheepdog is a miniature Collie, developed in the Shetland Islands. The original name of the Shetland Sheepdog was Shetland Collie. They are now commonly called the Sheltie. During the 1700s, fishermen visited the Shetland Islands and brought with them their dogs such as the King Charles Spaniel, Yakki dogs, Spitz like dogs from Scandinavia and Sheepdogs from Scotland, which then were bred with the Shetland dogs. This mixture produced the Shetland Sheepdog.  The Shetland Sheepdog was used as a herding dog. The Shetland Sheepdog was first registered with the American Kennel Club registered in 1911. The dog’s name was Lord Scott and he had been imported from the Shetland Islands by John G. Sherman Jr. Today’s Shetland Sheepdog excels in flyball, tracking and in herding. Shetland Sheepdogs are also great as therapy dogs.

Cocker Sheltie Breed Appearance

The Cocker Sheltie will be medium size dog with a long and dense double coat. The Cocker Sheltie may be seen in a variety of colors such as merle, tricolor, black, brown, tan and white. He will have a sturdy and agile body and will weigh between 25 to 35 pounds. The hybrid will have an alert and kind facial expression. His ears may be drop ears. The tail will be medium in size and the muzzle is often long and narrow. The head may be rounded like that of the Cocker Spaniel or tapered like the Shetland Sheepdog.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cocker Sheltie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cocker Sheltie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Cocker Sheltie coat
white Cocker Sheltie coat
black Cocker Sheltie coat
brown Cocker Sheltie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Cocker Sheltie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cocker Sheltie Breed Maintenance

The Cocker Sheltie will have a dense and long coat. His coat will need to be brushed out regularly to help remove dead hair and to prevent matting. The Cocker Sheltie will require monthly bathing with a gentle dog shampoo. His nails should be trimmed monthly.  To prevent tartar build-up, the Cocker Sheltie’s teeth should be brushed with a canine toothpaste, several times a week.  Ears should checked weekly for debris, odor or yeast proliferation as hybrids with long ears can be prone to problems. It is recommended that dogs be seen by a veterinarian once a year for a wellness check. Puppies and senior dogs will need more frequent visits. Your veterinarian may recommend monthly heartworm medication and a tick and flea preventative. 

Brushes for Cocker Sheltie
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Cocker Sheltie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cocker Sheltie Temperament

The Cocker Spaniel is a social and affectionate breed. They are sweet, intelligent and gentle. If they are socialized at an early age, they are good with children and other dogs. The Cocker Spaniel is eager to please and craves attention. They are easily trained and excel in obedience training. They are an inquisitive, curious and active breed. The Shetland Sheepdog is a herding dog and may have herding instincts. This means that they may bark and “herd” other animals or even people. They also can take off and chase after another dog, car or bike. He should not be walked off leash. The Shetland Sheepdog has a high-pitch bark. The Shetland Sheepdog is highly intelligent and easily to train. They are a playful, loving and lively breed. Your Cocker Sheltie will be eager to learn. He will be energetic, playful and will make a wonderful family pet. He will need guidance and when provided with instruction, he'll thrive as a member of the household.

Cocker Sheltie Activity Requirements

Your Cocker Sheltie may have a high energy level.  It is important to take him on daily walks.  He will enjoy playing fetch, exploring and running in a fenced in yard. Cocker Shelties may also like to visit a dog park to play and make new buddies. The Cocker Sheltie is a highly intelligent dog and will love to learn and excel in obedience training classes. Both the Cocker Spaniel and the Shetland Sheepdog do not do well in hot weather. Therefore, your Cocker Sheltie should not be exposed to extreme heat.  During the summer months, he should be walked on shady streets.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Cocker Sheltie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Cocker Sheltie Owner Experiences

7 Months
5 People
House & Yard
I love Harley but he is a very aggressive puppy. He steels everything around the house and tries to swallow it as fast as possible. We tried everything like putting a treat in front of him and firmly saying drop it. He aggressively bites me and my family causing deep wounds that bleed a lot. He only bites that hard when we finally get something out of his mouth. He doesn't bite every time we take something out but if it's toilet paper, underwear, and food then yes. When we play with toys and he gets hyper he will bite NOT NIP. He LOVES the snow so sometimes he will get really excited to go in the backyard and play but he would randomly run up to me jumping and biting every part of my body. He bites so hard and pulls on my boots and coat that he pulled me down. I also think he may have pica because the amount of random things he will eat is NOT NORMAL for any dog. He will sit and chew the bricks on our fireplace and he will look for anything in the house to eat 24/7 even if it's only a tiny piece of paper. He has probably eaten 10 scrunchies but has thrown them up each time. Now I know I am listing all the bad things about him so I will share the good. He is amazing at training! It will take you 2 minutes to teach him a cool trick. I have taught him to turn off the lights, close the fridge, play dead, paw, sit, lay down, rollover, spin, jump, and stay. He is extremely smart. This breed definitely barks A LOT. We have taken him to some simple puppy classes at pet smart which we learned was not enough for Harley. So this month we will be seeing a trainer 1 on 1. He also jumps on both dining tables very often when we are trying to clean up. So we tried putting him in his crate when we eat but then he barks so LOUD the entire dinner. My mom was about to get rid of him when he bit my dad so hard that he was in a lot of pain and was bleeding. I know we are not going to get rid of him because she wouldn't do that. But anyways not saying you shouldn't get this breed because I have only heard good things from other people's cocker shelties. Might just be mine lol.
2 years, 1 month ago
Lilly Markman
18 Years
2 People
House & Yard
She loved catching bounced tennis ball
We were VERY attached. She never left my side and was great with kids. She was OK with other dogs, but mostly just not interested in our other 3. We lucked out because her grooming was a none event. We teased that she was dry clean only and self-cleaning. She hated water and somehow managed to keep herself spotless. She has very fine, straight hair and was super silky and soft. Excellent snuggler and loved to run. Very talkative too. Rather sassy at times, but a complete love. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect and beautiful dog.
2 years, 3 months ago
4 Years
6 People
House & Yard
It is a joy to have such a loving and sweet dog. She is very obedient and very smart and extremely playful.
2 years, 3 months ago
6 Years
2 People
Raven is very protective of me. She only barks when someone comes to the door, or she hears or sees something unusual in the yard. I take her to work,so that can be somewhat annoying when staff/customers come into my office and try to come within a few feet of me. If I leave her with my husband, she does not become protective of my husband. Instead, she seems scared and clings to my husband until I return. She is very good with children and our shop cats. When running and playing, she appears to be herding them. She loves to play fetch (for about 10 minutes), is very happy to walk on leash with me, is very good with other dogs of a good temperament, loves to come in the vehicle with us and travels very well. She seems to warm up to women faster than to men. She loves to sit on the couch with us after supper and just relax, cuddle, be petted, or just sleep. She responds well to commands and is very attentive to what I am doing at all times. Like she's on duty but is happy to do it! She sometimes walks around with her treat or her favorite toy and whines, like she's looking for a place to hide it.
4 years, 10 months ago
11 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Tug of war
She’s a wonderful dog. She was super rambunctious as a puppy but is a fast learner. She has got to know at least 100 words, she understands quite a lot of words we use in our speaking and she can recognize individuals titles or names. She still is mobile now but also likes to sleep a lot too. She gets excited really easily and loves people/children and other dogs. She has a hair maintenance issue but if it’s cut regularly there’s not much hair. She has a few health problems due to genetics and age. She has arthritis and has anal gland issues (this is a common issue with Shelties) but other then that is very healthy. She’s 11 years old but hasn’t even started graying or is acting her age, it’s just like she’s still young. She probably will live to at least 16 years, this probably varies from different dogs of this particular breed though. If I were to get another dog I would love having one like Snickers she’s one of the joys of my life and she means so much to me and my family.
4 years, 4 months ago
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