Cocker Sheltie

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25-35 lbs
14-16"
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
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel, Shetland Sheepdog

Cocker Sheltie Health

Average Size
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
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
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Sable
White
Black
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Cocker Sheltie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $52

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