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12-30 lbs
Cocker Spaniel
Coton de Tulear

The Cocker-Ton is a hybrid dog composed of an Cocker Spaniel and a Coton de Tulear. Also known as a designer breed, their coat is long, thick and feathered and should be brushed regularly. Professional grooming may be necessary a few times a year. The Cocker-Ton hybrid is gentle, intelligent and loves to spend time with their owners. Their energy level is moderate to high and they can be stubborn, needing patience and consistency in training. The Cocker-Ton usually gets along well with children and other pets. Because they are hybrids, they cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club. Those who own the Cocker-Ton say they are not a laid-back canine and are eager to be on the go at all times.

Date of Origin
Cocker Spaniel, Coton de Tulear

Cocker-Ton Health

Average Size
Male Cocker-Ton size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 12-30 lbs
Female Cocker-Ton size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 12-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart Murmur
  • Pancreatitis
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Urinary Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Otoscopic Examination
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Cocker-Ton Breed History

The Cocker-Ton is a modern hybrid believed to have originated in the United States in the last 20 years. The parental history of the breed will give a good insight into this happy breed. The Cocker Spaniel was bred and trained to flush out woodcocks; a flushing dog tracks the prey and then drives it from the hiding spot for the hunter. First seen in North America in the 1600's, this member of the American Kennel Club's Sporting Group joined the roster in 1878. Well-versed in the requirements of the show ring, the breed also has a star in Hollywood. Disney's Lady and the Tramp featured the Cocker Spaniel as the two main characters of the film. The Cocker Spaniel, in March 2017, was the 29th most popular dog in the United States according to the American Kennel Club. The Coton de Tulear was developed on the island of Madagascar. It is believed that the Coton de Tulear’s ancestors were possibly brought to Madagascar by pirates in the 16th and 17th century.  The pirates kept them as companions and to help control rats on the ships. This cute little dog then became the beloved companion to the Malagasy royalty. While visiting Madagascar, a biologist named Dr. Robert Jay Russell discovered the breed and brought the first ones to America in 1973. He nicknamed them “The Royal Dog of Madagascar”.  Dr. Russell established the Coton de Tulear Club of America in 1976. The Coton de Tulear was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club on July 1st, 2014.

Cocker-Ton Breed Appearance

The Cocker-Ton is a hybrid dog who will have physical characteristics from both of his parents. They will be small dogs with a long and thick coat, though his coat may appear more like hair than fur. Because the Coton de Tulear is a hypoallergenic breed, the Cocker-Ton may have less dander. The Cocker-Ton may be white, buff, brown, black or multi-colored. He will have a sturdy and compact body. The Cocker-Ton may have a lively, bright, and merry expression. His ears will be drop ears; the tail will be medium in size and may curl over his back.  The Cocker-Ton may have a prominent black nose and large expressive eyes. He will always have an alert expression of merriment.

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

Cocker-Ton Breed Maintenance

The Cocker-Ton will have a thick and long coat which is best maintaned with a regular brushing using the pin brush, the ideal tool for removing tangles. The Cocker-Ton will require monthly bathing with a gentle shampoo. His ears must be dried carefully inside and out to prevent an ear infection; the Cocker Spaniel parent has a predisposition to ear trouble. Professional grooming may be necessary to keep the shape of the coat looking smart. The nails should be trimmed monthly in order to prevent tears or cracks.  To avoid tartar buildup or decay, the Cocker-Ton’s teeth should be brushed with a canine toothpaste several times a week.  

Brushes for Cocker-Ton
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper

Cocker-Ton Temperament

The Temperament of the Cocker-Ton will be a mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Coton de Tulear temperament. The Cocker Spaniel is a social and friendly breed. They are sweet, faithful 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 listen to the commands, doing their best to comply. The Coton de Tulear is a playful, affectionate and intelligent breed. They are usually a quiet breed but do grunt and bark when they are playing. Most of the Coton de Tulear breed  are very eager to please but can sometimes be a little stubborn. A dog who loves to play, swim and run, a common trait of the Coton de Tulear behavior is that they are livelier at night. Your Cocker-Ton will most likely be a happy and eager to please dog. He will need attention, consistent training and exercise.  If your Coton-Ton is socialized at a young age he will be good with children and able to mingle with other canines in every environment, whether at home or at the dog park.

Cocker-Ton Activity Requirements

The Coton de Tulear is a high energy dog and the Cocker Spaniel is a medium energy dog. Your Cocker-Ton may be a medium to high energy dog and will require daily walks and activities. This hybrid enjoys running, games of fetch, and activities that allow him to use his smarts. Obedience classes or agility training may be just what he needs to expend energy and feel as if he is doing work.  If a high energy dog is not given enough exercise they can become destructive or vocalize their lack of stimulation. Your Cocker-Ton will enjoy playing and exploring in in a fenced yard or a dog park. The Cocker Spaniel side of the Cocker-Ton does not do well in extreme heat.  During hot summer months, he should be walked in the cool of the day.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Cocker-Ton Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Cocker-Ton Owner Experiences

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