Silky Cocker

12-16 lbs
American Cocker Spaniel
Maltese Spaniel

The Silky Cocker is a hybrid dog that was developed by crossing the Maltese and the Cocker Spaniel. Because neither of these dogs is particularly large, this mixed-breed companion is relatively small and typically stands less than 14 inches tall and weighs under 20 pounds. They have soft, silky, wavy or straight coats that require moderate maintenance and range in color from black to cream and several shades in between. These affectionate dogs maintain many of their parent’s characteristics, including a strong hunting drive. While Silky Cockers are bred primarily as companion animals, their drive to hunt often makes them prone to wandering. Their exercise needs are limited, but they do best in fenced-in yards. 

Date of Origin
Maltese, Cocker Spaniel

Silky Cocker Health

Average Size
Male Silky Cocker size stats
Height: 11-12 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
Female Silky Cocker size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 12-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Skin Problems
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Obesity
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Phosphofructokinase Deficiency
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Dental Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Dental Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Eye examination
  • Blood Tests

Silky Cocker Breed History

The Silky Cocker is a relatively new hybrid breed, so very little of its history is known. What is known is that this cross between the ever-popular Cocker Spaniel and Maltese is an excellent pet for families and first-time pet owners. This mixed breed embodies the best features of both parent breeds, including loyalty, intelligence and affection. The American Cocker Spaniel was developed in the 1800s and was bred as a hunting dog and to retrieve birds. They are known for their loyalty and affectionate nature, and they have been popular since making their debut. The American Kennel Club has officially recognized the American Cocker Spaniel since 1878, and the breed still remains one of the most popular in the nation. The English Cocker Spaniel was also developed during the 1800s and was bred for the same purposes as the American Cocker. The loving Maltese has existed since ancient times and has been bred to be a loyal companion and comforter to its owners. The breed has gone by several names over the years, including the Maltese Terrier, Melitae dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta and the Maltese Lion dog. These compact canines originated in Malta and were once used to comfort sick people throughout Egypt. They were frequently depicted in ancient paintings, poems and other artwork. The breed remains popular to this day and still serves as a loyal comforter and companion to their owners around the world. The Maltese is also commonly kept as a show dog and can be seen at dog shows spanning the globe. 

Silky Cocker Breed Appearance

The Silky Cocker is a small, lightweight dog with a long, silky coat. This soft coat may be straight or wavy and ranges greatly in color. Common colors include apricot, black, chocolate, cream, gold and red. The Silky Cocker’s coat often reaches the floor and flows gracefully when the dog walks. The muzzle is medium in length and ends in a small nose which varies in color depending on the color of the coat. Most, however, are brown or black. The eyes are typically brown. Silky Cockers have ears that are floppy and fold over. Some may have feathered ears like the Cocker Spaniel. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silky Cocker eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silky Cocker nose
brown Silky Cocker nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Silky Cocker coat
cream Silky Cocker coat
red Silky Cocker coat
black Silky Cocker coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Silky Cocker wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silky Cocker Breed Maintenance

Though the Maltese lacks a double coat and is considered hypoallergenic, the Cocker Spaniel does shed. The Silky Cocker, therefore, is not considered hypoallergenic, and the breed is known to shed moderately. To keep this dog’s coat in good condition and to prevent mats and tangles, it needs to be brushed daily. Brushing regularly with a slicker brush and metal comb is highly recommended. If you add a Silky Cocker to your family, you should also expect to make regular grooming appointments. These dogs need to be bathed regularly and should be groomed professionally no less than every few months. You may also need to clean the eye area frequently to prevent staining. The claws should also be trimmed and the ears and teeth should be cleaned on a regular basis. 

Brushes for Silky Cocker
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Silky Cocker requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silky Cocker Temperament

Silky Cockers are prized for their loving, affectionate nature. They are fiercely loyal, and nothing makes them happier than spending time with their owners. Both the Cocker Spaniel and Maltese tend to do well with children, so the Silky Cocker is an excellent pet. Because of their small size, though, they may be snippy with young children who have not been taught how to handle them properly. This breed is intelligent and moderately easy to train. Like many small breeds, they are sometimes difficult to housebreak. There are eager to please their owners, though, so consistent training typically brings the desired results. 

Silky Cocker Activity Requirements

Both the Maltese and Cocker Spaniel are moderately active. The Silky Cocker is energetic and requires regular exercise, but its small size makes getting that exercise easy. A daily walk or a trip to the dog park is a great way to burn off energy and keep your canine companion happy. This breed also enjoys exploring the backyard, but its drive to hunt and wander could create a dangerous situation if the area is not securely fenced. These intelligent dogs also require mental stimulation, and they respond well to training exercises and opportunities to please their owners. They thrive in just about any environment as long as they get about an hour of exercise every day. 

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

Silky Cocker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Silky Cocker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Silky Cocker size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Silky Cocker size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Silky Cocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Silky Cocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Silky Cocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Silky Cocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 16 lbs

Silky Cocker Owner Experiences

18 Years
6 People
House & Yard
I’ve had my Silky Cocker for 18 years and I absolutely adore him as my own child! He is so responsive to everything, truely understanding me! He is a very well behaved dog and is adored and loved by his family and friends like royalty!
2 months, 2 weeks ago
1 Year
6 People
Walks, playing fetch, riding in the car
Our dog is a rescue and she’s a very sweet dog. Housebreaking her has been challenging, but we’re working on it daily. She’s a little nervous around certain new people, but she loves kids. She is a beautiful blonde color and has a soft and wavy coat. She’s very small at 8.6 lbs. She loves to run and will fetch a tennis ball for a few minutes. She chases our cat and enjoys chewing on bones. She can be nippy at times if she feels nervous or scared and when she thinks someone is getting too close to her chew bones, but mostly she is a good dog. She plays nicely with other dogs and is pretty easy-going overall. She needs to go outside to go potty frequently. She will bark at people she doesn’t know or if she wants to get out of her crate. We love her!
3 months ago
17 Weeks
1 People
I am a first time dog owner and I’m so happy I brought this cute guy home. He is basically house train (a mistake here or there but he understands that he needs to go outside). He is very sweet, great with children and loves his belly rubs. I couldn’t imagine life without this adorable boy.
1 year, 9 months ago
12 Weeks
1 People
She's just adorable. Haven't really gotten into training yet. But have taught her "sit" so far. She still thinks I'm playing with her when trying to get her to "come", so I chase her a lot. LOL
1 year, 10 months ago
Elizabeth Koontz
10 Years
1 People
Clever ASL and barks. He love stay in house.
2 years, 2 months ago
18 Months
3 People
House & Yard
He is very affectionate and loyal. Does think he is something of a guard dog, lol, but is in no means unfriendly. He has lots of fun playing and walking, but also just enjoy being with you. You will find him next to my son every moment he is home. Everyone loves him, he is so sweet. Took as much time as any other dog I've had to housebreak, just requires dilligence. He needs to be brushed everyday, but he likes it. Needs to be groomed regularly (2 to 3 months) and keep nails and teeth clean. I would recommend this breed to anyone, so sweet, easy to take care of, and compared to poms.. much lower maintainance. A happy, loving pet indeed!!
2 years, 4 months ago
4 Months
4 People
I'm not a fan of little dogs, and I hope he gets taller, but he is so much fun. He loves to be with our family and play with his toys. He does bark at unknowns and tries to keep potential threats away. He is definitely very loyal! Also right on when article says difficult to housebreak.
2 years, 7 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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