Silky Coton

8-11 lbs
Coton de Tulear
Silky Terrier

The Silky Coton is a hybrid breed that was developed by crossing a Silky Terrier and a Coton de Tulear. These small, affectionate dogs are built to be loving companions, and they fit well into just about any home. Weighing just 8 to 11 pounds and standing a mere 8 to 11 inches tall, these compact pooches don’t require a lot of space. Their silky coat is easy to maintain and comes in several colors, including white, gray, red, blue, silver, black and fawn. Both the Silky Terrier and Cotton de Tulear were bred as companion animals, making the Silky Coton an ideal companion pet. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Silky Terrier, Coton de Tulear

Silky Coton Health

Average Size
Male Silky Coton size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Female Silky Coton size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 8-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Spongiform Leukodystrophy
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Diabetes
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Blood Tests

Silky Coton Breed History

Like most other hybrid breeds, the history of the Silky Coton is unknown. The breed was likely developed for the purpose of creating a compact and loving companion animal. The Silky Terrier originated in the 1800s in Australia. While bred as companion pets, they retain their terrier instincts, and they are excellent hunters of snakes and rats. The breed found its way into the United States with soldiers returning home following the end of World War 2. In 1959, the Silky Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. In 1996, one brave Silky Terrier was awarded the Australian Purple Cross of Bravery for after fearlessly diving from a balcony and protecting his nine-year-old owner from a venomous brown snake. The Coton de Tulear has a much longer history, having been discovered in Madagascar in the 1600s. Legend says that these small canines arrived on the shore of Tulear after surviving a shipwreck. Once known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar,” these resourceful dogs developed their intelligence and adaptability through several centuries of surviving on the island with little human intervention. In the 1970s, these dogs were discovered by a Frenchman and brought back to France where the breed was given its name. Shortly after, they made their debut in the United States, and they have been a popular companion animal ever since. While the breed has existed for centuries, it has only been officially recognized by the American Kennel Club since 2014. The United States of America Coton de Tulear Club, however, was founded in 1993. 

Silky Coton Breed Appearance

As a mixed breed dog, the Silky Coton can vary greatly in appearance. Many are shades of white, black and brown, but other colors – including sable, silver, blue, gray and red – are possible. Silky Cotons often have thick, fluffy coats, but some have thin, silky coats that are more similar to the coat of the Silky Terrier. These dogs have a small, lightweight frame. The eyes are dark and expressive, though sometimes hidden by the dog’s hair. The muzzle is short and ends with a small black or brown nose. The legs are short but often powerful due to the breed’s terrier ancestors. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silky Coton eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silky Coton nose
brown Silky Coton nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Silky Coton coat
gray Silky Coton coat
brown Silky Coton coat
red Silky Coton coat
cream Silky Coton coat
fawn Silky Coton coat
silver Silky Coton coat
white Silky Coton coat
sable Silky Coton coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Silky Coton wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silky Coton Breed Maintenance

Despite their long coats, most Silky Cotons do not have extensive grooming needs. Most do well with having their coats brushed a few times each week, but some may need to be brushed daily to prevent mats and tangles. They shed little and should only be bathed as necessary. Because their hair may grow into their eyes, possibly causing vision problems, it is important to have them trimmed regularly. Most Silky Cotons benefit from being groomed professionally a few times each year. Like all dogs, they need to have their nails trimmed and ears cleaned regularly. Their teeth should also be brushed at least two to three times each week. 

Brushes for Silky Coton
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Silky Coton requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silky Coton Temperament

Both the Silky Terrier and the Coton de Tulear have been bred to be loyal, loving companions, and the Silky Coton retains these qualities. The Silky Coton has a lively, affectionate personality and fits well in any family. They do well with singles, couples and in larger families. Their gentle nature makes them excellent with children, dogs and other pets. They may be nervous around small, fast-moving children, though due to their small size. Silky Cotons are intelligent and eager to please their owners. They respond extremely well to positive training techniques. The breed retains some of the hunting and digging instincts of its ancestors, though, so these dogs are sometimes difficult to train to stay in the yard. 

Silky Coton Activity Requirements

The Silky Coton is a moderately active breed, but it does not have extensive exercise requirements. Because of his small size, he is perfectly content with a couple walks around the block or a trip to the local dog park each day. Because they are friendly and inquisitive by nature, these dogs generally love outings where they get to meet new people and animals. Since they are an intelligent breed, keeping them happy also means ensuring that they have plenty of mental stimulation in addition to physical exercise. Puzzle toys are a great way to keep Silky Cotons happy while providing the mental exercise they need. 

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

Silky Coton Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.50 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Silky Coton Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Silky Coton size stats at six months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
Female Silky Coton size stats at six months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Silky Coton size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Silky Coton size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Silky Coton size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Silky Coton size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs

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