The Silky Cocker is a crossbreed between the Cocker Spaniel and the Maltese. The hybrid is recognized by the American Canine Club and can be registered on their site. The silky cocker’s popularity has been steadily increasing among pet owners because of its trusty and gentle nature. It is one of the most liked dogs of the Maltese mix because its friendliness and trainability.
Cockers have different color shades that include brown, white, black and tan. When mixed with the white Maltese, you get different shades and color patches. As their name suggests, the Silky Cockers are usually long and silky. The hybrid has a beautiful coat that should be professionally groomed once in every 3-4 months. Their fur also has to be brushed daily to keep it both well-trimmed and clean. Depending on the stronger genes of the two parents, Silky Cockers can be non-shedding dogs like their Maltese parents or be moderate shedders like Cocker Spaniels. As such, there is no guarantee as to whether they will be shedders on non-shedders because it is hardly possible to ensure a 50/50 crossbreeding. A healthy adult Silky Cocker weighs between 12 and 25 pounds.
These dogs take the characteristics of both the Maltese and Cocker Spaniels. Their temperament is something between the personalities of the parent breeds. On the average, this hybrid is a cheerfully social and highly devoted pet. They are of average intelligence and therefore quite easy to train. However, like any other small-sized canine, you may find them a bit hard to housebreak. Due to their generally gentle and docile nature, they are respectful, loyal, and patient throughout the training period. Since they have a highly social character, they do not like being left alone. Their most comfortable place is always beside their master. If well socialized, the Cockers get along well with kids and other pets. Most people choose them because of their harmlessly playful and lively nature toward both humans and other pets.
If well taken care of, Silky Cockers can live between 12 and 15 years. Compared to other dogs, the hybrid is far less prone to common canine health issues such as cataracts, patellar luxation, or minor problems such as allergies and cardiomyopathy. However, you should be always on look-out for any signs of ill health so that you can summon a vet as soon as possible.