Silky Cocker Hybrid Dogs
The Silky Cocker is one of the smaller hybrid breeds that has really become popular in the last few years. They are a cross between a Maltese and a Cocker Spaniel, typically an American Cocker. An active yet small hybrid dog, types and breeds like the Silky Cocker tend to be ideally suited to people with small living spaces or small yards. Typically these dogs will not weigh more than more 25 pounds, with some being only about half that weight at maturity. They tend to have the long, rectangular and relatively low to the ground bodies with the gracefully arching tail of the Maltese. In addition both parent breeds as well as this canine hybrid will have the profuse, long and very silky coat that is a key identifying feature in the parents. Some will be wavy while others will be straighter, but both will be luxurious.
Colors of the Silky Cocker will depend largely on the coloration of the Cocker Spaniel in the breeding pair since all Maltese dogs are pure white. They can range from white to cream, parti-colors, black and tan and even brown, fawn or buff in color. The eyes are dark, round and very liquid in appearance with a gentle and friendly look. The muzzle is slightly tapered and moderate in length and there is a noticeable stop. The skull tends to be rounded between the ears and the ears are long and hang down, framing the sides of the face.
The Silky Cocker is not a fragile dog and they have strong, sturdy legs and a robust physical appearance. Some tend to be lighter boned, more like the Maltese, while others are stockier and deeper through the chest and body, more typical of the Cocker Spaniel.
The Silky Cocker is a good example of combining two similar temperament types into one hybrid dog. They are typically very gentle, good natured and playful pets however without training and socialization they can become possessive, jealous and prone to snappy as they see themselves as the boss. This can easily be prevented by routine training and lots of socialization. They are good companion dogs in households with children and other pets, especially when raised in the household from puppies.
Grooming and General Care
The glorious coat of the Silky Cocker does need routine grooming in order to stay in top shape. Ideally a routine daily grooming is the best option, however clipping the dog with a puppy clip can help in lowering the grooming requirements. Both breeds are prone to eye problems so always carefully clean the eyes and keep the hair clipped around the eyes to prevent irritation.
The Silky Cocker is an energetic dog that needs to have time to get out and play. They enjoy brisk walks, jogs and even swimming and are very athletic and intelligent. Quick to learn the Silky Cocker is very eager to please and loves to spend time with humans rather than on his or her own. Some may have trouble adjusting to homes where they are left alone and problem barking can be a sign of anxiety and stress for this hybrid.
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