The Docker is a mixed breed of the Dachshund and the Cocker Spaniel. Also known as the Doxie Spaniel, Spaniel Doxie, or Doxie, this breed came from the United States in 1999. They were initially bred to be family pets. Overall, there’s a lot to love about Dockers. For instance, they’re friendly, intelligent, and fun. However, they can also be stubborn.
Dockers get along well with anyone. For instance, they’re loyal and affectionate with their family members. Also, they’re great around young children, other dogs, and meeting new people. However, they need early socialization and training to do so. Luckily, the Docker is easy to train since they want to please their owners. But, on the other hand, they could have a stubborn streak once in a while.
This dog breed is small to medium-sized, with males slightly bigger than females. For example, males can grow to be about 11 to 15 inches tall and weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. On the other hand, females can grow to be about nine to 13 inches tall and weigh between 20 and 25 pounds. Depending on which parent breed they take after, their coat can be long, short, or medium. Regardless, you’ll need to brush their coat at least once a day. Dockers shed quite a bit. Also, the Cocker Spaniel side needs plenty of grooming. So, you can bring your Docker to a professional grooming salon at least once a month for a bath and a good cleaning.
Docker – An Active Dog
Dockers have moderate energy levels, but they still need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. They’ll be fine in an apartment or a bigger house with a fenced-in yard as long as they get this exercise. For example, they’ll enjoy long walks, hikes, or visits to the dog park.
With proper care, your Docker has an average lifespan of about 12 to 14 years.