Foxkers are a “designer dog” breed made by combining Toy Fox Terriers and English Cocker Spaniels. The result is a loyal, calm dog that does well with families with children of all ages. Intelligent and obedient, Foxkers are a medium-sized breed with a moderate energy level. A solid 30 to 40 minutes of exercise per day is enough to keep your pup happy and satisfied.
The combo breed has a soft, silky coat that requires frequent professional grooming. The ancestry of both breeds involved hunting smaller prey, so you may want to watch your pup around small animals they might deem as prey.
Do you want a cheap, simple activity that will tire out both your two-legged children and your fur-kids? Set them up outside and teach the kids how to encourage your pup to chase them. Your dog will enjoy the hunt and get their daily exercise requirement. Kids of all ages and activity levels will be all tuckered out after this game!
This activity works best if you’ve already taught Fido not to nip people. Both dogs and human kids can become overzealous when playing together, so be sure to supervise any child/dog interactions. If your pup needs more stimulation, have your child run with the dog’s favorite toy.
Looking for a cheap activity that you can do with Fido in your home? Try a DIY agility course. Easy to set up and inexpensive, agility courses give your dog the mental exercise they need, as well as the physical.
Some of the course exercises can be intimidating for dogs at first, so offer praise and treats to encourage your pup along the way. But not too many treats or that negates the purpose.
Tunnels, weave poles, dogwalk (balance beam for dogs) and hurdles are just a few simple options that can keep you and your pup occupied for a small amount of time each day, and many of these can be created from things you have lying around your home.
Regular grooming appointments are necessary to keep Fido’s fur free from mats and tangles. While this doesn't sound like a fun activity for you, you can make it an exciting time by letting Fido ride safely with the windows cracked and even go for a pup cup of ice cream as a reward for a good cleaning!
Appointments should be every 6 to 8 weeks and include ear cleaning if your pup has long, droopy ears, as ear infections are common in dogs with long ears and can be painful for your dog.
In between appointments, it’s up to you to brush Fido’s fur often and keep an eye on nail length. If your pup needs a nail trim between grooming, most vets do it cheaply within a few minutes.
Foxkers enjoy romping with other dogs, so if you don’t have more than one dog, an occasional visit to the off-leash dog park is in order. Some off-leash dog parks charge a monthly fee and require proof of vaccines. Your dog’s medium size might be better suited for the small dog area of the park.
Dog parks offer a rare opportunity to socialize your pup with dogs and humans at the same time. However, it is important to keep an eye on Fido to make sure that they are behaving politely. If they aren’t, it is best to remove your dog from the situation immediely.
While Foxker dogs are medium in size, they still need a lot of daily exercise. Toy Fox Terriers were originally bred to hunt foxes out of their dens, which makes digging a fun game for them. You probably don’t think a backyard full of holes is fun, though. If you can’t find a local digging area to take Fido, alternative activities include setting up indoor agility courses, teaching the kids to play chase, or visiting an off-leash dog park.
Whatever activity you choose, your Foxker pup will enjoy it more if the whole family takes part in the activity. These dogs are loyal and affectionate with everyone, but especially with their families.