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20-25 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Doxie Spaniel, Spaniel Doxie, Doxie

The Docker is a mix of a Dachshund and Cocker Spaniel. They range from small to medium in size, averaging 25 pounds and standing about 12 inches tall. Their coat may be short or medium length, smooth to wiry, depending on whether the Dachshund is a short, long, or wirehaired variety. This breed makes a wonderful and sweet house pet who will do anything to please you but can be stubborn at times. Therefore, when training, you will need to be diligent and supportive. They are good with other pets and children as long as they are socialized early. The Docker is intelligent, fun, loyal and will make a great addition to your family.

Family pet
Date of Origin
Dachshund and Cocker Spaniel

Docker Health

Average Size
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Height: 9-13 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Lip Fold Pyoderma
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound

Docker Breed History

The Dachshund was originally found in Germany in the 1500s where it was used for hunting small game. Known for their long torso and short legs, they were thought to be a cross of the Pinscher, Braque, and possibly the French Basset Hound. This breed was used to hunt badgers because they were able to dig into the badger holes and catch the prey. Once they had the badger, they used their loud bark to alert the hunter so they could come get the badger from the hole. In the 1800s, the Dachshund started to become popular as a house pet rather than a hunting dog. The European royal court of Queen Victoria took particular interest in the little dog. To make the Dachshund smaller and have other varieties such as the longhaired and wirehaired variety, they were mixed with Terriers and Spaniels. They were accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1885 where they are the 13th most popular dog breed. The Cocker Spaniel also has different varieties, the American and the English, but they started out as one breed. The English Cocker Spaniel originated in England in the 1800s and was used for flushing game birds. The Cocker Spaniel is a land Spaniel of which there are two varieties, the Springer Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel. The Springer is used to spring animals from the brush and Cocker Spaniels to flush out small birds called woodcocks. When Cocker Spaniels were noticed in America, they began changing quite a bit. American breeders were able to lengthen their back, reduce their prey drive, and make their heads a bit more domed. Due to these changes, the AKC chose to recognize the American Cocker Spaniel as a separate breed in 1945 although the original Cocker Spaniel was registered in 1878.

Docker Breed Appearance

Your Docker’s coat varies depending on the variety of Dachshund used in breeding. There are the short haired variety, long haired variety, and wire haired variety. The color of the Docker can vary quite a bit as well, with colors ranging from tan, black, brown, white, cream, and gold. They may be small to medium sized, standing between 9 to 15 inches tall and weighing 20 to 30 pounds. They have a long body, short legs, a deep chest, floppy ears, long tail, and big feet. The Docker has a friendly and alert expression with a smile often found on her face.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Docker Breed Maintenance

The amount of maintenance your Docker needs depends on the parent breeds and which coat they end up with. If their parent breed was a longhaired Dachshund, this, combined with the fine coat of the Cocker Spaniel, can create a coat that is easily matted and must be groomed daily. If this is the case, you may want to trim their fur so their coat is short and easier to groom. You should clean their ears on a regular basis and watch out for mites, redness, wax buildup, and other debris. Trim their nails when needed and brush their teeth several times a week.

Brushes for Docker
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Docker Temperament

The Docker is a great family pet who is loyal and lovable but may need patience for training and early socialization to get along with other pets and children. They should be supervised with young children and small pets because they have the prey drive of the Cocker Spaniel and snappiness of the Dachshund. The Docker does like to have plenty of attention but they also have an independent side that causes them to want to do things their way. This can make them a bit difficult to house train so you may need to use puppy pads or practice cage training until they are able to get the idea. Otherwise, they are a very intelligent and affable breed that learns quickly.

Docker Activity Requirements

The Docker has a high prey drive and loves to hunt so they will enjoy chasing rabbits and squirrels in the yard or at the park as a part of their daily exercise routine. They also enjoy playing fetch, going for walks, trips to the dog park, and even a hike in the woods. They are also quite good at agility training if you enjoy that sort of thing. They need at least 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous activity every day to keep them from getting anxious or bored. If they do not get enough exercise, they may develop behavioral problems.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Docker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $2
Monthly Cost
$45 - $60

Docker Owner Experiences

8 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Playing fetch
Love her. She is very loyal and loves to play. She doesn’t bark much and is a great pet
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Missy and Patch
2 Years
2 People
These dogs are a joy. They love to play and chase each other. Very, very gentle with people. Two little adorable clowns. Despite their lapdog, apartment sized appearance, I would hesitate to recommend them for apartment dwellers. We adopted these girls through a rescue group from a kill shelter in N.C. Six months later, an identical pair was dropped off there. There is a lot of variation in these first Doxie-Spaniel crosses and this particular cross can obviously be too much of a handful for some owners. Our pair needs a LOT of exercise! They’ve calmed down at two years old, but between six months and a year old we had to walk them 3 miles a day to burn off energy, and they wanted to keep going! They can chase each other around the fenced yard for a half hour straight. Without a lot of exercise they were destructive - shredding toys and chewing huge holes in blankets and clothing. Thankfully, they’ve grown past that stage and are now completely calm... as long as they get their walk (now a mile) and regular romps in the yard. They don’t like to be left alone, so they need to be crated when we’re not home. They also have a very strong prey drive. Being hound mixes they are nose to the ground, tracking scents the whole time they’re on leash - and only a harness leash will do when they catch a trail of deer, skunk, raccoon etc. (We live in the country). In our area we can not let them off leash - too many temptations - and once on a scent they are focused and oblivious to commands. It’s also worth noting that our dogs have the dachshund trait of HATING to get their paws wet when it rains, which meant finding sneaky pee puddles in the house on rainy days. Dachshund owner sites recommended providing them with a covered area outside, so we set up a canopy by the back door. No wet paws = problem fixed. Our previous dog was a stubborn and territorial Jack Russell. And with a lot patience we were able to rehabilitate him, so we were prepared for the challenges of these two, but they were definitely more of a challenge than the online descriptions of the breed suggested. There are so many variables in this first generation cross-breed that it is unfair to generalize, and maybe your Docker won’t share any of these traits. I would recommend that potential owners research both of the parent breeds to see if these traits work for you. After a bumpy first few months our girls have matured into lovely pups. They adore cuddling. They’re friendly with people and other dogs and are ridiculously entertaining. They love having friend’s dogs come to visit and are willing to share their toys with visitors. They are good watch dogs - alerting us to people or animals in the yard - but not yappy. We live near a lake so I was hoping they’d take after the Cocker Spaniel lineage but the Doxie side won again. One will get in as far as her tummy. The other hates water and won’t get near it. Both love snow and winter, their favorite time of year, and get lethargic in the summer heat. Hope this helps others with their choice.
1 month ago
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