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.