Mini Foxker

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13-18 lbs
12-14"
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Mini Fox Terrier

Mini Foxkers, who are known for being lovable and lively pets, are a mix between a Toy Fox Terrier and Cocker Spaniel. They are a relatively new hybrid and not fully stabilized in appearance or temperament; this means they can inherit any combination of traits from their parent breeds. As a result, Mini Foxkers are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs. Nonetheless, they generally live up to 15 years, weigh between 13 and 20 pounds, and grow to be 12 to 14 inches tall.  Mini Foxkers that have an English Cocker Spaniel parent – as opposed to American Cocker Spaniel parent – will be on the higher end of these size estimates. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Late 1900s
Ancestry
Toy Fox Terrier, Cocker Spaniel

Mini Foxker Health

Average Size
Male Mini Foxker size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Mini Foxker size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 13-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Seborrhea
  • Lens Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Allergies
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Biochemistry Profile
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Hormone Analysis
  • DNA Test

Mini Foxker Breed History

The name Mini Foxker is a combination of this dog’s parent breed names: the Toy Fox Terrier and the Cocker Spaniel. The Mini Foxker’s vivacious Terrier parent, the Toy Fox Terrier, was developed in the early 1900s in the United States for vermin hunting. Its ancestry consists of the Smooth Fox Terrier and a hodgepodge of toy breeds including (but not limited to) the Italian Greyhound, Toy Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, and Chihuahua. This breed has long been admired because of its convenient size, dexterity, and intelligence. In fact, these notable traits lead to it becoming a popular performance animal in the 20th century, commonly appearing in circuses across the United States. During the same time, the Toy Fox Terrier also increased in popularity as a family pet and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003. The Mini Foxker’s other parent, the Cocker Spaniel, hails from 19th century England, where it was bred to be a lovable pet and trusty sporting companion. Cocker Spaniels were particularly skilled at woodcock hunting, which led its name pre-fix: “Cocker”. This breed also became popular in the United States during the early 1900s. Divergent breeding practices in the two countries lead to a split in the breed. Therefore, there are two Cocker Spaniel varieties today: the “English” version and the “American” version, which is relatively smaller in size. The product of these two breeds, the Mini Foxker, is suspected to have originated in the early to mid-1900s when both parent breeds first lived in the same geographical regions together. Still, Mini Foxkers are not fully stabilized and remain a rare hybrid in the United States and the rest of the world. As such, it can be a hard breed to track down and varies widely in temperament and appearance. 

Mini Foxker Breed Appearance

A Mini Foxker is a small, athletic dog that inherits physical characteristics from both its parent breeds. It is muscular like a Cocker Spaniel, but never heavy or stout looking thanks to its dainty Toy Fox Terrier influence. It typically weighs between 13 and 18 pounds and grows to be between 12 and 14 inches tall. Mini Foxkers have high-set and small pendant ears, dark round or oval eyes (brown or hazel), and a brown or black nose. This breed comes in multicolor combinations of colors and patterns that are common to both parents. They tend to have short to medium length coats that are straight and silky to the touch. If the dog takes after the Spaniel parent, it can have slight feathering around the ears, feet, paws, and underbelly. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Mini Foxker eyes
Hazel
brown Mini Foxker eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Foxker nose
Black
brown Mini Foxker nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Mini Foxker coat
Black
white Mini Foxker coat
White
brown Mini Foxker coat
Brown
cream Mini Foxker coat
Cream
gray Mini Foxker coat
Gray
silver Mini Foxker coat
Silver
red Mini Foxker coat
Red
pied Mini Foxker coat
Pied
brindle Mini Foxker coat
Brindle
sable Mini Foxker coat
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Mini Foxker straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Foxker Breed Maintenance

Mini Foxkers’ silky coats range from short to medium in length, shed moderately, and require occasional grooming with a shedding blade or slicker brush. If your Mini Foxker’s coat is particularly long, owners can use a pin brush for grooming and scissors or clippers to trim feathered pieces around the eyes, ears, and paws to avoid infections or mobility obstructions. This breed requires a monthly bath in which the ears and eyes should be cleaned thoroughly. Like all breeds, Mini Foxkers should also have their teeth cleaned daily to avoid plaque buildup and other dental diseases. Finally, note that Mini Foxkers are not hypoallergenic and thus are not suitable for pet owners with allergies.

Brushes for Mini Foxker
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Mini Foxker requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Foxker Temperament

Mini Foxkers inherit a pleasant balance of the Toy Fox Terrier’s energy and the Cocker Spaniel’s friendliness. This breed is loyal, loving, and alert. They are athletic and enjoy engaging in regular play with humans and furry friends alike. Mini Foxkers require a lot of attention from their owners and are prone to separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods of time or do not receive regular affirmations. As a result, this breed will do best in a family environment where it is around people most of the time. Because they are eager to please their owners, Mini Foxkers are fairly easy to train. When it comes to other animals, children and adults (other than its owners), Mini Foxkers tend to be approachable and affectionate. The best way to ensure your Mini Foxker gets along with others, however, is to expose it to early and consistent socialization. Overall, these lively and loving pets thrive in structured environments where they have constant companionship.

Mini Foxker Activity Requirements

As a peppy and sporty dog, it is important for the Mini Foxker to get 30 to 45 minutes of activity every day. This is not a picky breed and it will be happy with moderate walks, play dates with other dogs in the park, or even play session with their owners. Keep in mind that these dogs are fast runners with a high impulse to wander and hunt, so owners should not to leave Mini Foxkers unattended when outside or in unfenced areas. Otherwise, Mini Foxkers do well in all types of climates and environments. They will even thrive in urban and/or apartment living as long as owners are diligent about providing adequate exercise as described above.

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

Mini Foxker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.7 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Mini Foxker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Foxker size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Mini Foxker size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Foxker size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Mini Foxker size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Foxker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Mini Foxker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 15 lbs

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