Smooth Foxker

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20-25 lbs
13-16"
United States
American Cocker Spaniel
Smooth Fox Terrier
The Smooth Foxker is a combination of the Smooth Fox Terrier and either the American or English Cocker Spaniel. The English Cocker Spaniel is a slight bit larger and has a wavier and longer coat than the American Cocker Spaniel but otherwise they are the same. The Smooth Foxker is a gentle and happy breed that makes a wonderful addition to any family but may have the hunting instinct of the Cocker Spaniel so you will have to watch your dog with small animals. They are easy to train for the most part and are usually pretty healthy, living well into their teen years.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
American or English Cocker Spaniel and Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Foxker Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Foxker size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Female Smooth Foxker size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Deafness
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Shoulder Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • Thyroid Panel
  • DNA

Smooth Foxker Breed History

The Smooth Foxker is a new hybrid so it does not have much of a history yet. Therefore, it is important to look at the backgrounds of the Cocker Spaniel and the Smooth Fox Terrier. The Spaniel has been around since the 1300s and was developed specifically for hunting. The breed was brought to the United States in 1620 on the Mayflower but were not acknowledged until 1878. The Spaniels were separated into water and land breeds and divided by size. The American Cocker Spaniel is actually bred from the English Cocker Spaniel and is the smallest of the bunch. They were bred mainly to flush woodcocks from the brush for hunters, which is where they got their name. The English Cocker Spaniel was larger and had a flatter head and shorter back but the American breeders changed them to this look in the 1900s and the English Cocker Spaniel Club decided they should be considered a separate breed to prevent inbreeding. The American Kennel Club started listing the American Cocker Spaniel as a different breed in 1946, and it is now the 29th most well-liked dog breed in the United States. The Smooth Fox Terrier was developed in England in the 1700s as a hunting dog that could get into foxholes and chase them from their dens. They are not well documented but are believed to be bred from Beagles, Greyhounds, Bull Terriers, and Smooth Coated Black and Tan Terriers. The English Fox Terrier Club began in 1876 and the American Fox Terrier Club was born in 1885, which is the same year they were acknowledged by the AKC. Now, they are the 124th most common dog breed in the United States.

Smooth Foxker Breed Appearance

The Smooth Foxker is a small to medium sized dog with a medium to long coat of straight to wavy fur with a normal density. Their coat can be just about any color such as red, silver, orange, lemon, tan, chocolate, white, black, or a combination of colors and many different patterns such as pied, merle, spotted, and speckled. The coat density and variety depends on whether the parent Cocker Spaniel was American or English. They have pendulous ears, a long muzzle with a black or brown nose, and brown oval eyes. The Smooth Foxker is stocky like the Cocker Spaniel with long, thick legs, but may also have the dainty features of the Smooth Fox Terrier.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Smooth Foxker eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Smooth Foxker nose
Black
brown Smooth Foxker nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Smooth Foxker coat
Brindle
sable Smooth Foxker coat
Sable
pied Smooth Foxker coat
Pied
white Smooth Foxker coat
White
silver Smooth Foxker coat
Silver
fawn Smooth Foxker coat
Fawn
cream Smooth Foxker coat
Cream
red Smooth Foxker coat
Red
brown Smooth Foxker coat
Brown
black Smooth Foxker coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Smooth Foxker straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Smooth Foxker Breed Maintenance

The thick coat from the Cocker Spaniel genes makes the Smooth Foxker a high maintenance dog. You will need a dematting tool and a pin brush to keep your dog from getting matted. They also shed heavily so you will need to use a deshedding tool and a firm bristle brush to remove the excess hair. It is best if you groom them every day because it does not take much for their coat to get matted. They tend to pick up debris such as dirt, sticks, and leaves in their long fur when they are outside so you will need to remove that daily as well. They also need to be bathed with a conditioning shampoo and crème rinse once or twice a month to keep them smelling fresh and clean. The teeth and nails are an important part of the routine as well; clip the nails twice a month as needed and brush the teeth daily.

Brushes for Smooth Foxker
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Deshedder
Brushing Frequency
Smooth Foxker requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Smooth Foxker Temperament

Because the Cocker Spaniel is such a good natured and friendly dog, this breed is a wonderful family pet. However, with the Smooth Fox Terrier genes comes plenty of nervous energy and they can bite small children if they get irritated enough. Therefore, it is probably best to avoid this breed if you have small children. But, they make excellent watch dogs and will do their best to protect you from any danger, no matter how large. They are typically obedient and easy to train although they are very energetic and need a lot of exercise to be happy and prevent boredom.

Smooth Foxker Activity Requirements

Although the Cocker Spaniel is a working dog, they can be lazy when they want to be but the Smooth Fox Terrier is a bundle of energy. Therefore, your Smooth Foxker will need at least an hour to 90 minutes of vigorous activity daily to keep them healthy. Without enough exercise, they can become stressed and bored. They enjoy hunting, swimming, playing with other dogs at the dog park, playing flyball or frisbee, walking around the neighborhood, and running around in a fenced yard. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash if you are not in a fenced area because they tend to chase small animals. 

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

Smooth Foxker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Smooth Foxker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Foxker size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Smooth Foxker size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Foxker size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Smooth Foxker size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Foxker size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Smooth Foxker size stats at 18 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 22 lbs

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