Wire Foxker

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10-25 lbs
10-14"
Unknown
Cocker Spaniel
Wire Fox Terrier
Foxker
The offspring of the Cocker Spaniel and the Toy Fox Terrier, the Wire Foxker is a very family friendly creature with a real laid back personality on the whole. Foxker's can tense up a fair amount when strangers come around, which might even cause this breed to sound off in an attempt to alert the family of potential danger. But Foxkers are ultimately kindhearted in nature and they can learn to become well behaved around said strangers and other dogs with a lot of time, patience, and love on behalf of their owners. A designer, hybrid dog breed, the Wire Foxker is not as well known as other, more time honored breeds that have been around for centuries but its high intelligence and big heart will help this breed standout in the long run.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel, Toy Terrier

Wire Foxker Health

Average Size
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count

Wire Foxker Breed History

The Wire Foxker likely stepped onto the scene sometime during the 1990's, as is the case with most designer breeds that have started to gain  prominence over the last few decades. Foxkers owe their parentage to the Cocker Spaniel and the Toy Fox Terrier, two well known breeds with vastly differing pasts. Though not much is known about the the Wire Foxker's background, learning about the Cocker Spaniel's and the Toy Fox Terrier's backgrounds can help one connect the dots, in terms of the Wire Foxker's attributes. Bred during the 1800's to help English hunters flush out potential game, the Cocker Spaniel earned its keep as huntsman's companion.  While Foxkers don't possess a particularly strong prey drive, their fluffy appearances and amiable personalities largely stem from the Cocker Spaniel's genetic contributions. The Toy Fox Terrier is another hunter that hails from the 1800's, but it specialized in tracking down rodents and squirrels as opposed to birds. Toy Fox Terriers also were known to make for great circus performers back in the day, due to their smaller frames and dexterity. The Foxker retained a lot of their Toy Fox Terrier parent's energy but they also carried over TFT's personable demeanor and friendly attitude. As a result of the unconventional pairing of a hunting dog and a circus performer, the Wire Foxker developed a kind attitude with an predilection for protecting its family from any perceived threats. The Wire Foxker's uncanny parentage has made a big impact on its personality and physical traits, and hopefully the Foxker will be able to make a big impact in time.

Wire Foxker Breed Appearance

Wire Foxkers have an overall frizzy and fluffy, inviting appearance that perfectly fits the breed's calm and collected disposition. Wire Foxkers are bigger dogs, standing at around 25 inches tall at about 18 months of age. They have kind and soothing brown eyes that really encapsulate the breed's homely and welcoming nature. They have longer limbs with tufts of appropriately fuzzy hair adorning their legs, and they have fairly big paws attached to their ends. The wavy and woolly texture of the Foxker's coat can also make this breed look like it just stepped out of a nice, warm bath on a perpetual basis.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Pied
White
Black
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wire Foxker Breed Maintenance

Hybrid breeds always run the risk of adopting more physical traits from one parent over the other and the Foxker is no different. They tend to have longer coats like the Cocker Spaniel and the Foxker will need similar treatment if the coat is going to stay healthy and clean. Pin brushes and slicker brushes are the tools of the trade to that end, but also be certain to keep a dematter on hand enable to deal with the Foxker's tendency to shed from time to  time. You'll also want to keep track of the Foxker's nails; if left unchecked, they can grow out to a fairly noticeable and uncomfortable length. Ultimately, be sure to make regular visits to professional dog groomers to provide the best possible care for your Wire Foxker.
Brushes for Wire Foxker
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Foxker Temperament

The soul of what it means to be a gentle giant, Foxkers are fairly big dogs with even bigger hearts who love their families with an intense and burning passion. Foxkers are very mild-mannered and well behaved by default, which makes them excellent companions for children and even other dogs, but it'll take a great deal of time and patience to properly socialize a Foxker and get them more accustomed to strangers and unfamiliar faces. Indeed; Foxkers can be fairly difficult breeds to train and it might feel like nothing is sticking at first, but if the time and effort are put in, the Foxker's kind nature will shine like a diamond in the rough.

Wire Foxker Activity Requirements

Foxkers are fairly active breeds who do like to play and run about in their own right. However, you won't need to take these pooches for a hike up Mount Everest to tire them out! Foxkers need about 40 minutes of daily physical activity to work out any excess energy, so a good walk around the park or a solid jog around the block will more than likely get the job done. Try to aim for an average of 9 miles walked per week, in regards to the Foxker's weekly fitness goals. These breeds can really move when given the opportunity, so bring your game-face  and be ready to sweat when you take your Foxker out to trot.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Wire Foxker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $35

Wire Foxker Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 20 lbs
18 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 17 lbs

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