Docker Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Docker so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Docker have?
Doxie SpanielSpaniel Doxie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Docker Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Docker puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Docker, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Docker for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Docker gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Docker?
Average: The Docker is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Docker Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Docker weigh? Docker weight:
20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Docker? Docker average weight:
25 pounds (11.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Docker? Docker height:
10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Docker average height:
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Docker Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Docker have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ShortWirySilky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Docker's coat?
RedBlackBrownTan
Grooming
How to groom the Docker and how often?
Average: The Docker requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Docker, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Docker dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Doxie Spaniel?
Dockers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Docker need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Docker every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Docker Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Docker have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
LoyalAffectionate
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Docker? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Docker's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Docker dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dockers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Docker is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Docker sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dockers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Dockers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Doxie Spaniel need? Docker social needs:
Dockers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Docker dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Doxie Spaniel bark?
Average to High: The Docker is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Docker good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Dockers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Docker dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Dockers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Docker bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Doxie Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Docker? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Docker has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Docker has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Docker bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Docker, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Docker do?
Dockers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dockers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Docker to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Docker roam?
Dockers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Docker have high prey drive?
Dockers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Docker dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Docker good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Docker indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Dockers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Dockers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Docker Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Docker temperament with other people:
Dockers are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Docker dogs get along with other pets? Are Docker dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dockers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Docker dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Docker temperament with children:
Dockers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Docker dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Dockers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Docker good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Docker dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dockers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Docker breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Dockers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Dockers good office dogs? Do Dockers make good office friendly dogs? Can Dockers be office dogs?
No
Docker is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Docker dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Doxie Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Docker dogs good for elderly owners?
Dockers are commonly okay with elderly people.

Docker Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Docker dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Docker is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Docker breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Docker breed? Most common health risks of Docker:
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseDiabetesUrinary StonesAllergiesHypothyroidismHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Docker breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Docker see the vet?
Average
The Docker should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Docker dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Docker be? What is the age limit of the Docker? How many years can the oldest Docker live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Docker: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Docker breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dockers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Docker have? What is the activity level of the Docker?
Dockers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Docker dogs require per day?
Dockers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dockers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Docker need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Docker risk for obesity:
Average: The Docker has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Docker's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Docker has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Docker drool?
The Docker is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Docker could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Docker. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Docker As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Docker be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Docker is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Docker be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Docker be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Docker is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Docker be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Docker is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Docker be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Docker is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Docker be a boat dog?

Not really

Docker breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Docker be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Docker is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Docker dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Docker Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Docker: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Docker have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Docker Recognition

AKC Group
Is Docker recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Docker recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Docker breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Docker Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Docker's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Dockers are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Docker is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Docker has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dockers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Dockers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Dockers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Dockers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dockers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Dockers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Docker is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Docker History

The Docker is a fairly new hybrid dog breed, that is a result of cross-breeding the Dachshund with the Cocker Spaniel. It is thought that this designer breed can trace its origins back to the late 1990s, to North America. Even though, it is possible that mixes, resembling the Lab Pointer, were in existence as a result of natural mating through the years. The trend of creating new designer breeds started around the middle of the 20th century, in the United States of America and in Canada, with crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, with the objective of developing new breeds. These hybrid dogs gained popularity instantly, for the reason that they usually inherited the best and most desirable qualities, abilities, and traits of each parent breed. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these designer breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to create these dogs.

The Docker was created by cross-breeding the Cocker Spaniel and the Dachshund. In order to have a better understanding of the motives and reasons why breeders sought after mixing these two breeds, we should dive deeper to explore the two-parent breed’s histories. Both the Cocker Spaniel and the Dachshund have long and extensive histories, and both of them are recognized by all of the major kennel clubs.

On the one hand, the Spaniel’s ancestry goes back to the early 14th century, to Spain, however, the Cocker Spaniel is thought to be originated from the early 19th century. Meanwhile, Spaniel breeds split and bred to be very specifically focused on various talents, and traits, the Cocker Spaniel also made its way to full homogeneity and consistency. It is considered to be true, that the breed was finalized in the United States of America, where the Cocker Spaniel was bred for the purpose of flushing and retrieving smaller game, like birds. Their name was also derived from the word woodcock, standing for a cocker, which is a type of bird, the breed was especially good hunting at. Furthermore, there are two separate, recognized types of Cocker Spaniel, but when creating the Bocker, breeders used both of the variants. On the other hand, the Dachshund was originally developed in Germany during the 1500s, for hunting smaller games. The breed was used to hunt badgers, for the reason that the dogs were able to dig into the badger holes and catch the prey inside. During the 19th century, the Dachshund started to become more popular for people living an urban lifestyle, as more of a house pet than a hunting companion. Queen Victoria also took a particular interest in the breed.

Even though both of the parent breeds are well-recognized, the Docker is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs yet. Nevertheless, the breed is a member of the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), the DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club), and the DRA (Dog Registry of America, Inc). The medium-sized Docker managed to have an elegant physical appearance derived from the Dachshund, while also having the playful character of the Cocker Spaniel.

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