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Nicole Cosgrove

Spaniel-Doxie - Cocker Spaniel and Dachshund Mix
The parents of Spaniel-Doxie. Left: Cocker Spaniel, Right: Dachshund

The Spaniel-Doxie is a cross of the Dachshund and the Cocker Spaniel. This small to medium sized cross or mixed breed is also known as a Docker or a Dachshund/Cocker Spaniel Mix. She is talented and can be found in several working fields and show events such as sighting, herding, the military, racing and watchdog. She has a life span of 12 to 14 years and is an independent dog but is still very affectionate and loving.

Here is the Spaniel-Doxie at a Glance
Average height 9 to 15 inches
Average weight 20 to 30 pounds
Coat type Short to long, silky or wiry
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitiveso
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good but cannot handle very hot climates
Tolerance to Cold Low to good – really depends on which coat she has inherited, a Cocker coat can handle the cold better
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good but needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization – can chase smaller animals as prey
A roamer or Wanderer? Quite high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but best with experienced owners
Trainability Moderate – some can be stubborn and are harder to train than others
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat High so food and exercise should be monitored.
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, AIHA, Hypothyroidism, Skin problems, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, IVDD, Back Problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Hip dysplasia,
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Spaniel-Doxie come from?

The Spaniel-Doxie is a recent addition to the ranks of so called Designer dogs. This is a phrase used for dogs that are deliberately bred cross breeds. Parents are most often two different purebreds, and they also often have a name that reflects the blending of those two parents. It is something that has become increasingly popular over the last two decades and the popularity of some of the more successful crosses has led to a lot of new crosses from breeders hoping to hit the next jackpot. A lot of breeders in this area are not experienced, or even worse have no interest in the welfare or care of their animals. Take the time to find the good breeders out there. With little known about most of these dogs to get a feel for them and their history we look at both parents.

The Dachshund

The Dachshund is a German bred dog where he was used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals like deer or even wild boar. He comes from around the 15th century and back then he varied in size depending on his purpose. Over many years he was altered looking to create a dog who was fearless and elongated so he could dig into burrows. In his mix were dogs like terriers, spaniels and hounds. During the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion not just a hunter, particularly in England. At the end of the 19th century he arrived in America.

The Dachshund now is a bold dog still and is lively and intelligent. He can be too bold sometimes and is also quite stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some can be shy but that is a sign of a poor line. Coat type can be an indicator of personality too with wirehaired ones being more mischievous, longhairs being more even tempered and smooths being in the middle.

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel come from a Spanish line of dogs, and was named for his favored ability in woodcock hunting. It was not untie 1892 that he was recognized as a breed in England as for a few hundred years before that to the English spaniel was a working category rather than an indication of breed. In the 1870s he came to America where he grew in popularity and where there became a division in English Cocker Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels.

A Cocker Spaniel today when well bred is affectionate and sweet and loves to cuddle. He also likes to be in the center of any family activity and loves to play. He enjoys being active and is alert but he also quite sensitive and does not do well when treated harshly. He can also snap if he is pain or scared. Early socialization will bring out he best side of him.


The Spaniel-Doxie is a loving dog who is also quite independent and stubborn. She is quite brave but some lines can be shy around strangers. At home she is quite laid back and very sweet. She is very loyal and prefers being around her family. She has a protective side and likes to be active. She is smart and while she enjoys receiving attention and will offer affection in return she is not a clingy dog.

What does the Spaniel-Doxie look like

The Spaniel-Doxie is a small to medium sized dog weighing 20 to 30 pounds and stands 9 to 15 inches tall. She tends to look more like the Dachshund in terms of her body shape with a long body, deep chest and short legs. Her coat can vary, from short and smooth to medium to long and from wiry to silky. This is because the Dachshund itself can have three different coats and then there is the Cockers, so it all depends on which she takes more after. Colors include cream, caramel, white, tan, black and golden.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Spaniel-Doxie need to be?

She is quite active, she has a lot of energy and likes to play so she will need some regular walks to keep her happy and healthy. She is a size that makes her a great apartment dog but she will need a couple of walks a day and she would also love to go to the dog park now and then. This will give her a chance to run free, play with you and socialize. It is important she gets enough mental and physical stimulation, a dog who is acting out, misbehaving, acting hyper and so on is likely not having its needs met. The Spaniel-Doxie often loves to swim and jump.

Does she train quickly?

Training for this dog can vary depending on the parent she takes more after. Dachshunds are harder to train as they are more stubborn but Cockers tend to be easier. Key to successful training is to have a positive approach. Use treats, rewards, encouragement and praise. Do not punish or scold. Another important thing to remember is that you need to establish yourself clearly as her pack leader. Be firm so you are the dominant one, be patient and be consistent. Early socialization as well as training are a fundamental part of having a dog grow to be trustworthy and well rounded.

Living with a Spaniel-Doxie

How much grooming is needed?

This is not a high maintenance dog but she will need some looking after. She can shed a low to moderate amount depending on the coat she has and that coat will likely need regular professional stripping or trimming particularly if it is long or wiry. It will need to be washed but keep the baths to just as needed as bathing too often damages her skin’s oils and that can lead to skin problems. She should be brushed at least two to three times a week, possibly more if it tangles easily.

Brushing her teeth is important so use a dog tooth brush and toothpaste do it at least two to three times a week. Her ears are prone to infection so check them at least once a week for signs like redness, irritation and a bad odor. Give them a wipe clean with a solution or water once a week. Her nails need to be clipped if they grow too long and are not worn down naturally. Make sure they are not cut too short though as there are live blood vessels and nerves in the lower part.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Early socialization and being raised with other pets and children certainly helps and the former is important to carry out. She can be playful and affectionate with children but is best with older children. Small children should be supervised. She likes to chase other small animals like squirrels or rabbits but again with socialization can learn to get along with other pets like cats. Some Spaniel-Doxies need a lot of help in getting along with other dogs.

General information

She barks occasionally and makes a good watchdog as she will bark to alert you if there is an intruder trying to get in. She should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 cups of a good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are heath issues she can inherit from her parents or be more prone to. These include Eye problems, AIHA, Hypothyroidism, Skin problems, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, IVDD, Back Problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Allergies and Hip dysplasia. When getting a puppy there are a couple of things a responsible owner should do to make sure they are getting a dog that is as healthy as possible. Visit the breeder and the puppy to see the conditions there and ask them to show you health clearances for both parents.

Costs involved in owning a Spaniel-Doxie

The Spaniel-Doxie is not an especially common designer dog so finding a price range for it was not possible at this time. Other costs though can be estimated. Initial costs for things like a crate, collar and leash and carrier are going to be around $185. Medical procedures like an examination by a vet, blood tests, deworming, shots, spaying, micro chipping and such will cost about $270. Annual medical costs for basics like flea prevention, check ups, shots and pet insurance come to $460 to $560. Non-medical annual costs like feeding her, treats, toys, having a license, some training and regular grooming come to between $680 to $780.


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With a Spaniel-Doxie you get a great companion and apartment dog with a lot of love to give but still some independence. If you do not want a clingy dog but are prepared this may mean training may be a little harder this could be the dog for you. She will need some activity but she does not need very active owners and she can be very sweet and loyal.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.