The Docker: A Complete Guide

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The Docker is a blend between the Daschund, known informally as the ‘Sausage Dog,’ and the Cocker Spaniel.

In appearance, the Docker can vary significantly depending on which of its parent breeds is more dominant genetically.

The Docker ranges from small to medium, and its coat can vary from short, sparse and wiry to long, dense and soft.

The Docker is a social and lovable dog; it gets along well with other pets and young children if socialized properly from a young age.

The Docker is a gentle, intelligent and entertaining dog breed that would make a wonderful member of any family.

Docker Puppies – Before You Buy…

Wet Docker on surfboard
The Docker comes from hunting parents.

Inviting a new furry friend into your home is always a big decision to make, it comes with a plethora of tough choices, financially, personally and otherwise.

Hopefully, this guide helps you through the process, making it more digestible. Read on to discover if the Docker is the right breed for you.

What Price are Docker Puppies?

A Docker puppy generally sells for approximately $1000. The price can vary significantly depending on the appearance and size of the animal in question.

Finding a good breeder is the first step, then you can meet their Dockers and make an informed decision yourself.

Do not always choose the cheapest breeder available, if they are offering suspiciously lower prices than their competitors then they may be cutting corners in the care of the animals under their care.

Make an informed decision you can feel good about.

Where to Find Reputable Docker Breeders?

The Docker is a great dog breed, but it is not all that popular, it has yet to build a name for itself in most dog-centric communities.

However, Docker breeders are out there, do a google search in your area and nominate a few breeders which sound good to you.

Meeting with the breeders is the next step, there are a few things you may want to consider when going to the breeder’s facilities and speaking with them to ensure you make a sound decision:

  • The best breeders are going to be extremely passionate about animals, and probably have a keen interest in the specific breed you are looking at also. Don’t hesitate to ask them any questions about the breed, how to care for them, how they were raised. If the breeder is good, they will be excited to answer your questions and will not hesitate to tell you what you want to know.
  • A good breeder keeps a clean, spacious and well looked after facility for their animals. If their facilities seem down-trodden, unhygienic or otherwise than those breeders are probably not the best choice. This part is easy: just trust your gut, your intuition will immediately set alarms off if the facility or breeder seem half-hearted.
  • Finally, your breeder should carry themselves professionally. Buying a dog is a big decision financially and personally, and your pet should respect your time and consideration. If a breeder is pushy or irritated by any hesitations of queries you have then imagine their composure while handling a bunch of blind, excited puppies! A good breeder is patient and understands the customer’s needs.

Choosing the right breeder may seem overwhelming and difficult, but it is not as hard as you think.

Take a deep breathe and take it step by step, choosing the right breeder is the easiest way to set your new dog up for life, and to ensure you can get your beauty sleep, resting assured you chose the right breeder for your puppy.

3 Little-Known Facts About Docker Puppies

  1. Despite their seemingly humble athleticism and somewhat goofy appearance, Dachshunds were originally bred by German badger hunters over 300 years ago. The word ‘Dachshund’ translates to ‘badger hound.’ The Docker is bred from fierce stocks, don’t let it’s appearance betray you.
  2. The Cocker Spaniel is a famous dog. It is revered by pop culture, appearing in numerous films such as the role of Lady, from Lady and the Tramp. Between 1920 and 1950 the Cocker Spaniel was the most popular dog breed in the United States and was the preferred sidekick for celebrities and musicians walking the red carpet in Hollywood.
  3. Some historians have put forth the idea that hot dogs got their name from the Dachshund’s distinct, sausage-like body shape, and that the first hot dogs were called ‘dachshund sausages.’

Physical Traits of the Docker

Docker laying in grass
The Docker is often stubborn.

The Docker is quite variable in size. It’s parent breed, the Dachshund is known to be quite petite, it has very small legs and a low profile, with a slender, elongated pointing snout.

The Cocker Spaniel, on the other hand, stands taller off of the ground and a more mid-sized dog breed.

This combination means that the Docker can range from small to medium-sized and in a variety of shapes: some are longer (more sausage-like) than others, for example.

The Docker’s coat is similarly variable. It can be both long and short, both coarse and fine, and both dense or sparse.

Its coloration is limited, however, typically the Docker’s coat comes in brown, black, white or cream.

The Docker is not an elite athlete, but it is known for its feverous bouts of surprising speed, it erupts in small bursts and when excited may dash back and forth in this fashion.

How Big is a Full-Grown Docker?

The Docker is a little dog that can grow to a medium-sized if fed correctly. Male Dockers can grow between 11 and 15 inches in height, and up to between 25 and 30 pounds in weight.

While the female Dockers reach between 9 and 13 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 20 and 25 pounds.

What is the Docker’s Life Expectancy?

Docker typically lives between 12 and 14 years of age. This lifespan is roughly average for dogs of the Docker’s size.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Docker

Docker on leash
The Docker is undoubtedly cute.

The Docker is a fantastic family pet. It requires early training and socialization to get along with other animals and children, but if it does, then it will seamlessly fit into any family home and setting.

The Docker is curious and clever; it will follow its nose and investigate smells, noises and anything that catches its attention.

The Docker is also a very loving and attentive companion, it loves cuddles and is a known blanket thief.

The Docker can be stubborn and independent, despite its loving nature.

The Docker must be trained with positive reinforcement and given plenty of friendly reassurance. Dog gates and measures of the sort may come in handy in developing boundaries for the Docker.

The Docker’s Diet

The Docker’s diet is not unique; it is happy to eat the same regular dog food as other breeds of its size are.

A high quality, protein-packed dog food will satisfy the Docker just fine. Two cups of food per day will suffice.

How Much Exercise Does the Docker Need?

The Docker has a hunting dog running through its DNA, and as such it loves to dash after birds and small animals at the park.

It is recommended to take a Docker for a walk every day, and give it a chance to run around and not only stretch its legs but get any stress and boredom out of its system.

If the Docker is left to its own devices and not exercised regularly, then there is a good chance that it will develop negative behavioral problems.

Docker Health and Conditions

The Docker is susceptible to some health conditions that it – like most crossbreeds- has inherited from its parent breeds.

Serious Issues

  • Retinal dysplasia affects some Dockers; it’s an eye condition that eventually leads to blindness. Treatment is invasive and expensive, consulting with a veterinarian is the best way to navigate this issue.
  • The Docker is also prone to some serious skin issues such as acanthosis nigricans which is an uncomfortable skin condition that darkens and thickens the skin, particularly the skin found in skin folds which may be more prevalent in Dockers which take after the Dachshund more.
  • Alopecia also affects a few Dockers, a condition that causes its coat to shed and eventually balding the majority of the dog.

Minor Issues

  • A minor issue that faces very few Dockers is hip dysplasia, an issue that faces almost all crossbreeds.
  • The Docker can get dry and crusty eyes if not cleaned semi-regularly, dry eyes can lead to infection if irritated further and should be dealt with immediately.

Veterinarians recommend taking your Docker in for a vet checkup regularly, and to be vocal about your Docker receiving skin and eye examinations as these are the most likely problem areas.

Overall though, the Docker is a healthy dog, with a good diet and regular exercise there shouldn’t be many problems in its lifetime.

My Final Thoughts on the DockerDocker guide

The Docker comes from hunting parents which gives it its intelligence, its audacity and it’s sometimes stubborn demeanor, but the Docker is also absolutely cute, loving, cuddly and a great companion for people and animals alike.

The Docker would be a great addition to any household.


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