Good for Novice Owners:
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
Boxer Mix Dog Breed Information
The Boxer Mix is a cross between a Boxer and another dog breed. Since a mix can take on any combination of characteristics from one or both of their parents, it’s important to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed. Should a Boxer Mix take after their Boxer parent, they will be a playful, energetic, and friendly dog that loves their family and loves being active with them.
Boxers are known for their energetic and exuberant personalities. They bond closely with their families, tend to have a cheerful disposition, and also tend to get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets. Although they are friendly dogs, they do have the instinct to protect their families. If the other parent breed has similar traits, then you should be able to expect a similar temperament in a Boxer Mix.
Asking the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix is a good start. You can also meet the mother dog to get a feel for her temperament and to see what behavior she is modeling for her puppies. Although the breeder should be socializing puppies while they have them, it is up to you to continue training and socializing a puppy once you get them home.
Boxers are moderately adaptable dogs. Because of their energy, they tend to do better in homes with yards where they can run. But, they can adapt to apartments as long as they get exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day.
Although all dogs are sensitive to heat, the Boxer is even more so because of their short snout. And, because they bond so closely with their families, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
The other parent breed could introduce some traits that could affect the adaptability of a Boxer Mix, so you do want to ask the breeder about them. Knowing more about the other parent breed will help you get a better idea of what range of potential characteristics to expect.
Are mixed-breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? They can be, but it’s not a guarantee and is more up to chance. A Boxer Mix can inherit any combination of the potential health issues common to one or both of their parent breeds. Or, they could inherit none of them.
From the Boxer side, potential health conditions include degenerative myelopathy, thyroid deficiency, hip dysplasia, and heart conditions. Boxers also tend to have sensitive digestive systems, which often makes them gassy.
As a brachycephalic dog, they will also snort and snore. Because they are a barrel-chested breed, they are also at a higher risk for bloat in dogs. This can become dangerous, especially if the stomach flips, so you want to make sure you reduce the risk when you can and know the symptoms so you can get help as soon as possible.
You can’t do much about their short muzzle or barrel chest, but you can ask the breeder about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. Since reputable breeders screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies, they should be able to answer your questions.
Despite their high energy, Boxers are highly trainable dogs that can be a good fit for owners of any experience level. Because they are intelligent, they pick up on things quickly and can get bored easily. But, they are eager to please their owners and tend to respond well to training.
The other parent breed could make a Boxer Mix even easier to train or more difficult to train. You want to make sure you ask the breeder about the other parent breed so you know what range of trainability to expect.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to plan to enroll in puppy training classes. At the very least, you’ll strengthen the bond you have with your puppy and get some opportunities to socialize them.
A Boxer Mix can end up with a coat similar to one of their parents or a coat that is a combination of both of them. Should they have a Boxer coat, they’ll shed a little year-round, require brushing once or twice a week, and a bath as needed.
Regardless of coat type, you will need to care for your Boxer Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trims are usually enough to keep nails from growing too long. But, you may need to cut your dog’s nails more often if they grow quickly or aren’t wearing down as much between trims.
Weekly ear checks and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. Ears should be dry, clean, and free of debris or pests. If you see redness, excess wax, smelly discharge, or something else that is concerning, then you know it’s time to get to the vet.
In addition to nail and ear care, it’s important to practice good dental care for dogs. Unfortunately, many dog owners overlook dental care, which is why gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. By brushing your dog’s teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day, you can help prevent painful dental disease later in life.
The Boxer is a high-energy dog breed. Daily walks plus playtime and other activities should be enough for this dog. However, they will likely be up for more activity if you are. They are athletic dogs, so once they are finished growing, don’t be afraid to try new things with them.
If the other parent breed is also a high-energy dog breed, then you can expect a Boxer Mix to also be a high-energy dog. On the other hand, if the other parent breed is a lower energy dog breed, then it’s possible for a Boxer Mix to be as well. However, this is a potential range, so you will still need to be prepared to deal with a Boxer Mix that is high-energy.
A Boxer usually stands 21-25 inches tall and weighs 50-80 pounds. The other parent breed can affect this, especially if they are the mother, so you do want to ask about them. Although it’s not a guarantee, you can also meet the mother dog in-person to get an idea of what size to expect in a Boxer Mix.
A Boxer generally lives for 10-12 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you can likely expect a similar life span in a Boxer Mix.