A cross between an American Bulldog and a Boxer, the Bulloxer is a large, strong breed with a muscular stature, square-looking head, short muzzle, wide chest, and a medium-sized tail that is sometimes docked. Though these are classified as Working dogs, they are well suited to living in homes and apartments, making a loving family companion.
Known for their devotion to their owner and the household, the social, affectionate, and gentle Bulloxers love to lie as close to their master as possible. These loving dogs with a charming disposition might get destructive when separated from their family for a prolonged period.
Because of their inherent alertness and courageous nature, the Boxer-American Bulldog mix is always aware of their surroundings. They can be suspicious of strangers and become aggressive to unfamiliar people only when they are perceived as threats. These dogs attain maturity slowly and may behave like boisterous puppies for some years.
They are usually patient with children as well as small dogs and puppies. However, they may have trouble getting along with large adult dogs.
Being very playful and exuberant, the Bulloxer is always active indoors. To satisfy its need for exercise and keep its muscles toned, take your pet for long walks, play fetch, or get it involved in agility, flyball, and other dog sports. As it is a light shedder, its coat does not require much grooming. Weekly brushing using a rubber grooming-mitt or bristle brush will help keep its hair under control. Bathe your Bulloxer only when needed. Trimming its nails once a month and daily brushing its teeth are some of the other grooming needs. Although the Bulloxer is generally a healthy and physically active breed, some dogs may get affected by a few health issues. These include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, bloating, intestinal problems, heart conditions, and cancer.
Clicker training: Since the Bulloxers might be headstrong by nature, using harsh methods to make them obey to commands could induce behavioral problems. They tend to respond better to clicker training, which is a simple method of training based on positive reinforcement techniques. Follow a click-treat-click-treat pattern so that your dog can associate the noise of the clicker with a reward. Make sure that the clicker is held out of sight.
House training: Establish a regular schedule so that your Bulloxer puppy learns when to play, to eat, and to potty. Since a pup can control its bladder 1-2 hours, you should take it frequently to a specific spot outside, where it can eliminate.
An adult Bulloxer needs 3-4 cups of dry dog food a day.