A cross between the Boxer and the Labrador Retriever, the intelligent and affectionate Boxador inherits most characteristics of its lab parent (although with a larger head), being known for their glossy coat. These voracious gobblers are characterized by large jowls and floppy ears that can hardly resist munching.
|Color||Black, black and tan, brindle, white|
|Breed Type||Cross breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Guard dog, companion dog|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||Male: 75-110 pounds, Female: 50-65 pounds|
|Height/Size||Large; 60 cm (average)|
|Temperament||Playful, intelligent, loyal|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Health Concerns||Bowel, foot and skin issues|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR|
Temperament and Behavior
If you do not quench the boxador’s thirst for merriment, it might damage your goodies, and hence they are not fit for apartment life. However, unlike its boxer parent that might not be too friendly with strangers, it has a calmer disposition and would not bark unnecessarily, enjoying human company with an eagerness to please its owner, and with a separation anxiety out of sheer loyalty. Though they get ‘mischievous’ at times, but are well behaved, if trained to socialize properly. Guarding their owner’s belongings is a part of their natural instinct.
Boxadors would constantly try to eat, and thus gaining weight like the labrador, for which reason, brisk exercise for at least an hour is a must, that might be divided into schedules daily. Allowing them to play in an enclosed yard, taking them out for long walk/jog should also keep them from being mischievous.
Already famous for their glossy coat, they rarely need a bath, unless too untidy. A little brushing of their coat especially during their shedding season – summer, clipping off nails when needed, checking for any allergy/eruption of the skin, ear cavity, under eye are also a part of the grooming schedule.
Although a generally healthy breed, but however, because of their specific allergy to grains they might end up developing syndromes like dermatological irritations, diarrhea (loose motion), stomach-licking or foot-licking etc. If kept alone for long periods of time, they might suffer from boredom or loneliness, affecting their psychological health.
The overly-happy boxadors must be trained to socialize with people and pets and learn dog manners as a puppy, so that they would remain within the limits of sweetness in the family, knowing the rules to remain calm and balanced. Set rules clearly, lead them as the ‘pack leader’ when out for walk or exercise or while imparting obedience training, which these intelligent dogs will pick up effortlessly.
Meat should be the first ingredient, better whole meat like chicken or turkey or red meat. Not meat meal, like ‘chicken meal’. Grains like oats, wheat, rice, barley etc. should be kept far down the diet list. Make sure you never see the words ‘gluten’ or ‘by-product’ in the dog food. A high-quality dry dog food divided into two equal halves during lunch and dinner is recommended. Eating is in the genes of this breed. Hence, their food habits need to be monitored, especially when they are full-grown. The quantity of their daily diet is the same as their parent breeds’.
- The gloss in the coat of the boxador comes from the natural oils present in their body hair.
- This dog has a tail that is either coiled, or else they are docked.