Australian Boxherd

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60-75 lbs
Australian Shepherd
Aussie Boxer

The Australian Boxherd is a hybrid breed where the Australian Shepherd is crossed with the Boxer. This medium-sized breed has smooth fur and can be seen in brown, brindle, chocolate, golden, merle, speckled, spotted and as black and white. Dogs of the breed are playful, smart and loyal with a lot of energy. Australian Boxherds are confident and devoted to their family, taking seriously the role of protector. Typically, dogs of the breed do well with children, exhibiting both playfulness and patience. An Australian Boxherd will have a lot of energy, needing significant exercise in order to ensure that boredom does not lead to destructive behavior like chewing or digging. The Australian Boxherd is seen in brown, brindle, chocolate, golden, merle, speckled, spotted and white.

Date of Origin
Australian Shepherd, Boxer

Australian Boxherd Health

Average Size
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 60-80 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Nasal Solar Dermatitis
  • Pelger - Huet Syndrome
  • Iris Coloboma
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Blood Test
  • Heart
  • Skeletal
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays

Australian Boxherd Breed History

The hybrid called the Australian Boxherd is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to create the breed have long histories. Developed in the United States, the Australian Shepherd was bred to work as a herding dog. It is likely that the name of Australian Shepherd is due to the fact that the ancestors of the dog arrived in the United States from Australia; those who worked the dogs named them after where their ancestors previously resided. The breed’s popularity increased in the 1950’s after the dog was featured in rodeos and films. The Australian Shepherd now works as a ranch dog, guide dog, therapy dog, drug detecting dog, and in search and rescue. As far as the Boxer, there is evidence pointing to the Boxer being one of many descendants of the old fighting dogs of the high valleys of Tibet. The Boxer is also accepted to be a cousin of most of the breeds of Bulldog.  For example, the Bouldogue de Mida, which was found in the south of France, was thought to have resulted from the Dogue de Bordeaux and has many of the characteristics seen in the Boxer. Some sources claim that the Boxer is the result of two breeds of dog that were found in Central Europe and that are no longer in existence (the Danziger Bullenbeisser and the Brabanter Bullenbeisser). It is thought that in the 1830’s German hunters attempted to develop a new breed through crossing the Bullenbeissers with Mastiff-type dogs and Bulldogs, creating a tough dog with excellent agility and a streamlined body. By 1895, this new breed, known as the Boxer had become established. Americans did not show interest in the Boxer until around 1940.

Australian Boxherd Breed Appearance

The Australian Boxherd is a hybrid dog from the Australian Shepherd and Boxer, averaging anywhere from 55 to 66 pounds and standing (on average) 53 to 60 inches tall. The Australian Boxherd is a large dog with a distinctive head that is in proportion to his body and a muzzle that is in proportion to his skull. The soft, dense coat of the Boxherd is waterproof and typically medium in length. The Australian Boxherd can be seen in a variety of colors, with or without white markings.

Australian Boxherd Breed Maintenance

Maintenance of your Australian Boxherd will be moderate, requiring regular brushing with a firm bristle brush to ensure the health of his coat. You will want to bathe your Australian Boxherd only when necessary and when doing so use a mild or hypoallergenic soap to avoid your dog experiencing allergies or irritation to his skin. Dogs of the breed are typically bright and easy to train. It is recommended that you begin training and socialization early, establishing that you are his master and leader of the pack so that your dog does not attempt to take control. When training your Australian Boxherd, you should be firm, gentle and consistent.

Australian Boxherd Temperament

The Australian Boxherd typically gets along well with other animals and is good with children. Easy to train and usually obedient, dogs of the breed are playful, friendly, smart, patient cheerful and confident. Protective of his family, the Australian Boxherd is popular among families. Dogs of the breed are strong and energetic, leading to their being successful in police and search and rescue work.

Australian Boxherd Activity Requirements

The Australian Boxherd is a strong and active dog that requires sufficient exercise in order to ensure that he does not engage in activities that are connected to his being bored, like chewing, digging or licking. Daily exercise is important and can include fetching, running and swimming. Your Australian Boxherd may also enjoy keeping active through working, in searching rescue, for example. While a good sized, fenced in yard is ideal for dogs of this breed, the Australian Boxherd can do well in an apartment if given the opportunity for exercise as he can be very active indoors. 

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