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40-60 lbs
​United States

The Box-a-Shar is a mix between a Boxer and a Shar-Pei and will take on traits of both parent breeds. They are large dogs weighing up to 65 pounds. They are found in a variety of colors including light brown, black, red, golden, merle, and brindle and can be spotted or speckled depending on the individual. Their coats are normally straight and fine and short to medium in length. The Box-a-Shar does need regular grooming to keep looking good. They are intelligent and gentle dogs and make great family pets and are also good with children. They are also regarded as good watchdogs as they will alert you to any intruders.

Date of Origin
Boxer, Shar-Pei

Box-a-Shar Health

Average Size
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Bloat
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Cancer
  • Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Blood Work
  • Radiography

Box-a-Shar Breed History

The Box-a-Shar is a hybrid breed that is the offspring of a Boxer and Chinese Shar-Pei. Boxers were bred in Germany and their ancestors were the German Bullenbeisser (descended from Mastiffs) and the Bulldog. It is believed the Boxer is among the descendants of the old fighting dog of the high valleys of Tibet and is related to practically all recognized breeds of the Bulldog type. They have strong jaws and a powerful bite which were used for holding down prey like bears and wild boar. The Boxer is regarded as part of the Molosser group who all descend from a large Shepherd dog known as a Molossus. These dogs were believed to have been the favored war dogs of the Ancient Romans and Greeks. Boxers were used for fighting and bull baiting until this was banned. During World War 1 they carried messages and were also used as guard dogs. The American Kennel Club registered the first Boxer in 1904. Boxers today still have the strength and bravery of their ancestors but their loyalty and affectionate natures have made them popular family pets and they are also used as service and therapy dogs. The Chinese Shar-Pei originated in the southern provinces of China around 2000 years ago and are known for their wrinkled faces and bodies and their blue black tongues and mouths. The name means "sand skin" and refers to the texture of its short, rough coat.They were bred for their strength and used on farms for hunting although later became fighting dogs. They were brought to the United States in 1973 and accepted in the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class in 1988. In 1991 they were recognized by the club as a member of the Non-Sporting Group. They are also known as Chinese Fighting Dogs.

Box-a-Shar Breed Appearance

The Box-a-Shar is a large sized breed and their interesting coats can come in a variety of colors including light brown, black, red, golden, merle or brindle and they can be spotted or speckled depending on the individual dog. Their coats are normally straight and fine and short to medium in length. Your pet is likely to take on characteristics of both parent breeds although this could vary depending on which is more dominant. With both parent breeds being brachycephalic breeds of dogs, Box-a-Shars are likely to have relatively short muzzles and noses with a flat and wide skull shape. Boxer’s tails are usually docked while Shar-Pei’s have curly tails.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Box-a-Shar Breed Maintenance

Box-a-Shars are not hypoallergenic dogs and only need a moderate amount of grooming to keep looking good and at optimum health. They shed more in shedding season but otherwise not that much, so brushing the coat two to three times a week with a pin or slicker brush will be sufficient. If the dog has wrinkles, taking more after the Shar-Pei side, then make sure these are dried thoroughly after a bath to prevent any yeast or fungal infections from forming. Only bathe your pet when necessary and use a dog shampoo to prevent any skin irritation. Brush the teeth regularly and clip the nails when necessary. Its also a good idea to check the ears for any dirt and wipe gently with damp cotton wool.

Brushes for Box-a-Shar
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Box-a-Shar Temperament

The Box-a-Shar is an intelligent, loyal and very calm dog who makes an excellent family pet. Unlike the Shar-Pei who doesn’t tolerate children that well and can be aggressive to strangers, the Box-a-Shar is good with children and very protective over the family. The breed is also known to be good with other pets but like most dogs, early socialization and training are important. The Box-a-Shar is easy to train although can be a little stubborn at times so patience may be needed. Like both parent breeds, the Box-a-Shar is alert and usually a good watchdog. They are wary of strangers but playful and affectionate with those they know. They need a moderate amount of exercise and can happily live in an apartment provided they are taken out daily for exercise. The breed is not known to bark excessively and will be fine if left alone for a reasonable amount of time but do love being around the family.

Box-a-Shar Activity Requirements

The Box-a-Shar doesn’t need a huge amount of exercise to keep happy and in shape but all dogs do need some daily exercise to keep from getting bored and destructive. Regular walks will be enjoyed preferably on the leash if out in public. They tend to have a low tolerance to heat or cold. Your pet will also enjoy playing in the yard to keep mentally stimulated with ball games. The Box-a-Shar has a tendency to put on weight so exercise would help with that as well. The breed does well in apartments as long as they are taken outside for exercise sessions every day.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Box-a-Shar Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Box-a-Shar Owner Experiences

4 Years
2 People
Agility training
he came from a rescue and was badly abused. Did not know how to drink water from a bowl and loved to eat bread, I am guessing that was his only feeding ingredients. Hi was also beaten, every time I want to pet him he is cringing in fear. At the same time he loves everybody who comes to my house and does not care about our and the house safety. We experience big problems in his encounter with other dogs. In the beginning I tried to socialize him, but there were few fights and now I give up the idea of him being dog friendly. BUT, he is so gorgeous, that all I want him to be healthy and happy d
3 weeks, 4 days ago
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