Box Heeler

20-60 lbs
15-23"
Unknown
Boxer
Blue Heeler

The Box Heeler is a hybrid breed where the Boxer is crossed with the Blue Heeler. Relatively new, there is little information available about the Box Heeler. As a Box Heeler puppy will inherit traits from both of of his parents, it is best to consider the characteristics of his parent breeds when seeking an understanding of what the hybrid will ultimately be like. With a weight of  50 to 80 pounds, the Boxer is a large dog who is typically both playful and inquisitive. The Blue Heeler (known also as the Australian Cattle Dog), is medium in size with a lot of energy. Independent and sometimes stubborn, the Blue Heeler enjoys having a job to do; this hybrid will be a wonderful mix of the parents, sturdy and agile with loads of enthusiasm.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Boxer and Blue Heeler

Box Heeler Health

Average Size
Male Box Heeler size stats
Height: 18-25 inches Weight: 35-80 lbs
Female Box Heeler size stats
Height: 15-23 inches Weight: 20-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually Very Healthy
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Box Heeler Breed History

The hybrid called the Box Heeler is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history, though the two breeds that combine to create this active canine have long histories. 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 thought to be a cousin of most of the breeds of Bulldog.  For example, the Dogue de Bordeaux has many of the characteristics seen in the Boxer; some sources claim that the Boxer is related as well to the the Danziger Bullenbeisser and the Brabanter Bullenbeisser (two breeds no longer in existence). 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. There is research suggesting that the Blue Heeler, also known as the Australian Cattle dog, is the result of some blue-merle Highland Collies that were crossed with Dingoes in 1840 by a man named Hall; these dogs were known as Hall’s Heelers. Other research points to a man named George Elliott as being responsible for crossing the Dingo and the blue merle Collie. Two brothers (Jack and Harry Bagust) worked on improving the breed; it is thought that they crossed a female with a Dalmatian and then with a Black and Tan Kelpie, which is a sheepdog. The resulting dog is an ancestor of the Blue Heeler that we know today.

Box Heeler Breed Appearance

The Box Heeler is a hybrid dog from the Boxer and Blue Heeler. While information is not available about the appearance of the Box Heeler, one can consider the appearance of the hybrid’s parent breeds. The Boxer is large in size while the Blue Heeler is typically a medium sized dog. The Boxer displays a short, smooth, shiny coat, while the Blue Heeler has a double coat that is weather resistant and longer and thicker around the dog’s neck. Colors of the Box Heeler may include red, brindle, tan, and blue. This hybrid will have dark eyes. A very attractive dog that will turn heads, he may have ears quite unlike either parent in that they may droop closer to the head. His body is long and his gait is agile and purposeful.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Box Heeler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Box Heeler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Box Heeler coat
Brindle
blue Box Heeler coat
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Box Heeler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Box Heeler Breed Maintenance

Maintenance of your Box Heeler will be moderate and dependent upon the coat that is inherited. The coat will be short and dense and will need weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush in order to remove loose fur. Due to the shortness of the coat, tangling is not an issue. It is recommended you only bathe your Box Heeler when absolutely necessary as it will remove the natural oils that are found in his skin. This hybrid may have a sensitivity to the climate due to the Boxer parent.
Brushes for Box Heeler
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Box Heeler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Box Heeler Temperament

The Box Heeler will inherit his temperament from his parents. The Boxer is a playful, inquisitive dog that is attentive and devoted to his family. As dogs of the breed tend to be gentle and patient, the Boxer makes a good choice for a family with children. The Boxer can be stubborn but is also sensitive and will respond well to training. While the Boxer can be aggressive when encountering strange dogs, he will usually do well with other household dogs and pets. The Blue Heeler is independent and stubborn, with a lot of energy. Dogs of the breed do well if they have a job to do as it will help keep them challenged both physically and mentally. With proper training, the Blue Heeler is typically obedient and responsive and he will do well with children that he was with when raised as a puppy. The Blue Heeler has been known to nip at the heels of children that are outside of his family and therefore caution is recommended. Dogs of the breed may be aggressive with other dogs. Just because the Blue Heeler is independent does not mean that he wants to be alone; he will be a loyal and protective family member with a suspicion of strangers. Your Box Heeler will be have a temperament like his parents in that he has a mind of his own, loves his family but is also prone to independence.

Box Heeler Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Box Heeler can be gauged from those of his parents. A Boxer will enjoy a good run, though can meet its exercise needs with a long walk on a leash. Boxers can live happily in an apartment should they get enough exercise, though an average sized, fenced-in yard is recommended. Blue Heelers, on the other hand, require more than a daily walk to meet their activity requirements. Physical and mental activity is necessary for the breed; this can include obedience lessons or other challenges. A large, fenced-in yard is recommended for the Blue Heeler. In order to keep your Box Heeler happy and content, supplemental activities that exercise the mind as well as the body are required. This hybrid is not recommended for first time dog owners.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Box Heeler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Box Heeler Owner Experiences

Ares
1 Year
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sleeping
Running
Hiking
Ares is the best dog I've ever had, he is very sweet and cuddly, loves attention and is very obedient
2 days, 7 hours ago
Murphy
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
swimming
Laying in the sun
Running
Hiking
Fetch
Murphy started as an a-typical puppy. He was quiet, and didn't want to play much. It took a little while for him to 'come into his own' so to speak. After a month or two, he started livening up, and enjoyed walks and hikes. We had him trained, and he's the most obedient dog I've ever encountered. Attentive, and always looking to show how obedient he can be. He loves hiking and being out in nature. He can spend all day outside and be completely happy. He also loves the snow. He loves to run and prance through the snowbanks, and even slides on his belly to toss it up in the air!
4 days, 6 hours ago
Midge
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Dog Parks
Shake
cuddle
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Swim
Hike
Wonderful companion for fairly active owner. Easy to train and very smart. Never goes far from her Human parents and enjoys hiking, swimming, playing fetch, and enjoys being a couch potato too. She can be a little shy at first when meeting people, but easily warms up and gets along great with other dogs as well.
2 months ago
Beau
11 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing with our Red Tick/Dalmation
Wonderful, smart, loving
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Pepper
4 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
Fetch
Catching bubbles
Pepper is the best dog I've ever had. She is amazing with kids and loves playing with them. Smart and obedient. Perfect guard dog. Loves playing fetch and chasing bubbles. Playful and gentle with other dogs.
3 months, 1 week ago
Snoop
9 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Tug-of-war
Fetch
Fun and at times exhausting
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Carl
3 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Hard to handle, very very aggressive
5 months ago
Philly
4 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is a sweet, gentle, loving pup. GREAT with EVERYONE she meets! Loves every child.... loves to play rough with our 11 month old Male lab/husky/pit mix (Dallas) who is the complete opposite of her! She is generally calm, mild mannered and laid back. Dallas is in your face non stop energy. Philly is able to turn her hyperactivenes on and off like a switch! She has been easy to train.... she is 4 months...crate trained, sits, paw, settle, heals, cand goes to crate when told place, and comes when called. We are blessed to have her! Wish you all the best with your box heelers!
5 months, 1 week ago
Tilda
4 Months
5 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Walk
Dog Parks
Hyper. Stubborn, loving fast friendly.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Lola
11 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Jeep rides
daily walks
playing in the yard
Chewing antlers
Hanging out
I adopted Lola from a shelter. She quickly learned the house rules and loves everyone. She is a huge cuddler and bed hog!!!!
6 months, 1 week ago
Theadora
6 Weeks
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
We love her. She was shy at first but now is active.
6 months, 1 week ago
Molly
14 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We've had her since she was 6 weeks old. Very difficult dog to train. She just doesn't listen. Can't afford obedience training
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Ally
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Take on walks
Cuddling
Play fetch
Very sweet timid loves to cuddle
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Bailey
5 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
eating
Car rides
Chase tail
Run
Walk
Playdate
We just found out our pups breed through DNA testing. She is super easy to train, loves people and other dogs, very food motivated. She is extremely affectionate when she is tired and it only takes about an hour of her playing with other dogs to keep her tired for the entire day.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Lyla
8 Weeks
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Chase
She's super sweet. This is my first dog, and I'm extremely happy with her, although house training is slow. But she's super smart, and already knows how to sit, go to bed and kennel. I recommend this mixed breed highly!
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Rose and Tinker
6 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
They are fairly lazy at this age
Beautiful affectionate puppy's very good with my 5 yr old whines for her when she's gone
8 months ago
Raiden
8 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
Car rides
Catch treats
He’s so perfect, but the boxer side does come out :( he was just diagnosed with a grade 2 mast cell tumor. He’s the most loving, loyal and behaved dog I’ve ever had. I will never find another dog like him.
8 months, 1 week ago
Loki
4 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Keep away, fetch, learn tricks, talking
Incredibly intelligent loves everyone stranger or not. Wants a lot of attention.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Junoir
2 years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
A lot of energy,slowly getting away from heal nipping,very smart and trainable.good with hand command's.also very quiet.
9 months, 1 week ago
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