Box Heeler

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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
Height: 18-25 inches Weight: 35-80 lbs
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
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Brindle
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
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
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Box Heeler Owner Experiences

Junoir
2 years
2 People
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Chase
A lot of energy,slowly getting away from heal nipping,very smart and trainable.good with hand command's.also very quiet.
1 month, 1 week ago
Loki
4 Years
1 People
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Keep away, fetch, learn tricks, talking
Incredibly intelligent loves everyone stranger or not. Wants a lot of attention.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Raiden
8 Years
3 People
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Run
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.
1 week ago
Rose and Tinker
6 Weeks
3 People
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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
2 days ago
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