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.
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.
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.