Boxapoint

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25-40 lbs
19-23"
United States
Boxer
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Boxapoint, German Shorthaired Boxapoint

The Boxapoint is a medium sized hybrid dog that is known as a friendly, smart, patient, and gentle house pet. They can come in almost any color but are mostly seen in brown, black, tan, red, and any combination of those colors. They usually have short, fine hair that is weather and waterproof so they can be happy outside in most weather. They do need a lot of exercise, may take a bit of patience to train due to stubbornness, and they enjoy other pets and children. To keep your Boxapoint healthy, you should be prepared to give them at least an hour of brisk exercise every day.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2005
Ancestry
Boxer and German Shorthaired Pointer

Boxapoint Health

Average Size
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 30-50 lbs
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Bloat
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Minor Concerns
  • Ectropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Spine
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Boxapoint Breed History

Since your Boxapoint is a new hybrid, you have to consider the histories of the Boxer and the German Shorthaired Pointer. The Boxer has many stories about their history which include being relatives of the Tibetan Mastiff, the Bulldog, the Bullenbeisser, and some even say there are Terriers in their past. The Boxer was originally known all over Europe since the 16th century but was perfected in Germany in the past hundred years. In fact, the modern Boxer and original Boxer do not look much alike at all. They are known to have Molossus blood and are related to all Bulldogs in some way. They were used in bull baiting and dog fighting until those sports were outlawed, and then they were mainly used for hunting large game like stag and bear. Eventually, the breed was chosen for police training because of their bravery and strength. In 1904, they were accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) and are now one of the most popular dogs in the country. The German Shorthaired Pointer originated in the 1600s in Germany and was used in hunting as a pointer, retriever, and gundog. The German Shorthaired Pointer was mixed with a Spanish Pointer and a Hanover Hound to create a dog that had a good nose that was able to detect, track, and retrieve birds as well as other animals. However, it was a bit noisy because it had a bad habit of baying while trailing, scaring away the animals. Some say that it was crossed with a Foxhound and Hound of St. Hubert to evolve into the German Shorthaired Pointer of today.

Boxapoint Breed Appearance

The Boxapoint has short sleek hair that can be just about any color and is usually bicolored. The most common colors you will see are brown and white or black and white. They are sturdy and muscular with thick legs, large webbed feet, and a long tail that may be docked. Their head is larger than the Pointer but not square like the Boxer with a broad nose and short muzzle. Their neck is long and well-muscled, their ears are long and floppy, and their eyes are dark. The Boxapoint has a wise expression but sometimes can look like they are smiling.

Boxapoint Breed Maintenance

With their short hair they do not need much grooming, although you should brush them with a soft bristle brush at least once or twice a week to prevent excessive shedding. You can bathe them when needed but not so often that they lose the oils in their skin. Be sure to use a mild dog shampoo recommended for your dog. You should check their ears for dirt, debris, and wax once a week and clean with a soft cloth or cotton ball when needed. Their nails should be trimmed when needed and you should brush their teeth at least once or twice a week.

Boxapoint Temperament

This breed is alert and energetic with a fun personality. They like to play as much as they like to work but they do not like to sit around much. They are known for being talented in all kinds of hunting situations such as tracking, pointing, and retrieving as well as obedience and agility training. Some may be easier to train than others but they can have a stubborn streak due to their Boxer parentage. They like to test you to see what they can get away with so be sure you are consistent in training. They like children and pets but should not be left alone with young children or small pets like guinea pigs or rabbits.

Boxapoint Activity Requirements

The Boxapoint loves exercise and needs at least an hour to 90 minutes of activity every day. When they do not get enough exercise, they can become restless and may show some behavioral problems like chewing and digging. Because the German Shorthaired Pointer is such a great hunting companion, the Boxapoint is likely to be talented in that respect as well. They also enjoy swimming, hiking, and visits to the dog park. Your Boxapoint is also great at agility courses and competitions and that is a good activity for them to learn discipline and get some exercise at the same time.

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