Boxer Chow

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45-55 lbs
​United States
Chow Chow

The Boxer Chow is a mix between a Boxer and a Chow Chow so will have traits from both parent breeds. They are medium sized dogs, weighing up to 60 pounds and will live up to 15 years. Individual dogs will vary in color but they are usually light to golden brown, white and cream and usually have black muzzles. They have short coats and curly tails. They are gentle, playful dogs who make good family pets and are good with children but are quite distrustful of strangers. Owners will find their Boxer Chow fairly easy to train as they are quite responsive to commands.

Date of Origin
Boxer, Chow Chow

Boxer Chow Health

Average Size
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cancer
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Radiography

Boxer Chow Breed History

The Boxer Chow was created by crossing a Chow Chow and a Boxer and will have characteristics from both its parent breeds. The Chow Chow, originally from northern China where they are called Songshi Quan meaning “puffy-lion dog”, is one of the few ancient breeds still around today. They are seen in bas-relief sculptures from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Chow Chows were bred as hunting dogs but were also used for sled-pulling, guarding and companionship. They were also bred for human consumption at one time. One theory is that they were developed by crossing the old Mastiff of Tibet and the Samoyed, a breed originating from the northern parts of Siberia. The Chow Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei are the only two American Kennel Club breeds with the distinctive blue-black tongue. Martha Stewart owns Chows and had a champion who was named Genghis Khan (GK to his friends). Boxers were bred in Germany. With ancestors like the German Bullenbeisser, the Mastiff, and the Bulldog, the Boxer has a lot of strength. Originally bred for hunting boar and bears, this breed is considered a member of the Molosser group of dogs. Thought to have descended from a Molussus, a Shepherd dog believed to have been the favored war dogs of the Romans and Greeks in ancient times, the Boxer also worked in World War I as a guardian, fighter and message carrier. Used for police work at one time, the Boxer was added to the roster of The American Kennel Club 1904. Today, they are popular family pets and they are also used as service and therapy dogs.

Boxer Chow Breed Appearance

The Boxer Chow is a medium sized breed and individual animals will have colors that vary but include light brown, golden brown, white and cream. The breed usually has black muzzles and their coats are short but can be thick around the neck area. Both parent breeds are muscular and powerfully built and your Boxer Chow is also likely to be quite a sturdy dog. They have quite broad skulls, and ears that droop more like the Boxer’s natural ears than the Chow Chow’s triangular ones. This hybrid tends to have a friendlier expression than the Chow Chow who is sometimes referred to as having a lordly scowl.

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

Boxer Chow Breed Maintenance

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep a Boxer Chow looking good but regular brushing is a good idea as they do tend to shed a moderate amount. Brushing two to three times a week will promote good blood circulation and remove any dirt that may have collected, keeping the coat looking smart and shiny. They will need infrequent baths - only when necessary and make sure you use a dog shampoo to prevent any irritation to the skin. Try to brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a canine toothpaste and clean the ears with moistened cotton wool to remove any debris. Nails should be clipped when necessary; when the canine toenail is left too long, it can be prone to breaks.

Brushes for Boxer Chow
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Boxer Chow Temperament

Your Boxer Chow is likely to take on some of the characteristics of both parent breeds who were bred to be guard dogs but who have become excellent family pets. Boxer Chows are quiet, loving dogs and are not known to bark excessively. They love being around family members including children and have affectionate, playful natures. They are most often wary of strangers and will be very protective of family members if they feel they are at risk. They have a lot of energy and will need quite a bit of exercise to maintain their fitness but are regarded as being fairly easy to train and responsive when it comes to obedience training. Regular outdoor excursions to the dog park or beach would be a good idea. They would thrive in a house with an enclosed yard but could happily stay in an apartment as long as they had regular exercise.

Boxer Chow Activity Requirements

The Boxer Chow is a dog with high energy levels so will need daily exercise to keep in shape and healthy. This hybrid does not tolerate heat that well so take your pet for a walk early in the morning or later in the evening. A trip to the beach or a dog park would go down well, but keep them on a leash in public as they don’t respond well to strangers. Boxer Chows will enjoy chasing after a ball or catching a Frisbee which can be played in the yard. The breed does do well in an apartment provided they are taken out for daily exercise. Obedience classes will be welcomed as an opportunity to exercise their mind as well as their body.

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

Boxer Chow Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Boxer Chow Owner Experiences

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