The Boxer Shepherd is a beautiful combination of the Boxer and the German Shepherd. Based on the size of both parent breeds, there is a very good chance that your Boxer Shepherd will grow up to be a fairly large dog, on average between 65 and 95 pounds. Enthusiastic and energetic, your hybrid will usually require a high amount of exercise on a daily basis so that they can maintain their physical and behavioral health. Some Boxer Shepherds will be too energetic on occasion and it will be helpful to have proper outlets to channel these energy levels. Your Boxer Shepherd should have at least one walk daily, even if he does have an outdoor space where he can be active. The hybrid is known to be very intelligent and will make an excellent guard dog.
Date of Origin
Boxer and German Shepherd
Boxer Shepherd Health
Height: 23-27 inchesWeight: 65-95 lbs
Height: 23-27 inchesWeight: 65-95 lbs
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Cervical Vertebral Instability
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
cardiac and hip, blood and eye exams
Boxer Shepherd Breed History
The hybrid called the Boxer Shepherd is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. We can learn about the parent breeds to gain an insight on this loyal hybrid. The roots of the German Shepherd can be traced back to the 7th century A.D. when the dog was a diligent, determined mountain sheepdog in Germany. Between the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s, Captain Max von Stephanitz developed the German Shepherd into an all-purpose working dog. There is information that he took local shepherd dogs (long-haired, short-haired and wire-haired) from Bavaria, Thuringia and Wurtemburg to produce the German Shepherd we now recognize. The German army was instrumental in modifying the breed into a military dog around 1880. The breed continues to be seen as versatile and dependable. Also a reliable, faithful breed today, the Boxer was developed in the 1800’s for aggressive tasks such as bull baiting and fighting. Once these activities were outlawed, the Boxer became a companion dog and even evolved into a canine fit for the show ring. Still an agile breed, he may look tough but has a softer side and is very friendly.
Boxer Shepherd Breed Appearance
Both the Boxer and the German Shepherd are large dogs, practically ensuring that the hybrid Boxer Shepherd will be large as well; it is anticipated that a Boxer Shepherd can average 65 to 95 pounds. Striking in looks, your Boxer Shepherd will have a short coat that is dense and thick. With a face that often resembles that of the Boxer, dark expressive eyes easily show the affection of the breed. The ears are typically flopped over and will move as your Boxer Shepherd goes about his day. A long body like that of the German Shepherd sports a tail that is carried straight.
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Boxer Shepherd Breed Maintenance
Maintenance of your Boxer Shepherd will be moderate, dependent upon the coat that is inherited. The coat of the Boxer Shepherd is short, though thick, and may be smooth or rough but either way, weekly to semi-weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush will remove any loose hair or dirt. It is recommended you only bathe your Boxer Shepherd when absolutely necessary as it will remove the natural oils that are found in his skin. The German Shepherd parent can be prone to skin issues so care must be taken. If your Boxer Shepherd has any wrinkles or folds at all, be sure to dry them thoroughly after cleaning. The teeth and the toenails of your canine are an important part of the grooming routine; teeth need to be brushed at least twice a week. To avoid cracks or breaks in the toenails, trim them every two or three weeks.
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Boxer Shepherd Temperament
The Boxer Shepherd will inherit his temperament from both of his parents. As both the Boxer and the German Shepherd are known for their ability as guards, it is likely a Boxer Shepherd will be on alert, ready to protect his family. A Boxer Shepherd is typically a bright dog, though he may show a goofy side thanks to the Boxer genes. Socialization with people and other animals will help your Boxer Shepherd develop into an even-tempered dog. His natural instinct, due to his German Shepherd ancestry, may be to be wary of strangers. Socialization will help him to not see all strangers as threatening. The Boxer Shepherd will want to spend a lot of time with his family and will not enjoy being separated from you while you are out of the house all day. He may be demanding when looking for your affection and attention. It is important that you monitor your Boxer Shepherd’s interactions with small children as the breed is large.
Boxer Shepherd Activity Requirements
The Boxer Shepherd will likely have a lot of energy and require a significant amount of physical activity. Dogs of this hybrid require at least one long walk per day; two long walks are preferable. The Boxer Shepherd will also enjoy running and playing and would benefit from a large, fenced-in yard so that he can get his energy out through exploring. Socialization is a large part of dog care; taking your Boxer Shepherd to the dog park will provide an activity that allows him to run and interact with other canines in a neutral setting.