Boxerdoodle

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12-60 lbs
10-23"
United States

The Boxerdoodle is a popular hybrid breed that is easy to train, friendly, and good for families. Because there are three types of Poodles (toy, miniature, and standard), the Boxerdoodle can be a small to large dog depending on which type of Poodle parent they have. This friendly canine can range between 10 to 25 inches tall and weigh between 12 to 70 pounds. They have thick and curly or wavy hair that is usually a dark brown but can also be shades of white, tan, and black. While this breed can live indoors or out, they are better suited to living indoors, especially the miniature and toy types.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2009
Ancestry
Boxer and Poodle

Boxerdoodle Health

Average Size
Height: 12-25 inches Weight: 15-70 lbs
Height: 10-23 inches Weight: 12-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ectropion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Bloat
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Seborrhea
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Heart
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Boxerdoodle Breed History

The Boxer was a descendent of the old fighting dogs in the high valleys in Tibet and is thought to be related to almost all Bulldog varieties. They also owe part of their bloodline to the Dogue de Bordeaux of France and Tibetan Mastiff. Another story is that the hunters of Germany were trying to make a new breed by mixing the Bulldog, Mastiff, and the Bullenbeisser in 1830. The breed was used for hunting large animals such as deer, boar, and bears. The Boxer was also used as a bull-baiter and in dog fights before these events became illegal. However, the Boxers of today do not have any of the aggressiveness from the early Boxers. The Boxer is the 10th most popular dog breed in the United States and was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904. The Poodle history began in France in the 1500s and is one of the most recognized dog breeds in the world. They come in three styles, which include standard, miniature, and toy. This breed was originally developed as a water dog and their name came from the German name for puddle, which is “pfudel.” The Poodle is great at duck hunting and also has been used as a circus performer, service dog, guard, dog, and guide dog. Their coats are usually trimmed for swimming if they are being used in duck hunting with the hair left in puffs at the knees and tail for protection. However, many believe that those puffs of hair are more about decoration than hunting. The Poodle is the 7th most popular breed in America and was registered in 1887.

Boxerdoodle Breed Appearance

Because the Poodle comes in three different sizes from toy to standard, the Boxerdoodle can come in a large range of sizes from small to large. They are usually curly coated or the hair may just be wavy but can be long or short. They are boxy and muscular with floppy ears, a long tail, and a short muzzle like a Boxer. The Boxerdoodle can be almost any color but is usually dark brown or chestnut colored. With small feet and long legs, they are fast runners and excellent swimmers which is most likely why they are often used for duck hunting.

Boxerdoodle Breed Maintenance

With their luxurious coat, the Boxerdoodle has to be brushed thoroughly with a wire brush and comb every other day. Many owners choose to have their Boxerdoodle groomed professionally every three to six months. Their fur can get quite matted if not properly cared for. In addition, their eyes and ears need special attention and should be checked and cleaned weekly. Their nails can be trimmed at home when needed or done when you have your dog groomed. They can actually become a bit smelly if not bathed regularly but do not shampoo too often or you will deplete the oils they need to keep their skin and coat healthy. Also, you should brush your Boxerdoodle’s teeth once or twice a week to prevent dental problems.

Boxerdoodle Temperament

The Poodle in your Boxerdoodle has a sensitive side and you have to be careful when training. The best way to train them is to reward them for good behavior but do not be too lenient or your dog may end up taking advantage of you. The Boxerdoodle can also be stubborn so you have to make sure they know who is the boss. They like children but are better with older children. Also, they need to be socialized early to get used to other animals. Their playfulness is well-known and they are full of funny antics that will keep you laughing.

Boxerdoodle Activity Requirements

Although the Boxerdoodle enjoys exercise, they can be just as happy laying around in the house with you. However, for health reasons you should make sure your Boxerdoodle gets at least 45 minutes to an hour of brisk exercise a day. This breed enjoys swimming and hunting so this kind of sport is a good choice for your Boxerdoodle. Other choices of exercise include walking, jogging, the dog park, playing fetch, and agility training. If your dog does not get enough exercise, they can have behavior problems or act out due to boredom. Therefore, it is a good idea to set a routine of exercise daily to prevent these issues.

Boxerdoodle Owner Experiences