Boxita

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65-95 lbs
23-25"
United States

Because a mixed-breed dog is a cross between two different breeds, it is necessary to take a look at the two parent breeds to determine your dog’s characteristics. The Akita is a large and powerful working dog and the Boxer is a medium to large athletic dog so your Boxita is likely to be a smart and energetic dog who likes to work and play. The Boxita has a strong and muscular body with a short and weather-resistant coat that is most commonly brown and white. This eager to move canine is loyal, brave, and lovable and will make a perfect house pet who will defend you and your family.

Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Akita, Boxer

Boxita Health

Average Size
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 85-110 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 65-95 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Atopic Dermatitis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Respiratory Tests

Boxita Breed History

Because the Boxita is such a new hybrid breed, there is little history so the histories of the parent breeds are used to create one. The Akita was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1972 and they are the 46th most favorite breed in the United States. The breed originated in Japan in the 1600s and was primarily bred for hunting although many were used for fighting. They hunted large animals such as bear, deer, and wild boar. When dog-fighting started losing popularity in 1927, the Hozankai Society of Japan was started to help preserve the Akita and by 1931 this breed was one of Japan’s natural treasures. The breed became popular due to the loyalty of an Akita named Haichiko that met his owner at the train station daily after work and continued to do so for almost 10 years after his owner died. The first Akita in the United States was a gift to Helen Keller from the Japanese government. The Boxer was recognized in 1904 and is the 10th most popular dog in the United States. It is thought that the Boxer was originally one of the descendants of the Tibetan fighting dogs, although others say the breed originated in Germany in the 1800s as a livestock dog and to bait bulls. The breed was created from mixing two mastiff type dogs who, similar to the Akita, were also used to hunt large animals such as bear and wild boar. In the 19th century, it is thought that this breed was then crossed with the Bulldog to create the modern Boxer, now popular all over the world. 

Boxita Breed Appearance

The best way to determine what your Boxita will look like is to look at the appearance of the parent breeds, the Akita and the Boxer. Both of these are large dogs over 24 inches tall and about 90-120 pounds on average. With a square head, medium sized muzzle, and floppy triangular ears, the Boxita resembles the Akita more than the Boxer. They are usually bicolored brown and white; yellow and white; sable and white; black and white; or golden and white. Their fur is short and weather resistant so they are equally happy to be out in the sun or the snow.

Boxita Breed Maintenance

Because the Boxita has a short and fine coat, they do not need much maintenance to keep them looking sharp and attractive. Brushing them once or twice a week with a stiff bristle brush will keep the skin healthy and shedding at a minimum. You can shampoo them with mild dog shampoo when needed but not too often because it washes away the protective oils their skin needs to stay healthy. Check the ears of your canine once a week for wax, dirt, and debris buildup, and clean with a cotton ball or soft cloth when needed. Trim their nails when needed to avoid tears and injury, and brush their teeth about two or three times a week.

Boxita Temperament

Although the Akita and the Boxer were both originally bred as fighting dogs, these breeds no longer have aggression in their personality due to good breeding. The Boxita is a great family dog that loves children and other pets, has a sweet disposition, and fun personality. They are sometimes jokers who will bring you their food bowl when it is empty and at other times they will defend you and your family from strangers. They are moderately easy to train but you must be consistent with training to be successful. The Boxita responds best to positive reinforcement, like other dogs do, as negative discipline can make your dog aggressive.

Boxita Activity Requirements

The Boxita is an energetic dog that loves to run and needs at least an hour of moderate activity every day. A trip to the dog park, a game of fetch, or a long walk can fill the activity needs of the Boxita. This lively dog also enjoys agility training and obstacle courses so you may want to do that with your pet. Swimming is another activity your Boxita is good at. Try throwing a ball in the water for your dog to fetch at the local pond or lake but make sure it is safe and legal for your pet to be swimming there first. If they do not get enough exercise, dogs tend to have behavior issues due to boredom and pent up energy.

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