20-60 lbs
English Springer Spaniel

Obedient and loving, the Boxspring is a relatively docile breed with a love for its family. The Boxspring is comprised of the Boxer and the English Springer Spaniel. While the Boxer originated in Germany, the English Springer Spaniel originated in England. The exact origin of the Boxspring is unknown but it is suspected that the breed was developed in order to eliminate certain health conditions (such as rage syndrome). This easy-going breed yearns for affection and is constantly searching for validation from its family. Its purpose is mostly that of a faithful companion. The Boxspring is not much of a barker but can serve as an effective watchdog if needed. Its short coat is silky, short, and fine and requires minimal maintenance. Due to its moderate energy levels, it requires a fair amount of exercise.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Boxer, English Springer Spaniel

Boxspring Health

Average Size
Male Boxspring size stats
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 20-60 lbs
Female Boxspring size stats
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 20-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Optical Examination
  • Angiocardiogram

Boxspring Breed History

While it is unknown when the Boxspring originated, the breed was developed from the Boxer and the English Springer Spaniel. The Boxer was created in Germany during the late 19th century. It is widely believed that the breed was established by its ancestor – the Bullenbeisser. The Bullenbeisser was a favorite among the Germans due to its effective talents with hunting bear, wild boar, and deer. Unfortunately, the Bullenbeisser was labelled too slow for hunters and they moved on to faster breeds. In 1897, the Boxer Club was created. In 1904, the Boxer breed was first published. In the 20th century, the Boxer was introduced in the United States. The Boxer became a World War I and II staple after the breed proved to be an outstanding messenger and attack dog. The Boxer ended up coming home with soldiers as a companion. Research suggests that the English Springer Spaniel originated from Spain with the Romans where it was then split in the land Spaniel and the water Spaniel. The breed was eventually split by sizes: the smallest Spaniels became the Cocker Spaniel, the medium Spaniels turned into the Springer Spaniels and the largest Spaniels became the Setters. The Springer Spaniel received its name from its ability to “spring” game. In the 1800s, the Duke of Norfolk bred some of the Springer Spaniels at the time and the breed name was officially adopted in 1900. In 1902, the English Kennel Club recognized the Springer as its own breed. In the 1700s, the breed began to pick up popularity in the United States. In 1910, the English Springer Spaniel was registered with the American Kennel Club. The English Springer Spaniel continues to remain an excellent and popular hunting dog. 

Boxspring Breed Appearance

The Boxspring strongly resembles the Boxer in appearance. This loving canine is a medium to large breed with a muscular build. Its expression exudes confidence and elegance. Its brown eyes are generally sad-looking, similar to an English Springer Spaniel. The short, silky and fine coat are non-water-repellent. Color combinations vary from red to brown to black and gold. The Boxspring's ears are floppy  but not as short as the Boxer's. They are also set to the sides of the head. The longer muzzle can be attributed to the English Springer Spaniel's dominant traits. Its long tail hangs down below. The Boxspring's weight ranges from 20 to 60 pounds and it stands between 21 to 25 inches tall.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Boxspring eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Boxspring nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Boxspring coat
brown Boxspring coat
black Boxspring coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Boxspring straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Boxspring Breed Maintenance

The Boxspring is not considered to be a hypoallergenic breed and will shed moderately. This breed requires daily brushing with a firm bristle brush to eliminate loose hairs and tangles, and to avoid hair buildup around the home. Avoid bathing too often as it can cause an overproduction of oils in the skin; every couple of months should suffice. Teeth should be brushed weekly to avoid tartar buildup; the accumulation of plaque can lead to periodontal disease. Nails should be trimmed or filed every 2 to 3 weeks. It is recommended to begin cutting the nails from an early age so your Boxspring can become accustomed to the grooming process. Ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent wax buildup.

Brushes for Boxspring
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Boxspring requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Boxspring Temperament

The Boxspring's energy levels are considered moderate in comparison to other breeds. While it is a lively breed, it is also considered a docile canine that would be more than happy to just take a brisk walk with you to the corner. The Boxspring works well with its owners and will comply with commands as long as it is provided with the appropriate training. Younger children are not recommended to be a suitable match for this breed. Its parent breed – the English Springer Spaniel – has been known to suffer from rage syndrome which can lead to unprovoked aggression toward anyone. For this reason, it is unknown what traits the Boxspring may or may not inherit from its parents. This otherwise affectionate breed does well with other dogs and animals as long as early training is provided. It can be accepting and welcoming of strangers as long as it learns to distinguish friendly strangers. This breed is easy to train and loves to be able to follow commands. Positive reinforcement is highly recommended to prevent its stubborn ways from getting through.

Boxspring Activity Requirements

The Boxspring has moderate levels of energy and must be provided with the proper amount of exercise per day. Recommended exercise should last between 30 to 40 minutes daily; about two walks per day is the minimum. Other activities such as fetching, agility training and running may also benefit your dog. Apartment living is acceptable as long as your dog is provided with outdoor exercise. An ideal living arrangement for your Boxspring would be an average size home in an urban or rural setting with a fenced-in yard and a warm climate. If provided with the right amount of exercise, your lovable canine will shower you with affection.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes
activity minutes

Boxspring Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Boxspring Owner Experiences

12 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
This is our second of the breed. Our first died at 13 years from kidney failure. They are a loyal companion I would recommend to anyone with children
3 months ago
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Walking fetch with a ball, swimming
She's my best friend, she knows if I'm sad she will shower me with kisses, she's very intelligent which made it easy to train her, my favorite activity with her is swimming she loves the sea, I can't imagine my life without her,
5 years, 2 months ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Maizy is our first dog. She only shows aggression if you try to take something from her that she is chewing and shouldn't have (ex:chewing on trash or clothing). We have two toddlers, who she loves, but she also wants all of the affection. She is jealous of them, our cats, or my husband and I if we're showing affection to anyone other than her. She is very smart and athletic. We love watching her jump to catch balls. She is gorgeous, too!
4 years, 11 months ago
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Marley is a 3 year old sproxer, he’s the laziest, most loving dog I’ve ever had. He’s a little bugger for eating everything in front of him but he knows not to do so he drops it immediately 😂 he loves playing with other dogs and meeting new people, he’s the neighbourhoods mascot.
3 years, 8 months ago
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