50-80 lbs
United States
English Bulldog
American Bullboxer

The Bull-Boxer is a designer breed, crossing the English Bulldog and the Boxer.  The breed was developed in the United States in the 1990’s.  This hybrid is a large, stocky dog with short smooth hair. His sweet wrinkly face will melt your heart. He is a low maintenance dog, as he is low shedding and does not require much in the way of coat care.  The Bull-Boxer is a moderate to high energy dog that enjoys spending time with his owners. They make loving, affectionate and fun companions. Owners of the Bull-Boxer claim they are quiet in the house and a bundle of fun, too.

Companion, Watch Dog
Date of Origin
English Bulldog, Boxer

Bull-Boxer Health

Average Size
Male Bull-Boxer size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 50-80 lbs
Female Bull-Boxer size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 50-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Bloat
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Dry Eye
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Corneal Disease
  • Third Eye (Cherry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Ear Infections
  • Gum Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid Panel
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease Test
  • Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)
  • Skin Cytology Sample
  • Allergy Testing

Bull-Boxer Breed History

The Boxer was developed in Germany during the 19th century from breeding the Old English Bulldog and the Bullenbeisser Mastiff (German Bulldog). The Bullenbeisser Mastiff was stocky dog with a short, broad muzzle. It was used to chase, catch and hold down large game such as boars, bears and bison. The breed is now extinct.  Boxers were initially bred for hunting, bull baiting and to be guard dogs. During World War I and World War II the Boxer was used by the military to carry ammunition, supplies, messages and to be watchdogs. The first Boxer was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904.  The Boxer was given his name because he has the tendency to stand on his hind legs and “box” with its front paws while he is playing. With a sad history of being bred for the fighting and bull-baiting ring, the Bulldog we know today was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1886. Despite the strength of the Bulldog of the past, today he is sometimes challenged with health problems such as cancer, cardiac trouble and hip dysplasia. His claim to fame today is much more fun than the fighting pits of yesteryear; the Bulldog is often seen as the mascot of various universities and sports teams, as well as the United States Marine Corps.

Bull-Boxer Breed Appearance

The Bull-Boxer will have the characteristics of both his parents. He is a large dog, weighing between 50 and 80 pounds. His body is muscular, sturdy and stocky. The Bull-Boxer has a broad chest and shoulders. The coat is short, shiny and smooth. Colors can be brindle, black, white, tan fawn, red or brown. His head is broad with a short muzzle and the eyes are black and round. The Bull-Boxer may have a wrinkled face adorned with ears that may be pointy with a slight droop. The Bull-Boxer will have taller legs than his Bulldog side, taking more of the length from the Boxer parent.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bull-Boxer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bull-Boxer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Bull-Boxer coat
white Bull-Boxer coat
black Bull-Boxer coat
fawn Bull-Boxer coat
red Bull-Boxer coat
brown Bull-Boxer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bull-Boxer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bull-Boxer Breed Maintenance

The Bull-Boxer has a short smooth coat and only requires combing and brushing with a slicker brush once a week. Bathing can be done monthly if needed, using a gentle canine shampoo. This hybrid only sheds seasonally. If your Bull-Boxer has drop ears, they should be checked weekly for buildup of dirt and debris. To prevent tartar, his teeth should be brushed with a dog toothpaste twice a week. Nails should be trimmed monthly, though it is best to look at them each week to make sure there are no cracks or tears. Bull-Boxers with folds in the skin may need to have the folds cleaned and dried thoroughly every day. As both the Boxer and the Bulldog can have delicate, irritation prone skin, it's best to keep on top of potential problems. 

Brushes for Bull-Boxer
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bull-Boxer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bull-Boxer Temperament

Your Bull-Boxer will be a lively combination of his parent's personalities and temperament. Early socialization and obedience training is recommended. If properly socialized, the Bull Boxer will enjoy meeting and playing with other dogs. They are highly intelligent and relatively easy to train. Both the Boxer and the English Bulldog love a good cuddle on the couch and are happy to give displays of affection. Good with children, they will interact willingly but must be treated with respect and care or they may hesitate to join in on the fun next time. Supervision when with the kids is always recommended with any dog. Your Bull-Boxer is described as brave and courageous, making a good watchdog. Short, consistent sessions of obedience will be welcomed as the Bull-Boxer does like to please at heart, but may need encouragement at times to participate in training, particularly if he'd rather be having a rest.

Bull-Boxer Activity Requirements

Your Bull-Boxer may have a moderate to high energy level.  It is important to take him on daily walks and in addition, he will enjoy playing fetch and running in a fenced in yard.  Bull-Boxers may also like to visit the dog park to make new buddies and practise his meet and greet skills.  Both the Boxer and the English Bulldog do not do well in cold or hot weather extremes.  During the summer months, he should be walked on shady streets. In the winter months, he should have a warm coat. 

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

Bull-Boxer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Bull-Boxer Owner Experiences

9 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Very stubborn but very loving and caring. She only acts out when she wants attention
4 months, 3 weeks ago
12 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Going on walks and hiking
Lady is truly the best family dog. She's a babysitter, my shadow, curious about everything, welcomes everyone home energetically. She's lovable and a very sweet girl. She's a protector of the yard from all the squirrels. She's a best friend and companion.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Jamie Starr
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Walking, cuddling, some fetch
Sweet and stubborn kid! She loves to eat and sleep. Most of the day she spends sleeping, occasionally getting up to bark at a noise. Evening is when she has most of her energy. She’s very sensitive to temperature and during the summer seems to not want to move much at all until the day cools down. She loves people but, having being adopted at the age of 6 months, has some trust issues at first with strangers. She had just had pups when I picked her up and has a history I wish she could explain to me because she’s sensitive. I have to keep a calm tone with her and never yell or she gets very nervous. She’s afraid of the crack between the bed and the wall and never forgets it. Her memory is strong but those first memories are ones I’ll never know. When I have to go away she’s left with family and has made them her pack. Recently, upon returning home, she’s seemed depressed and not herself. She’s friendly with everyone but standoffish towards me. I’m doing my best to gain her love and trust again but not sure why she’s so different with me. Slowly she’s becoming her normal cuddly self with me but it’s been two weeks. Ultimately J is a very sensitive, sweet dog with a vicious attack bark. Cutest face ever! She was added to the family for my older dog after her partner passed away. J was a bit dominant over my other girl but fine as far as getting along. Now both my old girls are gone and Jamie is the joy and love I need to fill that empty space. In the end I’d say we both seem to have saved each other.
1 year ago
13 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
This is my first time having a bullboxer as a pet and I have to say, I love love love them! They are great with kids and elders! Their also hyper, and full of energy!
1 year, 3 months ago
2 Years
2 People
We thought we were looking for a different dog breed but took one look at Lulu and we’ve been a bull-boxer family since! Her energy level is very high. She loves going on walks (we have to take her on a total of 90 min or so of walks throughout the day if she’s not at doggie day care) and doing everything she possibly can with us. She loves other dogs- I think it’s important to socialize them when they are a puppy. She also loves all people and kids. She appears to be a sight dog and likes to chase the birds and squirrels around the yard. She also loves to swim! She’s a very loyal companion and I believe she thinks she’s a human... I haven’t told her otherwise! She gets destructive when she hasn’t been exercised enough (thank goodness for doggie day care!) or feels as though she hasn’t been given enough attention. It’s important that you start training early because the older she has become the more stubborn she’s gotten. You do need to clean the ears and wrinkles daily with a cleansing wipe or soft cloth to make sure they dont get infected. Very high on the shedding scale- I recommend a daily brushing. She loves baths and thank goodness because she also likes to step in every puddle she can find.
1 year, 5 months ago
8 Months
2 People
Daily walk, throwing frisbee, kicking around ball
Juno has been described by the vet as ‘cheerful and highly energetic ‘. She is a good looking dog, trains fairly easily and likes to stay busy. Her main problem is actually our problem in that we aren’t social people, which means she doesn’t get much socializing. I took her to six weeks of puppy playgroups but that was it. We live in a rural area 50 miles from town. When the rare visitor comes her she pretty much loses her mind with excitement. She sleeps all night in her crate no problem. She is loving but can be pretty bold and pushy. I need to be the calm assertive leader for sure. She’s still young and I’m sure she’s going to grow into an excellent companion.
2 years, 4 months ago
4 Years
2 People
I got my Bull Boxer from a shelter. She is a rescue. 1 of 13 dogs found in an SUV. She is a joy in our lives! She is full of personality, with more dominant traits of the English bull dog but had the boxer traits as well. She is extremely friendly and loves to meet ppl and other dogs..cats..birds.. bugs.. lol she's a lover! She doesnt handle the heat well and can only be out on short 15 min walks on a hot day. It's best to take her early in the am and later in the evenings when it's cooled. She sheds a lot but is easy to care for. She's very smart and learns fast! Very trainable..but can stubborn and has A mind of her own with "but I don't wanna" however, she complies once she realizes I won't let her win. She is a great companion and watch dog. She loves to be with US where ever we go! She's a sweet soul who looks after us as well as her sister kitty. She's been a joy to us and we love her so much!
2 years, 5 months ago
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