Miniature Boxer

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25-55 lbs
15-22"
Unknown
Boston Terrier
Boxer
Mini Boxer
The Miniature Boxer is a hybrid mix of the Boston Terrier and the Boxer.  This hybrid is said to be a very social canine, being non-aggressive and loving people, attaching themselves to their human family, being good with kids, the family cat and other animals, though not particularly happy when left alone for long periods of time.  While non-aggressive, this hybrid is still quite an effective watchdog, always looking out for its human family just as it would its canine offspring.  Early socialization and firm establishment of who's in charge are highly recommended for this strong-willed hybrid.
Purpose
Companionship, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Boston Terrier, Boxer

Miniature Boxer Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Boxer size stats
Height: 15-22 inches Weight: 25-55 lbs
Female Miniature Boxer size stats
Height: 15-22 inches Weight: 25-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
  • Canine Glaucoma
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Atopy Dermatitis
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Spina Bifida
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Neurological Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Fecal Analysis
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Optical Examination for PRA
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)
  • Skin and Hair Exams

Miniature Boxer Breed History

The Miniature Boxer is a fairly new hybrid mix of the Boston Terrier and the Boxer.  Though it is new on the hybrid scene, there is a little bit of information available for the hybrid itself.  While we don't know the date and location of origin, we do know that the hybrid is becoming more popular in North America.  What we also know is that there are several other breed combinations which also seem to share the "Miniature Boxer" moniker.  Those breed mixes are:  Pug and Boston Terrier, Pug and Fox Terrier and Pug and Rat Terrier.  However, it should  be noted that the Boston Terrier and Boxer combination is the most frequently found Miniature Boxer hybrid mix.  This pretty much constitutes what we know of the history of the hybrid itself.  So, on to take a look at the individual parent breeds to get a better idea of our hybrid's ancestry and why those parent breeds were created. The Boston Terrier is a breed which has been known by other names in its history: the American Gentleman, the Boston Bull or simply the Boston.  As you can probably guess, this breed originated in the United States, making it a truly American canine breed, having crossed the English Bulldog with a white English Terrier.  It has become one of the most loved breeds in the United States and it is has even become the State dog of Massachusetts - does that surprise you, given its name!  Some fanciers also believe that the heritage of the Boston Terrier has some French Bulldog in it which would have been a breeding step to reduce the size of the Boston Terrier. The origination in the city of Boston, Massachusetts is believed to have occurred in the late 1800's when Robert C. Hooper of Boston got a canine named "Judge" who was a mix of the English Bulldog and white English Terrier who bore a significant resemblance to his "bulldog" side.  Judge was later bred with a white female and their offspring were the beginning of the Boston Terrier breed.  In the era of this acquisition and subsequent breeding, bulldogs were being utilized in both Britain and the United States for a variety of blood-sports such as bull-baiting and pit dog-fighting.  This practice was later outlawed in both countries.  The Boston Terrier made its way back across the "big pond" into Europe in the 1920's and by the 1950's was decidedly the most popular pure bred canine in North America.  Today, the breed maintains its popularity, being considered exceptional as a totally devoted companion. The Boston Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893.  The Boxer originated in Germany, also being known as the Deutscher Boxer, the German Bulldog and the German Boxer, was largely designed by the Germans in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and may have as a distant relative the English Bulldog.  Their distant heritage is believed to have been fighting dogs from Tibet and the purpose for which this German breed was created initially included working, guarding and hunting tasks.  The predecessor of the Boxer, the "bullenbeisser mastiff" (which means "bull-biter"), was a stoutly built German breed that was utilized to chase, catch and detain fierce wild game, which included boar, bison and bear.  Later, during both World Wars, the Boxer breed was utilized as messengers and carriers of supplies and ammunition.  Soldiers returning from those wars brought these dogs back to the United States with them, their value being recognized and their popularity skyrocketing.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the Boxer breed in 1904.

Miniature Boxer Breed Appearance

The Miniature Boxer is a hybrid mix of the Boston Terrier and the Boxer and, as such, can take on the breed appearance characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  Your Miniature Boxer hybrid, as an adult, can stand between 15 and 22 inches tall, weigh in from 25 to 55 pounds, and may have a small, compact body or a body of medium size with well-muscled structure. This hybrid may inherit a broad head or an arched skull, sport the squareness of face with the blunt muzzle, brown eyes (may be protruding) and black nose. The ears could be small and erect or of longer length and floppy, the tail can be set lower on the body, taper and be either straight or curly-cued or it can be a longer tail that is generally carried erect when docked on the parent breed.  The hybrid could have round compact feet with arched toes and a coat that is short, fine, hard and smooth.  The colors which are available in this hybrid are brindle, seal or black with white markings or fawn.  The bite will be undershot.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Miniature Boxer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature Boxer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Miniature Boxer coat
Brindle
black Miniature Boxer coat
Black
fawn Miniature Boxer coat
Fawn
white Miniature Boxer coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Miniature Boxer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature Boxer Breed Maintenance

The Miniature Boxer hybrid, being a mix of the Boston Terrier and the Boxer, is considered a minimal to moderate level of maintenance.  Both parent breeds contribute minimal to moderate amounts of shedding, which will require brushing daily or every other day to remove loose hair and debris.  Your hybrid is not a hypoallergenic canine, so daily or every other day grooming will help to control the hair so that those who suffer from breathing problems and asthma will be less uncomfortable.  At least weekly ear checks with cleaning as needed without insertion of anything into ear canal will help to reduce infection opportunities.  Weekly checking of the feet and toenails is recommended, and trimming when needed unless the canine can keep them worn down in his normal daily exercise activities.  Dental check ups and cleanings should be done routinely and teeth brushing done daily, if possible, or at least two to three times a week to help reduce the chance that periodontal disease will develop as well as reducing the opportunity for its accompanying tooth loss to occur.  Eye examinations should be done routinely as well as physical exams and routine blood testing to keep your pet healthy, fit and happy.  Both parent breeds contribute high energy to the bio mix, so daily exercise will also be required to keep your pet from become obese and unhealthy.
Brushes for Miniature Boxer
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Miniature Boxer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Miniature Boxer Temperament

Your Miniature Boxer hybrid is a mix of the Boston Terrier and the Boxer and can take on the temperament and personality traits of one or both of the parent breeds.  Your hybrid is described as friendly, affectionate, alert, loving, intelligent, gentle, loyal, protective, social and playful.  This hybrid is considered moderate in the toleration of solitude category, is an excellent family pet, though socialization is recommended to assure that he is great with the kids, the family cat and other animals.  Your hybrid pet is very people friendly but he is also very protective of his human family.  Don't be surprised if he is a bit wary when confronted with a stranger in the house or vicinity of your daily walks.  Also don't be surprised if, in these situations, your normally quiet beloved pet becomes more verbal and aggressive until he ascertains that there is no danger to his human family.  He is moderately easy to train and his energy levels will require more exercise during his first six years of life.

Miniature Boxer Activity Requirements

Your Miniature Boxer hybrid will require a fair amount of exercise.  He gets his energy levels from both breed parents, and will perhaps never outgrow his desire to romp and play like a puppy.  Be prepared to take your pet on long daily walks and allow him to run, romp and play in safety.  Dog parks and the fenced back yard will accomplish this quite nicely.   This hybrid has a fairly high tendency to wander so you will be well advised to keep him on a leash when outside the house or fenced yard.  Your hybrid pet has a low tolerance to heat, being prone to heat stroke from the Boxer side, and a moderate tolerance to cold.  He is a great apartment dweller, provided the owner can commit to appropriate exercise opportunities.  He can live in urban or rural settings, in apartments, condos or family homes with or without a fenced yard, provided he is exercised appropriately.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Miniature Boxer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Miniature Boxer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Boxer size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Miniature Boxer size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Boxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Miniature Boxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Boxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Miniature Boxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs

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