Rhodesian Boxer

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55-68 lbs
United States
Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Boxer is a intelligent dog who likes to be busy. Whether that is through play or work, these dogs need to be exercised and mentally challenged to stay healthy. They respond well to training although can be a bit stubborn. To overcome this tendency, use praise and small treats to encourage your dog to do what you want him to do. Resorting to harsh methods will only back fire on you and cause your dog to become even more rebellious. An owner who is the pack leader, consistent in behaviour, calm and firm will find the Rhodesian Boxer to be a loving, loyal and obedient dog. They are gentle with family members and quite protective. While they do get along with animals they have been raised with, a strong prey drive means they are not to be trusted with other small animals or dogs. A fenced yard is a must for this dog as an interesting smell or the sight of a small fleeing animal can make them oblivious to everything except to run after it. With a strong owner, the Rhodesian Boxer is a beautiful animal who will be a fantastic companion and obedient servant.
Companion, Guard Dog,
Date of Origin
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boxer

Rhodesian Boxer Health

Average Size
Male Rhodesian Boxer size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Female Rhodesian Boxer size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 55-68 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Dermoid Sinus
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Entropion
  • Allergies
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Drug Allergy or Sensitivity
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Urinalysis
  • Optical Examination
  • Full Blood Work
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Ophthalmological Examination
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Skin Scraping Test for Allergies

Rhodesian Boxer Breed History

The Rhodesian Boxer is a new hybrid produced by crossing the Boxer with the Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Both parents had a working history which we can look at to see the Rhodesian Boxers lineage. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in South Africa by Boer farmers. By breeding dogs they brought from Europe with the half wild native dog of the Khoikhoi people they produced a tough resilient dog with a ridge along its back that was an excellent hunter. These strong dogs were even used to hold a lion at bay until the hunters arrived. Tough as nails, these dogs could withstand the extreme temperatures and terrain of their native land. Cornelius von Rooyen began a breeding program and set down a breed standard in 1922. The Ridgeback arrived in the United States in 1911, but it wasn't until after World War ll that large numbers were imported to the U.S, Britain, and Canada. They were recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1955. The Boxer was originally a German breed and is a cousin to almost all types of Bulldogs. Their ancestors are said to be fighting dogs bred in Tibet. Originally used to hunt and guard, the Boxers lineage includes the Bullenbeisser Mastiff who was used to chase, catch and hold wild game such as boar, bear and bison. The breed was refined after the 1850s to produce a smaller lighter dog which became the European Boxers. They were used in bear baiting until the sport was outlawed. Then, in 1895, breeders stabilized the breed and brought Boxers to the attention of dog fanciers. During both World Wars the Boxer was used to carry messages, ammunition and supplies. Returning servicemen brought some of these dogs back home after the war and then the Boxer was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1904. Boxers continued to be popular since then, excelling as guardians, show dogs and companions. 

Rhodesian Boxer Breed Appearance

The Rhodesian Boxer is a sturdy animal with an athletic body and deep chest. A strong neck supports a blocky head with a slightly rounded skull. The muzzle can vary from a pointed long muzzle like the Ridgeback, or it may be shorter like the Boxer. Their bite varies from a scissors bit to the undercut bite of the Boxer. Often the Rhodesian Boxer has a black mask, black shiny nose, and dark round eyes. The ears are triangular in shape and flop over and sit close to the face. Their legs can vary in length depending on their genetic influence from the parent dogs. But they are always elegant, with strong legs and rounded paws that provide speed.  The tail is often long and straight. The coat is short haired and thick, and comes in a variety of colors from gold, tan, and shades of brown with black facial accents. A handsome dog, the Rhodesian Boxer has natural good looks and carries itself with pride and confidence.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rhodesian Boxer eyes
amber Rhodesian Boxer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rhodesian Boxer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Rhodesian Boxer coat
sable Rhodesian Boxer coat
black Rhodesian Boxer coat
fawn Rhodesian Boxer coat
red Rhodesian Boxer coat
brindle Rhodesian Boxer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rhodesian Boxer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rhodesian Boxer Breed Maintenance

The Rhodesian Boxer has short sleek hair that is easy to maintain. They just require a their coat to be brushed using a firm brush once a week. That will remove any shed hair that is trapped and keep the coat sleek and clean. The Rhodesian Boxer only requires bathing when necessary, their coat is almost self cleaning and they are quite particular about keeping their coat clean themselves by licking themselves. If you do bathe them, use a mild dog shampoo which is much kinder to their skin than human products. A dog's skin reacts differently to human skin, so it is best to use the right product to get the best result. It is important to clean out their ears to prevent wax build up or any infection taking hold. Gently wipe out the ear using a soft damp cloth and gently dry with a tissue. Brushing your dogs teeth will prevent tooth decay and will keep his breath sweet. Finally lightly trim the nails and your dog will be ready for anything.
Brushes for Rhodesian Boxer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rhodesian Boxer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rhodesian Boxer Temperament

Alert, inquisitive and ready for action, the Rhodesian Boxer combines the best of its parent breeds into a new hybrid with a mellow character. They are loyal and protective of their family, warning when strangers appear on the property and ready to back you to the hilt. These dogs get on well with children and are very tolerant. They can get on well with other animals if they have been brought up with them and socialised thoroughly. Be aware that they do have strong hunting instincts and may consider the neighbors cats and other dogs to be invaders, and give chase. Always keep them on a chain when out and about to prevent them taking off on you. These dogs are great companions, and while not the lap dog type of pooch, they still enjoy praise and can be regular cuddle bugs. They enjoy your company and don't like to be left alone for long. Leaving them unaccompanied may cause them to become destructive, digging up the yard and turning your beautiful lawn into a crater pit. They also like to be inside with you, not left alone outside so if the idea of a large dog inside does not please you, then this is not the dog for you. This dog deserves your companionship and loyalty, as once it bonds with you and your family, they are devoted for life. Charming, confident and attractive, the Rhodesian Boxer is a loyal friend and lifelong companion.

Rhodesian Boxer Activity Requirements

Regular exercise is important for this strong active dog. A daily walk of sixty minutes or more is important not only for the exercise, but also for socialising your dog. The more you mix with other dogs and people, the better your dog is with dealing with them and they become a well rounded animal. The Rhodesian Boxer will happily accompany you on your outings, but it would be advisable to keep your dog on the leash, as they do have strong hunting instincts and may take off after fast moving small animals they consider to be prey. Your Rhodesian Boxer will enjoy playing games at home with the children, although he may be a bit boisterous for younger family members. Their size and energy can knock youngsters off their feet, so supervise any play.  If your dog has inherited the pushed in face of the boxer, they will be affected by high temperatures, so keep exercise to a minimum during the heat of the day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Rhodesian Boxer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $2
Monthly Cost
$37 - $50

Rhodesian Boxer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rhodesian Boxer size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Rhodesian Boxer size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
12 Months
Male Rhodesian Boxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Rhodesian Boxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 29 lbs
18 Months
Male Rhodesian Boxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Rhodesian Boxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 59 lbs

Rhodesian Boxer Owner Experiences

4 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Have an older Lab, working on her energy level was she tends to get rough with Lab.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
14 Months
5 People
Great family dog. Lives with a cat (Devon rex), 2 senior Weiner dogs, 2 school aged kids and a baby. Loves to eat and is obsessed with feeding time. He will stalk you for at least an hour before each meal time. Great on and off leash, although better with a harness.
2 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Running in backyard
Long walks in a big open field
He is an amazing dog, he is bigger than the average Rhodesian boxer so it makes me think he could be part great dane too, he also weighs around 100 lbs. He sleeps with me every night and he's very protective. I just recently got a 4 week old kitten and joey acts like he's The cats mother. When my other dog Leroy walks toward the cat joey will growl at him.
2 months, 1 week ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Charly is a BRO rescue dog. Became friendly with the other boxer also a BRO rescue. Play well together to the point of exhaustion. Their program is: exercise, eat, sleep and snore :=)
1 month ago
21 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Chasing coyotes
Digging large holes for moles in the field .
Nyla, is by far, the sweetest dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of being owned by. She’s extremely friendly (even though I could only give her 4 tails, she should have 5, not sure why it would not allow me to select the 5th tail) she was easy to train, gets along great with the outdoor cats, I often see her carrying them around the yard and cuddling with them when she gets tired and is ready to come inside. She’s wonderful around other people. She is destructive when left alone for long periods of time, chewing shoes, but she does not chew and furniture. She is very sensitive and her feelings are easily hurt when she is being reprimanded. Great breed!! I would highly recommend.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
5 Years
3 People
Playing with toys
Running around the house
I love my Rhodesian Boxer! He’s there for me when I’m sad and there for me when I’m screaming happily! He is the best thing that ever happened to me. Everytime my family or I get home he is jumping with joy to see us again!! He is so full of energy and such an amazing dog!! Too bad dogs don’t last your entire lifetime
1 week, 4 days ago
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