Soft Coated Woxer

40-45 lbs
19-21"
United States
Boxer
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Woxer
Lovable and affectionate comes to mind when thinking about the Soft Coated Woxer. This dog is a smart, fun loving dog who makes a great companion. This dog loves human interaction and can become anxious if left alone for too long. Soft and cuddly, they seem to be forever puppies with plenty of energy to burn and a hint of mischief lurking behind their soft dark eyes. These dogs need a moderate amount of exercise although they don't require a large yard. They will be quite happy with a daily walk and then a game or two at home to pass the time. The Soft Coated Woxer can be quite headstrong and needs an owner who is firm but fair. They need a leader that they can respect otherwise they can become quite loud and vocal if not properly trained, and may dig and chew whatever they can get their teeth into. They are intelligent dogs who respond well to training although they can have an independent streak which makes them unresponsive to harsh orders or tone of voice. Being a hybrid dog, their appearance can vary from dog to dog, the result of having two different breed parents. Generally they take the Boxer build, yet they have the softer, longer coat of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Their mild disposition, loyalty and affectionate nature makes these big softies a unique and very special companion.
Purpose
Companion, Agility, Watchdog
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Boxer, Soft Coated Wheaten

Soft Coated Woxer Health

Average Size
Male Soft Coated Woxer size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Female Soft Coated Woxer size stats
Height: 19-21 inches Weight: 40-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
  • Ear Health and Infection
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
  • Breathing Difficulties
Occasional Tests
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Blood Glucose Tests
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • Allergy Testing
  • Diagnostic Tests

Soft Coated Woxer Breed History

The Soft Coated Woxer has little written about its development, so lets look at the parent dog history to find out more about this unusual breed. The Boxer is a descendant of the ancient and now extinct Bullenbeisser breeds that were crossed with the Mastiff, Bulldog, Great Dane and possibly the Terrier. They originated in Germany during the 19th Century. Strong and muscular, they were used in the now outlawed bull baiting sport where being strong and low to the ground helped the dog hold onto the bull. After the sport was halted, they were used as butcher's dogs. Some say the Boxer got its name because of the way it plays, where it uses it's large paws to spar much like a human boxer. The Boxer did not arrive in America until after World War 1. In the 1940's they quickly became the most popular dog in America. They were one of the first dogs to be trained as police dogs, and later they were used as seeing-eye dogs. But these days they are devoted companions and guard dogs, with an indisputable loyalty and affection for their families and especially the children whom they take the responsibility for their safety very seriously. For many owners, they are the ultimate companion and trusted friend. The Soft Coated Wheaten originated in Ireland where they were a versatile farm dog who guarded the property against intruders, rid the property of vermin, and helped the owner to hunt. Although not much is recorded about this dog's early days, it is assumed that it shares a common ancestry with the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier. The working dogs docked tail was a sign to the tax collector that they were exempt from the tax on dogs. The first Wheaten's arrived in America in 1946 in the month of November. Seven arrived among the cargo of the freighter Norman J. Coleman which docked in Boston after its long trip from Belfast. Two of the puppies went home with Lydia Vogel of Springfield, Massachusetts. Vogel showed them the following year and these two dogs produced 17 puppies. The American Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1973. The first Wheaten to be registered was Holmenocks Gramachree. Today, this lovely dog breed ranks 62nd out of 155 breeds in the AKC.

Soft Coated Woxer Breed Appearance

The Soft Coated Woxer often takes the square boxy shape of their parent Boxer, but it is often combined with the soft coat of the Soft Coated Wheaten parent. This makes for an attractive solid dog with a soft loosely curling coat. They tend to have the longer muzzle of the Wheaten rather than the Boxer's slightly  short pushed in face which means they have less problems with their breathing. The solid muscular body and long legs make for a powerful build which is softened by their shaggy coat. Often their legs have soft wavy fur covering the leg all the way down to their rounded well padded paws. Feathering on the legs, chest area and around the face can be present giving them a teddy bear appearance. The thick neck supports the rectangular shaped head and relatively short muzzle. The nose is black , and the eyes are wide set almond in shape and have a reddish brown to darker brown color. The ears can vary from alert and erect, to soft and floppy - depending on the genetic influence of the parent dogs. Their tail is often docked although can be left to be natural and may have some feathering too. Soft, silky and yet powerfully built, the Soft Coated Woxer is attractive to look at and makes a great companion and watchdog.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Soft Coated Woxer eyes
Brown
amber Soft Coated Woxer eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Soft Coated Woxer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
isabella Soft Coated Woxer coat
Isabella
cream Soft Coated Woxer coat
Cream
fawn Soft Coated Woxer coat
Fawn
white Soft Coated Woxer coat
White
brown Soft Coated Woxer coat
Brown
black Soft Coated Woxer coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Soft Coated Woxer wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Soft Coated Woxer Breed Maintenance

Depending on the coat your dog inherits, it can be either low or high maintenance. If your Soft Coated Woxer has the Wheaten coat, it will require combing at least twice a day, as that glorious coat comes with a price - your time! It can mat easily, and brushing is not always recommended as it can make the coat fuzzy. Instead combing the coat will produce much better results and maintain the texture of the coat. This type of coat also requires bathing each month, using a natural dog soap and careful rinsing and combing. But the coat may be a combination of the Boxer short hair and the Wheaten longer hair which requires less maintenance. The ears and eyes are vulnerable areas so check that your dog has not injuries or infection in these areas. Like most dogs, they will require their teeth to be brushed on a regular basis which will keep their breath sweet. There are special products made for dogs that are better suited to their health. Depending on the coat, they may need clipping every few months to keep them in shape. Finish off the grooming with a nail clip and your dog is done for the day!
Brushes for Soft Coated Woxer
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Soft Coated Woxer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Soft Coated Woxer Temperament

Playful, mischievous, forever puppies it seems, but the Soft Coated Woxer does have a serious side to him. They can be quite reserved when meeting new people and dogs, and can exhibit a slightly aggressive stance if nervous or unsure of someone. But they are never vicious, no where near it. Instead they are a dog with a happy outlook on life, maybe a bit headstrong sometimes, but quite comical at other times. Living with the Woxer is never dull. They can even make their own fun, playing with their doggy toys and chasing birds across the yard. But they will never be far from you when you are home. The Woxer is a peoples dog, they crave human interaction and live for you. Loyal and devoted, this dog is a true companion. And yet like any companion they can have their little idiosyncrasies. If bored they may chew on anything they can find, or they may dig holes so that your yard resembles  the lunar landing site - potholed to pieces. Keeping them entertained is one way to avoid this problem, and training and working their active minds is another way. If you don't have time to spend with this dog, it may develop behavioral problems. They need companionship, they live for you. So think carefully before getting one of these lovable teddy bears. The Woxer is great with children, and good with other pets as long as they are raised together. It does have Terrier bloodlines though, so the temptation to chase small furry creatures is very strong. Always keep a leash on them when out walking, as they will roam if not curtailed. Solid, strong, and comical - the Woxer seems to keep its puppyhood enthusiasm and engaging behaviour which makes it an ideal family dog.

Soft Coated Woxer Activity Requirements

Although the Soft Coated Woxer loves to play and will follow you around the house all day, it will still need to get out and have a good walk just to burn off a bit of that energy. Walking is ideal for your dog to practice its socialising skills, something all dogs need to learn. Training is a good for dogs too as it challenges their intelligence and gives them vital mental stimulation. With the Woxer, it is advisable to keep the training fun, and offer rewards and praise rather than harsh commands. Most dogs will switch off if the training is not fun or harsh methods are used, so use praise and pats to get the performance that you want from your dog. These lively dogs will love a selection of doggy toys to play with, and can be quite comical to watch. With a Woxer in the family, life will never be boring. They are exuberant and just love life. Adaptable to most climates and housing, they are great with a yard to explore, but equally adapt to apartment living as long as they get a walk or two each day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Soft Coated Woxer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Soft Coated Woxer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Soft Coated Woxer size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Soft Coated Woxer size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Soft Coated Woxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Soft Coated Woxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Male Soft Coated Woxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Soft Coated Woxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs

Soft Coated Woxer Owner Experiences

Trixie
8 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Trixie is a sweet dog. She loves her big sister, a boxer. She does bark at people or other dogs as a puppy but with training this is getting better. She is very food motivated. She is a lot heavier than the chart presented above. She has a boxer build and feathering and scruffiness, but her coat is very low maintenance. She loves to chew on anything and everything and must be closely monitored. She is snuggly and loving and lots of fun. She was a rescue dog and we were told that mom is a Wheaton Terrier and dad is a Boxer, but of course we are not 100 percent sure of lineage, but she seems to fit the bill.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
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