The Boxador or Boxer Labrador Mix is an excellent mixture of love, playfulness, eagerness to please, fast learner, with just a dash of protectiveness! The Boxador or the Boxer Lab mix is a great medium-sized family dog that is gentle with older adults and your kids when trained right.
If not trained right when the Boxador is a puppy, the full-grown Labrador Boxer mix will be a challenging dog to retrain even though they are quick learners. In this article, we must first learn about both the parent’s history before we can dive into the Boxador. Once we are done with the parents, we can then dive into the Boxer Labrador mix, giving you all the information you need to know to make the right decision!
- Weight – 55 – 80 pounds
- Height – 22 – 24 inches
- Lifespan – 10 – 12 years
- Exercise – 30 – 40 minutes
- Training – 20 – 30 minutes
America’s favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever, is an agreeable and friendly companion. This breed holds the crown as the ever-popular choice for families.
Why is that? Because Labs or Labradors are highly social and love all people, children, and animals alike, which explains their widespread popularity.
The Labrador was bred in Canada. They worked to help fishermen and hunters retrieve their catches. The hunters needed a friendly dog that loved fetching and being in the water at any temperature all day if necessary. They also needed the dog to be very soft in the mouth when retrieving a catch.
The Labrador was sent over to England in the 1800s by some English noblemen who had discovered the breed while visiting Canada. Those breeds began the line that is now the English Labrador Retriever, bred more for show, companionship, and conformation.
The English Labrador is shorter, stockier, thicker necked, and more mellow than their American cousins. We have an article about the difference if you would like to know more about the American Labrador VS, the English Labrador.
- Weight – 55 – 70 pounds
- Height – 21 – 25 inches
- lifespan – 10 – 12 years
- Exercise – 40 – 45 minutes
- Training – 30 – 45 mins
My father had an Army Boxer when he was little, and he was the best dog around. Since the Boxer was Army trained, he would not allow anyone with a gun at the house except for my dad. He would not even accept a toy finger gun without the Boxer growling and barking.
Boxers are bright, playful, energetic, powerful, watch, and are ready to guard you and the house. They are also active and muscular dogs that need a constant stream of activity and objectives to strengthen their mind.
The Boxer has a distinctly broad head and a short muzzle; the Boxer’s origins began in Germany. The Germans bred them for dogfights and as herders. The boxer has a powerful bite and iron jaws to hang on to large prey.
This breed is great with children and often very protective over them and their property. You must offer your Boxer plenty of exercise, and they do need some reinforcement of the rules while they are a puppy.
The Boxer Labrador Mix
- Weight – 50 – 100 pounds
- Height – 23 – 26 inches
- Lifespan – 10 – 12 years
- Grooming – Brush Weekly
- Colors – Black, Brindle, Brown, White
- Eye Color – Brown
- Exercise – An hour of running, playing, walking, or fetching daily
- Training – Train them for thirty minutes each day
- Socialization – Take her everywhere you go
- Temperament – Kind, Gentle, Watchful, Funny, protective
- Good in an apartment? – No, the Boxador needs a house, and a yard to play around in
The Labrador Boxer mix is a very active dog breed, for both parents are working dogs, their offspring are no different. They are not like the King Charles Cavalier, who are perfectly fine with sleeping all day and then sleep more with you at night.
If you are a person who is a couch potato, then this breed is not for you. However, if you are someone who can’t seem to stay still after work and must be out and about doing something. Then this breed is for you!
Training any dog no matter the size (Yes, I am talking to all of the owners who have ankle bitters! 😉😁) is very important! No matter the breed, if you want a well-adjusted dog breed, training, exercise, and socialization is the key to having the best well-trained dog!
Training Needs Of The Boxador
The Labrador Boxer mix needs at least 30 minutes a day of positive reinforcement training when he/she is a baby. I would suggest that you train your new puppy in segments. Like five minutes of playing and ten minutes of training.
When do you start training your puppy? Well, you start training your puppy as soon as you get home with him/her. How you start training your new puppy is crucial; start teaching him/her the basics. Sit, stay, come, and lay down are the four most essential commands for your puppy. You can take your puppy to puppy classes to get some truly excellent help from some talented dog trainers.
Training, exercise, and socialization are the foundation of your house. If your foundation is compromised by not doing any of the three, you won’t have a happy life with your Labrador Boxer mix.
Exercise Of The Labrador Boxer Mix
Your Boxador should be getting at least 30 to 45 minutes of regular exercise every day, nothing less and preferably more. If the Boxer Labrador Mix does not get any exercise, they will become destructive, depressed, and or hostile to the neighbors and other animals and or you.
So excessing your dog is a must-do, the 45 minutes is a minimum. They will do a whole lot better in listening to your commands, and in general, being a happier dog if you give them a lot more exercise.
What Is The socialization Needs Of The Boxador?
The Boxer Labrador mix socialization needs are critical start taking your new puppy out into the neighborhood. Let the puppy smell everything and everyone you should also let the kids make loud noises around the puppy. This allows her to get used to the people who live nearby and let her/him get accustomed to the noises.
The one thing that you should not do is taking her to the dog park while he/she is unvaccinated. Avoid any dog park like the plague! Not only can she/he get an infection, but dogs there can be very rude to such a small and impressional baby! It could quite literally scar the puppy for life, and we would never want that!
So instead take him/her out to coffee shops, out shopping, or just out for a stroll, allow the puppy to get acclimated to the car/truck noises.
If you can’t get out of the house, invite friends and family over to your home and have them bring over any animal so that your new puppy can get used to other pets using and playing with his/her things.
Health problems of the Boxer Labrador Mix?
Well, to know the health problems, we have to understand the parent’s health problems. So here are the Labradors health problems!
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia – Hip and elbow dysplasia is very common for this dog breed.
- Retinal Atrophy – Retinal Atrophy is a gradual loss of eyesight.
- Obesity – If given a chance, they will eat as much as they can then some.
- Cold tail – Cold tail is an injury that happens mostly to sporting or working dogs; it mainly occurs to these breeds listed here. The English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers. The injury affects the tail of the dog, making it painful near or at the base of the dog.
- Bloat – Bloat is where you exercise your dog right after they eat, and the stomach builds up gasses. Which then makes the stomach twist its self into knots. If you do not catch the bloat in time the dog will die. The vet can fix the problem by opening up the body and untwisting the stomach. You can ask them to staple the belly onto the rib cage to help prevent this problem from happening again.
- Hip dysplasia – Hip and elbow dysplasia are very common for this dog breed.
- Arthritis – Arthritis can hit a do at any age, but it is most often found in their later years.
- Ear infections – If you don’t clean the dog’s ears every week, the dog can be prone to ear infections if not caught in times.
- Seizers – normally happen to the older dogs, but it can some times happen to a younger dog. CBD oil can help with the seizers, we have a King Charles Cavalier, she has seizers, and so we got her some CBD oil, and they stopped that day of first giving it to her.
- Bloating – Bloat is where the stomach twists itself into knots if this happens you need to take him straight to the animal hospital.
- Cancer – This dog breed like the Weiler Dane has a high rate of cancer.
- Canine Degenerative Myelopathy – This is truly one NASTY disease, we had a Doberman Lab Mix stray that we found at a local park. Long story short after many many fun and happy years with Onyx passed away due to this disease. CDM affects older dogs from eight years old on up. The CDM attacks the dog’s spinal cord which then makes him/her go paralyzed in the hind legs. Your only option then is to mercifully put him to sleep 😭 which is what we did early one morning.
- Allergies – could be anything and everything
- Joint and Hip Dysplasia – Hip and elbow dysplasia is very common for this dog breed.
- Separation anxiety – Some dogs do suffer from separation anxiety if you are gone for long periods of time.
What is the Boxer Lab Mix grooming and lifespan?
Boxadors shed a lot! Even when it is not spring or fall time, so you will have to brush them maybe twice a week during the summer and winter months. But when spring and fall arrive, you will need to brush the Boxer Labrador Mix for at least 10 minutes.
Dog’s nails sometimes need to be trimmed, and you can cut them in two ways. The first is what we usually do; we use nail clippers. The second choice is to allow nature to do it for you. All you would need to do is walk him/her on hard rough surfaces.
The lifespan of the Labrador Boxer mix
The Lifespan of the Boxador is typically ten to twelve years, large dog breeds tend to pass away around 8 to 10 years old. But some dogs beat the system and live to the age of 14 to 15 years like the Alabai. The Alabai is one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world! Dating back to at least 7,000 years!
Their bones can be found in the tribal lands of Russia, and parts of the medial east but mostly found in the countries that have Stan in the name. This breed is bred for working their jobs were to: protect the flock, help hunt, help repel raiding clans, and to protect their territory. Nowadays they are stilled used to protect the flock/herd, protecting the humans, to dog fighting.
Conclusion on the Boxador
The Boxer Lab Mix is a fantastic dog for families, all that the owner needs to do is give the dog the proper amount of exercise, socialization, and training. To make them an outstanding dog! A Boxer Lab mix or any dog without any of these essential qualities will become unstable and unresponsive to you or anybody else.
This means that dog may be put into a shelter because the owner has not given him/her the three most essential qualities. That any dog should get, no matter what is happening, training, socialization, and exercise if you nail down those three qualities in your dog. You most likely will not have any behavior problems because you are keeping your dog mentally and actively balanced.
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