What do you get when you cross a Boxer and a Labrador? You got it a Boxador! Both the Labrador and the Boxer are in high demand! And so it is cool to see that we now have a mixture of the two best dog breeds to own!
They are a mixture of love, playfulness, eagerness to please, with just a dash of protectiveness! The Boxador or a Boxer Labrador mix are a great medium-sized dog.
In this article, we will dive into the Labrador, which is the most popular dog to own. Then we will take a look at the Boxer, and then we will merge both breeds and take a look at what we get.
- Weight- 55-80 pounds
- Height-22-24 inches
- Lifespan- 10-12 years
- Exercise- 30-40 minutes
America’s favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever is an agreeable and friendly companion. This breed holds a significant distinction as an ever-popular choice for families.
Labs are highly social and have a love for 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.
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
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 around except my dad. He would not even accept a toy finger gun without the Boxer growling and barking.
Boxers are bright, playful, energetic/ They are also active and muscular dogs.
They have a distinctly broad head and a short muzzle, the Boxer origins began in Germany. The Germans bred them for dogfights and as herders. The boxer has a very strong 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 daily exercises, and they do need some reinforcement of the rules while they are a puppy.
- 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
Training and exercise needs of the Boxador
The Boxador needs at least 20 minutes a day of 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 you do start training your puppy? Start with the basics of training, sit, stay, and lay down when you bring your puppy home. You can take your puppy to puppy classes there you can get some truly excellent help from some really talented dog trainers.
Training is essential but so is exercise, here’s an example, training exercise and socialization are a pair of legs. Without either of these three very important legs to keep your do happy and balanced your dog will soon be running the house.
Your Boxador should be getting at least 30 to 45 minutes of great exercise a day, nothing less. If the Boxer Labrador Mix does not get any exercise at all.
They can become destructive and depressed. So if you cannot exercise this great dog, then please buy a small dog.
What are the socialization needs and health problems of the Boxador?
The Boxador socialization needs are critical, start taking your new puppy out into the neighborhood let her smell everything and everyone. This allows her to get used to the people who live nearby, let her get used to strange things inside/outside of the house.
The one thing that you should not do is taking her to the dog park while he 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 he/she out to coffee shops, out shopping, or just out for a stroll, when you are at home, your puppy should learn that he/she is not the alpha. This means the puppy should be following your commands without even thinking of disobeying them.
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.
What are the health problems of the Boxador?
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
- Retinal Atrophy- which means 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.
- Bloating – 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
- 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.
- 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
What is the Boxer Labrador 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.
Dogs nails sometimes need to be trimmed, you can trim them in two ways, the first is what we normally 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 Boxador is ten to twelve years, large dogs like the Boxador tend to pass away around 8 to 10 years old. But there are some dogs that beat the system and live to a ripe old age of 14 to 15 years.
Conclusion on the Boxador
This concludes our article on the Boxador! IF you have any questions, comments, or photos that you would like to share Labrottie community then please Share Your Photos! For any questions please email us and thank you!
If you would like to know about other Lab Mix’s, we have an article as well!
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