Also known as the Boxerlab, Boxerdor, and Laboxer, the Boxador is a great choice if you are in search of a large dog who will be willing to protect his family and be loyal and loving to the end.
These canines are known for their intelligence and devotion, but they can be a handful because they require a lot of attention and exercise, so keep reading to learn more about this breed before you decide to bring one of these adorable pooches home with you.
The Boxador is a cross between a purebred Boxer and Labrador Retriever.
The Boxador is a designer crossbreed whose origins aren’t entirely clear.
Food / Diet
When it comes to feeding your Boxador, choose one of the many high quality canine foods that are available so you can give your pet the nutrition that he needs to remain strong and energized. Just remember that these dogs do love to eat, so you have to monitor how much your pet is consuming each day in order to ensure he will not become overweight.
Once you have chosen the dry dog food that you want to give to your Boxador, you can feed him anywhere from 4-5 cups per day, divided into two or more meals. Avoid giving your dog a single large meal and make sure he doesn’t eat too much food too quickly, as that could lead to bloat.
If you are also going to feed your pet some canned dog food, reduce the amount of dry food that you’re feeding accordingly. Again, these dogs will overeat, so you need to monitor how much your pet is eating, and also give him the chance to exercise to stay fit.
The Boxador is a good choice if you are looking for a guard dog who will also make a wonderful family pet.
Training your Boxador will be easy, as this breed is intelligent, obedient, and willing to please. Your dog will listen well and will learn without requiring as many repetitions as other breeds. Always use rewards, treats, and praise as part of a training program that’s focused on positive reinforcement, as that will further motivate your pooch.
A large-sized breed, the Boxador weighs between 50 and 110 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
The Boxador is a good choice if you are looking for a guard dog who will also make a wonderful family pet. These smart canines are loyal and loving, and they also have a playful nature and a lot of energy. Beware, though, that Boxadors can be mischievous and destructive, particularly when they are not getting enough attention and exercise.
Boxadors are known for being devoted to their human family, eager to please, and easy to train. However, these dogs can suffer with separation anxiety when they are left alone, so this breed might not be the best choice for those who are away from home for extended periods of time or who travel a lot. Having more than one dog or other pets with whom your Boxador can interact is a good idea for those times when you are away from home for work, events, and errands.
Common Health Problems
Because the Boxador is a hybrid breed, it might be prone to inheriting the health conditions that commonly affect its parent breeds. Nevertheless, every dog is an individual, and not all dogs will inherit these health problems.
Although these canines are generally healthy, common ailments suffered by Boxadors include allergies, bloat, eye problems, and joint dysplasia.
The Boxador has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Boxadors are large dogs that need plenty of daily exercise. It is a good idea to allow your dog to be physically active for a minimum of 30-60 minutes each day, in addition to having toys to play with indoors and people to interact with throughout the day.
You can allow your dog to run around in your enclosed backyard, you can go for hikes, jogs, and long walks, and you can also take a trip to the dog park with your Boxador. Interactive play sessions that include games like fetch or tug of war are also great for these dogs, who crave physical and mental stimulation.
Boxadors are known for being devoted to their human family, eager to please, and easy to train.
The Boxador is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
A Boxador’s coat will be short and glossy, and shedding will be seasonal, occurring in the summer. Therefore, grooming requirements will range from low to moderate, and a bath will rarely be necessary except when your dog gets very dirty or is shedding excessively. When your dog isn’t shedding, you can brush him once a week. Daily brushing will be required during shedding season.
Like all other puppies, Boxador puppies should be handled with care. Training and socializing your puppy from an early age will ensure he develops good manners and becomes comfortable around a variety of people and animals. Once your puppy learns the rules, he will be a calm, obedient, and loving dog, and he will be confident and happy.
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