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Boxer Lab Mix

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Boxer Lab Mix

Endearing and Playful

The Boxador is a designer or mixed breed bringing together the Boxer and the Labrador Retriever. She is a large to giant sized dog with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. She is grouped as a companion dog and a guard dog and participates in tracking and competitive obedience. She is a popular hybrid dog because of her endearing temperament and her entertaining playfulness. She does however need a lot of room due to her size.

Here is the Boxador at a Glance
Other Names Boxer Lab mix , Boxer Labrador retriever mix ,Labrador Boxer mix , Labrador Retriever Boxer mix , Lab Boxer mix
Average height 23 - 25 inches
Average weight 50 - 110 pounds
Coat type Shiny and short
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Seasonal in the summer
Brushing When not shedding once a week is enough, daily is needed during shedding season
Touchiness Moderate
Tolerant to Solitude? Can suffer from separation anxiety if left for too long
Barking Low
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate. Certainly not good in extreme heat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate but again not extreme
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good if socialized when young
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? No too big
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Very easy to train
Exercise Needs High needs just due to size
Tendency to get Fat Very high. Watch her feeding.
Major Health Concerns Bloat
Other Health Concerns Hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, eye problems
Life Span 12 - 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 - $850
Average Annual Medical Expense $500 - $650
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 - $700

Where does the Boxador come from?

In the last ten to fifteen years designer or mixed breed dogs have become increasingly popular and demand for new types has increased. This has led to a boom in hybrid breeding, some by reputable breeders and sadly many not. The idea for those who care about what they are doing is to put two dogs together in order to get one dog with the best of both parents, both in temperament and in looks. This is not something that can be controlled though and you can equally end up with puppies who have the worst of both parents. To get an idea of the kind of dog the Boxador is it helps to look at the origins and personality of the parent dogs, the Boxer and the Labrador Retriever.

The Boxer

The Boxer is a late 19th century breed from Germany, a blend of the Bulldog and some German Mastiffs. He therefore has hunting and fighting in his past. He is often used as a working dog, In World War I he was a messenger and package carrier as well as acting as a guard and attack dog. Today he is prized for his loyalty, his quickness in training, his protective instincts for his family. He is good with children and playful, but can also be serious, watchful and alert. His aggressive side only comes out when he needs to defend his home and family.

The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever comes from Newfoundland in Canada in the 1700s where he was bred to be a companion and working dog helping fishermen with lines, retrieving fish and so on. He was originally called St Johns, and he was brought back to England when English men notice how helpful he was and what a good temperament and disposition he had. And a good thing too, as the breed disappeared in Newfoundland due to tax laws but thrived in England. Today this is America's most popular dog due to his sweetness, desire to please, intelligence and loving nature.


The Boxador is a great dog both as a family pet or as a companion to a single person or couple. She is very smart, loving and loyal to the very end. She has a lot of energy and this makes her playful and somewhat of a practical joker – be prepared for more odd socks than you are used to, or some soggy slippers! She will give you her utter devotion and you will fall in love in return. She is eager to please and that with her intelligence and her need to be doing something makes her easy to train. She does not do well being left alone though and can suffer from separation anxiety.

What does a Boxador look like

A Boxador weighs 50 to 110 pounds and is 23 to 25 inches in height. She has a shiny short coat that comes in colors such as white, brown, brindle, black, tan or combinations of them. She has a larger head than a Lab and large jowls. Her ears are floppy and her tail is either coiled or owners get them docked. Sometimes a Boxador will look more like her Boxer parent and sometimes more like the Lab. Her eyes tend to be a dark brown color and are very expressive.

Training and Exercise Needs

How much exercise does she need?

As a large to giant dog she needs a lot of exercise each day, at least 30 minutes plus some playtime, ideally an hour a day is better. Things like a trip to the park, running, long walks or hikes, playing things like Frisbee, catch, fetch, tug of war along with time in a large yard. If she does not get enough mental and physical exercise she will likely start to act out chewing on items and displaying other destructive behavior. Set an exercise regime that meets her needs and stick to it as much as you can.

Can I train her easily?

The Boxador is an easy dog to train due to her intelligence and need to please her owner. She listens well and and obeys most of the time so in fact she will need less repetitions and will learn quicker than many other breeds. Even with her sweet and friendly nature socialization and training are vital. It will help bring out the best in her, she will be a far happier dog with it, and you will have an easier time as her pack leader. Make sure when you are training that you are firm but positive. Use praise and rewards to motivate her.

Living with a Boxador

Grooming requirements


The Boxador has low to moderate grooming needs depending on the time of year as she is a seasonal shedder. When she is not shedding she will just need a brush once a week to keep her coat looking healthy. However when she is shedding she will need daily brushing to remove loose hairs and you will also need to do more clean up after her on your furnishings and clothing. In terms of bathing she again will need one more often when she is shedding as it helps to control the hairs. Once a week during that time is a good idea, but when she is not shedding bathe as and when she needs it.

Her nails will also need clipping which may be something you choose to leave to a groomer as you must not cut too low as it can cause pain and bleeding. Check her ears once a week and clean them and then keep their teeth clean brushing at least three times a week.

What she is like with children and other animals

She is very good with children and is even excellent with them but socialization and training can ensure that is more of a certainty rather than the usual. Both her parents rank at the top for breeds who are child friendly so it is natural they produce an offspring who is the same. Other pets and dogs she is also usually good with but she should still be socialized.

Other information

She will need to be fed 4 to 5 cups of high quality dry food each day divided into two meals. It is important not to feed her one large meal and not to let her gulp down a lot of food in a short amount of time as she could be prone to bloat a very serious life threatening condition. She is also m ore prone to obesity so will overeat if you let her. She is not good for apartment living because of her size and she does need a large yard. She does not bark a lot, just to warn you if an intruder enters the home. She is not good in either extreme hot or cold weather.

Health Concerns

They are healthy dogs in general but there are some health issues they could inherit from their parents. First of all bloat is an issue all large and giant breeds need to be careful of, the Boxador included. Then other issues that could arise include allergies, joint dysplasia and eye problems.

Costs involved in owning a Boxador


There are several costs involved in owning any dog so you need to be able to meet those in order to give the best for your dog. Initial costs of the puppy will cost about $500 to $850 dollars depending on where you are, who you are buying from and how popular the mixed breed is at the time. Other initial costs will also include spaying, a micro chip put in, blood tests and deworming, as well as things like a food bowl, collar and leash, a crate. These costs will come to something like $475 - $550. Then there will be costs you will need to cover each year for her like her regular check ups at the vet that will include things like flea treatments, toys and treats, training and socialization, savings for emergency health care, licensing and so on. This could be anything from $975 to $1200.


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The Boxador has high levels of energy so the main thing to know is can you give her the outlets she needs to be happy and healthy? You also need the space for her, a medium to large home and a large yard. She will make a lovely endearing and affectionate dog for anyone who can provide these for her and love her back.

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