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This mixed dog is the result of a breeding between a Poodle, usually the standard, and the Boxer. The Boxerdoodle is a good hunting dog and is also popular in the military as a working dog. She is great at jumping and her talents are in Competitive Obedience, Watchdog, Police work, Guarding, Obedience, Agility and jogging. She has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years and her large range in size means she could be called either a medium or a large sized dog.

Here is the Boxerdoodle at a Glance
Average height 10 - 25 inches
Average weight 20 - 70 pounds
Coat type Wavy/curly like a Poodle or smooth and short like a Boxer
Hypoallergenic? If her coat is like a Poodles it is possible
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to Moderate
Brushing Brush at least twice a week
Touchiness Quite high, she is a sensitive dog
Tolerant to Solitude? Not at all, can be prone to separation anxiety in fact
Barking Occasional unless left alone then is prone to barking and howling while you are away
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Better with older children and needs to be socialized so just fairly good
Good with other Dogs? If raised with them. Moderate
Good with other Pets? Needs socialization and if raised with them. Moderate
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good
Trainability Very good just watch for the stubbornness boxers can have
Exercise Needs Moderate to High needs
Tendency to get Fat High
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns hip dysplasia, epilepsy, allergies, skin problems, and PRA
Life Span 10 - 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $1200 - $1500
Average Annual Medical Expense $500 - $650
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $550 - $700

Where does the Boxerdoodle come from?

Unlike many new designer breeds the Boxerdoodle is not small cute and fluffy. They are more noble and staid and occasionally clownish and goofy. But being a hybrid created in the last decade or two in the U.S there is not a lot known about long term health or about where they were actually first bred and why. To understand her you need to know a little about the Boxer and the Poodle and their origins and temperaments. Keep in mind that a general rule in the cases of hybrids is the dog she looks more like is probably the one she leans more towards in personality and temperament too.

The Boxer


The Boxer was bred in Germany in the late 19th century and is himself descended from hunting dogs. In 1903 he came to America and in World War I the Boxer was used by the US army as guard dogs, messengers, pack carriers and attack dogs. Today he makes a good watchdog being alert and watchful. He is an amusing mix of dignified one moment and then clownish the next. He is good with children being patient and happy to play with them. He is aggressive only when he has to protect his family. He has high levels of energy and is usually easy to train when not being stubborn. He does not do well in extreme temperatures though either heat or cold.

The Poodle

The Poodle is also German in origin though how we know it today comes more from the breeding and changes that occurred to him in France. There are three sizes, miniature, toy and standard. The Poodle was first bred to hunt and retrieve waterfowl. Now he is one of the most brightest dogs, great as a family pet, great with children but quite sensitive too and not good at being left alone. He is easy to train, loves to please, can be playful and loving.


The Boxerdoodle brings a mix of seriousness and nobility with energy and playfulness. She is calm and patient and takes certain roles or her work very seriously. But when it is time to relax she is happy to chill out with her companion or her family. They are very devoted and loyal in nature but are more reserved with strangers. They will also be very protective and if necessary aggressive when it comes to looking after their family and their territory. She is affectionate and loving too and loves to hang out with the family. She can be sensitive though so avoid shouting or negative training methods and this will not work and will upset her.

What does a Boxerdoodle look like

This mixed breed really does vary in how she looks depending on which parents she leans towards or if she falls somewhere in the middle. In fact sometimes it can be hard to even tell what the puppy will look like exactly when she grows. In terms of coat she usually has a wavy curly haired coat like a Poodle but she can sometimes have the smooth short coat like a Boxer. Colors include fawn, brown, white, black, red and sometimes brindled. In most cases the Poodle traits come forward more than the Boxer but that can not be guaranteed. The muzzle tends to be longer like a Poodle for example. They range from 10 to 25 inches in height and 20 to 70 pounds in weight. This makes her a medium to large dog. Her dark eyes sometimes protrude, she has a stubby tail and appears muscular and well built.

Training and Exercise Needs

Exercise requirements

This is a very active dog so while she could live in an apartment she would need a lot of outside time to burn it off. An hour a day is what you should be willing to give her, you could dived that into two outings include things like a walk, a jog, a dog park, some play time with a ball or Frisbee and so on. They do better in places where they can get some open space rather than cities. Ideally she should have access to a medium to large yard where she can also play and bounce around.

Training capability

She is an intelligent dog so is mostly easy to train especially if she has that need to please that Poodles often have. But the Boxer can be stubborn sometimes and it is possible that your Boxerdoodle may also have a stubborn side in which case you may need to have to deal with that during the training process. Make sure you establish yourself as pack leader, be positive but firm, praise and reward and stay consistent. It is a very good idea to not only start training early meaning as soon as you get her but also start socialization. Training and socialization bring out best in your dog and both you and she will happier for it.

Living with a Boxerdoodle

Grooming needs


The Boxerdoodle is a little different to most Poodle mixes in that there can be shedding from anything to a low to moderate amount. How much grooming she needs depends on the coat she has. If it is more curly she will need brushing more often and may need to be clipped at a groomers every few months. A coat more like a Boxer means she will just need brushing once or twice a week. Give her a bath when she needs it using a shampoo that is for dogs not people, not even kids friendly ones. Because she is prone to skin problems take extra care on the products you use and and groom her gently.

Apart from her coat she will need her nails clipped. This can be tricky with the Boxerdoodle as they can be quite thick and need some strength or a nail grinder. Be careful too not cut too low down as that can cause pain and bleeding. Her teeth will need cleaning a few times a week and ears once a week can be checked and wiped.

How is she with pets, dogs and children?

She does well with children and other pets when she has been trained and socialized and if brought up along with them but otherwise is best only with older children. They like to play and be boisterous and younger children can get accidentally bumped over. However because of her territorial nature it is not a good idea to leave her alone with strange pets or children without her pack leader present. Make sure too that the children know how to play with her safely and things they should not do. Should you bring new pets home when she is already established you may have to supervise those too and make sure her training keeps her in check until she adapts.

General information

She can live in an apartment when she is medium sized as long as she gets exercise too but does better when she has access to a yard and a larger living space. She is better when in moderate climates rather than extremes. She is a good watch dog and guard dog. Be warned though that she can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety, she does not like being left alone, and she may howl and bark during that time as well as display other destructive behavior like chewing and digging. She will need to be fed 2 to 3 cups of high quality dry food a day divided into two meals. She can be nervous around strange people or situations which is why socialization from a puppy is important.

Health Concerns

In general mixed breeds are healthier than pure breeds and being fairly new there are no major health concerns known to be a problem for the Boxerdoodle. But she may be prone to hip dysplasia, allergies, skin problems, epilepsy and PRA.

Costs involved in owning a Boxerdoodle


Buying a Boxerdoodle puppy from a reputable breeder may cost a little more but ensures you are more likely to get a healthy dog. Prices change depending on popularity, how hard they are to find and where you are. At the moment they range from $1200 - $1500. You will need to provide certain things initially and get certain medical needs taken care of such as a crate, leash, collar, spaying, micro chip, vaccinations. These initial costs will be around $450 - $600. Annual costs will be both medical such as emergency care savings, check ups, flea treatment and non medical such as food, toys and treats, license, training. These will come to something like $1000 - $1400.


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The Boxerdoodle may not be as cute or stylish as some other mixed breeds but she has a whole lot to offer still. Best suited for single owners or families with older children she is a noble and lovable dog who will give you her utter devotion.

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