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The Boxweiler is a large cross of a Rottweiler and a Boxer with a life span of 8 to 13 years. She takes part in competitive obedience events and is also known as a Boxer Rotty or Boxer Rottie. She is a sweet and dutiful dog with a protective nature.
|Here is the Boxweiler at a Glance|
|Average height||21 to 27 inches|
|Average weight||70 to 100 pounds|
|Coat type||Harsh, thick, short|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low – can suffer from separation anxiety|
|Tolerance to Heat||Low to good depending on coat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate – best in home with more room and a yard|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate – should be kept by experienced owners|
|Trainability||Easy to train for those with experience|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Quite high – monitor food and exercise|
|Major Health Concerns||Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, bloat, Cancer, heart defects, eye problems, deafness|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, Pano, Allergies, Hip dysplasia, demodectic mange,|
|Life Span||8 to 13 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$150 to $500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$515 to $615|
Where does the Boxweiler come from?
Both parents of the Boxweiler are of German origin but who actually bred the two together, where and why is not currently known. Over the last two decades there has been an increase in demand for these now called designer dogs, and so as a result many are being bred but not always by breeders you want to deal with. While the attraction of a designer dog might be that you get the best of two favorite breeds in one dog, in fact keep in mind that any thing can happen with this first generation breeding. Looks, temperament can all vary, even in the same litter. Here is a look at the parents to get a feel for what the Boxweiler might be like.
In the South of Germany a red tiled villa's remains were discovered during an excavation and led to a town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries dogs here were used to drove cattle, for protection and to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but they were saved. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.
Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can be stubborn. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.
The Boxer descends from German Bullenbeissers, which were dogs themselves descended from mastiffs, bred with the Bulldog. He was developed in the late 1800s and they were put on exhibition first in Munich in 1895. In the late 1890s and early 1900s they became known around Europe and arrived in the U.S. In World War I they served as messenger dogs, pack carriers, guard and attack dogs in the military. In 1935 he was accepted by the AKC and is 7th in popularity out of the 155 purebreds registered with the AKC.
The Boxer is known for being very watchful and alert which is why he is so commonly used as a watchdog and guard dog. He is wary with strangers but polite not aggressive. When he knows you he is playful, affectionate and happy to clown around. He is good with children and quite patient. He can get aggressive but only if he feels his home and family are being threatened.
The Boxweiler is a very energetic and playful dog but she is still steady and sweet too. She is a friendly dog but protective and watchful around strangers. She is intelligent and very loyal and will want to be involved in family activities. Her sense of duty and intelligence is why she is often used in police work or as a working dog in other fields. She prefers to be around people so does not like being left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. She is affectionate and loves to please her family and can be quite goofy sometimes.Advertisement
What does the Boxweiler look like
This is a large dog weighing 70 to 100 pounds and standing 21 to 27 inches tall. She can look like either parent or be a mix of the two though often she has a face more like the Rottweiler with dark eyes, floppy ears and a black nose. Some have the black mask on the muzzle but some do not and she has a deep chest. It has a double coat which is short, thick and harsh. Common colors are fawn, brindle, white, brown and black.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Boxweiler need to be?
A Boxweiler is a fairly active dog so will need owners who can be fairly active too so that there is no problem with going out together. As well as going for a couple of long walks each day also consider having time where she can run off leash safely. A dog park for example would be great, you can play things with her and she can socialize. She is a large dog so a yard is needed as is a home with some space so not an apartment. She likes to swim and play ball and a routine of mental stimulation and physical activity will be important in preventing boredom and becoming destructive. She will enjoy any time spent with you so if you swim, hike, dog or cycle, train her to join you.
Does she train quickly?
This is an intelligent dog who is eager to please and is happy to obey you and be with you. This makes her in general easy to train, less repetition is needed and results will come fairly quickly. It will be necessary though to make it clear you are the leader but do this in a firm and fair way. Use positive training techniques such as using treats, offering praise and encouragement rather than scolding or becoming impatient. Consistency is absolutely essential for successful training. Socialization is key too as soon as you have her. With protective dogs socialization is important to ensure she does not take it too far.
Living with a Boxweiler
How much grooming is needed?
The Boxweiler will need a moderate amount of grooming and care to keep her in good health and shape. She sheds a moderate to frequent amount so be prepared for hair on clothing and around the home that will need to be cleaned up. Her coat therefore will also need every other day brushing, using a bristled brush to remove loose hair and keep it healthier and cleaner. Her bath time should be kept to when she just needs it otherwise you can damage her natural oils and that can lead to skin problems.
Her teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week and her ears need to be checked and wiped clean once a week. Her nails when they get too long need to be clipped but take care not to cut too low, there are nerves and vessels that mean if nicked can lead to bleeding and pain.
What is she like with children and other animals?
The Boxweiler is a great dog with children, she will play and be energetic and is very affectionate towards them. She is also protective though and socialization and training will be needed to make sure that does not go too far. She can see other small animals as prey to chase so again socialization is key when it comes to other pets. She will be more accommodating if she has been raised with them. She does not naturally get along well with other dogs without some socialization.Advertisement
This is certainly a very good dog to have if you want one who is alert, protective and will not just let you know of any intruders but also act in your defense. She does bark occasionally to frequently and she will need to be fed 4 to 5 cups of a good dry dog food each day, divided into two meals at least. When she is young you should not feed her human food as it can lead to growth spurts which can lead to breaking bones.
The Boxweiler can inherit health issues from her parents such as Joint dysplasia, Pano, Allergies, Hip dysplasia, demodectic mange, Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, bloat, Cancer, heart defects, eye problems and deafness. It is the white dogs that can be more prone to cancer and deafness. Brown and black dogs are more prone to Canine Parvovirus.
Costs involved in owning a Boxweiler
A Boxweiler puppy can cost between $150 to $500. Other costs will come up when you have the puppy for some medical needs and items she needs. A crate, carrier, collar and leash, for example along with up to date shots, an exam, blood tests, deworming, micro chipping and spaying. These initial costs come to about $500. Annual non-medical needs like toys, treats, license, training and food come to between $515 to $615. Annual medical basics like flea prevention, pet insurance, general check ups and vaccinations come to $485 to $585.
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The Boxweiler is a large dog so you need to be prepared for a large dog after she gets through the cute puppy stage. She needs owners who are experienced and can remain as the clear boss, also ones who can be active and will do training and socialization.