Bull Boxer - Powerful and Loyal

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Valley Bulldog

The Bull Boxer is also known as the Pit Boxer, Bullboxer, American Bull Boxer, Pitoxer, Boxer Pitbull mix,Valley Bulldog and Pitbull Boxer mix. She is a cross between a Bulldog and a Boxer and is a large dog in the breed group of working with talents that include agility, companionship, watching and guarding. She has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.

Here is the Valley Bulldog at a Glance
Other Names Bullboxer Pit, Bullboxer, Bullboxers, Bull Boxers, Bullboxer Pits, Valley Bulldog
Average height 22 to 26 inches
Average weight 50 - 80 pounds
Coat type Short, straight, smooth
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low
Brushing Once or twice a week only and is easy to do
Touchiness Low to moderate sensitiveness
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Moderate
Tolerance to Heat Very low tolerance to heat, keep indoors if it gets hot where you are
Tolerance to Cold Also very low tolerance to the cold so keep indoors if it gets very cold where you are
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good if socialized
Good with other Dogs? Low to moderate unless trained to be better
Good with other Pets? Low to moderate unless socialized as can see them as prey
A roamer or Wanderer? Low chances
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate - she is big and she needs exercise still
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good
Trainability Moderate needs a very firm handler
Exercise Needs High
Tendency to get Fat High, keep her food controlled
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, obesity
Life Span 10 - 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $450 - $800
Average Annual Medical Expense $525 - $650
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 - $675

Where does the Bull Boxer come from?

In the last ten to twenty years it has become more popular to create new mixed dog breeds by putting together parents that had not deliberately been bred together before. These are also known as designer or hybrid dogs. Most of the time we do not even know where or when these hybrids were first created. The Bull Boxer does not have a history apart from that of its parents the Bulldog and the Boxer. To understand the Bull Boxer you can look at the history, characteristics and appearance of the parents.

The Bulldog

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The Bulldog comes from England sometime in the 1500s where he was used in bull baiting. This was a popular spectator sport back then and they really thought that it tenderized the bull's meat. Eventually when it was outlawed people thought that would be the end of the Bulldog as all he had been bred for in terms of personality and appearance was bull baiting. However some admired this dog and decided to try and breed him to get a more docile temperament. Today he is courageous still but also sweet, dignified but kind and oh so stubborn which means he is harder and slower to train.

The Boxer

The Boxer has German Mastiffs in his heritage (used for hunting large prey) as well as the Bulldog. In the late 19th century the Boxer was first bred by a German called Georg Alt. It became more well known in the rest of Europe in the late 1800s and in the early 20th century he was imported for the first time to the U.S. During World War I the Boxer was a popular dog in the military carrying messages, guarding, attacking and acting a pack carriers. After World War II they became more popular in America. Today he is a dog with an interesting mix of clowning around and being alert and watchful. He is only aggressive when he is defending his home and his people. He can be both dignified and playful and is good with children.

Temperament

The Bull Boxer has a mix of temperaments from both her parents though you cannot always predict how much from each one a puppy will grow into. Often she is fairly clever, enthusiastic and full of energy. She is alert and watchful making her a good watch dog. She is loyal and loving to her family and wants to please her owner. She is usually obedient therefore but does do better with firm training. She can be stubborn and is wary around strangers until she becomes used to you. She can also be playful.

What does a Bull Boxer look like

She is 50 to 80 pounds in weight and measures 22 to 26 inches tall. She is a large dog with a short and straight coat that is smooth to touch. Common colors include cream, brown, black, white, golden and brindle. She is stocky and short with a broad and wide head and ears that are either pointy with a slight droop or rose shaped. She has eyes that a bit beady and she has a chest like the Boxer.

Training and Exercise Needs

How much exercise does she need?

Bull Boxers should be given a lot of opportunities for physical and mental workouts during a day as they are energetic and prone to causing damage from chewing or digging when they do not get out enough. It helps to have owners who also enjoy being physically active so that you can just slot her into your own routine. Take her with you on your walks, jogs, cycling, hiking and so on. Also add in time at a park, play time with you, and time to mess around in the yard if you have one. Make sure she knows you as pack leader are the one who leads when you are out. Let her have a bunch of interactive toys indoors including chew toys.

Can I train her easily?

She has many wonderful qualities but being super easy to train is not one of them, though she is not especially impossible to train either. Results will come gradually with a Bull Boxer, it helps if you know how to communicate with dogs and can establish yourself quickly and firmly as the dominant one. Because she is quite vigorous and full of energy you will need to be strong as pack leader to keep them focused. Training and socialization are super important to undertake with your dog. She will be a better dog not just in behavior but also be happier too. She is fairly clever and likes to please so hopefully that part of her nature will over rule the possibility of stubbornness.

Living with a Bull Boxer

Grooming requirements

She is not super high maintenance like some dogs when it comes to grooming but she will have some basic needs that you need to take care of. She does not shed a lot and brushing will just be needed once a week or so to remove loose hairs and give her a nice healthy look to her coat. Bathing can just happen when she needs it. If you start bathing slowly from a young age and treat it like a training session as an adult it will be a lot easier. Start as a puppy with a small box just getting in and out. Move to the bath but still no water. Add a little at the bottom. Slow steps gradually building up to bath time will make it a lot easier on your dog and make it easier to bathe her when she gets particularly sticky or muddy!

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Other grooming needs include her ears, teeth and her nails. Use a cloth once a week to wipe her ears clean and check them for anything unusual. Nails need clipping a few times a year. But dogs have a blood vessel running through the lower part of their nails so do not cut too low, or leave it to a professional groomer to do. Here teeth should be brushed once a day if she lets you, two or three times a week should be enough otherwise.

What she is like with children and other animals

When you have a well trained and socialized dog you can trust them with children and that is the same for the Bull Boxer. She is friendly and loves to play but may need to be supervised around young children and strange children. The young ones is just because she might get too boisterous and strange children just because she is always wary around unknown people. That socialization will also help curb the instinct to view other pets as prey.

Other information

She can adapt to living in an apartment as long as she still gets exercise outside and play inside. She will need 21/2 cups to 3 cups of quality dry dog food a day divided into two meals. It is important not to let her graze on food all day and to watch how many treats she gets as she does have a tendency to become obese. She does not do well in extreme weather conditions so avoid getting her if you live where it gets especially hot or cold or bring her indoors on days like that.

Health Concerns

There are no known major health issues just because of being a newer breed. As a mixed breed though she is less prone to health issues than pure breeds. Some things that could come up being inherited from her parents are obesity, allergies, hip dysplasia and eye problems.

Costs involved in owning a Bull Boxer

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Puppies can range in price depending on where you are, the kind of breeder you buy from, how in demand that designer dog is and how easy to find they are. At the moment you could expect to pay between $450 and $800 for a Bull Boxer puppy along with other initial costs like bedding, crate, collar, leash, spaying, micro chip, blood tests and so on for a price of $400 - $500. Then there are your yearly costs to consider such as food, toys, treats, training, license, emergency health care savings or insurance, vet check ups. That will be around $1000 to $1200.

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  • The Bull Boxer is a great dog, low maintenance when it comes to grooming needs, able to adapt to an apartment if she has to and good as a companion to one person or as a family dog. She should be given socialization and training as soon as you get her to ensure she is completely safe around strange children, other pets and other dogs though. She is a powerful protector and a loyal friend.

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