Welcome to our complete guide to the Boxer Lab mix. Often known as The Boxador.
Are you thinking of adding a Boxador puppy to your family?
Are you looking for information about the Boxer Lab mix or do you want to know what to expect from your new Boxador friend?
In this guide, we’ve put together all of the important information you need to consider before picking up your new puppy.
What is the Boxador breed?
A Boxador is a crossbred dog that is made up of a Labrador Retriever and a boxer.
Technically, a Boxador is not a recognized breed as it has not been approved by the Kennel Club. However, it is recognized by several smaller designer dog clubs in the United States.
Because the Boxer-Lab-Mix is a so-called Designer Dog.
One that is deliberately bred by two purebred parents of different breeds to produce a puppy that combines both traits.
People are drawn to Boxadors as a mix because they love aspects of both races. Like the coloring of boxers and the nature of the labs.
Sometimes they make a new selection of puppy buyers too because they love boxers, but they want to try and avoid some of the very nasty health issues that they are unfortunately currently facing.
But a mixed breed puppy doesn’t always have the best, healthiest, or most beautiful traits of a parent. They usually have an unpredictable combination of the two.
Let’s start with a look at what to expect from Boxer Lab mixing temperatures.
The Boxador personality can be difficult to define because mixed race temperaments can be expressed in a variety of ways. Either or both of their parents will follow with the puppy.
But both boxers and labradors have some things in common. Loyalty, high energy, intelligence, and playfulness are traits that you will often find in both breeds, and therefore are likely to be seen in their crossbred pups.
A Boxador is not a lap dog. It’s likely lush and lively. Love spending time outdoors, walking or walking around with you.
You should be very receptive to positive exercise techniques and be both intelligent and food motivated.
Both boxers and labs have a reputation for liking children, but they’re also big and nimble dogs. You must therefore be careful and monitor their contact with young children to avoid accidents.
The main difference between the standard Labrador and Boxer personalities is their protective potential. Most labs are not natural watchdogs, but many boxers are.
It is therefore very important to focus on socializing your Lab Boxer Mix puppy as you will not know if this protective potential is being expressed in your pup. If you help them meet lots of people when they are very young, both indoors and outdoors, they will feel more relaxed around strangers.
Just like their personality, the ultimate build of a crossbred dog cannot be predicted as reliably as a thoroughbred dog.
Both boxers and labs are fairly large dogs of similar size.
Labradors weigh between 55 and 80 pounds. This is very different as there are two types of labs, English and American. The English show labs tend to be stockier and heavier. Boxers typically weigh between 55 and 70 pounds.
A full-grown boxer can be up to 25 cm tall. A full-blown laboratory is usually a bit shorter.
Therefore, you can expect your puppy to be up to 25 inches tall and weighing up to 80 kg but could be significantly smaller.
Boxer Lab Mix pedigree dogs can come in different colors. Boxer Lab Mix puppies will rarely be of a uniform color. They often have a black mask on their snouts and around their eyes.
They can also have white feet, chests, or tails.
Your pup’s color will depend on the colors of its parents and their ancestors. Some colors can be hidden in a dog’s genetics for years and only expressed when the dominant gene is not passed on.
A brindle Boxador can look a lot like its boxer parent due to its distinctive coloring. They often have the distinctive black mask over their faces and white markings on their feet.
Chocolate Lab Boxer Mix puppies can look very similar to Chocolate Lab puppies with dark brown coats. A chocolate Boxador will often have white markings on their chest and possibly their face and feet as well.
A black Lab Boxer puppy is mostly black, with white paws and chest, and maybe a little white chin. This black and white Boxador is often particularly appealing with its longer legs and wider boxer face.
It is also possible to get a white Boxador, although they often have black spots.
I haven’t seen a yellow Boxador before, and I believe that if a purebred yellow lab is mixed with a boxer, it is genetically impossible because they do not have the relevant genes that that color expresses.
In order for your Boxador to feel comfortable and your house to be reasonably clean, you need regular maintenance. Quick brushing with a stiff bristle brush at least twice a week should be sufficient for most of the year.
You may have heard that mixed breed dogs are healthier and live longer. It is generally true that studies have shown greater longevity in crossbred dogs.
But designer dogs like Boxadors will necessarily get healthier if their parents haven’t been health tested.
Not only do purebred dogs like Labs and Boxers have serious potential health problems, but some of those problems are also the same. This means that it is still important that your pup’s parents are tested for the appropriate conditions.
The Labrador parent should have clear eyewitness testimony from the previous year. You should also have good hip scores, perfect elbow scores, and DNA testing for PRA blindness as a minimum.
The boxer parent should have had a clear eyewitness testimony since last year. Good hip values, perfect elbow values , and a DNA test for PRA too.
Boxador health problems
In addition to the pedigree dog health issues they share with Labs, boxers have some serious issues to contend with.
They are a brachycephalic breed, which means they have a shortened snout that can cause breathing and temperature problems. With a crossbred dog, this problem should be reduced as the muzzle is likely to be longer. However, it is still possible that a Boxador could be born brachycephalic due to the Boxer parent. When choosing your puppy, make sure that they have a full muzzle and that the boxer parent has a distinctive nose.
You need to determine the family history of heart and kidney problems in the lineage of your boxer parents. When these problems arise, it is advisable to avoid their offspring.
How long do Boxadors live?
Boxadors are commonly reported to be 12 to 15 years old. However, I have not seen any studies of this cross that confirm this with certainty.
What we do know is that labs average 12 years and boxers 10 years. Crossbreed dogs typically live longer than their parents, but this is not guaranteed.
The best way to make sure your Boxer Lab mix lives for as long as possible is to get it from a reputable breeder who has used health as their primary goal.
Boxador breeders are quite numerous in the US, but much more difficult to find in the UK.
The breeders of designer dogs can be viewed just like pedigree dog breeders, but they can also pay off from a current trend and make a quick buck.
A good breeder values the health and temperament of his parents.
Good breeders don’t have many other litters. Your dogs will of course also play a role in the family, either as beloved pets or as exercise or show dogs.
Make sure the parents have a clear bond with their owner, reply with their name and be happy when you arrive.
Never buy a puppy from someone who wants to meet you outside of your own home or is apologizing for not being able to meet the puppy’s mother. You should always be happy when you meet both parents, even if you don’t live locally.
Is a Boxador Right for Me?
Boxer Lab mix puppies grow into large, lively dogs. They take a lot of time to socialize when they are young, and as they grow, it will be necessary to devote themselves to their exercise and exercise regimen.
If you want a lab mix but aren’t sure if a boxer is a right cross for you, there are plenty of other options.