Welcome to our complete guide to the Boxerdoodle.
The “Designer Dog” market is growing by leaps and bounds and offers many mixes to choose from. Crossbreeds can bring out the best traits of two different breeds.
A bit of fun and interesting research can show you the possibilities of popular mixed breeds like the Boxerdoodle and help you understand their pros and cons.
When you feel confident in your choice, bringing your pet will be an even more enjoyable experience.
When researching two popular purebreds that produce Boxerdoodle puppies, some preliminary predictions can be made about mixing. However, there is no guarantee.
Designer Dog Controversy
Why do some people reject boxer doodles and other “designer dogs” despite their growing popularity? It is because established breeds generally offer predictable looks and perhaps temperament as well, which breeders claim to be imperative to their customers.
The simple truth, however, is that purebred dogs come from limited gene pools, and this is a factor in inadvertently promoting poor health outcomes in the long run.
Conversely, the health prospects will improve from the crossbreeding that actually produced many of the dogs now classified as “thoroughbred”.
However, it is a legitimate point that the consistency of purebreds and documented lineages are extremely desirable when choosing a dog.
Read on to find out how all of this affects the Boxer Poodle cross.
The Boxerdoodle is the result of breeding a boxer with a standard poodle.
This can be achieved traditionally or through in vitro fertilization. Any breed can carry the puppies.
While the Boxer and Poodle offspring cannot be accurately predicted in terms of appearance or behavioral attributes, examining the parent breeds provides a qualified insight.
Boxer and poodle origins
Today’s boxer dates back to the late 19th century when it was made from the German Bullenbeisser and a smaller English mastiff.
Boxers got their name from their propensity to use their front paws when engaging with other dogs in wrestling or fighting.
Boxer dogs are considered a functioning breed. Her duties included military service, guidance for the blind, herding, and protection.
Boxers were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 and are now among the 10 most popular breeds.
The poodle breed includes toy, miniature, and standard. Contrary to popular belief that poodles come from France, they are actually a German breed.
Although not considered a sporting breed today, they started out as water sports enthusiasts for duck hunting.
The name “poodle” comes from the German word puddling, which means “splash around”.
Poodles are extremely intelligent. In the past, they were entertainers because of their ability to train.
Poodles were also used for truffle hunting because of their particularly keen sense of smell.
Poodles were first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1887 and are ranked the 7th Most Popular Dog Breed by the AKC.
Boxers are considered to be medium-sized dogs. Men typically stand 23 “-25” tall and women 21 “-23.”
A suitable weight for men is between 65 and 80 pounds and for women between 50 and 65 pounds.
Standard poodles stand over 15 “and up to 27”. “Suitable weights are 60-70 pounds for men and 40-50 pounds for women.
Because the sizes of adult boxers and poodles are similar, it can be assumed that your Boxerdoodle is in the same range as an adult.
The boxer has a short, firm coat and a muscular, athletic body.
The eyes are dark brown and the forehead is wrinkled.
The peculiarity of the head is a blunt, wide muzzle and ears. You have a lower jaw.
The colors are light brown and brindle (black stripes) and the markings – if any – white. About a quarter of boxers are all or mostly white, but not albinos.
Poodles have long, straight snouts and dark or amber eyes. The ears are at or below eye level and hang close to the skull.
Tails are usually docked and carried high. Their bodies are square and well proportioned.
A poodle’s fur can be curly, quite thick, and quite coarse. Corded coats are similar to dreadlocks and vary in length.
The clip of a poodle coat is at the discretion of the owner.
Interestingly, the highly stylized “lions” or pompons clips were originally intended to keep important parts of the dog warm when they were swum in cold water to be found.
The lavish style caught on and is still popular today.
The differences in poodle coat colors are significant and include black, gray, silver, blue, cream, apricot, brown, and café-au-lait.
Your Boxerdoodle is medium in size and likely has a tail that you dock on, but further predictions about how it will look are uncertain.
Your dog could be similar to either of the parent breeds in terms of coat color and style, head shape, and body shape, or it could have a true combination of poodle boxer looks.
Boxers and Poodles Temperament and Behavior
It is in the nature of a boxer to be the protector of the family. They are fearless, but also gentle with children and like to play. Boxers are natural athletes and love being with their people.
They make wonderful companion dogs and are not known to bark excessively when properly socialized.
Poodles are exceptionally intelligent and affectionate and enjoy socializing with people and other dogs.
They love simple, daily games like ball hunting, and they have not been known to bark excessively if given enough attention.
Boxerdoodle temperament and demeanor
Remember that your Boxerdoodle can have a combination of their parent’s temperament and behavior.
He or she wants lots of socializing and play, and will likely be great with kids, but there are also plenty of questions that will only be answered when your dog is growing out of puppyhood.
The results are unpredictable and reputable crossbreed breeders will recognize this fact.
The boxer’s short, tight coat doesn’t require frequent bathing, but frequent wiping with a damp cloth will keep your dog clean and looking great.
Brushing your dog’s teeth daily with canine toothpaste eliminates dental problems and can even extend your dog’s life.
Gentle cleaning of the ears will keep your dog healthy weekly, and nail clipping should start early for your puppy to get used to.
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It can be said that poodle coats are generally very easy to care for, but don’t feel like polished hairstyles are a must for this breed. Brushing and cutting your teeth don’t have to be as intense as a visit to the salon!
Dental care, ear cleaning, and nail trimming are nothing outside of the ordinary grooming most breeds require – unless you prefer the festive look of painted nails on your poodle!
Boxerdoodle grooming and care
If your Boxerdoodle has a boxer coat, you are (almost) home free; rare baths are replaced by damp wiping.
If your Boxerdoodle has a poodle coat, it will take more effort to keep your dog attractive and comfortable. Ears, teeth, and nails need to be seen with the same regularity as any breed.
Boxers are thought to be predisposed to two heart diseases, cardiomyopathy, and aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is congenital but is not always noticed as marbles until the dog is fully grown. This may require monitoring or therapy, but it does not affect the lifespan.
Cardiomyopathy does not show up in boxers until they are bred. However, a puppy blood test can determine the existence of the gene that is causing them.
Cardiomyopathy is a serious condition that can cause heart failure or sudden death. Tests are therefore a must.
Testing for degenerative myelopathy is essential for boxer puppies too; This neurological disorder affects some boxers as they age and can impair their ability to walk.
As with many dogs, hip dysplasia, thyroid, and annual eye exams are essential for boxers.
Many standard poodle breeders and veterinarians familiar with the breed recommend the following health exams: Hip Dysplasia: OFA or PennHIP Rating, OFA Thyroid Rating, OFA Adenitis (SA), Heart Rating, and an annual eye exam.
Also, ask the breeder to provide a DNA test for neonatal seizure encephalopathy (NEwS) and a DNA test for von Willebrand disease (vWD) for each of the parents.
Neonatal encephalopathy manifests itself early with weakness, tremors, and seizures.
Von Willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder that is similar to hemophilia in humans.
Buoyant (torsion) is another health issue that is known to affect standard poodles. Care should therefore be taken to keep meals small and distribute them throughout the day to reduce the risk.
Speak to your veterinarian for advice on feeding routines that can literally save your dog’s life.
When you understand the concerns of the parent breeds, you are well on your way to understanding the potential health issues for your crossbred puppy.
Further information can be provided by reviewing the parent’s health scans. So ask about it. As a minimum, ask about the scans recommended for the parent breeds.
The average lifespan of boxers and poodles is practically the same at 10-12 years.
Exercise and training
Both breeds are active and love to exercise, and poodles particularly enjoy a lot of mental stimulation. Training should start early.
There are many training methods out there, but a consistent point is that eating shouldn’t always be the reward. The last thing your dog needs is extra weight.
Is a Boxerdoodle the right dog for me?
Take into account your resources in terms of the amount of time you can entertain, train, and train your Boxerdoodle.
Do you have the right spot for an active dog, dog park, or recreational area nearby?
Do you like to come outside with your furry friend? Are there other pets at home sharing the room?
The Boxerdoodle is reportedly a good dog for families and individuals. Think about how your dog’s needs will fit into your home routines.
Every pet also needs financial investment. When you bring home a new family member, providing adequate nutrition, nursing, preventive care, and veterinary care in the event of an accident or illness is all for budgetary reasons.
Finding Boxerdoodles and Choosing Your Dog
After learning about Boxerdoodles, visit breeders and/or Boxerdoodle rescue organizations to personally identify your potential pet. This crossbreed has become so popular that you shouldn’t have trouble finding the dog you want.
Ask lots of questions about Boxerdoodle’s parents and ask about their health information. Ask for references from previous litters.
Reputable breeders are courteous and will be happy to answer your questions.
Make sure the environment and care appear appropriate, and that the animals are social and happy. Walk away if you feel pressured or uncomfortable.
Observe the puppy’s or dog’s energy level and temperament and enjoy the interaction to get a feel for their personality. Your intuition will tell you when you made that loving connection.