BOXADOR DESIGNER DOG
The Boxador is a cross breed, which was designed by crossing the Boxer and a Purebred Labrador Retriever. This is a designer dog known for being intelligent, loving, playful, and energetic. Boxadors are both companion and guard dogs, with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 50-110 pounds Lifespan: 12-15 years
This is a breed of large to gigantic size. While males weigh from 75 to 110 pounds, females weigh from 50 to 65 pounds. The head is big, with a droopy dewlap. In general, the Boxador’s eyes are dark brown, and his ears are floppy. The tail is docked or curly.
Boxadors are very protective and caring animals. They are great with old people and they get very attached to each member of the family. The Boxador is a very smart and loyal dog, which loves to be in the center of attention. His calm demeanor and innate love for children makes him a pleasant housemate. In addition, this beautiful breed gets along well with other animals. As far as strangers, the Boxador is suspicious and extremely reserved. Even though representatives of this breed are always ready for action, they bark minimally.
The Boxador is a relatively healthy dog breed. Still, there are certain health issues that breed is susceptible to. This includes bloat, foot problems, canine hip and elbow dysplasia, various eye diseases, and allergies. Moreover, allergies can cause severe skin irritations and stomach licking behavior.
Coat / Care:
The Boxador is covered with a smooth, straight, short coat. The coat usually comes in white, brown, brindle, and black and tan. This breed sheds seasonally, during the summer, so the short hair needs minimal maintenance. Occasional brushing is sufficient. This breed of dog is more sensitive to low temperatures than other breeds, due to its rather short hair. It is advisable to regularly check the Boxador’s ears, at least once a week. In addition, teeth should be brushed three times a week. Representatives of this breed are not hypoallergenic.
This breed is actually easy to train. Keep in mind that the Boxador is quite sharp by nature, which requires a lot of control and careful guidance. During training, the coach has to be calm and collected, always showing understanding for the dog. Boxadors have friendly nature and are eager to please. Don’t forget to use positive reinforcement, such as praise and food reward. This will motivate your Boxador even more. However, if you want to avoid possible problems, in the long run, make an effort to acquire discipline and consistency.
In general, the Boxador is not suitable for life in small areas, such as an apartment or townhouse. These huge dogs are very active and full of energy, so they need plenty of space for running, playing and hiking. Hence, the best environment for the proper development of this breed is a spacious house or a farm. Demanding physical exercises is a pleasure for Boxadors. Hence, lack of exercise can cause anxiety and destructive behavior.
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