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Boxador: The Boxer Labrador Mix

Boxador: The Boxer Labrador Mix

Boxador dogs belong to the popular Labrador mixed breeds. They are also known as Boxer Lab-Mix, Boxerlab, Boxerdor or Laboxer. Like the name already suggests, they are bred from a cross between a Boxer and a Labrador Retriever. This designer breed is relatively new, so the origins aren’t too clear.

The cross between a Labrador and Boxer, results in large dogs that are loyal, intelligent and loving. Labrador Boxer mixed breeds are athletic, active with a high level of energy and playfulness. They love to be outside a lot, to go for a walk or play with other animals. They are also well suited as family dogs that get along well with children.

This mixed breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). But they are recognized by several smaller Designer Dog Clubs, such as the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

These boxer mixes are now also bred to reduce the health problems of both original dog breeds. However, it can also happen with mixed breed puppies that they do not always receive the best, characteristics of their parent animals. But a reputable Laboxer breeder will always try to breed healthy Boxador puppies with good physical and good personality traits.

Appearance of a Boxador

Boxador mixed breeds have a short, smooth and close-fitting coat. Fur colors can be brown, tan, gray, black or two-colored in brown-white or black-white. Because of the boxer genes, they usually have a black mask on their muzzle and around their eyes. That is why it is very rare that you have a completely white Boxador.

By crossing both dog breeds into a mixed breed dog, new colors can also emerge, such as light-colored legs and tails. The pups’ coat colors depend on the colors of their parents and their ancestors.

Both the boxer and the labrador are large dogs, with a smaller, but muscular frame. They weigh somewhere around 60 lbs and are about 25 inches tall.

Temperament

The temperament of the Labrador Mix is ​​difficult to predict. But if you look at both parent animals, they are very agile, lively dog ​​breeds that like to move around.

Both the boxer and the Labrador have some similarities in temperament: they are very playful, intelligent, clever, loving, want to please their owner. If your pup is more like a boxer, he will be very protective. That’s why it’s important to socialize your Boxador puppy early on.

In addition, these fur noses are easy to train and like to learn. Positive reinforcement is the way to go. They love verbal praise and a lot of yummy treats. Thanks to its intelligence and energy, the Boxador is also well suited for some dog sports such as agility, frisbee or flyball.

When you buy a Boxador, it is important that you have enough time to spend with your pup. If your four-legged friend is underutilized and alone too much, it can happen that they adopt negative behaviors. Because of their size, boxadors require at least an hour of exercise per day.

Neither boxers nor laboratories tend to bark a lot, which makes them suitable both as a city dog ​​and in the country.

Both the Boxer and the Labrador love children and are very suitable as family dogs.
Both the Boxer and the Labrador love children and are very suitable as family dogs.

Health and Life expectancy

Labrador Mix dogs or Boxer Mix dogs are usually healthier than their purebred parents. The Boxador breeder should test both parent breeds for hip and elbow dysplasia. The boxer also has the problem that he has a shortened snout, which often leads to breathing problems. But, since the Boxador is a mixed breed, he will be less confronted with these problems.

Other health problems that may affect the Boxador include:

  1. Allergies
  2. Eye Problems
  3. Hypothyroidism
  4. Heart Probleams

Boxer Labrador mixes usually live on average 10 to 15 years old.

Care and Grooming

In most cases the Boxer Lab mix will end up having a short and dense coat. These types of coat don’t require a lot of grooming. You will have to brush it two to three times a month to help get rid of the dead hairs.

This breed of dog does not shed too much and is pretty low-maintenance. When it comes to bathing, do it only when necessary. If you see some visible dirt on your pup, it’s probably time to get into the bathtub. But don’t do it more often than every three weeks.

For all breeds, it is important that you clean their teeth and ears regularly. And also make sure to clip the nails when you need to.

Children & Boxador

Both the Boxer and the Labrador love children and are very suitable as family dogs.

The children should, however, be a little older. Because of his stormy nature, it sometimes happens that the Boxador can accidentally knock the child over when he is still too small.

No matter how friendly and gentle your dog may be, you can never leave him unattended with kids.