Not many people are talking about this dog yet, but you should consider finding this crossbreed ahead of the trend. Also known as Boxerpoo, the Boxerdoodle is a fantastic doggo to add to your family.
Does it seem an unlikely mix? With the popularity of hybrids, you’ll eventually learn to get the hang of surprises. Keep reading to find out if this pooch is right for you.
What is the Boxerdoodle?
As mysterious as this breed is, the Boxer and Poodle mix were created to make a designer dog with a low-shedding coat while also inheriting the best of its parents’ traits.
Unlike most mixed breeds, the Boxerpoo is fairly new in the canine world, and there’s no precise documentation as to when exactly the first litter came about. Some say they’ve been around for the past two decades.
It’s a good thing that we can still learn about its Poodle and Boxer parents, which can give us a clear idea of what to expect from their hybrid offspring.
The hardworking Boxer dog
Boxers have been around since the 1800s. Soldiers brought this German dog breed to the U.S. during World War I, and they’re loved to this day.
They are devoted and loving canines bred as working dogs, attack dogs, and pack carriers, which their muscular build is perfect for.
Boxers are medium- to large-sized dogs. They have a height of 21.5 to 25 inches (55 to 64 cm), where males can weigh from 65 to 80 pounds (29.5 to 36 kg). Females are usually smaller and weigh 15 pounds (7 kg) less.
Despite the alert and stern look that this breed has because of their wrinkled forehead and dark brown eyes, they’re often silly creatures! They have a playful and upbeat personality that gives them a good reputation for humans of all ages.
The proud Poodle
Another historic German breed, Poodles have been around since the 15th century.
Their name comes from the German word “pudel,” which means “to splash,” because hunters used Poodles to snag waterfowls during hunts. This intelligent breed was also used as military and guide dogs, and even as circus performers!
Much like the Boxer, Poodles are smart and loyal. Aside from its hypoallergenic coat, they also come in a variety of sizes.
Standard Poodle: has a height of 15 inches (38 cm) or taller, and weighs 40 to 60 pounds (18 to 27 kg)
Miniature Poodle: around 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) tall, and can weigh up to 15 pounds (4.5 kg)
Toy Poodle: this cute version doesn’t exceed 10 inches (25 cm) in height and only weigh 4 to 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg)
With all these sizes and amazing qualities that Poodles have, there’s no wonder why they’re a favorite for creating Poodle mixes or Doodles. Did you know that they also placed second in the smartest breed in the world list?
What does a Boxerdoodle look like?
As with any crossbreed, this fido can take on either parents’ appearance, so it’s hard to predict an exact look. Generally, they have furrowed brows with brown eyes and a black nose. They have an elongated muzzle and an undershot (more commonly known as underbite) jaw.
They can have a build that’s muscular and stocky like the Boxer, with a curly Poodle fur. Most of the time, they have a stubby tail that some owners decide to dock.
The Boxerdoodle’s size
Remember that Poodles are available in three sizes, right? The Boxerdoodle’s height and weight can vary depending on which Poodle parent was used to creating this designer dog. But due to the size of Boxers, we can assume that this hybrid will probably not be toy-sized.
Boxerpoos can grow anywhere from 10 to 25 inches (25.5 to 63.5 cm) at the shoulder. For their weight, it can be around 12 to 70 pounds (5 to 32 kg).
For you to be sure of how big your Boxerdoodle puppy will get, clarify with the breeder on what size of the Poodle parent is used to cross with the Boxer. If we’re going to base it on those measurements, this crossbreed can be a small- to large-sized canine.
If your pup is a mix of a Standard Poodle and Boxer, it will most likely be larger. Like with any large doggos, we recommend them to live in a spacious house and have a safely secured backyard. They probably won’t be comfortable with apartment-living.
Coat: Are they hypoallergenic?
Yes, these dogs are generally considered hypoallergenic due to the Poodle parent’s genes and fur type.
Their coats aren’t just curly, though. It can be thick and wavy, long, or short, depending on the parental genes.
Their coat colors can also vary because Poodles have a wide range of shades. Boxerpoos can come in solid tan, black, red, dark brown, white, or brindle.
What’s the Boxerdoodle like as a pet?
This breed’s personality is a combination of its parents, too. They’re smart, loyal, and goofy. Boxerpoos are also easy to train since they inherited the intelligence of the Poodle and Boxer.
You can expect that a loyal and loving pooch like this is excellent with kids and seniors. Don’t forget socialization, though, because all canines do best when they’re exposed to people, other pets, and different noises and smell at an early age.
Boxer Poodle mixes are naturally energetic and athletic. Thanks to their folks who are bred to work. Owners can even use this designer pooch as a therapy or a guard dog! They’ll be happy to do other tasks and jobs such as hunting, cattle herding, or as police dogs.
Though they have an average prey drive, this breed does tend to be on high alert and will bark at suspicious things or noises in the house.
Don’t be discouraged, though. Watch this video of Rambo, and we’re sure that you won’t be able to get upset with a cute Boxerdoodle of your own.
How to care for your Boxerdoodle
Boxer & Poodle mixes need a lot of exercise. If you have a larger version of the Boxerpoo, they require 45 to 60 minutes of physical stimulation daily. The smaller the Boxerdoodle is, the lower its need for exercise.
You should know that Boxers don’t do well in extreme temperatures, so be mindful of the weather when you take your Boxerdoodle outside.
And since they’re so active, they need more calories and lean protein. If you prefer feeding your pets their required daily caloric intake, you can use this calorie calculator to find out the exact amounts of food based on their age, size, activity level, and health. Ideally, you should split their food intake between two meals.
For smart canines, you would need to keep them mentally engaged, and to avoid destructive behaviors, by teaching them new tricks or commands, or by using puzzles and interactive feeders.
How should I groom my Boxer Poodle mix?
Managing this dog’s fur is a mixed bag. Fur maintenance will vary widely depending on the type of coat the dog inherits. If it’s the short Boxer coat, brushing once a week will keep shedding manageable.
If your dog ends up having more of a Poodle coat, their fur can become matted or corded, so they need brushing daily.
Your dog should have a bath every three to four weeks, possibly two weeks if you have your Boxerdoodle doing different tasks that require them to stay outdoors for quite some time.
You will also need to clean their ears once a week and clip your dog’s nails every three to four weeks.
Are Boxerdoodles healthy dogs?
Another good news about this crossbreed is that they’re considered generally healthy, with limited genetic predispositions. With proper care, they have an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years. It is said that smaller versions of this breed may live longer than the larger ones.
Like with any dog, they can inherit illnesses that their parents are susceptible to. The minor health conditions they could inherit are Malassezia, sensitivity to temperature, and sebaceous adenitis.
Major health issues include heart disease, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, bloat, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, respiratory distress syndrome.
Luckily, exercise and proper feeding can help stave off a lot of health problems for as long as possible. Just don’t forget regular check-ups and your pup’s necessary vaccines.
Finding a Boxerdoodle puppy for sale
Boxerdoodle puppies can cost as much as $1,200 to $1,500. Their price will depend on factors such as the bloodline of the parent breeds, the popularity of the kennel, as well as the location of the breeder.
But remember, price isn’t a complete guarantee that you will get a healthy dog.
Be sure to check the parent’s health records and, if possible, visit the puppy in its actual home or where it’s raised before making any deal or giving a payment.
There are do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind whenever you’re talking to a puppy seller to make sure that you’re purchasing from a reputable breeder.
Little Kings Oodles of Poodles and Doodles in Indiana is the only breeder we could find devoted to selling this breed.
You could routinely check these listings to find a dog in your area:
Please do your research before paying for any puppy that you find adorable online.
Boxerdoodle rescues & adoptions
There is no official website for Boxerdoodles that you can foster, adopt, or rescue, so your best bet is to go through a rescue site devoted to the Poodle or Boxer parent and their mixes:
- NorCal Poodle Rescue (Walnut Creek, CA)
- Carolina Poodle Rescue (Pacolet, SC)
- BlueRidge Boxer Rescue (Hickory, NC)
- Florida Boxer Rescue (Crestview, FL)
Curious about other Poodle mixes?
Once they’ve heard about this breed, people also ask about other crossbreeds and can’t help compare it. To find more information regarding the Poodle mix that is best for you, read through my articles on:
- Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever & Poodle mix)
- Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog & Poodle mix)
- Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever & Poodle mix)
- Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog & Poodle mix)
- Schnoodle (Schnauzer & Poodle mix)
Is the Boxerdoodle the best Doodle for me?
The Poodle-Boxer cross has a size that can be a wild card, but it’s guaranteed that they’ll have a ton of energy and intelligence. If you don’t mind getting surprised, then this Poodle mix might be the canine buddy for you.
They’re recommended for active and devoted dog owners who can provide the physical and mental stimulation that an energetic fido requires. The Boxerpoo can be considered a versatile breed because they can just relax and cuddle with the family or be a partner at work.
Not only that, but they’ll surely be appreciated by dog lovers who are looking for an allergy-friendly fur baby.
Do you have a Boxerdoodle? Are you planning to get one? Let us know what your life is like with this Poodle hybrid by sharing your story below.