38 to 42 inches
70 to 80 pounds
10 to 14 years
Black, brown, pied
Large properties, families with kids, active families, those looking for guard duty
Friendly, Energetic, Obedient, Anxious, Protective, Playful
The Boweimar is a designer dog breed that results from crossing a Boxer with a Weimaraner. Since this mix is not yet registered with the American Kennel Club, there isn’t a lot of consistency among Boweimars so far — but there are a few things we can say for sure by studying their parents.
Weimaraners are German gun dogs who were bred to seek the thrill of the chase. Boxers, meanwhile, are tough, steadfast working companions. Put them together, and you get a big, energetic, excitable, fiercely loyal dog who craves your attention over all else.
Life with a Boweimar won’t always be easy, but you’ll have plenty of adventures. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this new mix.
Not many breeders currently specialize in Boweimar puppies. However, Boweimars frequently turn up in shelters, where you won’t have to pay anything except for much lower adoption fees and you’ll be changing a dog’s life. Before looking for a breeder, check the websites of all your local shelters to see if a Boweimar has arrived.
When you bring a Boweimar home, be ready to have a friendly and energetic dog by your side. They’re an excellent choice for active families who can offer their dogs large spaces to run around in to burn their energy.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Boweimar
1. Boxers Were Bred from Two Breeds That Are Now Extinct
Both the Old English Bulldog and the Bullenbeisser declined after bull-baiting matches became illegal in most of Europe. Some breeders are attempting to reincarnate the Old English Bulldog using the few remaining samples of their DNA.
2. Weimaraners Can Find Anything
These short-haired hunters are best known as the preferred hounds of German lords, but their pointing and tracking abilities have been prized all over the world. During the Cold War, when weapons engineers tested missiles, they would send Weimaraners out to gather the exploded parts for later study.
3. Boweimars Are Well-Known Barkers
Weimaraners are famous for suffering unusually intense separation anxiety, a trait inherited by their Boweimar descendants. When they can’t see their masters, Boweimars can erupt in barking frenzies, making them a poor choice if you live in an apartment.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Boweimar 🧠
The best way to know the Boweimar is to know its parents. Weimaraners are one of the canine world’s best runners. They excel at everything to do with the hunt, from tracking and pointing to chasing and retrieving. As hunters, they have sharp minds that need to be challenged on a daily basis, lest they get bored and destructive.
Boxers are in the working category and often serve as guard dogs. This makes them watchful, intelligent, brave, and highly loyal. Like Weimaraners, they have a huge amount of energy that needs to be burned off each day.
With traits from such illustrious parents, the Boxer Weimaraner mix will be an absolute champion for your family home. Spirited, smart, and supernaturally loyal, your Boweimar is ready to chase down a ball, play with your kids, and comfort you after a bad day — or do all three in the space of an hour.
The big caveat with Boweimars is that they inherit the Weimaraner’s separation anxiety. They will let you know, loudly, if you aren’t spending enough time with them.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
Boweimars make excellent family dogs. It won’t take long for them to start thinking of every family member, parents and kids alike, as their personal pack. From then on, they’ll be protective, loyal, and a great playmate for the little ones. Furthermore, more people in the household means more people paying attention to them, which cuts down on separation anxiety.
All that said, Boweimars do require a firm hand. They like to get their way, and they’re smart enough to keep you on your toes. You’ll need to socialize them early and keep teaching them consistently to let them know they can’t do whatever they want.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
While Boweimars are a great dog for a big house full of humans, they’re not a good match for houses with cats or other small pets. Unless your Boweimar is extremely well-trained, they won’t be able to resist the urge to chase every little furball that runs away from them.
Boweimars do much better in houses with other, similarly-sized dogs. Labs and other retrievers in particular make great dog siblings. As always, meeting as puppies will greatly increase the chance that two dogs will get along.
Things to Know When Owning a Boweimar:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Your Boweimar needs regular helpings of protein, fat, and fiber to stay in top shape. Seek out a large dog formula where the first five ingredients are real meat and vegetables.
A Boweimar eats about three cups of kibble every day. Since this breed is susceptible to bloat, use a slow feeder to cut down on the risk.
Boweimars are high-activity dogs and need a lot of exercise — you’ll end up walking them up to nine miles each week. Split those miles up into 45-minute daily walks, and supplement those with plenty of indoor and outdoor play with toys.
Boweimars take well to chasing and hiking. They also like training for agility and obedience competitions, where they can please their owners while burning off their energy at the same time.
Training is incredibly important for a Boweimar. They can be difficult to handle, but early housebreaking and socialization training can transform a rambunctious menace into a stalwart family friend.
Focus on training your Boweimar to respect your boundaries, handle time apart from you, and keep barking to a minimum if you have neighbors. Until they’re fully socialized, keep them on a leash around strangers and young children.
Boweimars have short, low-maintenance coats that shed only rarely. Brushing them once a week and bathing them once every month or so is sufficient to keep them comfortable. Note that despite its low-dander coat, a Boweimar is not hypoallergenic, so don’t bring one into a household with allergy sufferers.
Infections can occasionally happen on your Boweimar’s eyes, ears, nails, and teeth. To prevent this, clean their teeth with a toothbrush, and their ears with a damp cotton ball. Keep their nails properly trimmed. If any discharges start leaking from your Boweimar’s eyes, contact your vet to ask about antibiotic treatments.
Health and Conditions ❤️
Male vs Female
Boweimars are a non-standardized breed. Currently, their shapes, sizes, and behaviors fluctuate so much that male/female Boweimar differences are tiny by comparison. You can learn more about a Boweimar by meeting their parents — and seeing who they take after more — than you can from their sex.
The Boweimar is an exceptional breed. Few other dogs have the courage, intelligence, and tenacious loyalty of these hardy pups.
With that said, you’re not very likely to develop a rewarding relationship with a Boweimar if you just sit around on the couch all day, or go off all night and leave it alone. Your Boweimar needs to be with you, and it’s smart and stubborn enough to cause mischief that teaches you not to leave it by itself.
Patience and love are key to bringing a Boweimar into your home — and loving it for life. We can’t wait for you to start your adventure with one of these unique, majestic, huge-hearted dogs.