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Boxerdoodle (Boxer & Poodle Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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Height: 10 – 25 inches
Weight: 12 – 70 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 14 years
Colors: Black, red, white, cream, mixed
Suitable for: Working environments; families
Temperament: Loyal, happy, protective, energetic, loving

A Boxerdoodle is a mix of elegance and a hard work ethic. This pup is a popular hybrid mix of a Boxer with the Poodle. The Boxerdoodle can be from 12 pounds up to 70 pounds. The variance in weight and size is due to the different types of poodles that a Boxerdoodle can be bred with, including toy, miniature, and standard Poodles. Be sure to research the breeding of your Boxerdoodle if you are looking for a particular size.

Other differences that may occur in this breed are their coat, and standard colors include mixes of white, tan, and black. The fur may be thick and curly or wavy and wirier. The dogs mixed with standard Poodles make for quality working dogs, primarily due to their intelligence inherited from the Poodle parent. If you are looking for a trainable dog who will be able to fit well into an active lifestyle or as a member of your family, read on to find out how well Boxerdoodles may meet your requirements.

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Boxerdoodle Puppies


When you’re looking for a Boxerdoodle, take your time to find a reputable and ethical breeder. Quality breeders will put the puppy’s health as a priority and will let you visit their breeding facilities. They’ll also be willing to introduce the parents or siblings of the puppy to you. Meeting the parents can be a good idea to have an idea of your puppy’s temperament and characteristics.

You can also try your luck at a dog shelter but it might not be an easy task. Try asking for a mixed dog that resembles the Boxerdoodle or another Poodle mix. By adopting, you might find an adorable pup for your family while saving lots of money and changing a dog’s life.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Boxerdoodle

1.  The Boxerdoodle is a versatile dog breed.

The Boxerdoodle has the potential to be a versatile dog breed due to the intriguing breeding history it has inherited. The Boxer was a descendent of fighting dogs from the valleys in Tibet and had ancestral ties to almost all varieties of Bulldog. They are also related to dogs like the Dogue de Bordeaux and the Tibetan Mastiff, having been bred to be aggressive hunting dogs with a high prey drive. In the past, they have been used as hunting dogs for large prey, like bears, deer, and boar. They were also commonly used as a bull-baiter before those activities became illegal. Since then, much of the aggressive nature has been bred out of these pups, and they are currently the 10th most popular dog breed within the United States.

The Poodle was also commonly used as a water dog for duck hunting. For a long period in history, Poodles were even used as circus performers and make great companion dogs, guide dogs, and guard dogs when trained the right way. All in all, who knows what your Boxerdoodle is capable of doing?

2.  The mix of popular breeds doesn’t mean it is a popular hybrid.

Oddly, although the Poodle has become one of the most recognized and beloved dogs around the world and the Boxer is of immense popularity in America, the mix is relatively rare. This rarity is part of the reason that Boxerdoodles are so expensive. Also, many people believe that breeding the two doesn’t make for a better dog with combined traits, but it takes away from the potential purebred lines. Although this is entirely unfounded, the demand has never been high and thus, the supply is limited.

3.  They are adaptable dogs.

There are not many dogs who are ready to take on any climate or environment that life has to throw at them, but Boxerdoodles are one of them. These pups are fine with growing up in hot and humid locations, as well as being ready to adapt to more frigid temperatures in the North.

Parents Breeds of the Boxerdoodle
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Temperament & Intelligence of the Boxerdoodle 🧠

Both the Poodle and the Boxer parents are known to be intelligent breeds, which means the Boxerdoodle can develop quite a cunning personality. These dogs are also changeable, going from excitable and happy in one minute, to lounging about without a care in the world the next. They can be crafty pups, meaning if they want something, they will figure out a way to get it.

Boxerdoodles aren’t all brains, though. They also have a massive heart that makes them a loyal pet, committed to their humans through and through. Although they can have substantial amounts of energy when they are younger, as they grow older, they generally begin to calm down. They can weigh the risk over the reward of their actions and get into more trouble if they are not disciplined accordingly. Keep in mind that the Poodle in them is quite sensitive, so don’t ever give them harsh punishments, just discipline.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Boxerdoodles make excellent family dogs because they are smart enough to understand the needs of small children. They can be a bit more unpredictable when they are young, but as the dogs grow older, they become calm and loyal pets who love their humans to bits. They are also protective dogs, sticking with their pack and making sure that no harm comes their way.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

This dog breed isn’t that territorial and can be trained from a young age to get along with almost anything. They have quite agreeable natures and enjoy getting time to play with other dogs. As with any other dog breeds, socializing them from an early age helps ensure that they will behave well around other animals throughout the rest of their lives.


Things to Know When Owning a Boxerdoodle:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Since Boxerdoodles can have such a broad range in their overall size, it is hard to give exact amounts that they should be fed. Find the right food for their small or medium breed size and if they need puppy, adult, or senior dog food. Check with your vet to verify the amount and frequency with which they should be fed.


Exercise 🐕

Boxerdoodles are an intriguing mix of energetic and lazy, much of which depends on your mood. Even if they seem happy enough to lie around the house all day, try to give them at least 45 minutes of brisk exercise each day to keep them healthy for a longer life. Due to their intelligence and versatility, this exercise doesn’t just need to be walking. It could also include going for runs, doing rigorous training sessions, playing fetch, taking them to the dog park, or including them in agility training.

Training 🦮

Since these dogs are so smart, they can be speedy learners. They enjoy doing things that engage them mentally, and as long as the training isn’t harsh, they will be happy to learn new things. Due to the pups’ sensitivity, they always use positive reinforcement, as they do not respond well to harsh treatments. Being irritated or defiant with them only encourages their own stubborn and obstinate behavior.

Grooming ✂️

The parental lines involved in these dogs mean that they might have varying types of coats. They will typically have longer fur that is either wavy or curly. These types need to be brushed multiple times a week to reduce the amount of shedding, as well as to prevent matting occurring in the undercoat. Typically, Boxerdoodles with this kind of coat will require trimming to keep it manageable and looking good. If your Boxerdoodle has inherited short, more wiry fur, they won’t need to be trimmed. Instead, brush them out with a bristle brush, and use a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt and grime they have collected.

Beyond maintaining the coat of the dogs, check their ears, and keep them clean to avoid bacterial infections. Trim their nails whenever they begin to grow out, and brush their teeth at least once a week to stave off dental issues.

Health and Conditions ❤️

All hybrid dogs are susceptible to diseases that the parental breeds commonly deal with, though these dogs tend not to inherit genetic problems. They are thought to be a healthy breed overall, but keep an eye out for allergic reactions and take them for their regular veterinary checkups.

Minor Conditions
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Seborrhea
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Allergies
  • Skin Infections
Serious Conditions
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Bloating
  • Ectropion
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia

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Male vs. Female

There are no noticeable differences between the size or personality of male and female Boxerdoodles.

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Final Thoughts

Boxerdoodles are well-suited for so many different situations that it makes it hard for anyone who may be considering adopting a dog not to think of this one. They can make great hunting dogs and have a strong work ethic that makes them valuable on a farm or ranch. Not only that, but their intelligence and observant attitude make them quality protectors to have around the home. As family dogs, they will love their pack to bits.

No matter what other people say about this mix, they are a quality dog that will love and protect their humans throughout anything. Easy to train with a firm owner and a loving hand, Boxerdoodles are ready to be adopted into just about any situation.

Featured image credit: Piklist

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