The Boxweiler is a cross between the Rottweiler and the Boxer. It is a large and powerful dog that is loyal and protective of its family. Boxweiler dog are curious and playful, but can also be stubborn and headstrong. They are intelligent dogs that need to be challenged mentally and physically. Boxweilers make great family pets and are excellent guard dogs.
Boxweiler mixed dog: Characteristics and curiosities
Mixed-breed dogs are becoming more and more popular, as they combine the advantages of their parents (but also their problems). Here we introduce the boxweiler to you.
The Boxweiler, like many other mixed dogs, was created to combine the best qualities of its two parent breeds. In this case, this dog comes from the mix between a Boxer and a Rottweiler.
If you want to get to know this mixed dog, read on, because we will tell you about its origins, the characteristics that result from this crossbreed, and the necessary care tips to take care of their health. Don’t miss out, because like all other breeds and crosses, these dogs have a lot of love to give. Let’s get started!
The characteristics of the boxweiler dog
A Boxweiler dog is, as we said before, a mixed dog that is the result of crossing a Boxer and a Rottweiler. This results in dogs of quite different appearance and size (even if the breeds they come from are of similar size).
As for their colors, they range from black to white, passing through brown, brindle and spotted. They also tend to inherit combined traits from both breeds, such as the drooping lips of the Boxer and the strong cranial bone structure of the Rottweiler.
Life expectancy for this breed is 8 to 13 years.
This mixed breed dog’s story
Boxweiler dog started to become famous in the 1980s, so it is a recent cross. As always, this hybrid dog was crossed with consideration for human aesthetics and taste, which sought to obtain a strong dog of robust proportions, with a positive tendency to establish bonds with its guardians.
Guard and defense dogs are obtained from this mixture. However, there is also a fairly large market that seeks to create breeds with a fashionable aesthetic build. The flat muzzle of boxers, for example, is a very popular feature.
These dogs usually develop a strong bond with their family. They are loyal, loving and even a bit overprotective if not properly trained. From the Boxer they inherit the eternal passion for play and from the Rottweiler, their abilities as a guard dog.
The result is a loyal and caring dog. Unfortunately, this also means that they find it difficult to live with other animals or relate to strangers, but this is not something that cannot be rectified with proper introductions and consistent training.
Many of them also have a stubborn character. It is difficult to get them to understand that they are not allowed to do certain things or behave in a certain way, but they are also very intelligent dogs, so they will have no problem learning anything.
Boxweilers are predisposed to the same diseases as the two parent breeds. This is because they are both purebreds, so they carry certain innate problems for hundreds of generations. Let’s take a look at the most relevant ones:
Articular dysplasia: An anomaly of bone development in the joints that causes their instability, with consequent pain and mobility problems.
Demodicosis: Caused by a mite (Demodex canis) naturally present in hair follicles. In the case of poor skin care or reduced defences, they spread and cause redness of the skin, itching and alopecia in the affected area.
Cardiopathies: Heart problems are a direct inheritance from the Boxer. The most frequent are arterial stenosis, cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias.
Osteosarcoma (OSA): This is a tumor of primitive bone cells that is very common in large breeds. The survival rate is low: only 15-20% of individuals live up to one year after the appearance of the tumor.
Stomach twist: Also typical for large dogs. In this disorder, the abdomen is enlarged and can be folded in on itself (like a balloon). It is a veterinary emergency and puts the animal’s life at risk.
Thyroid problems: Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are common diseases in Boxweilers. These diseases consist respectively in a lack of activity of the thyroid gland or in its overactivity.
Eye problems: Retinopathy, ectropion and others are common in breeds with loose facial skin, as is the case with boxers.
Special care tips for boxweilers dogs
To keep a Boxweiler’s health in top form, it is necessary to keep an eye on the skin, ears and paws. Daily checks and periodic cleanings will keep parasites and infections at bay.
On the mental side, the points to remember are exercise and environmental enrichment. Since they are stubborn animals and a bit wary of strangers, it will be necessary to teach them to socialize without fear or aggression.
On the other hand, these are intelligent dogs with a high energy level, so they need to exercise and play daily. Otherwise, they may develop problems such as anxiety, depression or destructive behaviour.
And finally, respecting the vaccination and worming course schedule, as well as providing them with an adequate diet, is the basis for ensuring good health and a good life for your dog. Remember that the happiness that these animals bring must be reciprocated.
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Vogue Health Team