The Box a Pug: A Complete Guide

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The Box-a-Pug is also known as Poxer. It can be small or medium in size depending on the which parent breed is dominant.

Box-a-Pugs are short-haired dogs with a black, light brown, or brindle hair. They also have curly tails.

Some have straight tails, but the muzzles are often shorter than a Boxer’s and longer than a Pug’s.

They are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make wonderful companions to people, especially children.

They love to snuggle and play, but they also are very good watchdogs despite their diminutive size.

Box a Pug Puppies – Before You Buy…

A brown Box a Pug sitting down
The Box a Pug inherits both the parent breed’s characteristics.

What Price are Box a Pug Puppies?

Box a Pug puppies can cost anywhere between $300 to $900 approximately.

In general, Pug mix-breeds are more inexpensive than the parent breeds. The same applies to Box a Pugs.

How to Find Reputable Box a Pug Breeders?

You will find a lot of information online about people selling Pug mixes. A Box a Pug is not rare because it’s quite a great dog to have as a pet.

But it would be good to purchase a Box a Pug from a reputable breeder who is known for choosing parent dogs carefully by genetic filters.

This will save you a lot of headaches in the future when your dog starts exhibiting bad behaviour, poor habits, or weak health.

Go online and do your research. Also speak with other dog owners, rescue groups, or veterinarians in your community for recommendations.

3 Little-Known Facts About Box a Pug Puppies

The Box a Pug is a wonderful companion. It will stay by your side all the time, and it will protect you wherever you go.

It’s a cute family dog that does not shed as much as the parent Pug.

It inherits the ability to be an excellent watchdog from the parent Boxer, but it does not bark a lot. It’s also a relatively healthy dog that does not have allergies.

Physical Traits of the Box a Pug

A Box a Pug laying on a rug
The Box a Pug is a wonderful companion.

The Box a Pug is a small to medium-sized dog, depending on the more dominant parent breed.

They can be black, silver, light brown, fawn, or brindle. Their coats are also short.

The muzzle is often short but a little longer than the Pug’s and shorter than the Boxer’s. They have prominent eyes that bulge. Box-a-Pugs also have tails, taking after their Pug parents.

To keep their hair looking good, they will need to be brushed at least three times a week. They do not shed a lot, but regular brushing will help get rid of any loose hair or pieces of dirt in their coats.

If your Box a Pug has wrinkles, they also need to be kept clean and dry, otherwise, they become breeding grounds for yeast and bacteria.

Some Boxer parents have sensitive skin, and your BoxaPug can inherit this skin sensitivity.

Regularly check their eyes and ears for dirt and clean them gently with a piece of wet cotton wool.

Nails also need to be checked and clipped. Also, brush their teeth with a toothpaste that’s been approved by the veterinarian.

How Big is a Full-Grown Box a Pug?

Male Box a Pugs can grow as tall as 14 to 22 inches and weigh between 20 to 26 lbs.

Female Box a Pugs can grow to 14 to 20 inches and weigh 20 to 25 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Box a Pug?

The life expectancy of Box a Pugs is between 12 and 15 years.

The average female will live longer than the male at an average lifespan of 13 years. That being said, Box a Pugs can live well into their teens.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Box a Pug

A mix of a Boxer and Pug makes a Box a Pug
The Box a Pugs can be easily trained.

Box a Pugs are great family pets who enjoy playtime and cuddles. They thrive on attention and will do their best to delight you with their tricks.

They will take on many of the characteristics of the parent breeds, like being good companions who have plenty of energy to spend.

They are very alert and intelligent dogs. They have a lot of spunk and love playing with the family, making them excellent family pets.

They are incredible watchdogs because of their sense of protectiveness. They can be a little rowdy as puppies and never lose their playful streak as they grow older.

They get along very well with kids and other family pets, including cats. They have a lot of personalities, and they are always curious and full of life.

Box a Pugs will respond well to training, but it’s best to start them young. They can be stubborn, but they can be easily trained.

To get a good idea of the traits of the Box a Pug, the best thing to do is to look at the parent dogs.

Some of the common characteristics of Boxers and Pugs include being great with children, intelligent, playful, and active.

Additionally, they are fearless, alert, and require a lot of physical exercise. This should be something that potential owners must consider if you plan to have your own Box a Pug.

The Box a Pug’s Diet

Box a Pug puppies need three cups of dog food per day. You just need to decide whether you will be feeding them commercial dog food or home-cooked food.

Choose wisely and do your research before purchasing dog food from stores because many have colourings and additives that can cause allergic reactions in your dog.

If you do decide to feed them dog food, remember that you get what you pay for. When you scrimp on dog food, you can also expect that your dog will not get the required nutrients for good health and proper growth.

However, you can also make food at home. This is easy and considerably less expensive. Many of the ingredients that you will need are already those that you normally buy.

Buying in bulk will save you more money. Just make sure that the main ingredients are wholesome, fresh, and real meat.

You can prepare Lean, white breast chicken or lean hamburger. You can also use veal, lamb, or turkey.

You also include fresh vegetables, either raw or steamed, including potatoes, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, string beans, and sweet peas.

Pasta and white or brown rice are also excellent for Box a Pugs. They also need fruits that are packed with antioxidants but low in calories.

Raspberries, blueberries, watermelons, pears, cantaloupes, mangoes, and bananas are good options.

A good daily canine vitamin or mineral supplement should also be added into one meal every day or given to your Box a Pug in tablet form.

How Much Exercise Does a Box a Pug Need?

BoxaPugs are very active and playful dogs. Like all dogs, they need regular exercise to be physically fit and healthy.

This will still depend on which parent breed your Box a Pug takes after. Pugs are known to be lazy and are okay with not a lot of physical activity. Boxers have high energy and need tons of exercise and playtime.

Box a Pugs will adapt well with living in an apartment, as long as they have a regular exercise routine that will keep them physically and mentally stimulated.

Box a Pug Health and Conditions

Box a Pugs are prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems, and patellar luxation.

There may also be congenital diseases, such as heart defects. There’s nothing you can do to prevent congenital diseases, but early detection can save your dog’s life.

Box a Pugs also can suffer from the common yeast infection or rashes that can develop in the skin folds.

Child Safety

The Box a Pug is a kid-friendly pet that will gel well with large families with several members that can dedicate a lot of time and attention to the pup.

The gentle and affectionate nature of the Box a Pug makes it an ideal family dog that gets along well with all members of the house, including young toddlers and other pets.

That being said, regardless of the dog breed, special attention should be given to the training of all canines, especially when it comes to socialization.

If you want your Box a Pug to get along well with your kids and to be welcoming towards new faces, and any future babies that may be born in your household, it is important to let it socialize with other people and animals from the onset.

This socialization can start from simple measures, like merely getting your pup accustomed to the sound of babies or different smells and sights.

The point is to get it accustomed to different and new faces so that it knows who to treat gently.

With the right kind of training, you can rest assured that your Box a Pug will be great with kids and be a gentle playmate for them.

This dog is a snuggler that loves attention and company, which makes it a suitable companion for young children who can get entertained by it for hours on end and give it the attention it craves.

Since all babies also love to cuddle, you can expect picture-perfect moments of your dog snuggled up with your baby to catch a nap without having to worry about any dangers to your baby.

All in all, it is safe to say that the Box a Pug poses no harm to toddlers, but if yours has tendencies of aggression or unruliness, it is always advised to supervise playtime between pets and children.

Special Treats

Rare treats for when your Box A Pug has been exceptionally well behaved or excelled in training always make your dog super happy and excited.

Of course, this is a breed prone to overeating, so owners need to also be careful than they’re not overdoing it on the goodies in these happy moments.

That’s especially the case for any snacks high in salt or sugar, which dogs don’t process too well.

Many dog owners are looking at fruit dipped in honey or peanut butter biscuits baked by hand as sugar-free to be good special treats for these pets.

Remember to cut pieces of fruit like apple, banana, strawberry or melon down to a small enough size to be gobbled up without choking or coughing by a no doubt excited Box A Pug.

Also make sure to avoid grapes, currants and raisins at all costs, as they are toxic to dogs and your Box A Pug will likely get unwell from eating them, rather than feel as though he or she has had a special treat.

Also, make sure your dog doesn’t have a nut allergy if you’re going the peanut butter route!

The Box A Pug is a smart breed who has a talent for finding out things he or she is not supposed to – so even if you instead opt for traditional dog treats, make sure to stash these high up and in a relatively hard to access area so your dog can’t sneak into a cupboard and help themselves.

What are the best types of toys?

It’s safe to say it hasn’t taken you long to see just how playful your Box-A-Pug can be.

While normally not too fussy about which toys to be given, this breed nevertheless likes to have a bit of variety, and certainly won’t be content with just one item to play with.

If you’re looking to bring out the more gentle side of your already friendly and appealing pet though, think about giving him or her a plush toy.

Many of these, as specially designed for dogs, are more resilient than those designed for human children.

They serve much the same purpose though, being little companion toys that your Box-A-Pug can cuddle up to and play with.

Don’t be surprised if it becomes part of your dog’s bedtime basket as a naptime companion – so cute!

Puzzle toys are also good for this breed, especially those toys that include hidden compartments where you can sneak treats into for them to solve to snack on. Having lots to engage the mind is pretty important to this breed.

And if you’re looking to help your Box-A-Pug burn off some energy and stave off some mischief, consider investing in a digging box.

These are designed to give your dog somewhere to burn off that excess energy and indulge those burrowing instincts in a way that doesn’t disrupt your garden.

Don’t be too swift to disregard the traditional dog toys we all know and love for this breed though.

A Box-A-Pug will still love playing tug of war with a specially designed dog rope, or playing fetch with you in the park with a ball.

My Final Thoughts on the Box a PugA Box a Pug smiling

When you’re going for a Box a Pug, you will definitely have a lot of questions about this mixed breed.

You will want to know how they’re going to look like, what kind of temperament they will have, or how friendly or aggressive they will be.

Being a mixed breed, a Box a Pug will inherit both the parent breed’s characteristics. There are some Pug and Boxer signature traits which will be inherited.

It will depend on how dominant or recessive the genes are that will establish the dominance of a trait over another.

It is generally assumed that you will have 50% Pug and 50% Boxer. But the best way is to know the parental characteristics.

As the traits of the Pug and the Boxer get blended together, you will like a lot of things about the Box a Pug, specifically with its short body and cute face.

You will fall in love with its friendly temperament and affectionate nature with people, especially children.

They have fairly good health and require only medium activity. They also don’t shed a lot and are great at being watchdogs!

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