The Boxerdoodle: A Complete Guide

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When it comes to finding the proper dog, I understand the importance of making the best choice.

It is only right to want to know everything about the breed that you will be spending the next 15 years with. Today, I am going to be covering every detail of the Boxerdoodle, a rather singular mix.

If you’re looking for a proud dog breed, there aren’t many that can match the Boxerdoodle.

Having descended from the Boxer and the Poodle, which are both noble breeds on their own, you will find that these dogs are quite regal.

The Boxer is a German dog that tends to have a bit more of a playful side than the Poodle, which makes for an exciting mix.

There are times when these dogs can be calm and brooding, and other times when they are willing to play nonstop.

Over the course of today’s article, I’ll be going over everything you need to know about these dogs, and maybe even a little bit more! As fitting, let’s start off with the puppies.

Boxerdoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

A brown and white Boxerdoodle looking at you
The Boxerdoodle is an excellent watchdog.

As with many other dog breeds, Boxerdoodle puppies are exceptionally cute, and it may be tough to handle your buying impulses when you see them.

I would recommend being careful with your wallet and waiting until you know what’s in store for potential Boxerdoodle owners.

What Price Are Boxerdoodle Puppies?

This is one of the most expensive mixed breeds, as the two parent breeds are often quite pricey as well.

You will find that these dogs usually sell for about 650 to 1500 dollars, with exceptional examples selling for over 2000 dollars, though you will rarely come across such a high price.

These dogs tend to be so pricey because of their relative rarity.

Most breeders would instead focus on purebred Boxers and Poodles separately instead of trying to breed Boxerdoodles.

If you live in an urban area, however, you will be more likely to find puppies of this breed without too much trouble.

How to Find Reputable Boxerdoodle Breeders?

While I’m on the subject of breeders, I might as well go over how to find the best one.

As I stated before, Boxerdoodles are a relatively rare breed that many breeders don’t raise, so you may have to travel relatively far unless you live in an area with a large breeder population.

Of course, when you do find a breeder, you will want to make sure that everything is okay, so I would recommend making several visits.

Another way to learn more about a breeder is to ask around in the local community and find out if there have ever been any issues with your chosen breeder.

3 Little-Known Facts About Boxerdoodle Puppies

  1. Boxerdoodle puppies have very ambivalent personalities, which they get from the character differences between their parents. One minute, a Boxerdoodle can be wildly energetic, and the next it can be lounging about without a care in the world.
  2. While these puppies may not look very intimidating, you will find that the mix between these two breeds makes for a perfect watchdog. Both the Poodle and the Boxer have excellent eyesight and intelligence.
  3. The Boxerdoodle is a divisive dog breed, with many Boxer owners claiming that the mix “ruins” what is otherwise a good breed. This is an unfair blanket statement that has no basis in fact, as this is an excellent dog breed.

Physical Traits of the Boxerdoodle

A Boxerdoodle chewing a tennis ball
The Boxerdoodles are often moody.

So what about the Boxerdoodle’s looks? As with any mixed breed, there is plenty of variation when it comes to the coat of the Boxerdoodle.

While Boxers typically have a shorter, blunt snout, you will find that the Poodle in the mix usually results in one that is more elongated and defined.

The fur also shows a definite influence from the Poodle, and it is often hypoallergenic due to the nature of that breed’s fur.

While many Boxers have a coat that is both short and coarse, the Boxerdoodle instead has longer tufts of fur that show definite influence from the Poodle genes

The Boxer lineage of these dogs is evident in little more than the coat, as they maintain colors that are broadly in line with the markings of the Boxer.

The lighter marks on the chest are reminiscent of the Boxer, and fur colors can range anywhere from black, to dark brown, all the way up to a lighter sable.

How Big is a Full-Grown Boxerdoodle?

Having descended from two larger dog breeds, the Boxerdoodle is a substantial dog, making for an excellent choice of watchdog.

Keep in mind that the size of your pet will depend on its parents, and those with a smaller Poodle mother or father will necessarily be smaller overall.

Boxerdoodles can typically weigh between 20 and 60 pounds, though most of them are somewhere in the middle of that range.

These dogs can usually grow up to anywhere between 13 to 23 inches tall, with some exceptional examples being even smaller than that

What is the Life Expectancy of the Boxerdoodle?

The life expectancy of your Boxerdoodle will depend on its size, with larger dogs living between 10 to 12 years, and smaller ones living between 13 to 14 years.

Of course, much of this is also dependent on whether or not the parents of your Boxerdoodle had any hereditary conditions.

These dogs will often live for a longer time than purebred examples of their parent breeds due to the inherently better health of mixed dogs.

The mixing also helps mitigate some of the facial formation issues that Boxers can suffer from, so there is an overall beneficial effect on the dog’s health.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Boxerdoodle

A Boxerdoodle with reindeer horns on its head
Cute Brown Boxerdoodle Puppy

What can you expect from a Boxerdoodle personality-wise?

As this breed descends from two hunting dogs, you can expect your Boxerdoodle to be much more intelligent than many other breeds.

In fact, some owners would go as far as calling the Boxerdoodle crafty.

If you leave food out on the kitchen table, don’t be surprised if you find it suddenly missing, as Boxerdoodles are renowned opportunists.

These dogs are adept at balancing risk against reward, and it often seems as if they know whether or not the benefits of their actions will outweigh their punishment.

Apart from their intelligence, you will find that Boxerdoodles are also very loyal pets that will love their owner to death.

If you’re looking for a good family pet, the Boxerdoodle will always be there for you.

While these dogs can be unpredictable while they are young, you will find that they typically mellow out with old age.

The Boxerdoodle’s Diet

The amount of food that you will have to feed this breed will depend on this size of your particular dog.

Larger Boxerdoodles should typically eat around three meals per day, though you won’t want the portion sizes to be too large as the dog may end up getting obese if it is overfed.

Smaller Boxerdoodles may only have to be fed twice a day, and they will be less likely to deal with issues related to overfeeding.

I would recommend sticking with a high-quality dog food brand since these dogs don’t usually take kindly to foods that contain a lot of fillers with no nutritional value.

How Much Exercise Does a Boxerdoodle Need?

Larger Boxerdoodles will have to go out at least twice a day for a short run so they can stay in shape.

As this breed grows smaller, its need for exercise diminishes as it usually gets enough of a workout from just running around the home.

A Boxerdoodle that is consistently exercised is one that is happy.

Aside from keeping your dog happy and motivated, exercise has many health benefits for this breed.

You can avoid issues with obesity and joint problems later in life with this breed if you keep taking it out for daily runs. A good exercise routine is integral to a healthy life for a Boxerdoodle.

Boxerdoodle Health and Conditions

One of the most significant concerns when buying a new dog is its potential for illness and genetic defects. How well does the Boxerdoodle usually age?

As a mixed breed, the Boxerdoodle has few severe issues, so this breed will typically be much healthier than either of its parent breeds.

Of course, even though a breed is healthy, there are still certain conditions that you will have to keep an eye out for.

The following is a list of what you can expect to deal with in your Boxerdoodle when it reaches an older age.

Serious Issues:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Ectropion
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Bloat

Minor Issues:

  • Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Seborrhea

Can it travel by car?

As with any dog, whether your Boxerdoodle will like car rides or not will depend a lot on you and you handle the situation.

It is important that from a very early age you associate good memories with whenever your dog sits in your cars and you go on drives.

Taking it the park and other play areas will allow your Boxerdoodle to anticipate the car rides rather than get scared because you always take it to the vet.

Although the Boxerdoodle can be pretty calm at times and may turn out to be your ideal partner on the go you still need to keep a close eye on it and keep the windows rolled substantially up.

This will ensure that your dog does not try to exit the car when it gets too excited by something it has seen on the streets.

When traveling with your pup you’d also need to make sure that it doesn’t jump out or get out of control, generally with age the Boxerdoodle will become a lot mellower.

Since the Boxerdoodle is a very loyal dog, train it to always follow your command over all else to always maintain control over it.

Exercise “stay” whenever the pup is seated in the car so that it knows that it’s going to stay there for some time.

Traveling across town with your best bud may be the ideal dream for you however if you want to ensure a smooth journey make sure to pack a few treats, some food and poop bags.

Again, it’s mostly all about that first car ride experience that you will have with your pup so make sure you nail that one.

On your first ride together try to place the pup on your lap to reassure it that it’s safe.

Eventually, your Boxerdoodle will learn the do’s and don’ts of the journey and you will grow fonder of each other.

My Final Thoughts on the BoxerdoodleA Boxerdoodle on a blanket

The Boxerdoodle is an excellent choice of a family dog that is both loyal and observant.

If you need a dog that combines the best aspects of a Boxer and a Poodle, then the Boxerdoodle is an ideal option.

We hope that we have been able to help you decide whether or not this dog is right for you.