Miniature Boxer – Is The Pint Sized Boxer Mix A Good Pet?
A miniature Boxer is a Boxer dog who has been bred to be small.
This can be achieved by crossbreeding, deliberately introducing the gene for dwarfism, or breeding several generations of runts together.
However, all of these approaches come with drawbacks, especially in terms of their health.
So which type of miniature Boxer is best? What should we know about this tiny breed?
The Miniature Boxer
Do you love the boisterous Boxer, but wish that wonderful personality came in a smaller package? Then the words “miniature Boxer” might just capture your imagination.
Boxers are charming, active, intelligent dogs. The breed has a devoted following, and he’s just as devoted to his family.
Given the Boxer’s popularity, it’s no wonder that a smaller version of this beloved breed would be equally sought after.
But what exactly is a miniature Boxer?
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what the name “Miniature Boxer” really means. Plus the pros and cons of miniaturization.
The Appeal of the Miniature Boxer
Boxers have distinctive features.
Round faces, big eyes, and smaller snouts all add up to human adoration, thanks to the baby schema response.
But there’s more to the appeal of a miniature Boxer than just looks.
At 55 to 75 pounds, the traditional Boxer is a medium to large-sized dog. His athleticism means he’s well-muscled and strong.
Why Choose a Smaller Version?
Plenty of would-be Boxer owners just can’t physically manage a dog that large. Or don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Others may live in a place that doesn’t allow large dogs. Perhaps they just aren’t up to the costs of feeding and caring for a larger dog.
In these situations, a miniature Boxer might seem like a great alternative to the traditional, full-sized Boxer.
Where Do Miniature Boxers Come From?
It’s important to recognize that there is no true, officially recognized miniature Boxer breed.
Instead, most dogs advertised by breeders as miniature Boxers are actually crossbreeds between Boxers and smaller dogs.
Because a crossbreed may take more after one parent than the other, there is of course no guarantee that a Boxer cross will have that famously loyal and friendly temperament.
However, there are two other ways that breeders produce miniaturized versions of a Boxer.
Let’s Take a Look
Canine dwarfism is genetic health condition affecting the dog’s bone growth and structure. It will result in a smaller-sized Boxer.
And repeatedly breeding from runts, or unusually small purebred Boxers, tends to also result in smaller puppies.
All three of these methods have their drawbacks. Some can unfortunately result in dogs with serious health issues.
We’ll go through each method in-depth below, taking a look at the pros and cons.
Mixing with a Smaller Breed
By far the most common way for breeders to get a miniature Boxer is by crossing the full-sized Boxer with smaller breeds.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular Boxer crossbreeds.
The Boston Terrier Boxer Mix
When it comes to creating a miniature Boxer, probably the most popular crossbreed is the Boston Terrier Boxer mix.
The Boston Terrier is a bright, cheerful little dog. Bred for companionship, this non-sporting breed is affectionate and active.
Boston Terriers are well-suited to be apartment dogs and are relatively low-maintenance as far as grooming goes.
Is This a Healthy Breed?
Unfortunately, the Boston Terrier is also subject to many health problems as a result of his distinctive profile. The short, flattened snout means that this breed – like the Boxer – is likely to suffer from complications related to brachycephaly.
His large, protruding eyes make him prone to developing a wide variety of eye conditions as well.
A Boston Terrier Boxer mix will almost definitely be a playful, loving companion. As far as appearance goes, this mix is just about the closest you can get to resembling a “true” Miniature Boxer.
However, this mix may also require special care, or even ongoing medical attention. This is due to the genetic health issues mentioned above.
The Boston Terrier weighs up to 25 lbs and stands between 15 and 17 inches tall.
The Corgi Boxer Mix
Cute, lively, and low to the ground, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding breed with royal roots. But Corgis are far from ornamental. They’re strong, agile dogs, built for working out in the fields.
The Corgi Boxer mix is therefore likely to need a significant amount of exercise and attention to keep from getting bored.
Both breeds tend to be outgoing and friendly. So, you can probably expect a mix to exhibit those same characteristics.
Be aware that both Corgis and Boxers are prone to canine hip dysplasia. So a mix of these breeds may also develop this condition.
Both breeds are also at risk for degenerative myelopathy. This is an incurable disease of the spinal cord that causes paralysis.
Corgis stand at 10-12 inches tall and can weigh up to 30 lbs.
The English Bulldog Boxer Mix
An English Bulldog Boxer Mix is sometimes called the “Bulloxer.” It combines the athleticism and spirited nature of the Boxer with the laid back, endearingly goofy charm of the English Bulldog.
The English Bulldog stands at 14-15 inches tall and can weigh up to 50 lbs. So, a Bulldog Boxer Mix will probably be solidly in the small to medium size range.
With his gentle, easygoing nature, the English Bulldog requires less activity than the Boxer. Any mix of these two breeds is likely to produce a dog with a wonderful temperament.
However, because the English Bulldog is prone to a staggering amount of health issues, we can’t in good conscience recommend this mix.
The Beagle Boxer Mix
The Beagle Boxer mix is affectionately referred to as a “Bogle,” and the name reflects his fun-loving personality.
Beagles have long been popular family dogs, with their adorable big brown eyes and happy-go-lucky attitudes.
When combined with the Boxer’s loyalty and devotion, this makes for a truly endearing mix.
Be warned, though, that the Bogle might inherit that infamous Beagle howl. Plus, it will probably need a lot of exercise.
Will this Mix Suit Me?
If you’re looking for a quieter, lower maintenance dog, the Bogle is not for you.
The standard Beagle stands at 13-15 inches tall and weighs 20-30 lbs. The smaller variety stands at 13 inches or under and should weigh less than 20 lbs.
Depending on the mix, a Bogle may be more medium-sized than miniature.
Introducing the Dwarfism Gene
Another way to get a miniature Boxer is to introduce the dwarfism gene.
Dwarfism in Boxers is caused by a health condition called achondroplasia. It is considered a bone disorder.
Canine achondroplasia is rare in Boxers. But when it does occur, it has serious consequences.
For example, a Boxer with dwarfism usually will have misshapen bones, and problems with their jaws and teeth.
Often, dogs with this type of dwarfism have shorter lifespans. They can even experience chronic pain because of their condition.
So while introducing the dwarfism gene in Boxers is certainly one way to get a smaller-than-average puppy, it isn’t a humane option.
Breeding From Runts
The “runt of the litter” is a term you might’ve heard before to refer to the smallest puppy in a litter.
But there’s a difference between a puppy who is smaller than its siblings and a severely underweight puppy. The latter is what the term “runt” refers to as far as a breeder is concerned.
Abnormally underweight puppies could have congenital defects causing their small size. As they get older they’re extra vulnerable to health issues.
Breeding two abnormally small Boxers together might create a litter of similarly sized puppies. This is a means of downsizing the breed while keeping the Boxer’s temperament and appearance the same.
But breeding two Boxers who are abnormally small may also mean passing along congenital defects. This makes for smaller but less healthy puppies.
Is A Miniature Boxer Right For Me?
If you’re ready to welcome an active, intelligent, and devoted dog into your life, then a Miniature Boxer might be just the right choice.
It’s important to be aware that the Boxer as a breed does face some serious hereditary health concerns. These include: brachycephalic syndrome, cancer, heart disease, and degenerative myelopathy.
The breeds commonly chosen to create a miniature Boxer have their share of potential health problems as well. Although, crossbreeding sometimes can reduce the likelihood of inherited diseases.
It’s up to you to do your research. Then you can decide whether or not you’re up to the task. A miniature Boxer will require a certain level of care and attention.
Finding A Miniature Boxer
The miniature Boxer is not an officially recognized breed. So, it can be difficult to find responsible breeders.
Many Boxer crossbreeds come along with a long list of potential health concerns. So, rescuing a miniature Boxer mix may be your best bet.
There are plenty of Boxer mixes in animal shelters just waiting for their new homes, ranging in age from puppies to seniors.
Adopting an adult dog from a shelter means you’ll know exactly what size and temperament you’re getting. Also, adoption fees are usually significantly less expensive than purchasing a dog from a breeder.
Choose Responsible Breeders
However, if you really have your heart set on a Boxer mix puppy from a breeder, make sure to find someone who is responsible and acts in the best interest of their dogs.
Not sure what makes for a responsible dog breeder? Check out our guide to finding the right breeder here, or read up on what questions to ask when calling a breeder over the phone.
This way you’ll be sure that your new puppy is as healthy as possible, so he can live a longer, happier life.
Are you still longing for a miniature boxer in your life? Let us know in the comments.
Make sure you also take a look at our guide to the miniature Husky.
References and Resources
American Boxer Association
American Kennel Club
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Love the look of a Boxer, but find a dog of that size a bit too much to handle? A mini Boxer looks just like a regular Boxer, but is much smaller and is a good option if you don't mind that your dog is not purebred.
What Are Miniature Boxers?
In truth, Miniature Boxers are not actual downsized versions of purebred Boxers. They are simply another designer breed. The miniature Boxer was developed by combining a number of breeds to produce a Boxer-like canine that is significantly smaller than a purebred Boxer. However, keep in mind that they are most definitely not Boxers and are not recognized by any of the major kennel club registries with accepted breeding standards. Breeds used to create Miniature Boxers include:Related Articles
The resulting puppies from these combinations aren't uniform in size, but they are generally smaller than their purebred namesake and have a basic Boxer look.
Toy and Dwarf Boxers
Mini Boxers may be referred to as toy Boxers. There is no toy version of the purebred Boxer. Dwarf Boxers are purebred Boxers that suffer from dwarfism, or achondroplasia. These dogs fail to reach a full Boxer's height and weight because of their congenital condition. Their head and legs will also be disproportionate to their bodies and they may suffer from teeth and spine deformities.
Finding Miniature Boxer Puppies for Sale
When looking for a breeder of miniature Boxers, make sure you do your due diligence. Before you decide to do business, take the time to investigate the breeder fully to make sure you'll receive exactly what you're paying for. There are many unscrupulous breeders producing designer dogs, and you want to make sure the breeder can provide a health guarantee.
The breeder should demonstrate that they are breeding to create dogs with excellent health and temperament. Because these dogs are not recognized by the top registry organizations and are not bred in large numbers, you may have to search for them online as well as locally through sites such as Craigslist to see if you can locate a breeder.
Cost of a Miniature Boxer Puppy
Because these dogs are not popular yet, they can be pricey. The average cost for a miniature Boxer puppy is between $450 and $2,000.
Theses dogs are around 25 to 55 pounds and 15 to 22 inches tall. Their height and weight will depend heavily on the breeds of their parents. They tend to have a short, hard coat and do shed, but not heavily. They can look like a smaller version of the Boxer, but again, this can depend on their parents.
In general, mini Boxers have an outgoing temperament, and they make good family pets. However, they don't exactly display traditional Boxer temperaments because these dogs aren't purebred. If you want a puppy that has the most chance of inheriting the Boxer's buoyant personality, try to find one from a Boxer and Boston Terrier cross.
Personality of Boxers Mixed With Other Breeds
Pups produced from the various Pug, Terrier, Corgi and Beagle crosses are also good-natured as a rule, but it can be difficult to predict which combination of the parent breeds' temperaments a given pup will inherit. If you're expecting a dog with a 100 percent Boxer temperament, you may be disappointed depending on how the offspring turn out.
- High energy
- Strong willed
- Good with children
- Easy going
Because these dogs have only been bred for a few years, there has been no study on whether there are any specific health issues being produced from these crosses. In order to get a better idea of which health problems a puppy might face, you must research the parent breeds involved, and take a look at health issues that are common to them. The average reported lifespan of these dogs is between 12 to 15 years.
- Boxers can be prone to cardiomyopathy, bloat, hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism, among other possible health threats.
- Pugs can be prone to obesity, breathing problems, eye problems, and skin problems.
- Boston Terriers are prone to eye problems, heart problems, epilepsy, and skin problems.
- Fox Terriers can be prone to Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, patellar luxation, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, and primary lens luxation, among other health issues.
- Rat Terriers can be prone to allergies, dental problems, and patellar luxation.
- Corgis are prone to eye problems, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy.
- Beagles are prone to epilepsy, intervertebral disk disease and tumbling puppy syndrome.
- English Bulldogs are prone to a long list of health concerns, including obesity, heat stroke, elongated soft palate, heart disease, and more.
Keep in mind that a particular pup might never face one of these health issues, but the possibility could be there in the gene pool, so it's good to be aware.
Pros and Cons of a Mini Boxer
Every dog breed and mix comes with their pros and cons, and these are important to be aware of prior to bringing a breed into your household.
The breeding procedures used to create this mix are extremely controversial. Many dogs who are "miniature" have been heavily inbred, so it's not uncommon for them to develop genetic disorders or become ill at a young age, even from a reputable breeder. The miniature Boxer is also a high-energy breed that requires a hands-on owner. They aren't meant for owners with sedentary lifestyles or those who reside in apartments. Because the Miniature Boxer sheds, it may not be suitable for those looking for a hypoallergenic dog breed.
If you understand the cons, there are many pros to this breed. Since they are smaller than Boxers, they are less expensive to feed and easier to care for. They require slightly less exercise than the original breed and can do well in smaller spaces, even if they aren't ideal apartment dogs. This mix is family-friendly, intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train. Also, they're relatively affordable to purchase as puppies.
The miniature Boxer is not a recognized breed, but it may become one as some point in the future. If you'd like to register your pet with a dog club, both the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Certified Pet Registry take registrations for various crosses that produce this type of dog.
Spend Time With These Dogs
Before you bring one of these pups home, spend some time at several breeders' kennels so you can get to know the dogs in person. This is the surest way to find out if a Miniature Boxer will fit your life style, as well as which particular cross you prefer. Getting a puppy is a commitment for the life of the dog, so be sure about your choice.
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Miniature Boxers are some of the cutest dogs on the planet, plus they make awesome pets. I’ve always wanted one but needed a little more information. If you are looking at getting a Mini Boxer, here are all the facts you and I both need to know.
So, what are the things that you need to know about a Mini Boxer? A Mini Boxer is a hybrid mix of a Boston Terrier and a Boxer. The average lifespan of these dogs is 12 – 15 years. They have a beautiful, short coat, along with dark eyes. They have a medium build. Mini Boxers are loyal, energetic, and protective.
Mini Boxers may be smaller than a purebred Boxer, but they still make good family protectors. A Mini Boxer has a great combination of traits that add up to one fantastic dog.
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Miniature Boxers aren’t purebred Boxers that are smaller; rather Mini Boxers are a hybrid mix. Something that is called a designer breed. It’s a Boston Terrier mixed with a Boxer.
This mix is a relatively new hybrid. However, even though it’s new, it is a popular mix to have, especially in America. Popularity is increasing as well.
There are some other breed combinations that are called Mini Boxers. These are: a Pug mixed with a Fox Terrier, a Pug with a Rat Terrier, or a Pug mixed with a Boston Terrier.
This is because of the “smushed” face that Boxers have, similar to a Pug. The parents of the mixes may also not be purebred, according to the Dog Registry of America.
The majority of Mini Boxers are Boxer/Boston Terrier mixes, so that is what this article will focus on for the majority.
One of the other important things that you should know is: a Mini Boxer usually isn’t that small. In fact, they are considered to be medium-sized dogs.
They are called “mini” because they are smaller than a regular purebred Boxer. It’s a difference of a 4 – 5 inches and 20 lbs, generally speaking. Females are smaller than males.
Instead of talking about what about the parents, let’s dig into what a Mini Boxer is actually like. If you are looking for the smaller “mini’s” than picking a female will be the best option.
Physically, a Mini Boxer is between 15 – 22 inches tall when fully grown. Since a Mini Boxer is a mix, there is no guarantee of what he or she will look like.
Their weight is between 25 – 55 lbs. Some may be bigger than others. It just depends on which parent the dog takes after. Going with a female will usually mean having a smaller dog.
Some will have a good mix of both genes, while others may look more like a Terrier than a Boxer (or the other way around.)
Some things that are consistent is the eye color and nose color. The nose of a Mini Boxer will be black, and he or she will have dark brown eyes.
When it comes to the body of a Mini Boxer, the dog will either have a compact body, or a medium size body. This body will be muscular. The head of a Mini Boxer will be a bit square and have a blunt muzzle. It is not uncommon for a Mini Boxer to have an underbite.
The ears can be droopy or short and strait up, it just depends on what genes are dominant.
Mini Boxers have short, straight, coats that are smooth and fine. This coat can be black, fawn, brindle, or white. The tummy area will usually be lighter in color.
Something that is important to note is that white Boxers typically have more health issues, so getting a white Mini Boxer might be a little risky. Deafness and blindness are some of these issues.Check with the breeders when possible before getting your dog, if you are going that route.
Shedding will be moderate with this breed. That beautiful coat your Mini Boxer has will shed a little bit, every day, all year.
It’s hard to predict what a hybrid mix will look like for sure, some dogs might be a little smaller than average, or bigger. It’s good to know what the parents look like if you are interested in knowing what your pup will look like full-grown.
Personality of a dog is even more important than the size and look of your pet. Good thing is, if you are interested in a Mini Boxer, is that they have amazingly cute and loveable qualities.
Here are some of their most prominent personality traits:
This makes for a really good family dog. Lets break it down a little bit more.
Loyalty and Alertness
Tight bonds are formed between a Miniature Boxer and his/her family. Next to nothing can break it.
Mini Boxers take a lot after purebred Boxers in this regard. Boxers are known to be protectors so it makes sense that a mix breed would have this quality too.
A Mini Boxer will be willing to step in if he or she feels their family needs protecting but with training and socialization doesn’t have aggression problems.
These dogs are alert around strangers, but don’t attack. They are wary, and like to keep an eye out.
Mini boxers are good watchdogs because of this.
Friendliness and Gentleness
You aren’t likely to see a Mini Boxer attack anyone because they are gentle in nature. Training is important to getting dogs to behave, no matter the breed.
However, Miniature Boxers are usually naturally kind and friendly. Their goodness really shines through around kids. They show patience with them.
Just another reason they make really good family pets. They aren’t overly aggressive but do have enough energy to play and entertain members of the household.
Their loving nature ties in really nicely with friendliness. However, one critical thing to know about a Mini Boxer is that they are loving. They are great at giving love but do need a lot of love back.
Miniature Boxers do not do well with being left alone often.
They are cuddly animals, and like to be big lap dogs. This is one way that they show their love. Generally, they need a lot of attention.
If you can’t be home a lot, and no one in the household can be, a Mini Boxer isn’t the best option.
Dogs that are left alone generally mean trouble. Not only are they sad, but they might start breaking things or tearing apart furnature. Obviously, this is no good.
Mini Boxers do best in households that they can truly become part of the family and have a lot of interaction with others.
Intelligent and Social
Being intelligent and social usually leads to being trained easily. Mini Boxers are great at understanding commands. Training is not too hard, especially if you have trained other dogs before.
Having a well-trained puppy will make for a happy home, especially in a family environment.
Mini Boxers will get along well with other pets in the household. They get along best with other dogs but can also be great with cats. Introduction to other animals early on in the pups life will help improve social skills even more.
All of these traits make for a companion who will be a happy addition to a family.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few health issues that Miniature Boxers face. Since the hybrid breed is new, there aren’t any official studies of health issues for this breed.
This means most of the information gathered is just what can be passed down genetically from the parent breeds.
Boxers face health problems like:
- Hip Dysplasia
Boston Terriers face problems like:
- Respiratory Issues (Related to Short Muzzle)
- Heart Problems
There is a chance that Mini Boxer may face a problem associated with either side of its family tree.
The biggest risks are usually breathing problems, hip dysplasia, heart problems or Degenerative Myelopathy.
Skin issues can sometimes be treated with special shampoos. Other issues may require medication, which isn’t too difficult to deal with either.
Some of the best things that you can do are to feed your dog good, highly-nutritious food, and to make sure he or she gets plenty of exercise.
Regular check-ups at the vet’s office can be a really great help to your Mini Boxer as well. Vets can give you useful tips and be part of early detection if there is something that happens.
Taking Care of a Mini Boxer
Making sure that your pet is in good health and happy has a lot to do with you. Mini Boxers don’t need a lot.
Some of the most important things are to make sure he or she gets exercise and the right amount of food. Proper training will make your life easier, and add to the happiness of your Mini Boxer.
Grooming will help keep your pup handsome and healthy as well.
A medium-sized dog, like a Mini Boxer, needs about 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dry food a day.
If your Mini Boxer seems to be more on the “mini” side, stick to the lower end of the spectrum.
You can also feed your dog the occasional treat as well.
It’s really important to not overfeed your dog. Since spine and hip issues, not to mention heart issues, are seen in this mix, being overweight can have quite an effect negatively on a Mini Boxer.
Make sure you pick high-quality food for your dog.
Supplements can be given as well, but it’s good to speak with your vet to see if your dog is getting what he or she needs.
A diet for a Mini Boxer should include protein, fats, sugar, vegetable, grains. Every now and then you can feed your dog some cooked chicken.
We touched on training a little bit earlier on in this article, but having a well-trained pup will make your experience as an owner much better.
Mini Boxers are very smart and are great at giving you attention. This makes for moderately easy training.
When you are training your Mini Boxer, make sure you use positive reinforcement, like treats and high-praises. It’s always important to show that you are the alpha and you are in control because some Mini Boxers can be stubborn.
Something you will want to do early on in training is get your Mini Boxer in a social environment, like a dog park or in a training program. Early socialization is key.
Dogs that get comfortable with other dogs and people at a young age are less likely to show aggression issues. Plus Mini Boxers like to be social.
If you are worried about training, you can definitely take your dog to a professional. It costs more, but sometimes it is worth it.
Mini Boxers don’t require a ton of effort into grooming.
They need to brushed a couple times a week to help keep their coats nice and shiny.
If you seem to have a particularly shed-prone dog, you might need to brush him or her every day. This helps to get rid of the loose hair. This seems like a lot but brushing often makes a big difference in where all this fur ends up.
You can use a comb or a pin brush. It takes about 20 minutes to brush you Mini Boxer, which really isn’t too much time.
Here are a couple of great grooming brushes:
You should also check your pup’s paws every week and clip nails as needed. Try these nail clippers that the #1 Best Seller on Amazon.
Something you will need to do is to make sure your Mini Boxer’s ears are clean and dry. After rain or bath, make sure the ears are dry. Don’t try sticking anything into his or her ear canal.
Use dental sticks or brush your dog’s teeth a couple of times a week.
Miniature Boxers have a medium amount of energy level. Younger pups will have more energy.
Both parents are known to have buckets of energy, so it is not surprise that this mix does. Some dogs may not grow out of this high energy phase, and always be like a puppy.
This means that as an owner, you need to be able to keep up with your dog, as well as be willing to play with your Mini Boxer every day.
You can take your dog to a fenced dog park, or let him or her play in a fenced back yard.
Mini Boxers love to go for long walks or runs. Shoot for getting your Mini Boxer at least 60 minutes of play and exercise a day.
If you live somewhere warm, make sure you don’t take your dog out to run and play during the day, as Mini Boxers don’t tolerate heat very well. It’s best to play when the weather is cooler, in the evening or early morning.
Boxers can stand the cold a little better, but it’s best not let your pup play outside unsupervised, in the very cold weather, all alone. For the winter months, it’ll best for your dog to get exercise during the warmer parts of the day.
When it comes to getting a new little Miniature Boxer puppy, you might find that they are pricier than you expect.
Puppies of the hybrid mix are $450 – $2,000.
Prices are different depending on the breeders and the lineage of the dog. More expensive dogs are likely to have parents of great lineage.
This is just the initial cost to buy a pup. You will probably spend $1,000 – $1,200 annually on raising a Mini Boxer.
This is including food and medical costs.
A cheaper route to go is to adopt rather than shop. Adoption is usually much less expensive, plus you are saving a dog. Adopting a dog costs anywhere from $50 – $250. Sometimes you can find shelters that give dogs to good owners for free.
It is harder to find the breed that you want in a shelter, but if there is a Mini Boxer, you get a beautiful companion without spending a ton of money.
I always encourage those who are looking for a dog to adopt instead of shop.
If you are really interested in getting a dog, and like some of the great qualities of Mini Boxers, there are some dog breeds that are pretty similar.
- Corgi Pitbull Mix
- Kai Ken
- Purebred Boxer
- Bull Terrier
Each of these dogs have different qualities from each other and should be researched individually.
What is a Mini Boxer? A Mini Boxer is a hybrid mix between a Boxer and a Boston Terrier. Many of the features and personality traits or Miniature Boxer are the same as a purebred Boxer, but this mix is smaller and more manageable.
Are Miniature Boxers Hypoallergenic? Miniature Boxers are not considered hypoallergenic dogs. These dogs shed moderately year-round, even though they appear as they wouldn’t because of their short coats.
- Height: 15-22 inches
- Weight: 25-50 lb
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Group: not applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with kids and other pets as well as settings where they are not left on their own for long periods of time.
- Temperament: loving, devoted, protective, social
- Comparable Breeds: Boston Terrier, Boxer
Miniature Boxer Basics
We know what you’re thinking. Any dog called a Miniature Boxer conjures up a specific image, but whatever you have in your mind might not quite match up with reality. Despite what his name implies, the Miniature Boxer is not a scaled-down version of that well-loved German working dog that we all know and love. In fact, the compact version of the Boxer dog is actually a hybrid or designer dog that was developed by crossing several purebreds to achieve a certain appearance. As a result, the Miniature Boxer will not necessarily be a carbon copy of his full-sized parent, but rather a new pup that inherits some of the traits (especially in the behavior department) from other breeds in the mix. Depending on the breeder, there are a few potential parents that can be used in a mix and each one brings along their own set of quirks and traits.
Of course, there are some tendencies that all Miniature Boxes share. These beautiful hybrids are social creatures that get along well with kids, other animals, and even other family pets. While they are non-aggressive, the Miniature Boxer is devoted to their families and can prove to be a formidable guardian if they feel their pack is threatened. So you can depend on this pooch to alert you and your family to any situation he feels might be threatening. They also love to be part of family activities with the downside being that they don’t do well when left to their own devices for long periods of time. This is a dog that requires near constant companionship in any home.
While the Boxer is among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States, the Miniature Boxer is still a rare breed. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of effort being put into the development of the breed and these dogs have a lot to offer to the right owner. So, if you’re willing to put in the effort to track down one of these beauties, you will be richly rewarded for your efforts. Read on to find out more about this unusual and delightful designer dog!
Miniature Boxers are devoted to their families.
The designer dog craze started at some point during the 1980s, with Labradoodle kicking off a trend of crossing purebreds to create attractive and appealing new hybrids. The majority of these new crossbreed dogs are a result of mixing two purebreds, but there is a handful of designer dogs with a more complex lineage. The Miniature Boxer is one of these more complicated hybrids. However, despite his unusual background and the rarity of the breed, there’s not much we know about its origins. That’s just a sad reality of the designer dog world. No one has put much effort into documenting and monitoring their history.
Mixed breed dogs have been around since, well, forever, and that makes it difficult to know when someone intentionally developed a designer dog breed rather than these dogs appearing as a result of unplanned mating practices. To make matters more complicated for the Miniature Boxer, breeders are still not on the same page about which dogs to use to develop the mix. So, it’s hard to pinpoint a clear start of the journey for the Miniature Boxer or even predict their future. This is a hybrid mix still in development and breeders are still experimenting with which mixes produce the best results. It’s highly likely that the breed was first developed sometime in the last 20 years in the United States, not unlike many other similar hybrids. Unfortunately, that’s all we know for sure, but stay tuned since this pups are growing in popularity all the time.
Miniature Boxers aren’t smaller sized purebred Boxer dogs. They are a type of designer dog that can only be produced by combining a variety of breed combinations. The end result of all of these breeding practices is a mini Boxer. Here are the breed combinations that are most commonly used in this process:
Like all dogs, the Miniature Boxer requires a high-quality and well-balanced diet to maintain an optimal state of health and improve the quality of his life. In general, these hybrids do best on properly chosen premium dry food formula. Kibble contains all of the essential nutrients any canine needs, but to be healthy it will have to be made from natural high-grade ingredients. Choose dry food that’s suitable for dogs of your Miniature Boxer’s size and activity level. Medium breed formulas are usually the best fit. On top of all of that, their kibble should also be appropriate for their age. Puppies in the crucial developmental stage of their life won’t need the same nutrients as seniors or adult dogs. If you are ever uncertain about which kibble is best for your Miniature Boxer, then it’s always a good idea to consult with your vet. All dogs are different and especially when it comes to a designer dog that is still in development, the specific dietary needs of your pooch may be hard to predict. For this reason, it’s always worth trusting the opinion of your vet over any kibble manufacturer that has no relationship with your personal pup.
Portion control is also an important part of any dog’s diet. As a medium dog, the Miniature Boxer will need to be fed a top quality dry food equivalent to 1.5 to 2.5 cups each day. Do not overfeed your dog or let them free feed. Miniature Boxers have healthy appetites (hey, which dog doesn’t?!), but they can quickly become overweight if you overindulge them. Needless to say, obesity is a serious issue for dogs that can damage your pet’s health. So be strict with treats and serving sizes. Don’t give into their adorable puppy pouts or demands. They will always want more food that you provide. They important thing is to feed your pup what they need and not what they want.
Miniature Bulldogs are vigorous, playful dogs that do best under a strong pack leader, so early, socialization and behavioral training are important.
Miniature Bulldogs are vigorous and playful dogs that do best under a strong pack leader. So early, socialization and behavioral training are important. You need to establish yourself as the alpha early in the relationship with your pup to ensure that you have a long and satisfying life together. Because they are an intelligent breed, they learn fairly quickly. However a consistent, firm approach is required as they can become rather stubborn. Rewards based training is best and should begin at an early age. Any sort of negative reinforcement training is strongly discouraged. There’s a fine (and frankly almost nonexistent) line between that and abuse. So stick with reward and encouragement based training and be patient. You’ll get there. The key is starting early before any problem behaviors develop.
Like all hybrids, weight will be influenced by which side of the gene pool is dominant in your pup. For Miniature Boxers, that will mean that he could weigh as little as 25 pound if the Boston Terrier, Pug or Rat Terrier dominates. However, if the Boxer side of his lineage presents itself, your “Miniature” Boxer could weigh as much as 50 pounds once he grows to full size. Quite a bit of variance, huh? Hybrid dogs are notoriously unpredictable and that’s especially true of a designer dog that’s still being developed like the Miniature Boxer.
The Miniature Boxer is known for being an affectionate, friendly, gentle and loving family pet. His alert and playful nature makes him a great fit with kids and other pets. While his highly intelligent streak means that he’s easy to socialize and train. With a combination of Boxer and Boston terrier in their DNA, the Miniature Boxer may tend to be affectionate and loyal to his family yet leery of strangers and highly protective of his pack. So, this is an ideal family pet for any home that is fairly isolated and won’t be inundated with strangers. Miniature Boxers would not do well in an apartment setting, for example.
Common Health Problems
It would be wrong for a new owner to fear the worst and assume their hybrid is likely to inherit health issues known to the parent breeds. In fact, this is often not the case at all and serious ailments known to certain breeds often by-pass the hybrid offspring entirely. That said, it’s always important to do your research to better understand your new pet’s familial history and in the case of the Miniature Boxer, it means taking a good look at the health history of the Boxer and Boston terrier. The Boxer side of Miniature Boxer does have a propensity for heart related issues including murmurs, cardiomyopathy, as well as hypothyroidism (which is easily treatable) and cancer. From the Boston terrier, one may find a tendency towards respiratory issues related to his short muzzle, allergic dermatitis (which may be solved simply through special shampoos), and cataracts. While there’s no guarantee that any of these issues will develop in your pup, it’s always a good idea to schedule more visits to your vet as they get older so that any potential issues can be spotted early before they get out of hand.
The average life span of a Miniature Boxer is 12-15 years.
This is a very active breed that will require daily exercise including fairly long walks and active playtime. Engaging him in one-on-one games such as catch or off-leash activities with other dogs is important for mental stimulation as well as providing an outlet for his excess energy. Without sufficient exercise, the Miniature Boxer can become bored, destructive, and ultimately high strung. So, it’s very important to establish and maintain a regular exercise regime.
The Miniature Boxer is known being an affectionate, friendly, gentle and loving family pet.
As a hybrid, the Miniature Boxer does not qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club however he is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Mini Boxers are minimal shedders with a coat comprised of short, fine hair that is smooth to the touch. Grooming is fairly easy, but should be done on a regular basis to keep his coat looking its best, along with ear cleaning to avoid infections that all floppy eared dogs can be prone to developing. Coloring can range from black to brown, silver, red or white. He will typically have a lighter chest regardless of the dominant color of his coat.
A true Miniature Boxer pup is a cross between a Boxer and Boston terrier. Some breeders are creating their own versions by mixing Pugs, Rat Terriers and Fox Terriers into the mix. Yet, while you will still end up with a loving little dog, it’s important to note that this detour from the original mix means your pooch will no longer be recognized by the ACHC. These will also be much smaller in size than a true Mini Boxer when fully grown. For this breed, new pet parents will need to maintain a solid routine that includes reliable meal times, potty trips outside, and frequent exercise/playtime sessions.
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The Miniature Boxer is a cross between the Boxer and a collection of other breeds that include the Boston Terrier, the Pug, the Rat Terrier, and/or the Fox Terrier, so they are considered a designer breed. They are a fairly new breed that was developed for those who like the Boxer but want a smaller version that is easier to keep. They are becoming more popular, as they become more known in the dog world and as people realize how loving and friendly they are. You will see in this article that even though they physically resemble a smaller version of the Boxer, they don’t display the temperament of one. Let’s delve deeper to find out more about this endearing breed.
Miniature Boxer Puppies — Before You Buy…
If you are considering purchasing a Miniature Boxer puppy, there are a few things to keep in mind before you make a decision. Like most puppies, they have a fair amount of energy, which will most likely last throughout their life. They are a social dog and will develop a strong bond with their families, which explains why they don’t like to be left alone.
Mini Boxers have a decent lifespan and can live from 12 to 15 years, especially if you care for their physical and mental health, beginning when they are puppies and continuing throughout their life. Even though they are playful, Mini Boxers need a strong leader and early socialization to become the ideal pet. They are smart but can be stubborn if you don’t approach them with firm yet gentle instruction.
Hybrids can inherit diseases from both parent breeds, so it’s good to know what to expect. It doesn’t mean your puppy will be afflicted with each disease, but common concerns are heart issues, hypothyroidism, and respiratory issues. We will dive deeper into specific health issues a little later in the article.
What’s the Price of Miniature Boxer Puppies?
To find a Miniature Boxer puppy, you will need to look for a reputable breeder in your area. You won’t find a puppy at your local animal shelter because they are a popular choice for many would-be pet owners. You can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $2,000, depending on the breeder and their qualifications.
To find a good breeder, you can ask your veterinarian for recommendations or if you see someone with a Miniature Boxer, ask them where they purchased the dog. Meet the breeder and ask questions about how they care for their puppies. Make sure you see the puppy’s parents because this will give you an idea about what your dog will be like.
Three Little-Known Facts About Miniature Boxers
1. They aren’t an aggressive breed.
There has been a misconception that Boxers are an aggressive breed, so this can be a myth that is carried to the Miniature Boxer. The Mini Boxer is muscular and stocky and may have an aggressive appearance, but once you get to know them, you realize that they are loving and friendly.
2. The Miniature Boxer is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Unfortunately, only purebred dogs are allowed to be registered through the AKC. However, they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and could be registered through the Dog Registry of America.
3. They make great guard dogs.
This detail may seem like it is disclaiming the non-aggressive fact, but a dog who is great at protecting their family doesn’t need to be aggressive. The Miniature Boxer is serious about their devotion to their family, so they will alert you if they sense that you or someone they love is in danger.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Miniature Boxer
Miniature Boxers are fiercely loyal, and they form a lifetime bond with their family. They are social and like to be part of the action, but they can be wary of strangers. They won’t be mean, but they have to make sure the stranger is safe before they let their guard down.
Giving them attention is important, and they will show you love in return. If you want a lap dog, then the Mini Boxer is ideal because they would rather snuggle on your lap than anywhere else. As long as they receive attention and can interact with everyone in the household, they will be happy.
Mini Boxers are intelligent and learn quickly; providing socialization and training from an early age will ensure that they live up to their full potential. They are alert yet feature a calm and gentle disposition. Curiosity is a trait they receive from the Boston Terrier, so it’s wise to keep them in a fenced yard, or they may wander off if they discover something they want to learn more about.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Miniature Boxers are perfect for families. They form deep bonds with their family and love children. In fact, if you don’t include them as part of the family, they can become despondent and destructive. They are patient with children, and since they have a high-energy level, they make ideal playmates.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
When socialized from a young age, the Miniature Boxer will get along with other pets. Sometimes their need for chasing the cat may arise, but they are doing it out of playfulness more than being mean. When they are around other animals in the household, they can become friends and include them as part of the family unit.
Things to Know When Owning a Miniature Boxer
Owning a dog requires you to know how to properly care for them so they can have a happy and healthy life. This section provides further detail about the breed so you are comfortable with their needs and requirements.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Since they are a small breed and have a high amount of energy, your Mini Boxer will need plenty of protein and fat to build lean muscle and provide energy throughout the day. High-quality dog food that is formulated for medium breeds is ideal, and you can find brands that offer medium breed puppy food and even senior food that allows you to provide optimal nutrition for all life stages.
They are prone to obesity if they consume more calories than required, so make sure you are adjusting their food intake in relation to their activity level.
The two breeds that make up the Miniature Boxer are known for their energy level, so it should not be a surprise that the hybrid is also full of energy. Puppies will have a higher amount of energy, and as your Mini Boxer ages, the level will decrease. However, this breed requires a fair amount of exercise to prevent them from becoming bored and overweight.
They love to play and go for walks when the weather isn’t overly hot or freezing, and they even enjoy running. Playing fetch and other games are ideal for providing one-on-one attention and releasing some energy. Mental stimulation is important too, so teach your Mini Boxer tricks, create an obstacle course, or get a puzzle toy for them to play with.
Since they are intelligent, you can train them fairly quickly. They can be stubborn, but if you remain consistent and patient, they will learn to listen to you. Positive reinforcement with firm rules will teach your Mini Boxer that you are the leader but are also fair and will treat them with respect. The earlier you start, the better results you will receive because there is less chance of bad habits forming.
The Mini Boxer sheds a moderate amount and isn’t considered a hypoallergenic breed. With their short hair, it isn’t difficult to maintain, but you will need to brush them at least three times per week to keep their coat healthy and shiny.
Regular baths will keep them smelling fresh, and cleaning their ears regularly will prevent infections that can affect floppy-eared dogs. Don’t forget about brushing their teeth two to three times per week and clipping the toenails before they become too long.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Since your Mini Boxer is a mix of Boston Terrier and the Boxer, there are a few issues to be aware of that could affect your dog. Your dog won’t be affected by every condition, and they may not suffer from any illnesses. It’s always the best to look at the positive side and not expect bad things to happen. However, you need to be proactive and provide the best care, which includes having your hybrid visit the veterinarian as recommended for regular checkups.
- Patellar luxation
- Respiratory issues
- Heart murmurs
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Hip dysplasia
Male vs. Female
There is not a huge amount of difference between males and females because much can depend upon the personality of your dog, since each one is different. You will find that males can be slightly bigger in their weight, height, and muscle mass. Males who aren’t neutered could be more protective and dominant. Female dogs can be more independent and stubborn than their male counterparts.
Miniature Boxers are becoming more known and loved in the dog community, and there are many reasons that this is happening. They are a loving and friendly breed that enjoys being with their family. Dog owners appreciate pets who offer many great qualities and fit seamlessly into their lifestyles. Mini Boxers don’t have many negative attributes, and they can live long and healthy lives when taken care of appropriately.
If you are debating about whether to get a Mini Boxer or not, we hope that this guide provides plenty of information about this breed to help you make your decision or perhaps offer advice that will assist you in caring for your Mini Boxer if you already have one.
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