The Boxer and Labrador mix is most commonly called the Boxador. While most mix breeds are not an equal percentage of both the parents, it is always advisable to trace the lineage and ascertain the percentage of characteristics of both parents in the mix. Most Boxer-Lab mix dogs can weigh anything between 70 to 110 pounds, and grown as much as a normal, healthy Labrador. Characteristic of both parents, the Lab-Boxer mix can either be dark brown or faux yellow. It also has the Boxer’s big dropping jowls, and short, shiny coat. Breeders cross multiple generations of mixes, another reason why a particular Boxer-Lab mix may not be a completely 50-50 Boxer Labrador mix.
Boxer Lab Mix Temperament:
Lab-Boxer mixes are zesty, highly energetic dogs. They are friendly and adaptable, and make great house pets. Patient and loving with children, they can make amazingly steadfast friends, and be very protective of family. With infinite amounts of energy, they are best suited as pets for active, young children, who can keep up with the Boxer-Lab mix’s energy. These dogs tend to get bored easily if not kept busy with games, or exercises. Even the simplest physical activity of climbing up and down a flight of stairs can help them release pent up energy and reduce chances of chewed hoses and destroyed furniture. Naturally non-aggressive, they do not react until threatened. Highly protective, they can be fierce and threatening to intruders. Lab-Boxer mix dogs can be trained easily given their naturally attentive and obedient disposition. They are also very smart, intelligent and understanding.
Taking Care of a Boxer Lab Mix
: Boxer-Lab mixes are low maintenance. While the physical activity keeps them upbeat, it is necessary to keep their coat clean and free of ticks and mites. This can be kept in check with weekly baths. A gentle puppy shampoo should help in getting their short, shiny coat clean in not time. Alternatively, a wet cloth wipe can easily clean off their coat. The initial feeding cycle for puppies should start with about 3 meals a day, and should later be cut down to 2 meals a day, as per growth and physical activity. Regular physical exercise is a must, and so are visits to the vet for shots, and health checkups. Since they are the very active kinds, they get dirty easily, which increases chances of skin infections and ticks on the coat, all of which can be monitored with regular brushing and baths. Good quality pet food should help in ensuring the coat stays shiny and healthy. Shedding is not too much of a problem with Boxer-Lab mix.
Boxer Lab Mix Health issues
: Both Labradors and Boxers are prone to a number of health issues. Boxers are among the most prone to mast cell cancer, and heart problems such as cardio myopathy. They also snore, and are highly susceptible to hypothyroidism. Labradors are prone to hip dysplasia and PRA, which causes blindness as they age. In the case of missing of these 2 breeds, there are equal chances of the resultant Lab-Boxer mix being immune or highly susceptible to all or any of these diseases. This is why it is important to ascertain the lineage and the percentage of characteristics of both parents in the Boxer-Lab mix.
Lab-Boxer mix dogs also need to be provided regular exercise to prevent obesity and bouts of boredom. This can increase chances of other health diseases. Extended periods without physical activity and periods of boredom can result in the Boxer-Lab mix dogs slouching.
Boxer Lab Mix Living Conditions
: A loving, friendly and attentive breed, this mix is emotionally stable and form great house pets. They are also very patient around children and prove to be great around toddlers and young children who tend to have equally unending energy. Since Boxer-Lab mixes are also very protective and caring, they are great with children and can form steadfast friends. Loyal and obedient, their fierce and threatening looks can work to protect against intruders. While most Boxadors can be trained at home, hiring a dog trainer is advisable. Having a trained, energetic, fierce looking, protective dog can be very helpful in times of need. Lab-Boxer mix dogs are also great swimmers, taking after their Boxer parents, and swimming can be added to the list of activities to keep these dogs busy.