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|Here is the Boxerman at a Glance|
|Average height||21 – 25 inches|
|Average weight||50 – 70 pounds|
|Coat type||Straight, short and smooth|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Regular brushing needed when shedding|
|Touchiness||Moderate to high, they can be quite sensitive|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Barking||Low, does not bark often|
|Tolerance to Heat||Not good in extreme heat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Not good in extreme cold|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent family dog|
|Good with Children?||Good – can be very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate, can be territorial – again socialization helps a great deal|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good, low prey drive|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Low to moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate, can adapt but would be better somewhere with a yard|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Fair to moderate|
|Trainability||Very easy to train|
|Exercise Needs||Moderate to moderate high|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate|
|Major Health Concerns||Heart problems, bloat, cancer|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, allergies, eye problems|
|Life Span||10 – 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$450 – $700|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$525 – $650|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$500 – $750|
Where does the Boxerman come from?
The Boxerman is one of many recent mixed breeds to become a trend. There have always been mixed breeds and many dogs today that are now called pure breeds come from the blending of two dogs. However the recent boon in cross breeding is to cross two breeds that you might not have seen before. The good breeders want to create a dog with the best of both dogs in her. The worst are just out to make money. And of course nowadays we give them a name that combines the two parent dogs, ‘boxer’ and ‘man’. To get a proper understanding of what this cross breeding can lead to you need to understand the origins and personalities of the parent dogs.
Germany in the late 1800s was when and where the Boxer was bred. Descended from Mastiffs who were used to hunt large prey. In the early 1900s he was taken to America but his popularity there rose after he helped in the World Wars acting as guard and attack dogs and carrying messages and packages for the allies. He showed bravery and loyalty then and he still has those characteristics now but they take the form of protecting his loved ones and his home. He is good with children and loves to play and clown around.
The Doberman Pinscher
This dog also comes from Germany where he was bred by a man called Louis Dobermann in the 1800s who had the dangerous job of collecting taxes and wanted a dog to protect him from bandits. Later breeders focused on creating a super dog, one who was tough, smart, courageous and fast. But this lead to a dog who was aggressive and strong willed. In 1900 Goeller helped shape the Doberman into a more friendly breed. He was brought over to America in the 1900s and then during World War I his numbers declined a lot in Europe because he was too big to care for. Germany and England dropped the Pinscher from his name after World War II and breeders continued to work on taking the edge off of his aggression.
Today thanks to that work the Doberman is still protective and sometimes aggressive when taking care of his own, but otherwise is a loyal and affectionate dog. He is also intelligent and very active and even playful.
The Boxerman is a clever dog and a quick learner. She is playful and very keen with a lot of power and energy. She is a devoted companions, faithful to her owner and generally good natured too. She can be wonderfully joyful and funny and displays a confident and inquisitive side. Her alertness makes her a good watch dog.
What does a Boxerman look like
She is a large dog weighing 50 – 70 pounds and being 21 to 25 inches tall. She has a deep chest and is muscled. Her legs are long and she has a large head with a strong jaw line. Her ears are flappy. Her coat is short and silky and straight and comes in colors such as brown, black, chocolate, golden, spotted, merle and brindle.
Training and Exercise Needs
How much exercise does she need?
She is a powerful dog with lots of energy and smart too so a good mix of physical and mental exercises are needed to keep her happy and healthy. A couple of long walks each day, or joining in with you cycling, running, jogging, hiking are all things she would love, along with time at a park, playing with you doing things like Frisbee or fetch. She has a lot of endurance and as long as you train her how to jog along safely with you she will love it.
Can I train her easily?
This is a smart dog and she trains very easily and enjoys the interaction and mental stimulation it provides. She needs someone able to establish dominance over her with a firm and consistent approach to training. But also keep it positive and reward her with her favorite treats and lots pf praise. She will probably need less repetition than many other dogs and will train quicker as a result. It is important to have training and socialization begin at a young age and to continue that through to adulthood. You get the best out of your dog when you put in some effort with her. Because she comes from two dogs that tend towards aggression when in protective mode this training and socialization will help her to control that part of her nature.
Living with a Boxerman
The Boxerman has low to moderate grooming requirements depending on if she is a shedder! Most have a moderate amount of shedding and during those times daily brushing will really help control the loose hairs and give her a healthier look. She can have a bath when she needs one but take care not to use people shampoo or to bathe too often as it strips the oil from her skin.
As well as taking care of her coat grooming needs will include brushing her teeth regularly, as in at least 2 to 3 times a week, checking her eyes, wiping and checking her ears once a week and clipping her toenails. This last one needs some preparation and thought as dogs nails have a blood vessel in them so you cannot cut too low. Some people have a groomer or vet perform this, or you could ask them to teach you if you prefer to learn that way.
What she is like with children and other animals
She is very good with children as she has a friendly nature but socialization and training are still an important thing to do to make sure. When raised or socialized with other pets she is good with them too. Makes sure your children know how to play and touch her and what not to do with any dog. She can be fine with other dogs but sometimes may become territorial.
They are not good for living outside in a kennel as they need to live with their owners and nor are they good in either extreme climates. She will need to be fed a high quality dry dog food twice a day totaling 2½ to 3 cups. They do better with access to an average to large sized yard.
The health issues she could be prone to are really ones her parents are prone to that she might inherit. That is why buying from a breeder who can give you health clearances on them is important. Major issues that are possible include heart problems, bloat and cancer. Other issues include hip dysplasia, allergies and eye problems.
Costs involved in owning a Boxerman
This is a common hybrid and it is easy to find a Boxerman puppy. This and other factors like breeder, health and age of the puppy, popularity, location will affect the price too. At the moment you could pay $450 – $800. You would need to have a crate, get some initial medical tests performed, have her micro chipped, get a leash and have her spayed. This would cost about $475 – $575. Then you need to factor in ongoing costs such as training, food, toys, license, health insurance, medical check ups which would be something like $1000 – $1200.
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The Boxerman is a very clever dog, easy to train and great as a family dog or companion. She does need a lot of exercising though and socialization would be an important step to take when you get her. She will give you years of joy and stay faithful to you and offer you friendship and protection.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Boxerman come from?
- What does a Boxerman look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Boxerman
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Boxerman