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Nicole Cosgrove

June 11, 2021
The Boxpei is a mixed dog that is the offspring of the Boxer and the Chinese Shar-Pei. She is also called a Box-a-Shar. She is a medium to large cross who has talents in watchdog and guarding. She has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years and she is a very calm and totally loyal dog.
Here is the Boxpei at a Glance
Average height Medium to large
Average weight 45 to 65 pounds
Coat type Straight, fine, short to medium
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to frequent in shedding season
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Somewhat tolerant to small amounts of time alone
Barking Rare!
Tolerance to Heat Low
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent with enough outside time
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good
Trainability Moderately easy – she can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Moderately active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Cancer, heart problems, hypothyroidism, skin problems, eye problems, bloat, deafness, patellar luxation, OCD,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, allergies, swollen hock syndrome
Life Span 8 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $650
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 to $610

Where does the Boxpei come from?

The number of cross breeds around now is large and it continues to go up as the trend and popularity for so called designer dogs also grows. Designer dogs tend to be when two purebreds are bred together and most offspring are given blended names that put together the two parents names. While you can find good breeders for designer dogs, there are also as many if not more bad breeders and puppy mills so take care where you buy from.

With no origin story about who first bred the Boxpei and why we look instead at what we know about the dogs used in their breeding, the Boxer and the Chinese Shar-Pei. Be aware that despite what some breeders might try to promise you there are no guarantees with this kind of breeding. They may have the best of their parents in them, they may have the worst or just be a mix.

The Boxer

The Boxer descends from German Bullenbeissers, which were descended from mastiffs, bred with the Bulldog. He was developed in the late 1800s and by the late 1890s and early 1900s they became known around Europe and the U.S. In World War I they served as messenger dogs, pack carriers, guard and attack dogs in the military. In 1935 he was accepted by the AKC.

He is known for being very watchful and alert which is why he is so commonly used as a watchdog and guard dog. He is wary with strangers but not aggressive. With those he knows he is playful, affectionate and happy to mess around. He is good with children and patient. He can get aggressive but only if he feels his home and family are being threatened.

The Chinese Shar Pei

While age is not known for this dog we know he is very old. It seems he was bred to be a hunter, fighter, herder and guard dog in Southern China. When the People’s Republic of China formed many breeds disappeared. Thankfully some Shar Pei were in Taiwan and Hong Kong and a breeder in Hong Kong called Matgo Law saved them. A few came to America in 1973 and they were recognized by the AKC in 1991.

Today he remains very alert dog with an independent nature and a wariness of strangers. To his owner or family he is devoted and he always wants to be with them. He is calm but he is strong willed. He also has an aggressive side if he feels his family are being threatened, and that aggression can also come out when he is around other dogs. Therefore early socialization and training are important.


The Boxpei is a very intelligent dog who is also loyal, social and even tempered. She is calm and gentle and makes a good family dog, able to get along with children and other pets. She is protective of her family and is alert too. She is devoted to her family and very attentive. As well as being loving and faithful she can also be playful and somewhat stubborn! She loves to be around people and is likely to want to go everywhere with you.

What does the Boxpei look like

She is a medium to large dog weighing 45 to 65 pounds. She has flappy ears and a fine, straight, short to medium coat. Common colors are light brown, red, black, golden, merle, brindle, spotted and speckled.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Boxpei need to be?

She is a moderately active dog, she enjoys her walks and play time. As well as a couple of walks a day consider giving her time at a dog park now and then. She can live in an apartment just fine, play inside as well as her walks would be enough. Access to a yard though would be a nice bonus if you have it.

Does she train quickly?

As she is intelligent she is moderately easy to train, her stubborn tendency stops her from being very quick though. Training should be done using positive methods like rewards, praise and encouragement. Use a firm tone, be consistent and patient. Negative methods like punishment, becoming impatient or scolding will not be effective. She will reach a point where she can respond to voice commands or hand signals. Early socialization and training are important to ensure she is as well rounded as she can be.

Living with a Boxpei

How much grooming is needed?

She needs a moderate amount of grooming. She is not hypoallergenic so if you have allergies or someone else in the house does this is not the dog for you. She sheds a moderate amount and then more so during shedding season. Brush her coat two to three times a week to keep it healthy and looking good. She should also have her teeth brushed two to three times a week at least, her nails clipped when they get too long and her ears checked and wiped clean once a week. Use an ear cleaning solution for dogs and a cotton ball. When it comes to bath time just give her one when she needs it, over bathing can lead to her skin drying out of natural oils. Make sure too you only use a dog shampoo.

What is she like with children and other animals?

The Boxpei with early socialization is very good with children and other animals. It also improves how she is around other dogs which is important for those trips to the dog park. Her gentleness makes her careful around younger children too. Make sure the children are taught how to behave and how to play nicely with dogs.

General information

She is a good watchdog, she is alert and will bark to alert you of an intruder. She is also protective and sometimes will act to protect you if there is a threat. She should be fed 2½ to 3 cups of high quality dry dog food a day split into two meals. She does not bark much.

Health Concerns

The Boxpei like any dog can inherit health issues from her parents. To lessen the risk ask to see parental health clearances from the breeder. Possible issues include Cancer, heart problems, hypothyroidism, skin problems, eye problems, bloat, deafness, patellar luxation, OCD, Joint dysplasia, allergies and swollen hock syndrome. It is also a very good idea to visit the puppy before buying to see not just her health, but the conditions they keep their animals in the health of them all.

Costs involved in owning a Boxpei

A Boxpei puppy can cost between $300 to $650. Other costs include a crate, collar and leash, spaying, chipping, shots, deworming and blood tests. They come to between $450 to $500. Annual medical basic needs for shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups come to between $485 to $600. Annual non-medical essentials like training, license, treats, toys and food come to between $510 to $610.


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The Boxpei is a good dog for most owners though she does have a stubborn side. She is gentle and even-tempered and will be very loyal to you. She is easy to love and will love you back. She can adapt to apartment living and does not need very active owners.

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Nicole Cosgrove

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.

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