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Golden Boxer

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

golden boxer

The Golden Boxer is a hybrid dog that is the result of a breeding between a Golden Retriever and a Boxer. He is a large mixed breed with talents in agility, tricks and watchdog. He comes in the dog groups of Working and Sporting dogs. He has a life span of 10 to 15 years and is a happy dog, powerful and eager to please.

Here is the Golden Boxer at a Glance
Average height 22 – 25 inches
Average weight 60 – 75 pounds
Coat type Short, smooth, shiny, or wavy double coat
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly high – very active dog
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Cancer, heart problems, bloat, deafness, OCD, Von Willebrand’s, epilepsy
Other Health Concerns Hypothyroidism, eye problems, skin problems, allergies, joint dysplasia
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $350 – $1000
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 – $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 – $650

Where does the Golden Boxer come from?

Specific details on where these designer breeds were first bred, by whom, and for what reasons are not known for the majority of them. In the last 15 years or so they have increased in diversity and popularity though. Most have been bred in America and a worrying side effect of this is the amount of puppies being bred by people you do not want to ever buy from as they have no care about what they are doing. Part of the reason designer dogs are so popular is that a lot of celebrities have been attracted to them which is has raised those dogs’ profile. To get a feel for what a Golden Boxer comes from learn more about the parents.

The Golden Retriever

This dog was bred to be a great retriever as well as a great companion for the home. Between 1835 to 1890 a man called Lord Tweedmouth was trying to create a retriever who was better than the dogs they currently used, the setters and the spaniels. He wanted one who was more attentive to the hunter he was with, who had a calm disposition and was loyal and made a great family dog too. He focused on yellow puppies that were born preferring the look. They were officially called the Golden Retriever in 1920 and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1932. In America they became the second most popular purebred.

Today the Golden Retriever is still the calm, gentle and devoted dog Lord Tweedmouth created. He is very much a people person, he does not do well being alone for long periods of time without people, loves to be at the center of any activity going on in the family, and should not be left to live outside as he needs to be close to you. He is a great working dog and a great family dog too.

The Boxer

The Boxer descends from German Bullenbeissers, which were dogs themselves descended from mastiffs, bred with the Bulldog. He was developed in the late 1800s and they were put on exhibition first in Munich in 1895. In the late 1890s and early 1900s they became known around Europe and arrived in 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 and is 7th in popularity out of the 155 purebreds registered with the AKC.

The Boxer 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 polite not aggressive. When he knows you he is playful, affectionate and happy to clown around. He is good with children and quite patient. He can get aggressive but only if he feels his home and family are being threatened.


Golden Boxers are clever and learn quickly and love to please their owner. They are very alert and watchful but can also be playful, energetic and very loyal. He is a good family dog and is very happy but still early socialization and training are key to bringing out these better qualities further. He is usually quite a patient dog and very willing. With strangers he is polite but reserved. Sometimes he can be high spirited and clownish like the Boxer. He tends to bond very closely with his family.

What does a Golden Boxer look like

The Golden Boxer is a large hybrid weighing 60 to 75 pounds and measuring 22 to 25 inches tall. He has a head that is round between the ears, which hang down. His eyes are oval and dark. The coat can be like the Boxer’s or like a Golden Retriever’s. It can have short hair, be smooth and shiny, or it can be a double coat with a soft undercoat and a wavy top water-repellent top coat. Common colors include fawn, golden, brown or black.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Golden Boxer need to be?

They are quite lively dogs so need a fair amount of exercise each day to be healthy and happy. If they do not get enough they can become destructive out of boredom. At least one long daily walk at a minimum, plus play time. The best owner for a Golden Boxer is active themselves and happy to bring him along for jogs, walks, hikes and so on. He can adapt to apartment life if he gets enough exercise still outside. A yard is a bonus place for him to play.

Does he train quickly?

Early socialization and training are important for all dogs, mixed breeds and purebreds. It will bring out the best qualities in your dog and make things easier for you too. The Golden Boxer is clever, eager to please, and will train quicker than many dogs as will listen to commands and need less repetition. Be firm and confident when you give your lessons, but stay positive and use rewards and praise as a method of encouragement.

Living with a Golden Boxer

How much grooming is needed?

He is easy to groom but does shed moderately so will need regular brushing, ideally daily. Use a solid brush and then bathe him when needed. Use a shampoo for dogs not people. Check his ears once a week and give them a clean. Do this by wiping with a damp cloth or cotton ball do not insert anything in the ears. Nails need clipping but do not cut too low as there are nerves and blood vessels in the lower section. Teeth should be brushed at least three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is very good with children, other animals and even other dogs especially if he has been socialized early. It also helps when they are raised together. Remember that children should be trained as well as the dog. Teach them how to interact with the dog in a kind way, no pulling on ears or tails, no teasing and to leave them alone when they are eating.

General information

He can live in most climates but neither extremes, so if you live somewhere where it gets very cold or very hot pay more attention to his care. He is a good watchdog and will bark to alert you of an intruder. He will need to be fed 2 1/2 to 3 cups of high quality dog food a day and it should be divided into two meals.

Health Concerns

The Golden Boxer has the potential of inheriting the same health issues his parents are prone to such as Cancer, heart problems, bloat, deafness, OCD, Von Willebrand’s, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, eye problems, skin problems, allergies and joint dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Golden Boxer

A Golden Boxer puppy could cost anywhere between $350 to $1000. You will need to factor in other initial costs like a collar, crate, leash and medical tests, getting him micro chipped, dewormed and neutered. This will come to $450 to $500. Ongoing costs such as a license, training, toys, food and treats will come to $500 – $650 a year. Medical costs each year will cover pet insurance, vaccinations, check ups and flea prevention come to $485 – $600.


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The Golden Boxer is a great dog, dependable, happy, eager to please and smart. He will make a great family dog but ideally needs an owner who is fairly active and happy to be so.

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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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