Pitbull Boxer Mix Owner’s Guide
Pitbull Boxer mixes have become popular dogs! If you’re interested in adopting a Pitbull Box mix, and would like more information about this crossbreed dog, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll explain what a Pitbull Boxer mix is, talk about their characteristics, learn about their personalities, and more!
What is a Pitbull Boxer Mix?
A Pitbull Boxer mix, also called an American Bullboxer or a Bullboxer Pit, is a crossbreed between an American Pitbull and Boxer. Say that sentence three times fast!
Both of the parent dogs come from working backgrounds, and both have been used in fighting sports in the past. Those types of sports are now illegal, and both breeds are now very popular dogs who perform various jobs. Both the Pitbull and the Boxer are highly intelligent, and are used for search and rescue missions, as guard dogs and even as therapy and service dogs for the blind, and more.
The Bullboxer is also a very intelligent, one that’s very eager to please. These dogs are bouncy and filled with exuberant energy and they’re also loyal and playful.
While the Bullboxer is a great dog, they’re not legal in every state. So, before adopting one of these beautiful dogs, be sure they’re legal where you live. You can check this list that includes each state and where the dogs are not legal. The problem comes from the Pitbull in this crossbred dog, as they’re not legal in some places.
The Bullboxer is not registered by the major dog associations; however, they are recognized by:
- International Designer Canine Registry
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
Pitbull Boxer Mix Characteristics
When it comes to characteristics in a crossbred dog, there’s no way to predict exactly how the puppy may develop. The puppy may inherit more traits from their Pitbull parent, or be more like their Boxer parent. The probability is that they will be more like one than the other. And puppies from the same litter will not all have the same characteristics and personalities, either.
Most Bullboxers tend to have a large hard like their Pitbull parent, and they may have the droopier ears and body of a Boxer. While the muzzle is short, it won’t be as short as the Boxer’s, so you won’t have to worry about brachycephalic health issues with your Bullboxer.
As for size, your Pitbull Boxer mix may grow up to be between 20-26 inches high, and weigh between 50 to 80 lbs. So, you’ll have a medium to large dog. These dogs have an average life span between 10-14 years.
The coat of the Bullboxer can come in a wide range of colors including:
Their fur is short and smooth, and you’ll need to be prepared for some shedding. Due to their short fur, these dogs are not able to be outside in freezing temperatures. And when you take your fur baby outside, it’s best if they have a coat during the winter months. During the summer months, you’ll need to bring your Bullboxer inside. They don’t deal well with the heat and their skin has a tendency to burn.
Pitbull Boxer Mix Temperament
Back in the beginning of this article, we mentioned that Bullboxers are very playful and energetic. We’re serious about this fact! Expect to spend a lot of fun time with your fur baby! They really are bouncy and love fun.
These dogs are also extremely loyal; in fact, they’re so loyal, that they tend to suffer from separation anxiety. If this happens, the Bullboxer can become destructive. They will bark a lot, chew and dig. So, if you adopt one of these fur babies, you’ll need to be around most of the day, rather than away for long hours.
Bullboxers can have problems with other dogs; however, if they are properly socialized and trained, they can do well with other dogs.
These are excellent family dogs; however, it is very important that these dogs are properly socialized with children.
When it comes to training, these dogs take quite naturally to learning. They’re also eager to please. Bullboxers don’t respond well to punishment; they have a tendency to become afraid, which increases the chances these dogs will act up.
Having said that, these wonderful dogs respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. Experts recommend that you ignore behaviors that are unwanted, and reward behavior you want. They also recommend being consistent with your training and that you may need to repeat some exercises. For this reason, you’ll need some patience when training Pitbull Boxer mixes.
How to Care for a Pitbull Boxer Mix
These affectionate dogs require about 1-2 hours of exercise every day. This is due to the amount of energy they have, which needs to be worn off. You may need to take your fur baby on at least 2 long walks each day. And if you like to jog, your Bullboxer will enjoy running with you!
Grooming these dogs is very easy. It’s a good idea to brush them about once a week just to get rid of loose fur. They only need a bath when they become very dirty and/or smelly. Be sure to use a dog-safe shampoo, rather than human shampoo, as Bullboxers can have sensitive skin.
Pitbull Boxer Mix Health Problems
Bullboxers are considered very healthy, but they can be prone to these conditions:
- Hip dysplasia
- Some forms of cancer
- Heart conditions
Overall, the Pitbull Boxer mix is a wonderful family dog. Just remember that they do tend to suffer from separation anxiety, so they will need you around most of the time. These beautiful dogs also love children, but never leave kids and any type of dog unattended.
A Pitbull Boxer mix can be a wonderful family dog and loving companion. They’ll stay loyal for life and be the best dog with the right training and socialization.