Boxachi (Boxer & Chihuahua Mix)

Height: 6-20 inches
Weight: 10-40 pounds
Lifespan: 12-18 years
Colors: Black, blue, cream, fawn, white, red
Suitable for: Active families with older children. House or apartments with other dogs
Temperament: Sassy and fun. Affectionate, loyal, and playful. Gentle and temperamental

If ever there was a more interesting mixed-breed dog! The Boxachi designer breed is a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and a Boxer. Together, they make a sassy and playful pet that is devoted to their pet-parents. You will find this medium-sized pooch to have fairly easy-care requirements, a happy disposition, and full of funny antics.

A puppy Boxachi is a rare sight to see. They are adorable, playful, exuberant with a touch of sass. For the most part, you will find they physically have the Chihuahua facial features with a build that resembles their Boxer background. As a pup, they can still be quite small, so you must take caution that they aren’t stepped on or even sat on by accident.

It’s also important to note the Boxachi is a fairly new designer hybrid with little known facts about where they come from. In fact, it’s unclear where they originated, although speculation points toward the USA. Also called the Choxer, it is important to note that little to no research has been done on this breed. To give you the most accurate information, we have compiled this article by researching the parent breeds and looking at the information provided.

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Boxachi Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

A puppy Boxachi is a rare sight to see. They are adorable, playful, exuberant with a touch of sass. For the most part, you will find they physically have the Chihuahua facial features with a build that resembles their Boxer background. As a pup, they can still be quite small, so you must take caution that they aren’t stepped on or even sat on by accident.

It’s also important to note the Boxachi is a fairly new designer hybrid with little known facts about where they come from. In fact, it’s unclear where they originated, although speculation points toward the USA. Also called the Choxer, it is important to note that little to no research has been done on this breed. To give you the most accurate information, we have compiled this article by researching the parent breeds and looking at the information provided by people who own one of these little bundles of fur.

What’s the Price of Boxachi Puppies?

This was not the easiest answer to find as this breed is so new. From what we could uncover, you will be looking anywhere from about $900 to $2000 for this designer breed. It also seems the average is typically on the high side as they are not easily found. If you are interested in a Boxichi, be prepared that you may have to search, travel, or be put on a waiting list.

Finding a Breeder

Again, you may have to do some heavy detective work to find a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, when a dog type is unique, some kennels will cut corners on safety and health regulations (most notably dame welfare) to supply the demand.

Besides doing your research, you can also find groups of people who already own one of these dogs through social media. Kennel associations are also a good place to start, but this particular breed is currently only recognized by the Dog Registry of America who doesn’t talk a lot about breeders.

Once you have found a breeder you like, there are a few other things you should look for:

  • Parent Details: The breeder should be able to give you the details about your new Boxachi’s parents including their purebred status, health, and any genetic testing that may have been done.
  • Health Details: Besides the parent’s info, they should also provide you with details on the puppy’s health status along with any shots or treatments they may have had.
  • Tours: If you will be going to the kennel, you should ask to tour the facility. You can gain a lot of info by simply looking around at how the place is run and looked after.
  • Meet and Greet: Most breeders will want you to meet the dog before adopting, but that is not always the case especially if you live far away. As mentioned above, if you are going to the location, you should not only meet with your potential pooch but also the parents and other animals.
  • Registration and Licenses: Depending on where the kennel is located, the jurisdiction may require the breeder or kennel (or both) to have the proper paperwork to operate. Knowing what licensing they need is key so you can ask to see it or have proof they are operating legally.
  • Word of Mouth: As we all know, people are not shy to share their opinions. This is a great way to get a feel for a breeder. Check out reviews and comments on their website or other trusted site to get an idea of the situation.

You also have the option of checking with your local rescue shelters. As the Choxer is so new, however, you are unlikely to find one that was surrendered.

Other Costs to Consider

From what we gather, you may find a Boxachi for a reasonable rate, or you might end up paying a considerable amount. Though there is some variance there, the other costs associated with pet adoption does not change.

You will need to provide the basics for your pet throughout their lifetime. In this case, a Boxachi is thought to have a lifespan of 12 to 18 years, so being prepared for the extra expenses is important. Here are the basics you will need:

  • Food and treats
  • Leashes, harness, and collars
  • Vet services
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Grooming supplies
  • Bedding and toys
  • Microchipping

It’s important to note that these are just the basics. Other costs like grooming help, clothing, dog walkers, fencing, and much more can (and most likely will) come up.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Boxachi

1. Boxachi Size

With two very differently sized parents, the Choxer’s body type can vary. They can be small lap dogs or bigger like the Boxer. For the most part, though, they will not be bigger than 40 pounds.

2. Boxer Background

The vivacious Boxer breed is thought to have originated from Tibet. Some researchers believe they are an offspring of the fighting Bullgod, as well.

3. Chihuahua Background

There is a lot of debate about where the Chihuahua comes from. Some believe they originated in Egypt while others argue China. Either way, both parties agree that they are an old and distinguished canine family that has been in existence for about 3,000 years.

Parents of Boxachi
The parents of Boxachi | Left: Boxer, Right: Chihuahua

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Boxachi

Moving on to the personality of this breed, you will find the Boxachi to be playful, affectionate, and devoted to their family. They have a decent amount of energy with an enormous amount of spunk and sass. Not only that, but they are inquisitive, brave, and not afraid to follow their nose into trouble.

This pup has a mischievous side, yet they are also sweet, loving, and loyal. They are happy to sit on your lap watching TV or outside taking a walk. They can also be left alone to entertain themselves. Of course, you will need to provide them with toys and other activities to keep their curious nature at bay.

On the intelligence side, you will find your pet has plenty of it. Along with those brains, however, you will also find a strong will, some stubbornness, and they can be temperamental at times. Care is required with this pet. They remember harsh words or mistreatment. They can also be a bit aggressive if they feel scared or mistreated.

Those moments are rare if your Choxer is well taken care of, though. You are more likely to see them pouncing on stuffed animals or lounging on their favorite blanket. They also like to burrow, so you will find them sleeping under your covers or on your lap under a blanket.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

One of the great aspects about this breed is they do well in either a family setting or a single person home. That being said, we don’t recommend this dog for families with very small children. As mentioned, they can be aggressive if they feel mistreated. Tugging on their ears or pulling their tail won’t go over well.

On the other hand, older children are great. The Boxachi will love to follow them around and hang out. They will also enjoy outings with the whole family. This is not a pet that is timid or nervous around noise and boisterous people. They are more likely to act tough.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

This is a question that is also difficult, as it’s very situational. Depending on whether they were socialized as puppies, they can either be friendly or not feel it whatsoever. That being said, the Boxachi has been known to do okay with other dogs in the home, but they can have a jealous side. You will likely want to ensure your two dogs have separate everything. Plus, be sure to give them equal attention.

We also don’t recommend this breed if you have smaller animals. This pup has a strong prey drive and combined with their jealousy, smaller animals are not a good idea. Again, this can also depend on their early years. If socialized with a small pet from puppyhood on can make a big difference.

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Things to Know When Owning a Boxachi:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Choxer’s diet is one of the easier parts of this breed’s care. They don’t have a lot of restrictions, so what you need to concentrate on is providing them with a healthy meal plan that will keep them happy and healthy. As always, you should check with your veterinarian before picking out recipes for your pooch to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need.

Checking with your vet is especially important for this breed to their variance in size. For example, you may have a Boxach that weighs 12-pounds while the one you read about online is closer to 40 pounds. Curating their diet to your pet’s size, age, lifestyle, and health is key for a nutritious meal.

While you are at it, you also want to discuss treats and snacks, as well. We can tell you that this pooch can be prone to weight gain. For this reason, you want to stay away from meals and treats that are high in unhealthy fats, sugars, processed and artificial ingredients, and other not wholesome foods.

Exercise 🐕

The Boxachi has an average amount of energy for a dog of their size (whether small or medium). They do well with two walks per day along with some additional playtime. There are a few details to keep in mind, however. First, if they are on the bigger side, it is better to have some outdoor space for them to run. You can also take them on jogs, hikes, and other more strenuous activities.

On the other hand, if they are on the smaller side of the canine community, you need to be more careful. Shorter walks are better, and they won’t be able to keep up with jogs. Luckily, if they are smaller in stature, they can have more playtime indoors.

Regardless of size, however, you need to keep them on a leash at all times when outdoors. They can be great escape artists. If you plan to let them play in the yard, make sure there are no gaps in the fence, and it’s important to keep a close eye on them.

Other Activities

With a smarty on your hands, you will want to give them some brain games to keep them busy. This can be in the form of toys, teaching them tricks, or playing games. This breed also loves to tackle and pounce, so stuffed animals are fun for them along with chew toys to keep that pastime from being taken out on your furniture.

Training 🎾

Training your Boxachi is where things can get difficult. First and foremost, they are a quick study, so learning the rules is not an issue. Instead, they can be stubborn, sassy, and independent. You will have to be patient with your pet and keep training sessions quick and fun. As always, positive reinforcement works wonders. Be that as it may, they also need an alpha to follow.

Creating an “alpha” persona for your dog to follow is where a lot of people can be confused. This does not mean you need to “dominate” your pet or show them who’s boss through yelling, hitting, or any aggressive behavior. Being an “alpha” simply means not giving in to bad behavior.

At the end of the day, if you are consistent, persistent, and repetitive, your pooch will learn their lessons and be better for it. They are devoted to you, and ultimately want to make you happy and smile. Plus, they like the treat, too.

We also wanted to quickly point out here that while all training is important, socialization at a young age is imperative for the Boxachi. You want to start this training from day one if possible while also adding in obedience, behavioral, and housebreaking one step at a time.

Grooming ✂️

Once again, we have to say that this is not the easiest question to answer as it heavily depends on which side of the family your pup takes after. Thankfully, their nail, ear, and teeth care are pretty basic. You want to brush their teeth as often as possible. You will also need to check their ears twice a week and clean them gently with a cotton swab and canine ear cleaning product. Nails are done as needed typically every four to six weeks.

It is their coat fur where things can get confusing, so we are going to break it into two sections.

Short Fur

If your Choxer has short fur, you will need to brush them weekly to get all excess hair off and keep their coat shiny and healthy. They are not overly big shedders, but you want to keep the excess to a minimum. When it comes to baths, it will depend on whether they take after their Boxer or Chihuahua side.

With that being said, it is recommended that you only bath a Boxer when they really need it as it strips their fur of essential oils. We would advise following this dictate for the short-haired Boxachi. Instead, if you need to clean them more often, you can wipe them down with a damp face cloth to remove any dirt or debris.

You also want to note that this short-haired pooch does not do well in cold weather. Even if they are on the bigger side, you need to provide them with a sweater in the winter and colder months.

Long Fur

When your pup has longer fur, it is important to brush them with a pin and slicker brush several times a week. Not only will these keep excess hair from getting all over your furniture and clothes, but it will also keep mats from forming.

Unlike the Boxer, experts recommend that you bathe your Chihuahua often. This is also what they advise from a longer-haired Boxachi. This will help keep them clean, and their fur healthy. Also, if your pup is on the smaller side, you will still want to provide them with a sweater in the winter to keep them warm. Bigger dogs may not need to be careful when the temperatures plummet.

Health and Conditions 🏥

The health concerns that could befall your Boxachi is generally predicted by the health issues their parents had. For that reason, we have listed the serious and most likely problems along with the minor and less-likely issues below. Thankfully, this is a pretty healthy pooch, but regular check-ups are important to make sure they stay that way.

Minor Conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Weight gain
  • Ear infections
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation

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Final Thoughts

If you decide to adopt a Boxachi, you will be the happy owner of a spunky, playful, and affectionate pooch that will be devoted to you and your family. They are proud little pups who want to play, relax, and generally spend time with their human family. Although there is not an abundance of research on this designer breed yet, we know that you will be happy with this pet.

We hope this article has helped answer any questions you had about this hybrid. As we have mentioned throughout this article, there can be limited info on designer breeds especially if they are new. We do our best to give you the most accurate and dependable info, so you can make the best decision for you and your potential pets!