Finding the best dog for your purposes is a process that has several steps.
First off, you will have to identify what you seek in a dog bred, as all breeds have some pretty significant differences.
It is for this reason that guides on dog breeds can be immensely helpful. Today’s article is about the Boxane.
You may be wondering what the Boxane could potentially be mixed with, but wonder no longer.
This dog breed consists of a mix between a Boxer and a Great Dane, two German dogs that are highly respected and have been for a long time.
Contrary to what you may expect, the Great Dane is indeed German and not Danish.
Before you decide that the Boxane is the best possible dog for you, there are a few things that you should consider.
As with any other dog, you will want to know as much as possible about the Boxane’s temperament, what it eats, how often it needs exercise and every other relevant bit of info.
Boxane Puppies – Before You Buy…
There are a few things that you should know before you get yourself a Boxane puppy, and you should learn them before you are presented with said puppies.
A box full of puppies to choose from has a way of clouding your judgment, and this is as true for Boxanes as it is for any other breed.
What Price are Boxane Puppies?
Of course, you will likely want to know how much money you can expect to spend on a puppy of this breed, and the answer will depend on a few different considerations.
First off, the rarity of Boxane breeders in your area will determine whether the rate is higher or lower, as more supply results in lower prices.
The usual price of a Boxane puppy is somewhere around 1000 dollars, and that sum should ensure that you get a relatively pure example with an excellent bloodline.
There are times when you can find a steady Boxane for around 750 dollars, though this is usually in places where the dog is relatively common.
How to Find Reputable Boxane Breeders?
After the price, you will also want to consider how you can find the right Boxane breeder, as the world of dog breeding is one that is riddled with people of weak moral fiber.
There are many supposed “breeders” who take advantage of dogs so that they can make more money.
The best way to stamp out this sickening process is to starve puppy mills of money.
You should visit your breeder a few times before buying your puppy to make sure that everything is in order during each visit.
Don’t be afraid to ask locals what they have heard of the breeder you are considering.
3 Little-Known Facts About Boxane Puppies
- These puppies are descended from two very old dog breeds. The Boxer was originally bred as a working dog in Germany during the 1800s, while the Great Dane has been around since at least the 1500s. As Germans have a long and proud dog breeding history, it comes as little surprise that their breeds are equally proud.
- Even when Boxanes are puppies, there is a lot of variation within this breed when it comes to size. Some massive examples can look like an entirely different breed, and it depends on the degree to which the Boxane is mixed. Keep in mind that even the puppies can get rather large.
- The inclusion of the Boxer in the mix makes the Boxane a dog that is well-suited for guarding your family. Should you choose to begin at a young age, it is relatively easy to train a Boxane into a fearsome guardian that will still treat your family with kindness and love.
Physical Traits of the Boxane
While the look of the Boxane may vary based on their parents, you will find that these dogs have a few nearly uniform traits.
The stance and gait of these dogs are quite recognizable, as the Great Dane has a particular way of walking that the Boxane inherits, provided that it has a high enough percentage of Great Dane blood.
Brown, black, and white tend to be the most common colors of Boxane that are possible, but golden examples are not unheard of.
These dogs have a relatively thin coat that is often glossy.
Unless there is another breed in the mix, Boxanes should have a coat that is exclusively straight.
Considering the straightness of this dog’s fur, they make for an excellent breed for owners who aren’t used to grooming.
A brush and a comb should be all you need to ensure that your Boxane is properly groomed, and even then, you’ll only need to groom the dog once or twice per month.
How Big is a Full-Grown Boxane?
Since this dog is descended from the Great Dane, it comes as little surprise that it can reach massive sizes.
In fact, the Boxane has a wide range of possible sizes that depend on its exact breeding, with a higher proportion of Boxer resulting in a smaller dog, while more Great Dane makes the breed larger.
These dogs are often 22 to 24 inches tall like many Great Dane mixes with other large dog breeds, but you may be surprised to learn how wide the weight range is.
You can find a Boxane that weighs anywhere from 70 pounds all the way up to around 145 pounds, which makes for an immense difference.
What is the Boxane’s Life Expectancy?
Considering that this breed is part Great Dane, you may not expect this dog to live very long, but that is thankfully not the case.
The Boxane has a surprisingly long life expectancy for such a large dog, which is undoubtedly the result of it being mixed, as larger purebred dogs often suffer from many issues.
Most of these dogs can expect to live for 12 to 15 years, which may sound astounding for such a big breed.
This makes a little more sense when you consider that the upper limit is usually only reserved for smaller examples of this breed that are much less massive than most Boxanes.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Boxane
The Boxane’s behavior will largely depend on how it is raised, as these are very versatile dogs.
A Boxane can make for an excellent companion dog since they inherit many of the “gentle giant” traits that you will find present in the Great Dane, with a little more of the Boxer’s energy.
While the Great Dane is a proud dog that is caring while remaining a little aloof, the Boxer is a bit more of a big baby.
The Boxer’s influence means that the Boxane will be more than willing to play at any time, but remember that these dogs can often forget how large they are, knocking things over.
As long as you ensure that your Boxane is socialized with both strangers and their dogs, you can ensure that it doesn’t grow suspicious and bitter in its old age.
On the other hand, should you wish to train your Boxane for that purpose, these pets make excellent guard dogs for you and your family.
The Boxane’s Diet
How much can you expect the Boxane to eat? Well, being a massive dog, it is normal that you will be spending a premium sum on good dog food.
Around 4 cups of food per day should be sufficient for your Boxane, but smaller dogs may eat about 3 cups, especially since there is so much variance in the Boxane’s size.
Keeping one of these dogs fed will cost you anywhere between 70 and 100 dollars per month, which is a hefty sum for any dog.
High-quality food should at least be mixed into your pet’s diet, and if you can afford it, I would highly recommend feeding your dog premium food whenever possible.
How Much Exercise Does the Boxane Need?
The Boxane needs about 45 minutes of exercise per day, and you will need to participate in all of it since these dogs don’t often get active around the house.
If you don’t have the time to take your dog out, then the Boxane is likely not the best breed that you can opt for.
That amount of exercise every day should result in around 10 to 12 miles of working out per week for your Boxane, which is more than enough to keep your dog healthy.
I would recommend only purchasing one of these dogs if you have a larger home, as they don’t do well in confined spaces.
Boxane Health and Conditions
One of the most unfortunate aspects of the Boxane is that it suffers from a range of medical conditions of varying severity.
Let’s go over some of the problems that owners may face.
- Heart problems
- Hip Dysplasia
- Wobbler’s Syndrome
- Benign tumors
- Spine misalignment
- Eye problems
My Final Thoughts on the Boxane
If you want a big dog with an equally large heart, then the Boxane has you covered.
Provided you can deal with the health problems inherent in most large dogs, the Boxane might just be the perfect breed for you.
Thank you for taking the time to read this comprehensive guide.
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- Boxane Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Boxane
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Boxane
- The Boxane’s Diet
- Boxane Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Boxane