The Boxer Chow: A Complete Guide

Displaying the characteristics of both its parent breeds, the Boxer Chow mix has a powerful, muscular structure with a slightly square profile, broad skull, drooping ears, a distinctive black mask on its muzzle, and a curly tail.

Since it’s a mix between a Boxer and a Chow Chow, it will also have traits from both parent breeds.

They are medium-sized dogs, weighing up to 60 pounds, and with a lifespan of up to 15 years.

The colors of the Boxer Chow are usually light to golden brown, cream, and white. It also usually has a black muzzle.

They have short coats and curly tails. They are gentle, playful dogs who make good family pets. They are very good with children but are quite distrustful of strangers.

Owners will find their Boxer Chows fairly easy to train because they are quite responsive to commands.

Boxer Chow Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Boxer Chows need to be taught how to respond appropriately to strangers.

What Price are Boxer Chow Puppies?

The average price of Boxer Chow puppies is approximately $1,000. If you choose to adopt, expect adoption fees to cost about $175.

How to Find Reputable Boxer Chow Breeders?

To find a responsible breeder, attend a dog show or pay a visit to the breed’s parent club for more resources and additional contact information.

Don’t be put off if a breeder isn’t immediately responsive. Hobby breeders often have full-time jobs and they don’t always have available puppies.

Be selective. Find a breeder who is well-educated about the entire breeding process of dogs, as well as their personality, temperament, diet, and grooming needs.

Visit the kennel or the breeder’s home so that you can see at least one of the puppy’s parents. Doing this will give you a good idea about your dog’s appearance and temperament.

Observe the premises. Is the house/kennel clean? Odor-free? Dogs and puppies should be clean, well fed, lively, and friendly.

Look for signs of malnutrition, such as protruding rib cages, or signs of illness, such as runny nose and eyes, coughing, lethargy, and skin sores.

3 Little-Known Facts About Boxer Chow Puppies

  1. Like all hybrids, you need to look at the parents to get a good read on how they will likely behave. Boxer Chows can be a very powerful and strong breed that might be best for an experienced dog owner.
  2. They might be an alpha with a strong personality. They need a strong owner with experience who can set themselves as pack leader.
  3. They are capable of being independent and alone, even when the house is noisy or full. They also respond well to positive reinforcement.
The Boxer Chows are fully loyal to their masters.

Physical Traits of the Boxer Chow

The Boxer Chow is a medium-sized breed. It will have different colors, but the most common colors include cream, white, brown, and golden brown.

They usually have black muzzles. Their coats are short but can be thick around the neck area.
Both parent dogs are strong and powerfully built. Your Boxer Chow is likely to be strong and muscular, too.

They have quite wide skulls and drooping ears that look like the natural ears of the Boxer’s than the triangular ones of the Chow Chow.

The Boxer Chow has a friendlier expression than the parent Chow Chow, who is sometimes known as having a lordly scowl.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep a Boxer Chow looking good, but regular brushing is a good idea as it tends to shed a moderate amount.

Brushing at least twice a week will encourage healthy blood circulation and clean any dirt that may have accumulated, keeping the coat looking healthy and shiny.

Your Boxer Chow will also need infrequent baths. Bathe them only when necessary and make sure you use a dog shampoo to prevent any irritation to the skin.

Try to brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a canine toothpaste. Clean the ears with moistened cotton wool to remove any debris.

Nails should be clipped when necessary. When the canine toenail is left too long, it can be prone to breaks.

How Big is a Full-Grown Boxer Chow?

Male Boxer Chows grow anywhere between 13 to 20 inches, while female Boxer Chows grow up to 18 to 20 inches.

They weigh approximately 41 to 65 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Boxer Chow?

The life expectancy of the Boxer Chow is 10 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Boxer Chow

Your Boxer Chow is likely to inherit the characteristics of both parent dogs who were bred to be guard dogs as well as great family pets.

Boxer Chows are quiet and sweet dogs that love to be with family members, including kids.

They are most often wary of strangers and will be very protective of family members if they feel they are at risk.

They have a lot of energy and will need quite a bit of exercise to maintain their fitness. But they are regarded as fairly easy to train and responsive when it comes to obedience training.

Regular outdoor excursions to the dog park or beach would be a good idea.

They would thrive in a house with an enclosed yard, but they could happily stay in an apartment, as long as they are exercised regularly.

Boxer Chows are graceful, dignified, quiet, loyal, and comical by nature.

However, they don’t like it when they’re being fussed over or cuddled excessively. While they make a great companion to their owner, their devotion extends to the other members of the family.

Neither too shy nor aggressive, these dogs are no troublemakers and will refrain from interfering in other people’s businesses.

Although they enjoy the presence of kids, they will not accept harsh treatments and abuse. Make sure that you teach your kids to be kind and mindful of your pet dog.

They are very protective and territorial. They don’t trust strangers easily and will warn their humans right away.

They will also challenge any person who is identified as a threat to their family.

However, if the stranger is introduced by the owner, Boxer Chows do not mind being touched by them.

The Boxer Chow’s coat is short but thick around the neck area.

The Boxer Chow’s Diet

The recommended diet for a Boxer Chow should comprise of 2 ½ to 3 cups of dry food a day.

To support your boxer’s energy level, you need to give him a diet that provides all of his basic nutritional needs.

In addition to a high protein content, your Boxer Chow also needs a diet that provides all the essential vitamins and minerals his body requires.

Calcium is particularly important to support your Boxer Chow’s bone and joint health, as are L-carnitine and taurine for heart health.

It is important to know that Boxer Chows are prone to developing food allergies. You should select a food that is free from common allergens, including corn, wheat, soy, and yeast.

You should also be careful about foods that contain artificial flavors or colorings and byproducts.

It is also possible for Boxer Chows to be allergic to certain kinds of protein, including beef and chicken. Be prepared to try out a few different foods before you settle completely on one formula.

When shopping for dog food for your boxer, don’t let price be the determining factor.

Cheaper foods often use lower quality ingredients that could not only trigger allergies in your Boxer Chow but could also be lacking in nutritional value.

Ideally, your Boxer Chow’s food should contain between 20% and 30% protein with a mix of various vitamins and minerals.

One dog food formula may not work for every dog, so you may need to try a few before you find what works for your Boxer Chow.

Keep in mind that many dog food manufacturers provide the same products in different flavors, so if your boxer can’t tolerate one flavor, another might work better.

How Much Exercise Does a Boxer Chow Need?

The Boxer Chow is a dog with high energy levels. It will need daily exercise to keep in shape and healthy.

This hybrid does not tolerate heat well, so take your pet for a walk early in the morning or later in the evening.

The breed does well in an apartment, provided they are taken out for daily exercise. Obedience classes will be welcomed as an opportunity to exercise their mind as well as their body.

Boxer Chow Health and Conditions

The good thing about getting a puppy from a reputable breeder is that you can avoid having a dog with health problems.

A breeder should offer a health guarantee on their puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all.

The Boxer Chow might be prone to eye problems, skin problems, bloat, joint dysplasia, and patellar luxation.

My Final Thoughts on the Boxer Chow

The Boxer Chow is a so-called designer hybrid that is a powerful guardian animal.

However, you will need to be an involved and responsible owner who can properly socialize a dog with a strong bite.

While you cannot predict the exact personality of a Boxer Chow, the genes of the Chow Chow parent bring an amount of aggression to the mix if you don’t socialize it early and properly.

They may be utterly loyal to family, but they need to be taught how to respond appropriately to strangers.

Other than this, expect a lot of wonderful and loving moments with your Boxer Chow!

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OVERALL SUMMARY

5
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
7.5
Family Safety
7.5
Friendliness
8
Health Concerns
6.5
Life Span
5
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.6 / 10

Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she's not nerding out on dogs, you'll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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