Dogs are entities full of love. When you bring one into your life, it orbits around your schedule with its tongue out, always ready to be kind and caring.
They are wholesome creatures but require a whole lot of work.
When you finally decide to purchase a dog it will change your schedule, mood, organization, and use of time, as well as force you to prioritize this bond that you’ve sworn into.
It sounds like a lot of work on the surface, but it’s just a process of loving a dog as much as it loves you.
The Boxsky is the peculiar mix of a Boxer and Siberian Husky, and it’s a big ball of adrenaline and tail-wagging enthusiasm.
The Boxer would work as a show dog in its early years, and then later be a guard dog, messenger dog and tracking dog for the army in World War I.
The Siberian Husky is a Spitz dog that was bred as a working dog that pulled sleds throughout the frosty landscapes of Siberia.
With such a rich, working-class history, it’s no wonder that the Boxsky is as energetic as it is.
In this guide, I will showcase the need to know information about the Boxsky, and outline the vital decisions you need to make before purchasing.
I will detail the dietary needs, exercise requirements, life expectancy, cost of puppies and what to look for in Boxsky breeders, as well as a slew of other things.
If the energetic elegance of the Boxsky is something that makes you curious, read on to continue learning about this crossbreed canine.
Boxsky – Before You Buy…
There’s a slew of things you need to consider before purchasing a Boxsky puppy.
Do I have space, time or dedication to raising a dog? Ask yourself that, then come back to this guide.
Purchasing a dog is something you need to be completely sure on, and completely committed to before diving in.
Friendships require work, and dogs are the best friends around. Things you will need to consider include the following:
The space in your household. Make sure you have enough space for the Boxsky to live, grow, stretch, play and thrive in comfort! If you have an apartment, this large breed isn’t for you.
The time you have to raise a dog. For families, this isn’t usually a problem, as at least someone is home most of the time.
If you’re on your own, however, you will need to free a considerable amount of time to socialize this dog and give it attention. If you fail to do this, the dog will become depressed, anxious and destructive.
Color. Look at the colors that the Boxsky can come in, and choose one (they will be listed later on in this guide).
Gender. Boy or girl? Simple.
Spaying/Neutering. I suggest asking any dog owners you know on their opinions for this decision, and whether or not you’d want your Boxsky to have puppies in the future. Choose carefully.
How Much Does a Boxsky Cost?
Budget is a thing you need to consider when purchasing a puppy and will determine if you want to purchase one at all.
The Boxsky comes from an ancestry of expensive breeds, and therefore is expensive itself. It will cost you around $800-$1000 for each puppy, which is higher than the average for large crossbreeds.
This is the same price as a purebred Siberian Husky, and a little less than that of $1000-$1500 price point of a Boxer.
If you’re looking for a Boxer but don’t want to above the $1000 price point, the Boxsky is a great alternative.
How Do I Find a Reputable Breeder?
Finding a reputable breeder is a hard time. It induces stress and paranoia among most aspiring dog owners because the last thing we want is to buy from a puppy mill.
However, for some peace of mind, there are some things we can analyze in a breeder to determine whether or not they are truly professional.
When looking for a breeder, ask any family or friends who have a dog for recommendations, or source word of mouth in your neighborhood.
A good breeder will provide a spacious environment for the Boxsky, as it is a large breed dog and will need an area to play, stretch and laze for it to grow properly.
A breeder should also make a conscious effort to begin socializing the puppies, for them to assimilate smoothly into a household.
A reputable breeder will also assist you with any purchases or information on equipment, as well as the vital needs for the dog to grow.
3 Little Known Facts About the Boxsky
- Its parent breeds the Boxer derived from an old hunting dog called the Bullenbeisser. This dog would specifically hunt wild boars.
- Its other parent breed, the Siberian Husky, was known for being sneaky and could dig themselves out of fenced areas.
- The Boxsky commonly has a waterproof coat.
The Physical Traits of the Boxsky
The Boxsky can look either like a Boxer, a Siberian Husky or the perfect in-between.
As a hybrid, it is never sure what it is going to look like, and it varies with every particular puppy.
However, there are some common traits in how these canine appear.
It is usually a built, masculine dog, sporting floppy ears and a double-layered coat that is short, dense and ranges shades of white, black and tan.
It often inherits the signature blue-eyed glance of the Siberian Husky and is topped off with a long, straight tail.
How Big is a Full-Grown Boxsky?
The Boxsky ranges from medium sizes to large sizes, with the breed predominantly fitting into the latter.
It can grow as large as 35 inches, and a small 20, signifying it an incredibly lengthy dog that may even resemble a wolf.
Regarding weight, its masculine build can grow to around 75 pounds, giving it a slim, fit appearance.
The male is usually bigger than the female, and make sure that because of this size you don’t leave it alone with toddlers.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Boxsky?
The Boxsky unfortunately, tends to have a smaller lifespan than that of other large-sized breeds.
It is expected to live up to around 8-10 years, which is lower than the 10-12 years of a Boxer, and the 12-15 years of a Husky.
To get the most out of the life of a Boxsky, make sure to train it right and watch out for any possible symptoms of health problems.
Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Boxsky
The Boxsky is naturally filled with energy, and loves to play, socialize and jump all over the place.
It will make an excellent guard dog due to its alertness and caution, and it emphasizes the protection of its family. Because of this, it will be wary of strangers and bark frequently.
This can be fixed with early obedience training that signifies the difference between a stranger and an intruder, and can be highly successful with the positive reinforcement tactic known as snacks.
It is nice and well behaved around children, but it is not recommended to leave it around babies as it is always highly energetic and may accidentally cause harm.
To keep it with other pets, you have to reinforce a training regime.
The Dietary Needs of the Boxsky
The Boxsky is a large dog and will need large amounts of food. It’ll eat roughly around 3 cups a day, costing an estimated $50 a month.
It’ll love meats like pork and lamb, dry food for nutrients, fiber-based cereals and series of fruits.
This is the average daily food consumption for most large breeds.
How Much Exercise Does the Boxsky Need?
The Boxsky is high energy, and therefore needs a high amount of exercise. It’ll need an estimated 70-80 minutes a sprinkled through several walks, activities, training regimes and playtime.
It will need an average of 14 miles of walking a week, so prepare for long strolls down the beach or park.
It loves adventures, so possibly try national parks and mountains. The Boxsky is not suitable for apartments and will need to be supervised in the backyard as it tends to dig its way out and wander.
The Boxsky is sensitive to hot weather, so try, and it kept it inside and hydrated during the summer for conditioning.
Health Concerns and Issues of the Boxsky
Possible illnesses and concerns include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Congenital Heart Defect
Overall, the Boxsky is a dog that requires a lot of socialization, exercise, and overall commitment, but provided you persist; it will make a great addition to your household.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, 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.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Boxsky – Before You Buy…
- The Physical Traits of the Boxsky
- Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Boxsky
- The Dietary Needs of the Boxsky
- Health Concerns and Issues of the Boxsky