Miniature Boxer (Boxer & Boston Terrier Mix): The Complete Guide

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Height: 15-22 inches
Weight: 25-55 lbs.
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black/brown, brown/white, black, light brown, white/cream
Suitable for: Families with kids, lifelong companion
Temperament: Affectionate, loving, devoted, calm, protective

The Miniature Boxer is a cross between the Boxer and Boston Terrier, so they are considered a designer breed. They are a fairly new breed that was developed for those who like the Boxer but want a smaller version that is easier to keep. They are becoming more popular, as they become more known in the dog world and as people realize how loving and friendly they are. You will see in this article that even though they physically resemble a smaller version of the Boxer, they don’t display the temperament of one. Let’s delve deeper to find out more about this endearing breed.

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Miniature Boxer Puppies — Before You Buy

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If you are considering purchasing a Mini Boxer puppy, there are a few things to keep in mind before you make a decision. Like most puppies, they have a fair amount of energy, which will most likely last throughout their life. They are a social dog and will develop a strong bond with their families, which explains why they don’t like to be left alone.

Mini Boxers have a decent lifespan and can live from 12 to 15 years, especially if you care for their physical and mental health, beginning when they are puppies and continuing throughout their life. Even though they are playful, Mini Boxers need a strong leader and early socialization to become the ideal pet. They are smart but can be stubborn if you don’t approach them with firm yet gentle instruction.

Hybrids can inherit diseases from both parent breeds, so it’s good to know what to expect. It doesn’t mean your puppy will be afflicted with each disease, but common concerns are heart issues, hypothyroidism, and respiratory issues. We will dive deeper into specific health issues a little later in the article.

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Health
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What’s the Price of Miniature Boxer Puppies?

To find a Miniature Boxer puppy, you will need to look for a reputable breeder in your area. You won’t find a puppy at your local animal shelter because they are a popular choice for many would-be pet owners. You can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $2,000, depending on the breeder and their qualifications.

To find a good breeder, you can ask your veterinarian for recommendations or if you see someone with a Miniature Boxer, ask them where they purchased the dog. Meet the breeder and ask questions about how they care for their puppies. Make sure you see the puppy’s parents because this will give you an idea about what your dog will be like.

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Three Little-Known Facts About Miniature Boxers

1. They Aren’t an Aggressive Breed

There has been a misconception that Boxers are an aggressive breed, so this can be a myth that is carried to the Miniature Boxer. The Mini Boxer is muscular and stocky and may have an aggressive appearance, but once you get to know them, you realize that they are loving and friendly.

2. The Miniature Boxer Is Not Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Unfortunately, only purebred dogs are allowed to be registered through the AKC. However, they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and could be registered through the Dog Registry of America.

3. They Make Great Guard Dogs

This detail may seem like it is disclaiming the non-aggressive fact, but a dog who is great at protecting their family doesn’t need to be aggressive. The Miniature Boxer is serious about their devotion to their family, so they will alert you if they sense that you or someone they love is in danger.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Miniature Boxer

Miniature Boxers are fiercely loyal, and they form a lifetime bond with their family. They are social and like to be part of the action, but they can be wary of strangers. They won’t be mean, but they have to make sure the stranger is safe before they let their guard down.

Giving them attention is important, and they will show you love in return. If you want a lap dog, then the Mini Boxer is ideal because they would rather snuggle on your lap than anywhere else. As long as they receive attention and can interact with everyone in the household, they will be happy.

Mini Boxers are intelligent and learn quickly; providing socialization and training from an early age will ensure that they live up to their full potential. They are alert yet feature a calm and gentle disposition. Curiosity is a trait they receive from the Boston Terrier, so it’s wise to keep them in a fenced yard, or they may wander off if they discover something they want to learn more about.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Miniature Boxers are perfect for families. They form deep bonds with their family and love children. In fact, if you don’t include them as part of the family, they can become despondent and destructive. They are patient with children, and since they have a high-energy level, they make ideal playmates.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

When socialized from a young age, the Miniature Boxer will get along with other pets. Sometimes their need for chasing the cat may arise, but they are doing it out of playfulness more than being mean. When they are around other animals in the household, they can become friends and include them as part of the family unit.

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Things to Know When Owning a Miniature Boxer

Owning a dog requires you to know how to properly care for them so they can have a happy and healthy life. This section provides further detail about the breed so you are comfortable with their needs and requirements.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Since they are a small breed and have a high amount of energy, your Mini Boxer will need plenty of protein and fat to build lean muscle and provide energy throughout the day. High-quality dog food that is formulated for medium breeds is ideal, and you can find brands that offer medium breed puppy food and even senior food that allows you to provide optimal nutrition for all life stages.

They are prone to obesity if they consume more calories than required, so make sure you are adjusting their food intake in relation to their activity level.

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Exercise 🐕

The two breeds that make up the Miniature Boxer are known for their energy level, so it should not be a surprise that the hybrid is also full of energy. Puppies will have a higher amount of energy, and as your Mini Boxer ages, the level will decrease. However, this breed requires a fair amount of exercise to prevent them from becoming bored and overweight.

They love to play and go for walks when the weather isn’t overly hot or freezing, and they even enjoy running. Playing fetch and other games are ideal for providing one-on-one attention and releasing some energy. Mental stimulation is important too, so teach your Mini Boxer tricks, create an obstacle course, or get a puzzle toy for them to play with.

Training 🎾

Since they are intelligent, you can train them fairly quickly. They can be stubborn, but if you remain consistent and patient, they will learn to listen to you. Positive reinforcement with firm rules will teach your Mini Boxer that you are the leader but are also fair and will treat them with respect. The earlier you start, the better results you will receive because there is less chance of bad habits forming.

Grooming ✂️

The Mini Boxer sheds a moderate amount and isn’t considered a hypoallergenic breed. With their short hair, it isn’t difficult to maintain, but you will need to brush them at least three times per week to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Regular baths will keep them smelling fresh, and cleaning their ears regularly will prevent infections that can affect floppy-eared dogs. Don’t forget about brushing their teeth two to three times per week and clipping the toenails before they become too long.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Since your Mini Boxer is a mix of Boston Terrier and the Boxer, there are a few issues to be aware of that could affect your dog. Your dog won’t be affected by every condition, and they may not suffer from any illnesses. It’s always the best to look at the positive side and not expect bad things to happen. However, you need to be proactive and provide the best care, which includes having your hybrid visit the veterinarian as recommended for regular checkups.

Minor Conditions
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cataracts
  • Patellar luxation
  • Allergies
  • Demodicosis
  • Dermatitis
  • Bloating
  • Respiratory issues
Serious Conditions
  • Heart murmurs
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Cancer
  • Deafness
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy

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Male vs. Female

There is not a huge amount of difference between males and females because much can depend upon the personality of your dog, since each one is different. You will find that males can be slightly bigger in their weight, height, and muscle mass. Males who aren’t neutered could be more protective and dominant. Female dogs can be more independent and stubborn than their male counterparts.

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Final Thoughts

Miniature Boxers are becoming more known and loved in the dog community, and there are many reasons that this is happening. They are a loving and friendly breed that enjoys being with their family. Dog owners appreciate pets who offer many great qualities and fit seamlessly into their lifestyles. Mini Boxers don’t have many negative attributes, and they can live long and healthy lives when taken care of appropriately.

If you are debating about whether to get a Mini Boxer or not, we hope that this guide provides plenty of information about this breed to help you make your decision or perhaps offer advice that will assist you in caring for your Mini Boxer if you already have one.


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