Welcome to our complete guide to the Boxer Lab mix, often known as the Boxador.
This hybrid generally weighs between 55 and 80 pounds. It can also grow up to 25 inches tall as an adult.
You can expect your Boxador to be friendly, intelligent, and active.
In this guide, we have put together all of the important information you will need to consider before picking up your new pup.
What’s In This Guide
- Boxer Lab Mix At A Glance
- In-depth Breed Review
- Boxer Lab Mix Training And Care
- Pros And Cons Of Getting A Boxer Lab Mix
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Boxer Lab Mix FAQs
Our readers’ most popular and frequently asked questions about the Boxer Lab Mix.
- Are Boxer Lab mixes good family dogs?
- Where can I find Boxadors to rescue?
- Are Boxer Lab mixes confrontational?
- Are Boxadors big dogs?
Boxer Lab Mix: Breed At A Glance
- Popularity:According to the AKC, Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed of dog in America, with Boxers a respectable 11th.
- Purpose: Companion
- Weight: 55-80 pounds
- Temperament: Active and friendly
Boxer Lab Mix Breed Review: Contents
- History and original purpose of the Boxer Lab mix
- Fun facts about Boxer Lab mix
- Boxer Lab mix appearance
- Boxer Lab mix temperament
- Training and exercising your Boxer Lab mix
- Boxer Lab mix health and care
- Do Boxer Lab mixes make good family pets
- Rescuing a Boxer Lab mix
- Finding a Boxer Lab mix puppy
- Raising a Boxer Lab mix puppy
- Boxer Lab mix products and accessories
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History And Original Purpose Of The Boxer Lab Mix
A Boxador is a cross bred dog, made by mixing a Labrador Retriever with a Boxer.
We aren’t entirely sure who first came up with the idea for crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Boxer. In fact, it could very well have been accidental!
We do know a bit more about the parent breeds, however.
Labrador Retrievers are currently ranked as the most popular dog breed in America, according to the AKC. Though they were originally bred to help assist hunters with retrieving game, they’re more commonly seen these days as favorite family members.
But they also are employed as therapy dogs, search and rescue, and guide dogs, among others.
Boxers originate from Germany, and were also in use as hunting companions.
Fun Facts About The Boxer Lab Mix
Technically a Boxador is not a recognized breed in it’s own right, as it has not been approved by the Kennel Club.
However, it is recognized by several smaller designer dog clubs in the USA.
As far as the parent breeds go, the Boxer was one of the very first breeds ever to be registered with the AKC, dating back to 1904.
The Labrador was registered with the Kennel Club in England the year before, in 1903, but wasn’t recognized by the AKC until 1913.
Boxer Lab Mix Appearance
Because the Boxador is a mix of two breeds, the size and build can’t necessarily be predicted as easily as with a purebred dog.
Both Boxers and Labs are fairly large, similarly sized dogs.
Labradors weigh anywhere from 55 to 80 pounds. This varies quite a lot because Labs come in two types, English and American. English “show” Labs tend to be stockier and heavier.
Boxers normally weigh between 55 and 70 pounds.
When fully grown, a Boxer can be up to around 25 inches tall. A fully grown Lab will normally be slightly shorter.
You can therefore assume that your puppy might grow to be anywhere up to 25 inches tall and 80 pounds in weight, but could be considerably smaller than this.
Boxer Lab mix breed dogs can come in a range of colors. Boxer Lab mix puppies will rarely be one uniform color. They will often have a black mask on their muzzle and around their eyes.
They may have white feet, chests, or tails too.
The color of your puppy will depend upon the colors of his parents, and their ancestors too. Some colors can be hidden in a dog’s genetics for years, and only be expressed when there isn’t a more dominant gene passed on.
A brindle Boxador can look very much like its Boxer parent, due to the characteristic coloration. They will often have the distinctive black mask over their faces and white markings on their feet.
Influence of the Lab Parent
Chocolate Lab Boxer mix puppies can look very similar to chocolate Lab puppies, with dark brown coats. A chocolate Boxador will often have white markings on the chest, and possibly on face and feet as well.
A black Lab Boxer puppy will often be mostly black, with white paws and chest and perhaps some white on his chin. This black and white Boxador is often especially appealing, with the longer legs and broader Boxer face.
It is also possible to get a white Boxador, though they will often have flecks of black on them too. A yellow Boxador is harder to come by, as the relevant genes may not express when a yellow Lab is mixed with a Boxer.
Boxer Lab Mix Temperament
The Boxador personality can be hard to define, as mixed breed temperaments can express in a variety of potential ways. The puppy may take after either, both, or neither of its parents.
But both Boxers and Labradors do have a few things in common. Loyalty, high energy levels, intelligence and playfulness are features you will frequently find in both breeds, and therefore likely to be seen in their cross bred pups.
A Boxador is not a lap dog. It is likely exuberant and lively. It will love to spend time outdoors, walking or running around with you.
Both Boxers and Labs have good reputations for liking children, however they are also both large and bouncy dogs. You will therefore need to be careful and supervise their contact around smaller children, to avoid accidents.
The main difference between the standard Labrador and Boxer personalities is in guarding potential. Most Labs are not natural guard dogs, but many Boxers are.
Training And Exercising Your Boxer Lab Mix
The Boxador should be very receptive to positive training techniques, being both intelligent and food motivated.
As mentioned before, due to the Boxer parent’s history as a guard dog, it’s important to focus on socialization of your Lab Boxer mix puppy, as you have no way of knowing whether this guarding potential will be expressed in your particular pup.
Help them to meet lots of people when they are very young, both in the house and outdoors. This will help them to feel more relaxed around strangers.
Both parent breeds are very active, and your Boxador will need at least an hour of exercise each day.
The Boxer parent does tend to have a shorter muzzle that puts it right on the edge of brachycephaly, however.
Boxer Lab Mix Health And Care
You may have heard that mix breed dogs are healthier and live longer. It is generally true that studies have shown greater longevity in cross bred dogs.
But designer dogs like Boxadors aren’t necessarily going to be healthier if the parents have not been health tested.
Not only do purebred dogs like Labs and Boxers have some serious potential health issues to contend with, some of these issues are the same. Which means it is still vital that your puppy’s parents are health tested for the relevant conditions.
The Labrador parent should have a clear eye certificate from the last year. They should also have good hip scores, perfect elbow scores, and DNA tests for PRA blindness as a minimum.
The Boxer parent should have a clear eye certification from the last year. Good hip scores, perfect elbow scores and a DNA test for PRA too.
Boxer Health Problems
In addition to the pedigree dog health issues they share with Labs, Boxers have some serious problems of their own to deal with.
They are a brachycephalic breed, which means that they have a shortened muzzle that can lead to breathing and temperature regulation problems.
In a cross bred dog this problem should be reduced as the muzzle is likely to be longer. However, it is still possible for a Boxador to be born brachycephalic due to the Boxer parent.
When picking your puppy, make sure that they have a full muzzle and that the Boxer parent has a prominent nose.
Find out the family history of heart and kidney problems in the Boxer parent’s line. If any incidences of these issues arise, you would be well advised to avoid their offspring.
How Long Do Boxadors Live?
It is widely reported that Boxadors live 12 to 15 years. However, I have not seen any studies of this cross which confirm this for certain.
What we do know is that on average Labs live 12 years and Boxers live 10 years. Cross bred dogs tend to live longer than their parents, but this is not guaranteed.
The best way to make sure your Boxer Lab mix lives as long as possible is to find him from a reputable breeder who has used health as a primary goal.
Boxador Shedding And Grooming
Although Boxer Lab mix puppies normally have short, shiny coats, Boxador shedding is a potential issue you will need to consider if you are thinking of bringing a puppy into your home.
Boxers shed and Labrador shedding can be quite extreme too. It is likely that your Boxador will shed quite a lot of fur, especially in melting season.
To keep your Boxador feeling comfortable, and your house fairly clean, you will need to have a good regular grooming routine. A quick brush with a firm bristle brush at least twice a week should be adequate most of the year.
Do Boxer Lab Mixes Make Good Family Pets
Both Boxers and Labs have great reputations as family pets. They are both exuberant, active breeds, however, so may be better suited to families with children who are a little older.
Rescuing A Boxer Lab Mix
It’s always rewarding to rescue a dog who is need of a home.
Though you may not know all the details of the dog’s parentage, choosing a dog who is already full grown can help potential owners to be able to ascertain the personality and health of the animal.
Boxer Lab mixes, as can be seen in the comments, are increasingly in demand. Check out some of the rescue organizations for this mix and the parent breed.
Finding A Boxer Lab Mix Puppy
Boxador breeders are fairly numerous in the US, but much harder to find in the UK.
The breeders of designer dogs can be just as reputable as pedigree dog breeders, but they can also be out to cash in on a recent trend and make a fast buck.
A good breeder will put the health and temperament of the parents they breed from as a firm priority.
Good breeders do not have numerous other litters available. Their dogs will clearly have a role in the family too, either as adored pets or as agility or show dogs.
Make sure that the parents clearly have a bond with their owner, respond to their names and are happy to greet you when you arrive.
Where to Avoid
Never buy a puppy from someone who wants to meet you away from their own home, or who makes excuses about why you can’t meet the puppy’s mother. They should always be happy to arrange for you to meet both parents, even if one does not live on site.
Please take care to avoid buying from puppy mills and pet stores!
For more tips on finding a Boxer Lab mix puppy, check out our puppy search guide.
Unlike some designer dog breeds, the Boxador price does not seem to have gone to extremes.
This is possibly because, due to their size, they have fewer potential appropriate homes to go to.
In the US, you can expect to pay somewhere between $300 – $700 for a Boxer Lab mix puppy.
Raising A Boxer Lab Mix Puppy
Caring for a vulnerable Boxer Lab mix puppy is a big responsibility.
There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training.
You’ll find them listed on our Boxer Lab mix puppy page.
Boxer Lab Mix Products And Accessories
For more suggestions on the perfect products for your Boxador, check out our articles on dog supplies.
Pros And Cons Of Getting A Boxer Lab Mix
- Very active crossbreed
- May have brachycephaly concerns
- May have other health concerns shared by both parents
Comparing The Boxer Lab Mix With Other Breeds
Mixed breed or designer dogs are increasingly popular. If you’re interested in the Boxador but not quite certain yet, here are a few other breeds that are worth a look.
Of course, it may be that you’re fairly certain the Boxer Lab mix is what you want. However, here are a few similar mixes that definitely deserve consideration!
Boxer Lab Mix Breed Rescues
Though there aren’t as yet any dedicated rescues for the Boxador, there are rescue organizations for the individual parent breeds, and those are a great place to start.
- The Boxer Rescue
- Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
- Thames Valley Boxer Rescue UK
- Boxer Rescue Network Australia
- Boxer Rescue Canada
- Lab Rescue Canada
- Labrador Rescue Australia
- Southern England Labrador Rescue
- Love Your Labrador UK
- American Lab Rescue
Do you know of any other rescues that focus on Boxadors or the parent breeds? Let us know about them in the comments below!
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- The Puppy Mill Project
This article has been extensively revised for 2019.