Boxachi

Canis lupus

Last updated: October 11, 2022
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

A Boxachi’s size can vary, so you won’t know how big they will get unless you adopt an adult. However, 40 pounds is the maximum weight they can reach.

Boxachi Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Boxachi Facts

Name Of Young
Pup
Fun Fact
A Boxachi’s size can vary, so you won’t know how big they will get unless you adopt an adult. However, 40 pounds is the maximum weight they can reach.
Diet
Omnivore

Boxachi Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Fawn
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • White
  • Green
  • Cream
Skin Type
Fur
Lifespan
10 to 15 years
Weight
10 to 40 pounds
Height
6 to 20 inches
Aggression
Low

Boxachi as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Moderate
Separation Anxiety
Moderate
Preferred Temperature
Warm climate
Exercise Needs
Moderate
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
$800 to $2000
Dog group
Non-sporting
Male weight
10-40 lbs
Female weight
10-40 lbs

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The Boxachi is the result of cross-breeding a purebred Boxer and Chihuahua.

They are the perfect blend of the Chihuahua’s feistiness and the Boxer’s playfulness.

Boxachis are a medium-sized breed that does not require too much maintenance. They are silly clowns and will keep everyone entertained for hours.

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The puppies are adorable but can get into a lot of mischief because of their high energy. To avoid this, owners must ensure they get enough exercise, affection, and stimulation. It’s hard to document their appearance, as some puppies will resemble their Chihuahua parent, and others, their Boxer parent.

Boxachis are a new hybrid, so there is very little information on the breed. However, they have received a lot of traits from their respective parents. This guide will help you learn more about the Boxachi and if they will be the right fit for your family.

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Unless you adopt an adult, it’s impossible to know whether your Boxachis will look more like its Boxer or its Chihuahua parent. This is a Boxer.

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Ten Different Types of Boxer and Chihuahua Mixes

Both Boxers and Chihuahuas have been crossbred with several other breeds, each getting very different results. But, these pups have one thing in common; they are all extremely cute.

Boxer Mixes

Chihuahua Mixes

Boxachi Fun Fact

A Boxachi’s size can vary, so you won’t know how big they will get unless you adopt an adult. However, 40 pounds is the maximum weight they can reach.

Chihuahua (Canis familiaris) - fluffy chihuahua
Chihuahuas make up half of a Boxachi’s DNA. In addition to their possible contribution to your dog’s size, they also come in short- and long-coated varieties.

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Three Pros and Cons of Owning a Boxachi

When owning a dog, there are always pros and cons. Owning a Boxachi is no different. The advantages and disadvantages include:

Pros

  • They are loyal
  • Make excellent guard dogs
  • Great apartment pets

Cons

  • They don’t cope well with cold temperatures
  • No one can predict their size
  • Might not get along with other animals

The Best Dog Food For a Boxachi

Luckily, a Boxachi’s diet is not that complicated. They don’t have a lot of restrictions, but that doesn’t mean they can eat just anything. The Boxachi needs a healthy and balanced diet to keep it happy and ensure it will have a long and active life.

However, it’s always best to consult a veterinarian about what type of food your pup should eat. As the Boxachi can vary in size, their diets will also differ. For example, some Boxachis can weigh 10 pounds, while others can reach 40 pounds!

Owners should always change their pooch’s diets according to age, lifestyle, and size, to ensure that they remain healthy and extend their life.

In addition, treats and snacks need to be monitored as Boxachis are prone to weight gain and can become obese if they are overfed. That’s why it’s imperative to avoid pet food that’s high in artificial and processed ingredients, unhealthy fats, grains, and sugars.

Some natural brands to consider are:

It’s ok to give them treats in moderation, but ensure they are healthy and not artificial. Some good examples are:

Boxachi Size and Weight

The size and weight of the Boxachi are hard to pinpoint because they vary significantly in size. Some take after their Chihuahua parent, and others after their Boxer parent. However, they will never be as small as a Chihuahua.

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell how big they will get when they are puppies. But, generally, they are medium-sized dogs weighing up to 40 pounds, and the maximum height they can reach is 18 inches.

Boxachi Common Health Issues

The Boxachi’s lifespan is between 10 to 15 years, but they can live longer with a healthy diet and exercise routine. However, Boxachis are susceptible to a few health issues, which include:

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation is a common health issue amongst small breeds. This happens when the patella (knee cap) is not correctly bound to the thigh bone and the calf. When this happens, it causes the dog to hop or skip and can lead to lameness.

Nobody can do anything to prevent it because it is caused through birth. However, sometimes the misalignment and symptoms only appear later on in life.

Unfortunately, all the rubbing caused by this condition leads to arthritis. There are four grades of Patellar Luxation; depending on which grade the dog has, there are surgeries that can help.

Hip Dysplasia

Many canine breeds suffer from hip dysplasia which includes the Boxachi. Sadly, it is very painful and life-threatening. This condition is caused by joints that don’t fit properly into the dog’s rear legs.

Hip dysplasia could be due to various things like obesity, injuries, or strenuous exercise, but it is mainly hereditary. Strangely, some dogs don’t show symptoms, while others will have noticeable signs.

Depending on how severe it is, there are a few treatments available that range from various medications to hip replacement.

Responsible breeders won’t breed pairs with a high hip dysplasia percentage to prevent issues down the line. However, taking your furry friend for regular checkups at your trusted veterinarian is always best.

Ear Infections

Unfortunately, Boxachis are susceptible to ear infections. Look for signs of scratching the ears, dark discharge, head shaking, odor, itchiness, swelling, crusty ears, or scabs.

Obesity

Overfeeding your Boxachi can lead to obesity, and all that additional weight causes heart diseases, digestive disorders, joint problems, and back pain.

Epilepsy

Boxachis are prone to epilepsy which causes seizures that can vary from mild to severe. The episodes are typically induced by traumatic injuries, respiratory illnesses of the brain, metabolic disorders, and toxin poisoning.

Heart Diseases

Sadly both parents of this breed are prone to heart issues, leaving the Boxachi vulnerable. The two conditions to watch out for are cardiomyopathy and valve disease.

Cancer

Boxachis are prone to various types of cancer. Depending on the stage, treatments may be available, including chemotherapy and tumor removal, but you have to catch it in the early stages. That’s why it’s essential to take your pooch for regular checkups.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or bloat is a serious health issue common in larger dogs with deep chests like the Boxachi. Their susceptibility to these conditions is heightened if they are fed one meal a day, do strenuous exercise after eating, eat fast, and drink a lot after eating.

 Look out for signs of excessive drooling, a swollen abdomen, and retching without vomiting. Other symptoms include depression, a weak heart rate, restlessness, and lethargy.

Boxachi Temperament

Boxachis are perfect family pets who love to play and are very affectionate. However, they are energetic and curious, not to mention brave, which might get them into trouble.

While naughty, they are fiercely loyal and caring and make the ultimate lap dogs. Boxachis love attention but can cope independently as long as they have toys or games to keep them entertained.

They inherited a lot of intelligence from both parents but can be stubborn and temperamental sometimes, making it harder to train them. In addition, if mistreated or scared, they can lash out aggressively.

But if treated with love and care, the Boxachi is a bundle of joy that will brighten your day and snuggle its way into your heart.

How to Care for a Boxachi

Boxachis are relatively low maintenance, but there are factors you need to stay on top of to keep your dog happy and in good health.

Boxachi Maintenance and Grooming

Boxachis have either a short or long coat and are moderate shedders. Depending on the length of their fur, there are different guidelines for grooming.

If they have short hair, you can get away with brushing them once a week. With long hair, they need a good brushing three times a week using a pin brush. But whatever you do, don’t trim.

Try to brush your pup’s teeth as often as possible, and check their ears biweekly for any discharge, which you can wipe away with a cotton swab and an ear cleaning product for dogs. In addition, their nails need trimming once every six weeks.

Boxachi Training

Training a Boxachi is tricky, as they are highly intelligent but extremely stubborn. Therefore, patience is key, and the training sessions must be quick and fun to keep them focused. Never yell or show signs of aggression when training; instead, use positive reinforcement like treats.

Being consistent, persistent, and repetitive is the only way your dog will learn. Of course, they want to please you and make you smile, so in the end, they will succumb and follow instructions.

Another thing to consider is that Boxachis must be socialized at a young age to ensure they get along with other pets.

Boxachi Exercise

The Boxachi inherits the best of both worlds as Chihuahuas are notorious lap dogs, while Boxers are exceptionally energetic and need at least 2 hours of exercise a day.

Although energic, the Boxachi only needs around 45 minutes of exercise per day. Keep them busy by going for a walk/jog or by using interactive toys like:

Interactive toys won’t just keep your doggie busy; they will also stimulate their minds. However, good old-fashioned walks or backyard games also do the trick.

If a Boxachi does not get the exercise it requires, it will become destructive, likely resulting in excessive barking, chewing, or separation anxiety.

Boxachi Puppies

Boxachi puppies are hard to find, but when you do, you are treated to a cute, playful, energetic, and cheeky ball of fun.

Their facial features typically resemble a Chihuahua, and their bodies take after the Boxer. When the Boxachi puppies are old enough to leave their mothers, they are still tiny, so you must always be mindful of where you are walking and check the couch before sitting down.

Boxachi Puppy Price

Because the Boxachi is a new breed, they are very scarce, so breeders can charge higher than average prices. The price varies between $800 to $2,000, but people generally pay closer to the higher end of that scale because they are so rare.

With high demand comes a lot of searching, long waiting lists, and perhaps some long-distance travel if the breeder doesn’t live nearby.

Adoption

Finding a Boxachi up for adoption would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Few people would fork out so much money and then give the dog away. However, anything is possible, so it won’t hurt to call your local rescue and ask to be informed if one ever comes in.

Adopting a Boxachi from a rescue or shelter can cost between $100 to $300, depending on your location, which saves you a lot of money.

Alternatively, you could ask a breeder if they have any retired Boxachis if you don’t mind adopting an adult.

Boxachi and Children

Boxachis are adaptable and do well with singles or in a family home. However, they are not great pets for young children. They can get aggressive when provoked, and this can include tugging on their ears, or pulling their fur, or tails.

But, they are great with older children and will be loyal to a fault. So, your kids will have a shadow wherever they go. They are great outdoorsy dogs who love going on hikes and aren’t afraid of loud noises.

Dogs Similar to the Boxachi

The Boxachi is definitely one of a kind, and it’s hard to compare them to other breeds. However, there are several breeds that are similar in size.

Breeds similar in size are:

Boxachis Overview

  • Height – 6-20 inches
  • Weight – 10 to 40 pounds
  • Lifespan – 10 to 15 years
  • Colors – White, black, fawn, blue, red
  • Suitable for – Homes or apartment living, gets on well with other pets, but ideal for active families.
  • Temperament – Affectionate, gentle, loyal, fun, and energetic. However, they can get temperamental if provoked.
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Boxachi FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a Boxer Chihuahua called?

The Boxachi or Choxer is the result of cross-breeding a purebred Boxer and Chihuahua. They are the perfect blend of the Chihuahua’s feistiness and the Boxer’s playfulness.

How big do Boaxachis get?

A Boxachi’s size can vary, so you won’t know how big they will get unless you adopt an adult. However, 40 pounds is the maximum weight they can reach.

Are Boxachis good with children?

Boxachis are adaptable and do well with singles or in a family home. However, they are not great pets for young children. They can get aggressive when provoked, and this can include tugging on their ears, pulling their fur, or tails.

What is the price of a Boxachi?

Because the Boxachi is a new breed, they are very scarce, so breeders can charge higher than average prices. The price varies between $800 to $2000, but people generally pay more to the higher end of that scale because they are so rare.

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