Bullboxer

Canis lupus familiaris

Last updated: January 20, 2023
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff
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Bullboxers have several different breed nicknames, including the pitoxer, bullboxer pit, and the American bull boxer.

Bullboxer Scientific Classification

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

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Bullboxer Conservation Status

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Bullboxer Facts

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Bullboxers have several different breed nicknames, including the pitoxer, bullboxer pit, and the American bull boxer.
Diet
Omnivore

Bullboxer Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
  • Brindle
  • Dark Brown
Lifespan
10-13 years
Weight
80 lbs
Height
26 inches

Bullboxer as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Low
Separation Anxiety
Moderate
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
High
Friendly With Other Dogs
Moderate
Pure bred cost to own
$1,000
Dog group
Working
Male weight
65-80 lbs
Female weight
50-70 lbs

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Fans of boxers and pit bulls may find a new favorite canine in the form of the bullboxer. This mix-breed dog combines two affectionate, high-energy breeds that love to put a smile on their families’ faces. There are many pros and cons to bullboxers, especially because – as with many mixed breeds – you never know exactly what temperament, appearance, or health you’re going to get. In modern breeding, a bullboxer could be a first-generation hybrid of its two different breeds or a second or even third-generation puppy. Additionally, pit bull mixes have stricter breeding and ownership limitations than other dog breeds depending on where you live. Sadly, these dogs are even banned in some states.

Regardless, bullboxers make excellent companions for the right owners who are willing to give them plenty of socialization, structure, and exercise. Read on to learn more about this breed and what to know when considering adding one to your household.

Bullboxers have several different breed nicknames, including the pitoxer, bullboxer pit, and the American bull boxer.

The Best Dog Food For Bullboxer

Athletic, highly active dogs like pit bull boxer mixes thrive on nutrition explicitly designed to provide them the proteins and healthy fast for joint and muscle maintenance. Whether choosing raw food, dry kibble, or even a homemade diet, bullboxers require high-quality food to stay healthy and thrive. Be sure to consult your veterinarian for specific diet requirements for your pup.

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Avoid feeding your dog products that contain any fillers or additives, including ingredients such as wheat, corn, or soy. Many dogs are allergic to these, and they can cause health issues. Opt instead for dog food recipes with real-food protein sources as the primary ingredient, such as the American Journey Active Life Large-Breed food, which lists salmon as its first ingredient. 

Bullboxers can easily become overweight or obese without proper diet and exercise, which can cause several health issues. Pit boxer mixes can also be susceptible to food allergies, so you may opt for an allergen-safe recipe. As always, keep fresh water available for your pup, and don’t overdo it on the treats.

3 pros and cons of owning a Bullboxer

ProsCons
Energetic and playful
Bullboxers love to adventure and play with their families.
Hard to train
These dogs are better suited for more experienced dog owners due to their willful attitudes.
Highly intelligent
These dogs learn quickly and are eager to please.
Require socialization
Without early socialization, these dogs can become aggressive and protective.
Generally healthy with low medical maintenance
There are no common health issues associated with Bullboxers.
Need plenty of exercise
Bullboxers need to burn plenty of calories each day to stay healthy.

Bullboxer Size and Weight

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Bullboxers can be of various sizes, due to their nature of being a mixed breed.

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As a mixed breed, these can inherit physical traits from either of their parents, leading to various sizes and weights. Female Bullboxer dogs stand at an average height of 20-24 inches, while males stretch approximately two inches taller. Mature male dogs weigh 65-80 pounds, and females measure between 50-70 pounds on average.

Height (Male)26’ Tall
Height (Female)25’ Tall
Weight (male)80 lbs, fully grown
Weight (female)70 lbs, fully grown

Bullboxer Common Health Issues

Generally speaking, mixed breeds have better health on average than purebred dogs due to the broader gene pool available to them. However, pit bulls and boxers have their own sets of health issues, which a bullboxer can inherit depending on their parents’ health. It’s essential to consult with any prospective breeder to make sure a puppy is clear of health issues before adoption.

Pit bull boxer mixes can be prone to allergies, skin issues, hip and elbow dysplasia, obesity, and respiratory problems. Keep up with routine vet appointments, feed your dog healthy food and keep him exercised to ensure he stays in the best health.

Bullboxer Temperament

These dogs are highly athletic with a strong prey drive. Their muscular bodies often allow them to leap over fences, while some will even dig their way underneath to chase perceived prey. Bullboxers are exceptionally sweet, intelligent, and loyal but can be highly protective and aggressive without proper socialization.

Your bullboxer’s temperament also depends on the nature of its parents, so if possible, screen for the disposition of the parent dogs. Whether your dog is more pit bull or boxer from a DNA perspective will also influence his nature and aggression.

How To Take Care of Bullboxer 

Bullboxers are relatively high-maintenance dogs that require plentiful exercise, room to play, and disciplined training to live happy well-behaved lives. They’re best suited to more experienced dog owners who can keep up with their demanding needs. However, these dogs will reward their families’ dedication with loads of affection, loyalty, intelligence, and an eagerness to please.

Maintenance And Grooming

Pit bull Boxer mixes require little attention regarding grooming habits, but they still benefit from regular maintenance. These dogs shed twice a year during the spring and fall, during which they should be brushed once or twice a week. You should clean your bullboxer’s ears to minimize infection risk and regularly trim nails to keep them from breaking or splitting.

These dogs also benefit from daily dental care. Desensitize your dog to tooth brushing early on, using dog-safe toothpaste and brushes to keep their breath fresh and teeth healthy. 

Training

Bullboxers are highly intelligent and require regular, consistent mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. These dogs love a challenge and are eager to please their owners by learning new tricks or accomplishing tasks. However, they can be stubborn and willful, so a patient and consistent training regiment is a must.

Use positive reinforcement techniques, praise, and the occasional treat to make games and training sessions fun. Bullboxers also love complex toys and puzzles to exercise their brains.

Exercise

As the offspring of two high-intensity dogs, pit bull boxer mixes need at least several hours of exercise per day. Two walks daily, between 40-60 minutes, will go a long way to keeping your dog in good shape. They should also have plenty of room to roam and play freely outside. As such, bullboxers do best in a home with a yard instead of staying cramped in an apartment. 

Puppies

Bullboxers puppies require early, consistent socialization and benefit from training as early as possible. Puppy class is an excellent method to introduce your new pup to other dogs and humans. The social interaction will help minimize aggressive tendencies and teach him how to behave correctly at home and around others. Without proper training, puppies can become destructive and take to chewing things around the house.

Bullboxer And Children

Pit bulls and boxers are naturally gentle and extremely patient with human children, making for great nanny dogs with a strong protective instinct. However, it’s important to teach dogs and children to treat each other respectfully. Dogs without proper socialization tend to exhibit behavioral issues, which could be dangerous around young children who don’t know how to treat a dog.

Dogs similar to Bullboxer

The Bullboxer is closely related to similar working dogs, including the boxer, pit bull, and bulloxer:

  • Boxer: One of bulboxers’ two parent breeds, these happy, athletic dogs were originally bred in Germany.
  • Pit bull: These intelligent dogs were once known as “nanny dogs” due to their gentleness with children. 
  • Bulloxer: These dogs mix an English bulldog with a boxer, with a history as athletic working dogs.

Popular names for Bullboxer dogs include:

  • Brutus
  • Growler
  • Tiny
  • Chief
  • Bella
  • Luna
  • Bailey
  • Lola

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Bullboxer FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How long do bullboxers live?

These mixed dogs have an average lifespan of ten to 13 years.

Are boxer pit bull mixes good dogs?

It depends on the owner: those with highly active lifestyles, families, and the time to train and exercise their dog will find a loving companion in a bullboxer.

Are boxer pit bulls smart?

These dogs are incredibly smart and eager to learn and please their owners. They can be stubborn, so patience and positive reinforcement are a must when training

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Sources
  1. American Kennel Club, Available here: https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/boxer/
  2. Britannica, Available here: https://www.britannica.com/animal/pit-bull
  3. Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Available here: https://www.countrysideveterinaryclinic.org/services/dogs/breeds/boxer

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