A Bullboxer is a designer type of a dog or a hybrid. It was developed by crossbreeding two pure bred breeds, the Boxer and the American Pitbull Terrier. Generally it is belongs to the group of working dog, because of its parent breeds. It is a large dog which possesses high agility and acts as a great companion dog. It also serves quite well as a guard dog.
This breed was developed in America. It has the characteristics of both parents and in a way looks similar to both of them. It has smooth hair and is very low maintenance which attracts a lot of the owners. Some other names for this type of dog are the Pitboxer or the Valley Bulldog.
History & Origins
The Bullboxer was developed in the early 1990s in the US. There are no records if this has been done on purpose at first or if it was an accident. Nevertheless, upon seeing the potential of creating this mixed breed, the breeders in America started doing so.
It has currently become one of the more popular designer breeds with its popularity spanning almost everywhere in the world. But it still has the most breeders in the US where you can probably find the top quality specimens.
Bullboxer Characteristics & Temperament
A Bullboxer inherits the characteristics of both of its parent breeds. This dogs are alert and vary of strangers. But they are also very much attached to their owners and families. They will form a bond to the most important person in the family and will protect them at all costs. They do well with kids as well and will be highly protective of them as well.
These dogs can be very obedient when trained well, but during training they are sometimes stubborn. You need to be patient when training them but also have a firm hand when doing so. Experience in training will do well here but you do not have to be an expert to train a Bullboxer. The dogs have high energy and great agility. Physical and mental exercises will do them well and help them develop better. The dog needs regular physical exercises, like hiking, jogging or simply running around. Sometimes a walk is just enough or simply playing with it in the back of the yard.
Appearance, Colors, Size
The Bullboxer is a stocky, muscular and generally a big dog. They grow up to weigh somewhere between 50 and 80 pounds. Their height is estimated to be between 22 and 26 inches when they grow up.
Generally speaking, the Bullboxer simply looks like a mixture of its parents. It may be quite easy to mix it up with any of the parent breeds when looking at it. They have broad chests and shoulders. The head is broad and the muzzle is short accompanied by a pair of black and rounded eyes. The usually have a wrinkled face while the ears can be either pointy or dropped.
The Bullboxer has a short, smooth and shiny coat. Since it is a hybrid breed it is hard to really determine the color options of the dog. But general speaking, the breed mostly comes in brindle, black, white, tan fawn, red or brown.
As with most hybrid breeds, the Bullboxer is also healthier than its own parent breeds. It generally has no major healthy concerts, but there are things that you have to watch out for. In most drastic situations it will inherit the sicknesses and conditions that the parent breeds are prone to. But it is still much more resilient to them compared to the parent breeds.
The things that you have to be the most worried about and the conditions that you have to check more often are bloat, Degenerative Myelopathy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and Dry eye, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Third Eye and Corneal Disease. The Bullboxer can also be prone to deafness, some ear infections, gum disease and the Brachycephalic Syndrome.
The lifespan for a Bullboxer is anywhere between 10 and 14 years.
Grooming & Shedding
Due to the Bullboxer having short and sleek hear, it really requires low maintenance. Probably one of the more basic things that you have to do is provide it with regular brushing. Just try to use a sleeker comb and brush it once a week. Baths are also not needed so much often. But since it has a sorter coat than the other dog breeds, you can do it on a monthly basis. So once per month is more than enough.
There are some other things that you are required to do to keep its hygiene. The most important thing that you need to do is to make sure and prevent infections. Cleaning their ears and the wrinkles on their skin is one of the things that needs to be done. There are also other things like cleaning their teeth and clipping their nails as well.
Bullboxer Price and Breeders
When the Bullboxers were introduced in the late 90s to the world, it was very had to find one. But today there are more breeders that allow you to buy a Bullboxer dog. Probably the most quality and top breeders are found in North America, in countries like the US and Canada. These breeders usually sell Bullboxer puppies for a price between 400 and 800 dollars.
As there are more breeders of Bullboxers, there are also more rescue organizations. Since this has become a popular thing in the world, adopting a Bullboxer is also possible. You just need to visit organizations like Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue and MustLove Boxers Rescue, which of offer Bullboxers as part of their offer.