German Shepherd Boxer Mix – Appearance, Personality, Health & More!

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The German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog, one of the most good looking dogs you will ever see in your lifetime, comes to life as a result of cross breeding a Boxer dog parent and a German Shepherd dog parent together.

As you’ll be seeing in this article, both the German Shepherd dog and the Boxer dog are very similar in many traits (mostly personality traits we’re talking about here, most certainly not physical traits), something which makes estimating how exactly the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog will turn out to be an easier process.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix Appearance

Size, Height & Weight

As far as the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog’s size is concerned, you can expect this dog to almost always be a large sized dog, given the fact that both its parents (the German Shepherd and the Boxer dogs) are also large in size.

On average, a German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog will weigh anywhere between 65 to 95 lbs, depending on certain factors. But this is the general range that all German Shepherd Boxer Mix dogs tend to fall within.

Many German Shepherd Boxer Mix dogs reach around 70 lbs of weight as soon as they hit the 1 year of age mark, so this dog’s size should by no means be taken lightly.

As for how tall they will get, German Shepherd Boxer Mix dogs usually grow up to stand at an average height of anywhere between 23 to 27 inches.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix Temperament

Exercise & Physical Activity

The German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog will require a fairly high amount of exercise and physical activity on a daily basis in order to maintain a healthy, prosperous life and keep behavioral problems at bay.

Besides being a large sized dog, which immediately makes significant physical activity as must, many German Shepherd Boxer Mix dogs can be a little bit too energetic at times and must be given the necessary outlets to channel these energy levels through.

If you’ve built a dog house for your German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog on your yard and have given them access to play around and run freely in that area, then they should already be getting in a decent amount of exercise by themselves, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have a role to do in all of this.

Your role is to take your German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog out for at least one long walk every day. This is the minimum number of walks you should be giving your German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog, so if you can give take them out on two long walks every day, that would be much better.

Training

The German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog is a very smart dog with a fairly high level of intelligence, one that’s quite above that of the “average Joe” dog.

However, one thing that many German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog owners note is that this cross breed can be a little bit too energetic sometimes, which makes it hard for them to focus on the training session in hand and the goals you want to reach from it.

This can be a little bit of a challenge for new dog owners to deal with, but is nothing too challenging for someone who has previous experiences dealing with dogs in their life.

Guard Dog

When we say that this dog’s parents are a German Shepherd and a Boxer dog, I don’t think we need to even carry on talking about the German Shepherd Boxer Mix’s ability to excel as a guard dog!

Both the German Shepherd and the Boxer dogs are two of the best guard dogs of today, which makes it a guarantee that their offspring, the German Shepherd Boxer Mix, will be an excellent guard dog as well.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix Health

As far as the health of the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog goes, we have some good news – this dog is known to suffer from an insignificant number health problems during their lifetime.

The average lifespan that a German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog will go on to live under the right circumstances is around 10 to 13 years.

One of the most important factors you could look at when trying to get an estimate for how long your German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog will go on to live is their weight, as it’s a general rule of thumb that if your dog weighs 90+ lbs, they’ll live for around 8 to 10 years on average, while if your dog weighs less than 90 lbs, they’ll live for around 11 to 12 years on average.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix Living Conditions

Other Pets At Home

In order to properly fit in with other pets you may already have at home, you need to have your German Shepherd Boxer Mix socialized with other animals from a young age so that they’re very much used to being around them when they grow up a few years later.

Don’t forget that we’re talking about an offspring of one of the most powerful and fierce dogs out there, the German Shepherd dog, so early socialization will greatly help out with making them friendly when around other pets.

Young Kids At Home

Because the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog is considered to fall under the category of large breed dogs, and because with a large breed dog comes excess physical power that can many times be put to wrong use, you should always be careful if you plan to get one of these dogs home where young kids reside.

If you want to be sure that your German Shepherd Boxer Mix puppy will grow up to interact in a very safe way with your kids, then be sure to have them socialized with your kids (and other pets you may have at home, for that matter) when they’re still young puppies.

This way, your German Shepherd Boxer Mix puppy will grow up very much used to being around people, interacting with them and just having a good time in general.

Separation Anxiety

If you’re someone that leads a very busy life and can barely spend any time with your German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog, and you don’t have someone at home that can keep them company till you get back, then it’s best you don’t get a German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog, because the circumstances are just not right for you to do so.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix dogs are very well known for having the tendency to be a little bit overly-attached at times, wanting to do nothing but sit right next to their owners, shower them with love and be showered with love right back.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix dogs are notorious for suffering from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time with no one to be company by their side, so you may want to go with a different dog breed that isn’t prone to suffer from separation anxiety as much as the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog in such a case.

At the very least, if you’re not able to spend enough time with your German Shepherd Boxer Mix on a frequent basis, make sure other family members are able to pitch in and keeping this dog company until you come back.

This problem with the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog and separation anxiety becomes a much more serious one when we consider how large of a dog this cross breed is, meaning that when they decide to voice their loneliness in the form of destructive behavior, this situation can get real serious real fast.

It’s not like we’re talking about an 8 pound dog that’s going to scratch a little here and there before it tires out, we’re talking about a large sized dog that can cause significant damage in your house if they wanted to.

So, avoid all of this by making sure that this dog won’t be left alone for prolonged periods of time before you get one home.

German Shepherd Boxer Mix Living Care

Grooming

First off, and when it comes to how much the German Shepherd Boxer Mix dog actually sheds hair, this will vary from one German Shepherd Boxer Mix to another quite a bit.

Why? This greatly depends on which coat of its two parents’ the German Shepherd Boxer Mix takes after, whether they take after their Boxer parent’s coat or their German Shepherd parent’s coat.

If your German Shepherd Boxer Mix takes after the coat of their German Shepherd parent, then you can expect some serious shedding to happen, especially when shedding season approaches, which means a strict and frequent brushing schedule must be put in place by you.

However, if your German Shepherd Boxer Mix takes after the coat of their Boxer parent, it’s safe to assume that the shedding won’t be as much, given the fact that Boxers don’t shed as much hair as German Shepherds do, which means that you can approach this with a more relaxed brushing schedule and you don’t have to do it so frequently.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi guys, I got a boxer shepherd mix dog from the shelter and I am a bit worried because I live in an appartment. It is a big appartment with a big balcony but as I work until late most of the weekdays I have to keep him in the bathroom (he is 3 months old) until he learns not to chew the furniture. He is adorable and shows me grat affection but sometimes he hets something like a crisis and starts to bark at me and bite me and I do worry about this. I try to socialize him with other people, dogs and children and I must say he is very sociable and kind with them. I take him for a walk on morning time before work and at night time after work. On the weekend and on Fridays I have free time and I spent my days with him, going to the park etc but the rest days of the week I come home late sometimes at six and sometimes at nine. My sister can walk him at lunch time for 20 minutes but that is all. Do you think this is fair for the dog? and is there a chance that he would remain aggressive due to this? I love him very much and I do not want to give him away but I worry and I want to give the life he deserves. What do you think? Could he adapt in the appartment?

    • Hey Stephanie, I have a 4 month old puppy rn and she is very hyper also. I’ve started waking up an hour earlier in the morning to take her on a 2 mile walk or run which has helped keep her calmer during the day. An appt is fine, I stay at my girlfriend’s appt about 3 nights a week and she’s totally fine. I’ve noticed that my puppy is very receptive when being a little stern with her. They are dogs so with regard to the biting, make sure your puppy knows it’s not ok and that you are alpha. My gf struggles with doing that a bit but she doesn’t get bitten anymore. 🙂 hope thia helps

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