The German Shepherd Boxer Mix, 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 parent and a German Shepherd parent together.
As you’ll be seeing in this article, both the German Shepherd and the Boxer 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 Boxer Shepherd Mix will turn out to be an easier process.
Size, Height & Weight
As far as the Shepherd Boxer Mix’s size is concerned, you can expect this dog to almost always be large sized, given the fact that both its parents (the German Shepherd and the Boxer) are also large in size.
On average, this breed 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 of them reach around 70 lbs of weight as soon as they hit the 1 year of age mark, so their size should by no means be taken lightly.
As for how tall they will get, Shepherd Boxer Mix canines usually grow up to stand at an average height of anywhere between 23 to 27 inches.
Exercise & Physical Activity
The Boxer Shepherd Mix 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 Boxer German Shepherds 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 them 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 them out for at least one long walk every day.
This is the minimum number of walks you should be giving them, so if you can give take them out on two long walks every day, that would be much better.
The Boxer German Shepherd is a very smart dog with a fairly high level of intelligence, one that’s quite above that of the “average Joe”.
However, one thing that many 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 pet owners to deal with, but is nothing too challenging for someone who has previous experiences dealing with dogs in their life.
When we say that this breed’s parents are a German Shepherd and a Boxer, 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 are two of the best guard dogs of today, which makes it a guarantee that their offspring will be an excellent guard as well.
As far as the health of the German Shepherd Boxer Mix goes, we have some good news – they are known to suffer from an insignificant number health problems during their lifetime.
The average lifespan that they 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 they will go on to live is their weight.
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.
Other Pets At Home
In order to properly fit in with other pets you may already have at home, you need to have your Boxer German Shepherd 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, so early socialization will greatly help out with making them friendly when around other pets.
Young Kids At Home
Because they are considered to fall under the category of large breed dogs, and because with a large breed 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 canines 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 puppy will grow up very much used to being around people, interacting with them and just having a good time in general.
If you’re someone that leads a very busy life and can barely spend any time with your 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 Boxer German Shepherd, because the circumstances are just not right for you to do so.
These 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.
They 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 breed that isn’t prone to suffer from separation anxiety as much as the German Shepherd Boxer Mix in such a case.
At the very least, if you’re not able to spend enough time with them on a frequent basis, make sure other family members are able to pitch in and keeping this canine company until you come back.
This problem with this breed 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.
Learn more about separation anxiety in dogs by watching this video!
It’s not like we’re talking about an 8 pound pup 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 they won’t be left alone for prolonged periods of time before you get one home.
First off, and when it comes to how much the Boxer German Shepherd Mix actually sheds hair, this will vary from one to another quite a bit.
Why? This greatly depends on which coat of its two parents’ they take after, whether they take after their Boxer parent’s coat or their German Shepherd parent’s coat.
If your 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 they take 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.