What do you get when you mix the sporty Boxer with the goofy Goldendoodle? You get the Golden Boxerdoodle!
Keep reading to learn about the unique personality and traits of the Boxer-Goldendoodle mix.
What is a Golden Boxerdoodle?
The Golden Boxerdoodle is a mix between a Goldendoodle and a Boxer.
I’ve never come across a Goldendoodle mixed with a Boxer. Actually, I was wondering if the cross between both breeds even existed.
I couldn’t find any evidence that it does. Still, given the raging popularity of Goldendoodles (and Doodle breeds, in general), I figured there has to be a Boxer-Goldendoodle mix out there somewhere!
The pairing of the two breeds makes for an interesting designer mix. Both the Goldendoodle and Boxer give unique traits to the Golden Boxerdoodle dog. Let’s take a closer look at both parent breeds!
History of the Parent Breeds
Most mixed breeds don’t have a clear history of when, where, or why they were bred. The Boxer-Goldendoodle mix is no different. There is no information out there even to validate that this mix exists!
Luckily, the parents and grandparents of the Golden Boxerdoodle have a lengthy history. We can learn a lot about this mix by learning about its ancestry. Let’s have a look!
Boxers have an ancestry that dates back more than 4,000 years ago. They are believed to be descendants of an ancient dog breed used by the Assyrians in war americanboxerclub.org/boxer_history.
The Boxer’s more direct and modern ancestor is the Bullenbeisser. The Bullenbeisser was a German hunting dog. This big, strong dog was used by German nobility to hunt big game such as boar, bear, and other wild game.
The Bullenbeisser’s prime began sometime in the 17th century. The breed was spread throughout Germany and Europe in the 1800s. The dispersion of the Bullenbeisser caused the big hunting dog to be crossbred and interbred into more defined dog breeds.
This is where the modern-day Boxer is believed to have been born. Canine historians generally agree that the Boxer is a direct descendant of a smaller-sized Bullenbeisser bred in Belgium americanboxerclub.org/boxer_history. Selective breeding over time solidified the Boxer as a separate dog breed.
The Modern Boxer
Up until the 1900s, the Boxer was solely a German dog. The breed standard was established in Germany. Boxers eventually made their way across Europe and into America.
The breed didn’t reach its height of popularity in the U.S. until the 1950s americanboxerclub.org/boxer_history. Since the breed’s beginning, it has been used worldwide for hunting, dog-fighting, and herding. It has also been used as a watchdog in the World Wars.
Now, Boxers are enjoyed as incredible family pets and companions. They are frequently used as therapy or service dogs. Known for their undying love for children, the Boxer has enjoyed being among the top 20 most popular dogs in America for decades akc.org/dog-breeds/boxer.
The Goldendoodle is a mix of the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. It is believed to have been first bred in the 1960s, but no documentation supports this. Despite its lack of origin, it is generally agreed that Goldendoodle’s rise in popularity started in the 1990s.
The Goldendoodle has seen an explosion in popularity over the decades. It is a popular choice among families because they are hypoallergenic and are low shedding. Oh, and they’re adorable!
Modern-day Doodle breeds can be traced back to Wally Conron. He intentionally crossed the Labrador Retriever with a Poodle to create a hypoallergenic dog with the best qualities of both breeds.
To better understand the Goldendoodle, it is worth learning about its parent breeds: Golden Retriever and Poodle.
The Golden Retriever was originally bred in Scotland in the 19th century. They were bred to be gundogs and are still used for this purpose today. Lord Tweedmouth is credited as the founder of the modern Golden Retriever.
Golden Retrievers were imported to America in the early 1900s and became popular there because they were easy to train and had good hunting skills.
Today, Golden Retrievers are often used as guide dogs for people who are blind, as well as search and rescue dogs. They are also used as service dogs for people with disabilities such as autism or epilepsy.
Golden Retrievers are often ranked in the world’s top 5 most popular dogs.
The modern Poodle was originally bred in Germany. It’s believed that the Poodle was bred from European water dogs and other breeds.
Despite their reputation as “sissy” dogs, they were bred for waterfowl hunting. They are excellent water dogs and are still used today in hunting sports.
The Poodle comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Toy Poodles weigh about 5 pounds and stand about 10 inches tall at the shoulder. Miniature Poodles weigh about 15 pounds and stand about 12 inches tall at the shoulder. Standard Poodles weigh about 50 pounds and stand over 15 inches tall.
Poodles are popular because they have a lot of energy, are easy to train, and are good with children. They have a low shedding coat, which is why they are highly sought after for mixed breeds.
Appearance of the Boxer-Goldendoodle Mix
The Golden Boxerdoodle has the body of an athlete thanks to its parent breeds. It is a medium-to-large sized dog with a medium-length coat.
The combination of the Goldendoodle and Boxer give the Golden Boxerdoodle a unique look.
The coat type of a Goldendoodle and Boxer mix is most likely curly or wavy. The Boxer has short, stiff fur while the Goldendoodle has long, curly fur.
Thanks to the Poodle’s genes, the Boxer-Goldendoodle mix will probably have a long and curly coat.
Genetics determine the color of a dog’s coat. The Goldendoodle-Boxer mix has quite a large gene pool of possible coat colors.
Below are the possible colors that the Golden Boxerdoodle’s coat may be:
- Café au Lait
The Boxer-Goldendoodle’s coat may be one solid color or it could be a combination of colors. It might also have unique patterns such as merle, sable, tuxedo, phantom, and parti.
How big is the Boxer-Goldendoodle cross?
The Boxer-Goldendoodle cross is a sturdy-built dog that should weigh in around 60 pounds. The actual size of the mix will be dependent on the size of the parents and the dog’s gender.
Using the parent breed’s size information, we can make a good estimate on how big you can expect this mix to get.
The average weight for a healthy, adult male Golden Boxerdoodle is 60-80 pounds; the range for a female is 55-70 pounds.
The average height for a healthy, full-grown male Golden Boxerdoodle is 15-25 inches; the range for a female is 15-23 inches.
Traits & Characteristics
Temperament & Personality
The Goldendoodle-Boxer mix has a personality that is comprised of both parent breeds. The Goldendoodle is quirky, energetic, and funny. Boxers are playful, strong-willed, and social.
The two parent breeds give the Golden Boxerdoodle a fun and loving personality. Of course, all dogs develop their own unique characteristics.
Let’s look at a general summary of this designer dog’s common traits:
- Relatively friendly to other dogs but maybe not cats…
- Relatively low-shedding (good for allergy sufferers)
- Easy to train
- Excellent with young children
- Open to meet new people
- Good watchdogs
- Affectionate to their family
- Chock full of energy
Considering all these excellent qualities, the Golden Boxerdoodle is a great addition to any household.
Common Health Issues
The Goldendoodle-Boxer mix is at a lesser risk of inheriting its parent’s breed-specific diseases. However, it is still possible for them carry the genes that could cause one or more of these issues.
Below are the following health issues that a Golden Boxerdoodle could potentially be at risk for:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye disorders
- Thyroid deficiency
- Juvenile cataracts
The Boxer-Goldendoodle mix has an average lifespan of 10-18 years.
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