Mini Boxers – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update

The Mini Boxer is a hybrid mix of the Boxer and the Boston Terrier. A miniature boxer conjures up a specific image in one’s mind. Despite what their name suggests, mini Boxers aren’t a scaled-down version of the popular German working dog.

Here’s the thing:

The miniature version of the Boxer is a designer dog developed after crossing several purebreds. They’re one of the most adorable and non-aggressive dog breeds on the planet!  

History and Origin

Old Boxer and Old Mini Dachshund.

Miniature Boxer is a fairly new breed. Therefore, there’s little information available on the hybrid. Experts don’t know the exact date and location of their origin, but this hybrid is becoming increasingly popular in North America. Several other breed combinations also share the “Miniature Boxer” moniker. For example, Pug and Boston Terrier, Pug and Rat Terrier, and Pug and Fox Terrier. However, the Boston Terrier and Boxer hybrid is the most commonly found Miniature Boxer mix. 

To get a better idea of this hybrid’s ancestry, let’s look at the individual parent breeds.

How did the ‘Mini Boxer’ emerge?

They have other names in history including, the American Gentleman, the Boston Bull, and the Boston.  

You’ve probably guessed, this hybrid originated in the United States and is an American canine breed. 

The cross between the white English Terrier and the English Bulldog has become famous as one of the most sought-after dogs in the United States.

And there’s more:

The Mini Boxer has also become the State dog in Massachusetts. Some experts believe that the heritage of the Boston Terrier has French Bulldog in it. This breeding step helped to develop a compact-sized Boston Terrier. This breed emerged in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 1800s. During this time, Robert C. Hooper of Massachusetts got a canine called “Judge” a hybrid of the English Bulldog and white English Terrier. Judge bore a significant resemblance to his “bulldog” parent and the bred with a white female. Their litter was the beginning of the Boston Terrier dog breed.

 In the era of acquisition and subsequent breeding, bulldogs were famous in Britain and the United States for various blood-sports. For instance, they took part in sports like bull-baiting and pit dog-fighting. 

Later on, this practiced was outlawed in both countries. The Boston Terrier made its way across the “big pond” into Europe in the 1920s. By the 1950s, it became the most popular purebred dog in North America.  

Recognition and Popularity

Today, this dog breed maintains its popularity and is considered an exceptional, devoted companion. The American Kennel Club recognized Boston Terrier in 1893. The Boxer originated from Germany and became known as the German Bulldog, the Deutscher Boxer, and the German Boxer. Designed by Germans in the early twentieth century, it also has a distant relative: The English Bulldog.

This German breed used to work as fighting dogs from Tibet and given guarding and hunting tasks. The Boxer’s predecessor, the “Bullenbeisser” or “bull-biter,” was a sturdy German breed – utilized to chase, catch and detain fierce wild boars, bison and bear. Later, during World War, the Boxer breed was used as messengers and carriers of ammunition and supplies. Soldiers returning from wars brought these dogs back to the United States. Once their value got recognized, their popularity skyrocketed. Finally, the American Kennel Club recognized the Boxer Dog in 1904.

Pedigree

Miniature Boxers are vigorous, playful dogs that aren’t compact-sized purebred Boxer dogs. They are designer dogs developed by combining a wide array of breed combinations. The final result of all these breeding practices is a mini Boxer.

Dietary Requirements

Like all dogs, the Mini Boxer requires a well-balanced and high-quality diet to maintain the desired state of health. Additionally, miniature boxers do best on premium dry food formula that enhances the quality of their life. Kibble contains all of the vital nutrients for canine needs. However, it needs to have high-grade organic ingredients. Choose dog food that’s suitable for breeds of your Mini Boxer’s size and activity level. We recommend using medium breed formulas as they are the best fit. Above all, the kibble should also be age-appropriate for your pup.

Puppies in the early developmental stage of their life don’t need the same nutrients as adults or senior dogs. If you are uncertain about which kibble is perfect for your Miniature Boxer, then it’s good to consult a reputed vet. All dogs are different and unique – especially when it concerns a designer dog that is still in the crucial development phase. The specific dietary requirements of your furry pooch may be challenging to predict. For this reason, it’s worth trusting an expert’s opinion over any kibble manufacturer that has no personal relationship with your pup.

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Portion control is another critical part of any dog’s diet. As a compact dog, the Miniature Boxer needs to be fed high-quality dry food equivalent to 1.5 to 2.5 cups every day. Do not overfeed your pup or let them feed freely. Mini Boxers have healthy appetites (hey, which breed doesn’t?!), but they can quickly become overweight if they overindulge. It’s no brainer – obesity is a serious health concern for pets that can damage your dog’s health. Therefore, be strict, serving sizes and treats. Don’t give in to their puppy-dog eyes or their constant demands. They will always want more food than you provide. The important thing is to feed your dog what they need and not what they want.

Training

Miniature Boxers are athletic and cheerful dogs that work best under an authoritative pack leader. Therefore, early socialization and behavioral training are crucial. You need to establish yourself as the dominating alpha early in the relationship with your dog to ensure that you have a long and satisfying journey together. Because they are intelligent and smart breed, they learn quickly. However, a consistent and firm approach is needed as Mini Boxers can become rather stubborn.

Rewards-based training is ideal and should begin at a young age. Our experts strongly discourage any negative reinforcement training. There’s a fine (and almost nonexistent) line between negative reinforcement and abuse. So, stick with encouragement and reward-based training. The key is beginning early before behavior problems have a chance to develop.

Protip: Remain patient, you’ll eventually get there.

Miniature Boxer Breed Appearance

Boston Terrier + Boxer = Miniature Boxer

The Mini Boxer is a hybrid mix of the Boxer and the Boston terrier. Therefore, it takes on the appearance characteristics of both parent breeds. As an adult, your mini Boxer hybrid can stand between 14 and 22 inches tall and weigh between 25 and 55 pounds. These small, compact-sized miniature dogs have a well-muscled structure. This miniature hybrid inherits a broad head and an arched skull; sport the square face with the blunt muzzle, protruding brown eyes, and a black nose.

The ears can be small and erect or longer and floppy. The tail can be lower on the body, and be either straight or curly-cued. Depending on what dog parent they inherit characteristics from, it can also be a long tail erected when docked on the parent breed. The hybrid has round, compact feet with small arched toes and a fine, short, hard, and smooth coat. The colors for this hybrid are seal, brindle, and black with white markings or fawn. 

Coat

Mini Boxers are minimal to moderate shedders with a coat made of short, beautiful hair smooth to the touch. While grooming is easy, one must do it regularly to keep their coat looking perfect. Furthermore, frequent ear cleaning to avoid infections and fleas that all floppy-eared canines can be prone to develop. Coat coloring can range from black to brown, red, silver, or white. Your dog will have a lighter chest regardless of the color of his coat.

Here are all the appearance characteristics:

  • Eye Color Possibilities: Dark Brown.
  • Nose Color Possibilities: Black.Coat
  • Coat Color: Brindle, Black, Fawn, White.
  • Length: Short, Medium, Long.
  • Density: Sparse, Normal, Dense.
  • Texture: Straight, Wiry, Wavy, Curly, Corded.

Miniature Boxer Breed Maintenance

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Being a hybrid of the Boston Terrier and the Boxer, the mini Boxer requires a minimal to moderate level of maintenance. Both parent breeds contribute to moderate amounts of shedding. That means you need to brush them daily or every other day to remove loose debris and hair. Mini Boxer hybrid isn’t a hypoallergenic canine, so regular grooming will curb the hair fall. In that case, those who suffer from respiratory problems and asthma will be far less uncomfortable. 

Once-a-week ear checks and cleaning (without inserting anything into the ear canal) helps reduce infection chances. 

We recommend weekly checking of the feet. Moreover, trimming toenails as needed is essential for the canine to stay healthy. On the other hand, they need frequent dental checkups, cleanings and teeth brushing done every day. If you can’t brush their teeth every day, then two to three times a week is crucial to help reduce the chance of periodontal disease to develop. Moreover, it reduces the chances of tooth loss due to a lack of dental hygiene. Besides that, eye examinations, physical exams, and blood tests should be conducted routinely to keep your pet fit, healthy and happy. Both parent breeds contribute high levels of energy to the hybrid mix, so regular exercise is required to keep your dog from becoming obese and unhealthy.

  • Brushes For Miniature Boxer: Pin, Brush, Comb, and Nail Clipper.
  • Brushing Frequency: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly.

Common Health Problems

The owner shouldn’t assume their hybrid will inherit health issues from the parent breeds. This happens rarely and fatal ailments associated with certain purebreds often by-pass the hybrid offspring entirely. However, you must do your research to familiarize yourself with the new pet’s familial history. In the case of the Mini Boxer, it would involve researching the health history of the Boston terrier and the Boxer. The Boxer side does have a propensity for heart-related issues, including cardiomyopathy, murmurs and hypothyroidism and cancer. From the Boston terrier, you may find a tendency towards breathing problems related to his short muzzle, allergic dermatitis (which can be solved through special shampoos), and cataracts. While there’s no certainty that any of these diseases will develop in your pup, it’s always good to schedule more visits to your vet so that any potential problems can be spotted before they get out of hand.

Miniature Boxer Temperament

The Miniature Boxer hybrid is a mix of the Boxer and the Boston terrier and can take on the temperament, qualities, and personality traits of one or both parent breeds. Your hybrid is friendly, affectionate, loving, alert, intelligent, gentle, protective, loyal, social, and playful. These dogs are considered moderate in the toleration of the solitude category and make excellent family pets. However, we recommend early socialization to assure that your dog is comfortable with kids, the family cat, and other animals. Your hybrid dog is people-friendly, but he is protective of his human family. Don’t be surprised your pet is wary around strangers in your house and neighborhood. Sometimes your beloved pet becomes verbal and aggressive until he ensures safety and protection of his family. Lastly, Mini Boxer’s high-energy levels require ample exercise during

first six years of his life.

Miniature Boxer Activity Requirements

 Your Miniature Boxer mix will require a decent amount of exercise every day. This pup inherits his energy levels from both dog parents, and will never outgrow his desire to play like a puppy.  

You must be prepared to take your mini Boxer on long daily walks and allow him to jump around, run, romp, and play safely. Fenced back yard and dog parks can accomplish this quite easily. This hybrid has a high tendency to wander.

Be advised to keep him on a leash when walking outside the house or in a fenced yard. Your hybrid pet has a surprisingly low tolerance to heat and moderate tolerance to colder climates. They are also prone to heat strokes from the Boxer side. Miniature Boxers are great apartment dwellers, provided the dog owner can commit to adequate exercise opportunities. They can live in both urban and rural settings, in apartments, condos, or big family homes.

KC

As a hybrid, the Mini Boxer can’t qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club. However, they are recognized by and the Dog Registry of America, Inc and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC).

Puppies

A true Miniature Boxer pup is a cross between the Boxer and the Boston terrier. Some breeders have created their versions by mixing Rat Terriers, Pugs, and Fox Terriers. You will still end up with an adorable little dog, but this detour from the original mix implies the ACHC won’t recognize your pooch. These pups will be much smaller in size than the original Mini Boxer when fully grown. 

For this breed, new dog parents need to maintain a proper routine that includes reliable meal times, potty-training, and frequent playtime sessions.

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