Love the look of a Boxer, but find a dog of that size a bit too much to handle? A mini Boxer looks just like a regular Boxer but is much smaller and is a good option if you don't mind that your dog is not purebred.
What Are Miniature Boxers?
In truth, Miniature Boxers are not actual downsized versions of purebred Boxer dogs. They are simply another designer breed at this time, and there are a number of breed combinations that can produce a Boxer-type canine that is significantly smaller than a true Boxer.
- Purebred Boxer x Boston Terrier
- Pug dog x Boston Terrier
- Pug dog x Rat Terrier
- Pug dog x Fox Terrier
The resulting puppies from these combinations aren't exactly uniform in size, but they are generally smaller than their purebred namesake and have a basic Boxer look.
Finding Miniature Boxer Puppies
The following breeders are listed only as examples of what you may find, and LoveToKnow does not endorse any breeder or kennel. Before you decide to do business, take the time to fully investigate the breeder to make sure you'll receive exactly what you're paying for.
LSC Ranch breeds their dogs from Mini Boxer and Boston Terrier studs bred to Mini Boxer and Boxer bitches. You can see photos of their breeding stock at their website. They also offer payment plans for anyone who wishes to purchase a puppy.
In general, Mini Boxers have an outgoing temperament, and they make good family pets. However, they aren't exactly like traditional Boxer temperaments since these dogs aren't purebred. If you want a puppy that has the most chance of inheriting the Boxer's bouyant personality, try to find one from a Boxer and Boston Terrier cross.
Pups produced from the various Pug and Terrier crosses are also good natured as a rule, but it can be difficult to predict which combination of the parent breeds' temperaments a given pup will inherit.
Terrier characteristics include:
- High energy
- Strong willed
Pug characteristics include:
- Good with children
- Easy going
Since these dogs have only been bred for a few years, there has been no study as to whether there are any specific health issues being produced from these crosses. In order to get a better idea of which health problems a puppy might face, you must research the parent breeds involved, and take a look at health issues that are common to them.
- Boxers can be prone to cardiomyopathy, bloat, hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism, among other possible health threats.
- Pugs can be prone to obesity, breathing problems, eye problems and skin problems.
- Boston Terriers are prone to eye problems, heart problems, epilepsy, and skin problems.
- Fox Terriers can be prone to Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, patellar luxation, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, and primary lens luxation, among other health issues.
- Rat Terriers can be prone to allergies, dental problems and patellar luxation.
Keep in mind that a particular pup might never face one of these health issues, but the possibility could be there in the gene pool so it's good to be aware.
The Miniature Boxer is not a recognized breed at this time, but it may become one as some point in the future. If you'd like to register your pet with a dog club, the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Certified Pet Registry take registrations for various crosses that produce this type of dog.
Spend Time with These Dogs
Before you bring one of these pups home, spend some time at several breeder's kennels so you can get to know the dogs in person. This is the surest way to find out if a Miniature Boxer will fit your life style, as well as which particular cross you prefer. Getting a puppy is a lifetime commitment, so be sure about your choice.