Choosing to bring home a crossbred puppy can often leave owners wondering what to expect from their new pet as he grows into a dog, but German Shepherd Boxer Mix puppies have many traits that owners can count on because the parent breeds are similar in many ways.
Shepherd Boxer Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a German Shepherd and a Boxer
» Average estimated lifespan of between 10 – 13 years
» Average estimated weight of between 60 – 80 pounds
» Average height of approximately 20 – 24 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Both developed in Germany, these fiercely loyal breeds can become parents to puppies that will protect and serve you and your family.
Personality of German Shepherd Boxer Mixes
Puppies crossbred from Boxer and German Shepherd parents fit well in families looking for a trustworthy guard dog.
Both breeds are known for being fond of children, although you will want to establish a good relationship with your new puppy as the German Shepherd side of him can be a little leery of children until they get to know them well.
Once a relationship is established, expect your dog to be both loyal to your family and protective of your children.
One personality trait you can expect your dog to carry with them is the confidence that both of the parent breeds have. Your puppy should grow to be a courageous, confident and loyal dog that is playful and fond of family and close friends.
Appearance of Shepherd Boxers
Boxers and German Shepherds are two breeds that are very similar in size, so puppies that are crossbred between the two will continue the trait. Expect your puppy to grow to between 23 and 26 inches tall at the highest point on his shoulders if you choose a boy, or 21 ½ to 2 inches tall if you bring home a little girl.
Your puppy could have a coat that falls anywhere from very short hair like Boxers, to a dense medium coat like its German Shepherd parent. Puppies that have longer fur will need regular grooming, so invest in a good dog brush if needed. Both parent breeds have straight hair that lies close to their bodies, so if your puppy has curly hair you might want to ask to meet the parents.
Puppies that have German Shepherd and Boxer parents may or may not have rear dewclaws. If your puppy has dewclaws, have them removed; Boxers do not have them and the AKC recommends removing dewclaws on German Shepherds if they are born with them.
Exercising of Shepherd Boxer Mix Pups
Because both parent breeds have so much energy, establishing a regular exercise routine with your puppy is a good idea. Taking your dog for a daily walk will keep everyone in great shape and burn off some of that excess energy. Add a fence around your yard to give your dog room to run and play, or take her to a dog park.
Whether you choose one that looks like Rin Tin Tin or something more unique, German Shepherd Boxer Mix puppies are a good choice for families who are looking for a guard dog that will protect them out of loyalty while still being gentle enough to romp around in the back yard with the kids.
Photos by Kate Bingaman-Burt