Also known as Boxachi, the Chihuahua Boxer mix is a unique mixed breed dog. With its medium to small dog size, this puppy often inherits the face of the Chihuahua parent and the body of the Boxer. Sometimes, they can inherit the wrinkled face of the Boxer.
Much like its parents, this highly intelligent dog breed has a clever and alert expression, something we are used to seeing in Chihuahuas.
The only downside to this puppy is its inability to adapt to weather changes. So, if your area has a too hot or too cold climate, you might be better off with a different puppy.
With that in mind, today, we will talk about the personality traits, appearance, health issues, and exercise needs of the Boxer Chihuahua mix. Let’s get down to it.
Meet The Breed
Some might say there are a few more interesting mixed breeds. The Boxachi is a designer breed, a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and a Boxer parent. When combined together, these two canines make a sassy and playful pet that is loyal and devoted to its owners and parents.
This puppy’s funny antics will never disappoint you. It is a rare sight to see. What you have here is an adorable, playful puppy, with just a tiny bit of sass.
As a fairly new designer dog, the Chihuahua Boxer mix is not quite as popular as Doodle breeds, for example.
Sometimes, people call this puppy a Choxer, but let’s not stick to names, shall we?
Meet The Parents
As we said before, this is a relatively new designer breed. Very few is known about it. And The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize mixes. So, how can we try and find out more about this beautiful puppy? Well, we can start by learning more about its parent breeds.
First off, we start with the Chihuahua, the smaller puppy in the equation. Famously known as one of the smallest, if not the smallest dogs in the canine world, Chihuahuas do not let their size bother them. What you get here is a small dog with plenty of character.
Despite their size, they have a bold and confident personality. With that in mind, here are the most common personality traits of a Chihuahua puppy:
- Loyal and affectionate with their owners, they crave attention and want nothing more than to cuddle
- Despite their size, they have a protective instinct and can and will guard their territory and owners
- They have excellent hearing, making them perfect watchdogs. We have to mention they are alert and will bark to notify their owners of any potential danger or problem. Sometimes, even the tiniest sound can make them go berserk
- Temperamental dogs that can snap or growl when they feel uncomfortable or threatened
- They love to play and can be quite energetic. They are a bundle of joy and energy in a small package
- Most importantly, Chihuahuas are intelligent and can pick up commands quite easily
- They are known to have a bit of a stubborn streak
Next on the list is the Boxer parent, the other part of the equation. In the past several years, Boxers have gone up in popularity. And one of the reasons is their unique and cuddly face. But do not forget their personality. Famous as the clowns in the canine world, they will play and entertain you 24 x 7.
With that in mind, here are some of the most common personality traits of Boxers:
- Friendly with people and other animals, they rarely, if ever show signs of aggressiveness and dominance
- Social dogs that love to be around family members
- High-energy puppies that need plenty of exercise and playtime
- Can be a bit stubborn, and does not always listen to commands
- Their playful and silly personality will make you fall in love with the breed
When it comes to a Boxer Chihuahua mix, we have to note that this dog can vary in size. You can never know how big it will get. Of course, unless you adopt an adult. Yet, the maximum they can grow up to is 40 lbs.
When you look at the parent breeds, they are on different sides of the size spectrum. In some cases, you might end up with a small lap adorable dog, or you can end up with a puppy as big as the Boxer.
For the most part, they grow somewhere in the middle, and rarely if ever grow bigger than 40 pounds. Their coat is short, glossy, and straight.
These puppies are available in a range of colors. Their short coat can be either dark brown, light brown, golden, brindle, tan, or anything in between.
One of the reasons why people fall in love with the Chihuahua Boxer mix is that this puppy is guaranteed fun and entertainment 24 x 7. Playful and affectionate, they are loyal and devoted to the family. As we saw from the personality traits of the parents, these puppies have plenty of positive vibes.
Yes, they have a mischievous side, but they are mostly sweet, loving, affectionate, and loyal. Fun fact: The Boxer parent is rarely aware of its size. Even a big mixed breed here will turn into a cuddle companion dog. These dogs love sitting in your lap, no matter their size.
Now speaking of their intelligence, you will find they are quite smart. They do pack some stubbornness, but they are generally easy to train and will follow your guidance.
There are rare moments, however, when your Boxer mix will want to do as it pleases him. Do not be surprised. Expect it. These moments are rare, and while he can go his course outside, he will eventually come to you. After all, these dogs crave attention, and cannot live without human companionship.
They are amazing for a family with small or adult children. They love playing with children and will be quite gentle with them. Of course, you need to supervise their play. After, this is not a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever that will sit no matter if you tug its ears or pull its tail.
They also get along with other animals, but be careful of their territorial instinct. It is something that comes from the Chihuahua parent. When raised together with other animals, they will do amazing. And with socialization, you can solve any issue. But they will need time to warm up to other pets in the household.
Training these puppies can be a bit of a challenge. They do study quickly and pick up commands easily. But they have a stubborn streak and can be sassy and independent. Be patient with your pet. Use positive reinforcement, and always reward with treats and praise. They do not like toys as much as they like treats and dog food.
Be sure you establish yourself as the leader of the pack. This will ensure your dog follows your lead.
The two parents of the Boxachi are high-energy dogs that need plenty of physical exercise. Some mental stimulation will do as well, but they are not some of the smartest dogs that need brain teasers and games all day long.
Generally speaking, this Chihuahua mix puppy needs between 45 and 60 minutes of physical exercise per day. Walks and playtime will do it. The good news is Chihuahuas do not need a yard. If your mixed breed inherits personality traits and appearance features from its Chi parent, you can do it with a small apartment.
One of the reasons why the Boxer is often crossed with other breeds is because of its health issues. As a brachycephalic dog, the Boxer is prone to breathing issues, heart problems, and more.
Luckily, the other part of the equation is the Chihuahua, one of the healthiest dogs around.
The offspring of Chihuahua and Boxer can live anywhere between 10 and 15 years. That is a quite long life for a companion pet.
No matter which parent is dominant, your mixed dog will have a short coat. That will result in moderate shedding, but nothing to be worried about. Brushing their coat once per week will suffice.
Do not bathe them too often. You might remove their natural skin oils. Boxers and their mixes are a lot like cats. They groom themselves when needed. So, they considered a clean breed.
Why Shouldn’t You Get One
- Can be a bit independent and stubborn
- Training can be challenging
- You cannot predict their size
Why Should You Get One?
- One of the most lovable dogs around
- Thanks to the Chihuahua parent, Boxer mixes live a longer life
- They provide 24 x 7 entertainment