When you are going for a Pug and Boxer mix, which is called a Poxer, then you will definitely have a lot of questions about the mixed breed. How the dog is going to look like, the temperament, the friendliness, aggression, shedding, activities, health, care needed, are some such things which will daunt you until you know it all.
What to anticipate from a Poxer
Being a mixed breed, a Poxer will inherit the characteristics of both the breeds. There are some signature traits of a Pug which will be inherited, and again some signature traits of the Boxer which also will come in the Poxer. Now it depends on how recessive or dominant the genes of either parents are, which will finally establish the dominance of one similar trait over another.
It is generally assumed, that with a Poxer, you will be enjoying 50% of a Boxer and 50% of a Pug. Yet, only you can tell how the experience is after petting one for a while. The best way to get ready for the anticipated characteristics of a Pug Boxer mix is by knowing what the parental characteristics are.
The significant characteristics of a Boxer
You would recognize a Boxer with a short muzzle and small face with folds of skin on both sides of the snout. A Boxer is a good watchdog, which can be tamed as a nice family dog when you get one to train from the puppy stage. It needs a lot of exercises, activities and training. It won’t bark shrill or try biting. Rather it’s quite polite and welcoming towards a stranger. On seeing strangers, Boxers make a nice welcoming sound, wag their tails, and observe the person. But the dog won’t get aggressive on strangers normally unless the breed is from the German line.
They are brilliant watchdogs, and can take care of babies, property, and you real well. They are very good companions. They shed a lot, drool a lot, and also are prone to heat strokes in hot weathers. You have to take a Boxer out of the house for a run, and playful activities, romping etc everyday. It’s also a witty and quite stubborn dog, which will carry on with a job with a mindset, and only when the master is more tricky and stubborn, you may take over on it. As puppies they are quite active, always jumping around and very playful. They encounter a lot of health problems though, and don’t have a long life.
The significant characteristics of a Pug
The Pug is a cute family dog. It’s famous for its innocent and funny square flat face, which has a flat nose, lots of skin folds or wrinkles, large black innocent eyes, and a short tail that sticks curled up to the back. The Pug is very cuddly, adorable, and will always follow you wherever you go. It’s a very people centric dog, and loves to be with companions, kids, and family. It’s playful, makes funny moves, and has a great sense of humor. The Pug is perfect for apartment living, as it never demands an outing normally, and is quite good to go inside the house. It will always stick to you, try to sit on your lap, love affection and attention from you, and if allowed would also share your bed. It doesn’t drool as such, but sheds a lot. It loves eating, and often eats a lot if you don’t control its food quantity. Thus a Pug gets obese soon. They are mischievous and would make ways to skip out of training, but a strict master can train a Pug well. Pugs have no such serious health issues. Due to the flat face their eyes are prone to injury. The skin under the folds of wrinkles also needs frequent cleaning to avoid microbial infections and irritations.
The mixed characteristics seen in most Pug Boxer mixes
Now coming to the characteristics of Poxer, you would obviously find some interesting blends in it inherited from both parents to form a new line. Some of the most obvious ones are:
- A Poxer has the face of a Pug, with the muzzle not as short as the Pug, and yet shorter than the Boxer. Eyes are of the Pug with ears of the Boxer. It has little wrinkles on face.
- The tail is like the Pug, short and curled to the body.
- The weight of a Poxer can vary around 26 pounds
- Generally a mix of fawn and silver colored coats is common in them
- The Poxer makes an amazing companion. It would stick beside you all the time, and is a cute little family dog.
- It sheds average, not as much as the Pug.
- The Poxer inherits the ability to become an excellent watchdog from the Boxer, and yet it doesn’t bark much.
- The dog is relatively healthy, and doesn’t have as such any allergies.
The bonus points of owning a Poxer
As the goodness of a Pug and Boxer gets blended you like a few things about the Poxer which are:
- Its cute face and short body stature
- Friendly temperament and affectionate nature with family
- Fair health
- Medium activity
- Lesser shedding
- Great monitoring as a watchdog
Where to get a Poxer?
You would get a lot of people selling Pug mixes. And a Pug Boxer mix is not rare too for all its good habits. But it would be sensible to purchase a Poxer from a good breeder who has the reputation for choosing the parent dogs wisely by genetically filtering them. This will save you from much harassment later due to bad temper, habits and health of the pet. It’s easy to spot a good breeder and seller online in your area.
The estimated cost of a Poxer
The cost of a Poxer depends a lot on the demographics and the pedigree of the parents used to breed it. An estimated cost revolves around $300.