The Dalmatian Boxer mix is a sight to behold.
Unique in both physical appearance as well as personality, this crossbreed is one of the most popular when it comes to dalmatian mix breeds.
If you find yourself drawn to this one-of-a-kind hybrid, then read on because this article was written for you.
Welcome to the World of the Dalmatian Boxer Mix
What do you call a Dalmatian mix when it’s part Dalmatian and part Boxer?
You call him a Boxmatian of course.
The Boxmatian is a wonderful crossbreed companion for the right person.
But before you decide if that person is you, let’s talk about the crossbreed controversy.
The Designer Dog Debate
There is a reason first-generation crossbreeds are referred to as “designer dogs” or “hybrids.”
These dogs stand somewhere in the middle of a purebred and a mutt.
What makes them so unusual? If they’re mixed dogs, how are they any different than mutts?
Crossbreed enthusiasts say that while mutts are accidentally mixed dogs with a variety of breeds in their lineage, crossbreeds are a specifically designed canine with only two breeds in their bloodlines.
The parents are carefully selected because the breeder hopes their puppies will take the best qualities of each breed.
However, this isn’t guaranteed.
In fact a crossbreed puppy can take any combination f traits and qualities from either of their parents.
Crossbreed Dog Health
There is also a debate regarding the health of crossbreeds.
For a long time, the traditional school of thought was that preserving pedigree breeding lines preserved dogs’ future health as well.
But more recently, researchers have discovered that crossbreed dogs and mutts typically live longer than their pedigree cousins.
This is because they have a wider gene pool, and their parents are less likely to carry the same genetic diseases.
If you would like to learn more about this, click here.
To find out how it affects the Dalmatian Boxer mix, read on!
How Did the Dalmatian Boxer Mix Come to Be?
The trend for deliberate first-generation crossbreeds is relatively new, and we don’t know much about the first Dalmatian Boxer mix puppies.
For that reason, we can learn about him through his parent breeds.
Let’s start with the Dalmatian.
Origin of The Dalmatian
The Dalmatian has an origin that goes back so far that experts have a tough time pinpointing exactly where he came from.
According to history, the dalmatian was a coach dog. His job was to run alongside horse-drawn carriages and guard the valuables in carriages while his masters stepped away.
The Dalmatian could be regarded as the original car alarm!
This transitioned into him running alongside horse-drawn fire coaches, which subsequently cemented him as a firehouse staple to this very day.
The dalmatian found his way to the U.S. in 1888 and currently sits at number 63 out of 194 on the American Kennel Club’s list of America’s most favorite breeds.
Origin of the Boxer
The Boxer has quite a surprising history.
With the modern-day boxer’s loving disposition and family-friendly nature, many are shocked to learn that this breed is actually the descendant of ancient Assyrian war dogs.
Centuries later, they are refined and re-bred to a smaller size and more agreeable in nature.
The boxer is beloved for his charming personality and hilarious quirks.
And while being the descendant of ancient war dogs is cool, the boxer has an extensive resume that also includes military work, police work, service companionship and guarding.
Currently, the delightful boxer enjoys a seat at number 11 out of 194 on the AKC’s list of America’s most popular breeds.
What Might a Dalmatian Boxer Mix Look Like?
The Dalmatian Boxer mix is a crossbreed, which means he could potentially inherit a number of different physical characteristics from his purebred parents.
When you see Dalmatian Boxer mix pictures online, remember that your particular dalmatian boxer mix could look much different.
It depends on which parent breed he takes after most.
Let’s take a look at the different physical characteristics your Dalmatian Boxer mix could inherit from each parent, beginning with the Dalmatian.
Size, Height and Weight of the Dalmatian
Growing up to be between 19 and 24 inches tall and weighing around 45 to 75 pounds, the Dalmatian is a medium dog with a lean, muscular build.
He has floppy ears, a sleek spotted coat, a long tail and expressive, bright eyes.
His famed spotted coat comes in two color combinations:
- liver and white
- blue belton (black and white)
Size, Height and Weight of the Boxer
The Boxer is around the same size as the Dalmatian, with an average height of 21.5 to 25 inches and a weight of around 65 to 80 pounds.
His sleek coat comes in three colors, including:
This breed is lean and muscular. He is born with naturally long ears that some owners or breeders may choose to clip. The Boxer may have a long or docked tail.
One of the most telling things about a Boxer is the loose skin around his forehead; his shortened muzzle; and large, round eyes.
These facial features give the Boxer an almost permanently inquisitive look.
Dalmatian Boxer Mix Appearance
A Boxmatian will grow to between 19 and 25 inches tall, and 45 and 8o pounds.
The easiest way to get an idea of their final size is to look at the size of their parents – they are likely to fall somewhere in between.
They may or may not inherit some of the Dalmatians distinctive spots over all or part of their body.
Personality and Behavior: The Dalmatian Boxer Mix Temperament
Just like with physical characteristics, determining your Dalmatian Boxer mix temperament depends a lot on genetics and chance.
Both dogs are smart, but theirs no way of predicting whether their puppies will be playful clowns like a Boxer, or dignified and steady like a Dalmatian.
Of course, training and early socialization will also play a key role in your Dalmatian Boxer mix’s personality too.
These two things ensure your pup grows up happy and confident around people, other dogs, and new surroundings.
Let’s look a bit closer at the kinds of traits a Boxermatian might inherit from each parent.
The Dalmatian Temperament
A clever and active breed, the Dalmatian is confident and proud. He is a loyal dog.
However, due to his history as a guard dog, this breed absolutely must be trained and socialized.
Without proper training and socializing, they have a tendency to become territorial and aloof with strangers.
However, Dalmatians are not a typically aggressive breed.
They get along well with kids and other household pets, especially if they grow up with them from puppyhood.
As long as he is trained and socialized, the Dalmatian makes a wonderful and patient companion.
The Boxer Temperament
Energetic, loyal and quite smart, the brainy Boxer is an active breed who needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
He does great with children and even other dogs, although some experts warn that this breed may not tolerate dogs of the same sex.
This breed is known as a jumper who loves to pounce on people as a way of greeting them.
For this reason, this may not be the best choice for families with small children or older seniors looking for a more calm, relaxed dog.
You should also keep in mind that the Boxer will need lots of training and early socialization in order to stay mentally sound.
Without exercise, training and attention, this is a breed who could easily become bored and destructive.
Grooming and Caring for a Dalmatian Boxer Mix
Although the Dalmatian and the Boxer have short, sleek coats, they are both shedders.
This means your Dalmatian Boxer mix will likely need to be brushed at least two times a week in order to keep loose hair under control and his skin and coat looking healthy.
Along with an occasional bath, your Dalmatian Boxer mix will need his nails trimmed regularly to keep them from breaking.
Clean his ears regularly too, to keep moisture and waxy build up from causing ear infections.
Exercise and Training Needs of a Dalmatian Boxer Mix
The Dalmatian Boxer mix comes from two very active, very intelligent parents, which means he is going to need at least an hour or two of exercise a day to stay healthy.
Hour-long walks, jogs, hikes or trips to the dog park are great ways to exercise together.
However, this crossbreed also needs a safe place to play freely back home.
Offer your Dalmatian Boxer mix a safe, fenced-in backyard where he can run and explore freely will also help to burn off any pent-up energy.
Both the Dalmatian and the Boxer are intelligent, eager-to-please breeds.
Which means training should be fun and simple with a Dalmatian Boxer mix.
Life Span and Health Concerns for a Dalmatian Boxer Mix
The life span of your Dalmatian Boxer mix depends on the life span of his parent breeds.
On average, expect your Dalmatian Boxer mix to live anywhere from 10 to 13 years – in line with the average across all domestic dogs.
To secure a puppy with a long, healthy future, only approach breeders who health screen their dogs before breeding.
They’ll be happy to discuss how the most common hereditary conditions of Dalmatians and Boxers are likely to affect your puppy, and share the results of their parents’ vet checks with you.
Let’s look closer at the health of the Dalmatian first.
Average Life Span and Genetic Health Issues of the Dalmatian
The dalmatian has an average life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.
He is vulnerable to
- inheritable deafness
- urinary stones
- skin allergies
- eye issues
- thyroid disease
Around one in eight Dalmatians have hereditary deafness – a higher frequency than any other breed and a big problem for the pedigree as a whole.
For future generations, crossbreeding with breeds who have few instances of deafness like the Boxer might be an effective way to save the things we love about the Dalmatian, without perpetuating their hearing problems.
The Canine Health Information Center recommends that breeding Dalmatians are screened for
- congenital deafness
- hip dysplasia
- thyroid disease
- eye disease
Nearly 40% of Dalmatians currently experience urinary stones. Whilst this also has an underlying genetic cause, it can’t currently be tested for.
To protect puppies, two dogs which both have a history of urinary stones should not breed together.
Average Life Span and Genetic Health Issues of the Boxer
The boxer’s life span is around 10 to 12 years.
The most commons health problems of Boxer dogs are
- degenerative myelopathy
- hip dysplasia
- thyroid disease
- heart disease
- dental problems
Degenerative myelopathy is progressive hindlimb paralysis in older dogs, and it affects nearly half of the 4,000 dogs registered with the Canine Health Information Center.
It cannot be cured, but there is a genetic test to identify carriers – your Boxmatian breeder should have a certificate to prove that their Boxer dog is clear of the faulty gene.
A breeding Boxer should also be screened for
- hip dysplasia
- thyroid disease
- heart disease
Since hip dysplasia (abnormal bone growth at the hip joint leading to painful arthritis) and thyroid disease are common to both Dalmatians and Boxers, your breeder should be especially vigilant about not breeding two sufferers together.
Boxers also have some special needs when it comes to weather conditions.
They are very sensitive to the heat and cold, and they should not be left outside alone for longer than a few minutes on hot or cold days.
Where to Find a Dalmatian Boxer Mix Puppy
When looking at getting Dalmatian Boxer mix puppies, make sure you take your time.
While it may be tempting to buy from the first litter of Dalmatian mix puppies you lay eyes on, remember that a good start could make all the difference down the road.
A good breeder takes the health of their litters seriously.
Most breeders charge anywhere from $500 to more than $1000 for Dalmatian Boxer dog cross breeds.
Look at several litters to find out the right benchmark in your area.
Alternatively, makes friends with your local shelter and talk to them about the kind of dog you’re hoping to find.
One of the benefits of rescuing an abandoned dog is price, with average adoption fees ranging from $50 to $100 at most.
And the shelter will sometimes even cover the initial vet fees to help ensure your Dalmatian Boxer mix is healthy and happy.
Committing to a Dalmatian Boxer Mix
If you are looking for a unique, intelligent and quirky dog, then the Dalmatian Boxer mix could be the perfect match for you.
You’ll need lots of time to train, exercise and play with him every day.
Furthermore, the Dalmatian Boxer mix will do best in homes with safe, fenced-in yards where they can burn off excess energy.
You’ll also need to be philosophical and adaptable to his personality as he grows up.
No matter how he looks on the outside as a puppy, he could be a Dalmatian or a Boxer on the inside, and you’ve got to be delighted with either!
So, what did you decide? Are you going to get a Dalmatian Boxer mix, or do you already have one? Tell us in the comments.
References and Further Reading
Beuchat, C., 2014, “The Myth of Hybrid Vigor in Dogs…Is A Myth,” The Institute of Canine Biology
Howell, T., et al., 2015, “Puppy Parties and Beyond: The Role of Early Age Socialization Practices On Adult Dog Behavior,” Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports.
Lowell Ackermann, 2011, “The Genetic Connection; a Guide to Health Problems in Purebred Dogs,” 2nd Edition, AAHA Press.
Sutter, N.B. and Ostrander, E.A., 2004, “Dog Star Rising: The Canine Genetic System,” Nature Reviews Genetics.
Turcsan, B., et al., 2017, “Owner Perceived Differences Between Mixed-Breed and Purebred Dogs,” PLOS One.
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