11 Interesting Facts About the Boxer Lab Mix (A.K.A. The Boxador)

boxador (boxer lab mix) puppy holding a stick in its mouth

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Introducing the Boxador: A Boxer Lab Mix. This crossbreed is one of the most famous in the world.

How could it not be?

Both the Labrador Retriever and the Boxer are on the top ten of the United States most popular dog breeds.

There is a reason why both these dogs are getting so much appreciation. One of them is a cute, loving puppy. The other is a somewhat of a bodybuilder.

The Boxador is, therefore, a cute bodybuilder that is bred to love.

Now, tell me that is not a dog that you want to have as soon as you can.

You will fall in love with this crossbreed the moment you see it. And since you are looking for information about it, you probably seen one or thinking of one.

Either way, welcome to this ultimate Boxador guide. I will let you know about everything you need to know about this crossbreed below.

However, before we get too excited, let’s talk a bit more about where the cross originates from.

The Boxador Parents

As I mentioned above, the Boxador comes from mixing a Labrador Retriever and a Boxer.

Allow me to give you quick information about both of these breeds first.

The Labrador Retriever

cute black labrador retriever chewing on a tree stick

Well, now you know why the number 1 spot is always his!

I always like to start my introduction to the Labrador Retriever by mentioning how popular he is. Of course, there is nothing that gets my point about how great he is better than saying that he is America’s first dog choice.

It has been years since any other breed came close to dethroning the Lab. At this point, they should just disqualify him and give a chance to other breeds. There is no way he is losing his popularity any time soon.

The Labrador loves to play, catch, chew, and most definitely, fetch and retrieve. He was bred to be a working dog, mostly in Newfoundland of Canada. He learned to find prey and bring it back to his owners. Protect and serve has always been his motto. So, if you see him in a K-9 police or army vest, don’t be surprised. He earned his stripes.

More about the Labrador Retriever dog here.

The Boxer

boxer dog breed sitting in a park

How is this not a top 10 breed? Oh, wait! He is!

Well, this is one dog that if he was a human, he already knows what he wants to do for a living.

Hug other people.

The name and that bad reputation he gets are misleading. He is called the Boxer in honor of the first female German dog that started this line: Lechner's Box.

However, because of his muscular body and strong-head (both physically and mentally), he is considered an aggressive dog.

Yet, with little research about the breed, you will find that the Boxer is a top ten popular dog in the United States. That is because he is a very passionate and playful dog.

He loves to play around, exercise, and most importantly, keep you safe.

More about the Boxer here.

It is not fair to judge the strong attitude this dog breed has based on how protective it is of you and how bad it is treated or trained. Dogs are dogs, and we are responsible for them. They love us and will do whatever they think pleases us. We must be careful how we care for them. Rant over.

Who is the Boxador?

Now, it is time to give the spotlight to the dog of the day.

The Boxador is a strong-built dog that loves to chew on toys. Everything else that exceeds this description is open for debate.

The temperament of a crossbreed remains to be seen but can be guessed based on the parents.

Considering that both the Labrador Retriever and the Boxer are loving and working dogs, you can guess how active and sensitive this crossbreed is.

If you can’t, then let me tell you that this dog wants to have something to do at all times, and wants to cuddle too.

Are you still looking for more about this crossbreed?


Below I will list out the most important facts that you need to keep in mind about the Boxer Lab Mix.

Let’s start!

11 Facts about the Boxer Lab Mix (Boxador)

One quick note here before we go on:

Crossbreeding does not bring the same dog every time. The traits mentioned below are generalizations and not specifics. If you happen to have a Boxador with different characteristics, then do let us know about them in the comment section.

1 - This A Gentle-ish Giant

The Boxador will play around the house with pets, kids, other dogs, other humans, toys, and anything and anyone he is allowed to play with.

However, he does not realize how big he is. He tends to play a bit rough but can adapt once he realize who he plays with.

If you have small children and smaller pets at home, it is best to keep their contact supervised until the Boxador is more aware of the size difference.

After that, it is safe to assume that they will play forever and ever.

2 - He Is A Family-Protector

One of the many reasons a Boxer gets a bad reputation is because of how attached he is to his family. He wants to protect them always.

In a crossbreed where that sense of protection is mixed with extreme feelings of appreciation that the Labrador has, you can see how strong this dog feels about his family.

Usually, unwanted strangers won’t dare to come close. However, sometimes, the dog may feel the need to protect you from known strangers.

The nature of the dog cannot be blamed here, as that is what he was bred for. The best way to deal with that is socialization at a young age.

3 - He Needs To Go Out

As part of any dog training, you need to get your dog outside and socialize it with humans and animals. That helps in keeping his protective and hunting instincts at a minimum.

With the Boxador, this is not an additional task that you may or may not choose to do. It is a must-do. Your Boxer Lab mix needs to see the outside world, meet new people, new dogs, and play with other pets when possible.

Making this a regular thing helps your dog feels less scared. He won’t consider any movement a threat, and will only bark when it is completely necessary.

However, if you decide that this is not something you want to do, please understand that the nature of the Boxer will result in bad behavior.

For the sake of the dog, I ask you to find time in your week to take him to a dog park and let him have fun with the rest of the dogs. Any interaction with other dogs and humans will make the dog better at reading the character of others, especially if you want a great guard dog.

Otherwise, he will bark at any and all movements he hears, day and night!

4 - This is A Large Dog

I mentioned how this dog is not aware of his size. And up to now, you were not aware of that either.

The Boxador can grow to be 110 pounds and stand at a maximum height of 25 inches.

While we usually reserve such information when it comes to crossbreeds, a Boxer Lab mix is almost never small or even medium.

He is a large dog that wants to play.

How large is he?


picture of two boxador in a dark room

Amazing shot! And amazing dogs!

Credit: Chad Latta / CC BY-NC​

5 - A Normal Lifespan

Probably the most ordinary information about the Boxador is how long he lives.

The Labrador Retriever lives a happy 10 to 12 years. The Boxer has the same average numbers.

I am no mathematician, but I am sure that if you crunch the numbers, the Boxador will have a similar lifespan.

However, it is common that crossbreed dogs live longer than both of their parents. So, it won’t be crazy to assume that your Boxador lives an additional 3 years. In any case, he will be there to love you as long as he runs, barks, and breathes.

6 - He Needs Lots of Exercise

Most dogs require exercise on a daily basis. This is more important than ever when it comes to a Boxador.

Due to his large size, he needs a minimum of an hour of exercise and routine walks to the park. As much as socialization is important, so is playing with a frisbee and a ball.

He is a retriever after all. And you need to cater to that side of the mix as well.

That is why it is recommended (and Boxadors agree too) to set a few minutes aside to play with your dog his favorite games. Considering his size, he won’t get easily tired, but he will definitely enjoy it a lot.

As much as you exercise your dog, you lower the risk of him wreaking havoc inside the house. With such a strong body and definitely super dog paws, he is not best kept bored.

He will stay inside the house like a soft bunny if you give him enough time outside to play. Any minute less than what he needs and some of your socks, shoes, and maybe furniture may need replacement.

Fair warning!

You cannot not love this cute dog here!

7 - Minimum Grooming Needs

The Boxador is not a heavy shedder, except when seasons change. During normal days, you will only need to brush him once a week. The rest of the time could be used for cuddles and games.

Once shedding season starts, you will need to be more hands-on. At least once a day, you need to bring your brush and get that fur out. In case it gets overwhelming, this is a simple guide to help you navigate through the hardships of brushing your dog.

When it comes to bathing, this is not as fun as you may think. Most dogs will not come near water, definitely not when it is in a bath. And they won’t even consider it when it has bubbles.

Still, the Labrador side of your Boxador may come in handy here. They are not as scared of waters as other breeds, and this makes it less of a problem getting them into a bath. However, that large size is the issue.

You will probably have to lift your dog, maybe from the farthest room in the house to the bathroom. Most likely, he’ll be under the bed upstairs.

Yes, when it comes to taking a bath, almost no dog is a good boy.

8 - Easy To Train

You may think that because of his size, training him will be a nightmare. But that’s not true.

The Boxador is an intelligent, ready to please dog. So, whatever command you want to teach him, it will take only a few repetitions and a couple of treats. A few days later, he will do it without hesitation and as quickly as you want it.

That means that your dog will be ready to learn more tricks as he grows. And you should be ready to teach him those new tricks.

Believe me, you don’t want your Boxador learning on his own. He tends to learn how to destroy rather than build. Ironically, that’s exactly what makes him a bodybuilder.

9 - Health Concerns You Need to Know About

I wish that no dog has to suffer any health issues. But that is simply not how life works. They will get sick at some point, and it is up to you to make it that they come back stronger.

Unfortunately, recent research shows that Boxers are prone to cancer more than any other dog. This is a sad fact that may haunt your Boxador. Digestive and muscle issues are common in Labradors as well.

Most issues, however, are hereditary. Meaning that you need to know the parents of your dog to make sure you are ready for what may come up later in their lives.

Food is an issue you need to be careful about. Some dogs are very picky and will not eat whatever you serve in their bowl. Always consult with your vet about a dog food you think your dog will like. Vets can also make recommendations based on what nutritious needs your dog should meet in his food. This article covers more about food preferences for Boxers.

Also, a bi-yearly check wouldn’t hurt. Anything to keep your dog safe is advised here.

10 - What Does He Look Like?

It is not difficult to pick a Boxador from a lineup of dogs. He is taller than a Boxer, bigger than a Labrador. His coat comes in many colors, ranging from the solid white to the black and tan. His ears are floppy like his Lab parent, but he has a larger head. Other features of his body can only be determined by genes. You won’t have an idea about how he looks in detail until he grows up. Still, he is very distinguishable from his parents, especially when you put all three next to each other.

lovely black boxer labrador retriever mix puppy

A cute puppy, isn’t he?!

Credit: Greg Hirson / CC BY-NC

11 - Getting Your Puppy

During the last two decades, there has been an increase in the number of breeders who offer crossbreeds for sale. The issue is that not all of them are responsible breeders. Some are just puppy mills and do not care about the safety of either the puppies, the parents, or even those buying them.

We always recommend vetting your breeder. Always ask about the parent dogs and make sure all the paperwork is done accordingly.

Still, we also recommend considering adopting a Boxador. It is an unfortunate fact that most dogs end up in shelters because they don’t turn up how their owners wanted. You can always have a look around and pick the dog that you feel most attracted to.

I know you will pick the right one for you and your family. And at the same time, you will become his savior!


This is a great dog to have, especially if you need more discipline in your life. He will be a handful around the house. You will need to keep an eye on him most of the time, but the bigger he gets, the lesser of a problem he becomes.

If you look into his eyes, you will see a loving creature holding a toy and running with a happy face into the wind. In other words, you will want to love this dog as much as it loves to protect you.

Let me know in the comments down below what you think about the Boxador.

Do you own one? Do you have a story to tell?

Speak your mind below and don’t forget to share this guide!

About the Author Sam Cummings

Hey world! Sam here! I am a writer and a blogger, with keen interest in pets, dogs especially. Writing about those creatures make time melt like an ice cube in a desert! Dogs are just unbelievably amazing!

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