Boxerdoodle vs. Purebred Boxer and Poodle: Which Is Right for You?
The Boxerdoodle is a crossbreed between the Boxer and the Poodle that was originally bred in Germany. It is also known as a Boxerpoo. Both the Boxer and Poodle are purebred dogs.
The Boxer is also from Germany while the Poodle is originally from France and Germany.
Many folk can get confused between these three breeds so we’re here to help by giving a brief explainer of key differences, to help you decide which breed is most suitable for your home.
In this article, we compare various characteristics including Boxer colors, size, and temperament.
Size and Weight
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The Boxerdoodle can be a small, medium, or large dog with a weight ranging from 12 to 70 pounds and a height ranging between 10 to 25 inches.
The Boxer is a medium-sized dog, where males weigh 65 pounds on average with a height of 23.5 inches while the females weigh 59 pounds on average with a height of 22.5 inches.
The Poodle is a medium-sized dog, where the males weigh 57.5 pounds on average while the females weigh 52.5 pounds on average. Both males and females have a height of around 15 inches or more.
Price and Availability
The Boxerdoodle is a commonly available dog breed that costs between $500 to $1500. The Boxer is quite easy to find, and it costs between $600 to $1200.
The Poodle is also widely available, but the minimum price is highest compared to the other breeds, ranging between $1000 to $1500.
Trainability and Intelligence
All three breeds are highly intelligent and are fairly easy to train.
The Boxerdoodle are average watchdogs and defenders but are very intelligent and train well.
The Boxer may require patience to teach them any commands or tricks during training. They are however one of the best watchdogs because they are extremely protective of their companions.
The Poodle is exceptionally bright and enjoys being trained. They strongly protect their territory and are good watchdogs.
Personality and Temperament
All three dog breeds have similar personalities in terms of their playfulness, loyalty, and confidence, but differ in sensitivity levels and prey drive.
The Boxerdoodle is playful, active, friendly, stubborn, social, smart, and trainable. They are not the most sensitive dog breed and have an average emotional level. They are a social breed, highly affectionate, and have a strong wanderlust potential which is enough for them to escape home. Their prey drive is average.
The Boxer is energetic, playful, confident, intelligent, loyal, friendly, brave, fearless, and bright. They are a bit more sensitive compared to other dog breeds. They are loving, gentle, and soft, genuinely loyal, and affectionate towards their owners. They need plenty of social interaction and have an average wanderlust potential. Also, they have an average prey drive.
The Poodle is active, intelligent, alert, faithful, trainable, and instinctual. Just like the Boxer, the Poodle is more sensitive than other dogs and is extremely loyal and affectionate to their handlers. They also have an average wanderlust potential and need a lot of social interaction. However, they have a low to average impulse for chasing and catching prey.
Activity, Energy, and Playfulness
The Boxerdoodle and Boxer are highly playful dogs that rarely bark. The Boxerdoodle is not suitable for apartments while the Boxer is suitable for apartments. The Poodle is a vocal dog that is playful and house-friendly.
The Boxerdoodle, Boxer, and Poodle are high-energy dogs that need plenty of exercise. All three breeds do not require much time for sleeping.
Adaptability and Independence
The Boxerdoodle, Poodle, and Boxer can easily adapt to different living environments and lifestyle changes. The Boxerdoodle does well when a family member is home, but a Boxer and a Poodle tend to have separation anxiety if the owner is not with them at home.
The bite force of the Boxerdoodle, Poodle, and Boxer is ordinary, which is between 200 and 400 PSI. All three breeds are unlikely to bite. The Boxer and Boxerdoodle are less likely to play bite chew, nip, or herd people while the Poodle has a higher-than-average tendency.
Health and Lifespan
The Poodle, Boxer, and Boxerdoodle are healthy breeds, but they can be affected by certain health conditions, so visiting the vet at least once per year for check-ups is important.
The Boxerdoodle is prone to cardiomyopathy, entropion, and bloat. The Boxer is prone to hip dysplasia, cancer, allergies, hypothyroidism, deafness, and heart issues. The Poodle is prone to eye problems, patellar luxation, ear infections, epilepsy, and premature graying.
The Boxer and Boxerdoodle have an average lifespan of 11 years while a Poodle has an average lifespan of 13 years. The Boxerdoodle and Poodle tolerate cold and warm weather while a Boxer prefers average to warm weather conditions.
Diet and Weight Management
The Boxerdoodle needs to be fed 1 to 6 cups of high-quality dry dog food per day, divided into two meals. This depends on the size of the dog, whether small, medium, or large. The Poodle and Boxer need between two to three cups of dry food, distributed over two meals.
All three breeds can easily gain weight if you do not pay attention to what they are eating and exercise levels.
Allergies and Grooming
The Boxerdoodle can have curly, short, wavy, long, or medium hair which can be brown or any color. The Boxer has waterproof hair which can be fawn, white, or brindle. The Poodle has curly hair which can be gray, black, blue, red, white, cream, brown, silver, beige, fawn, or Apricot.
The Boxerdoodle needs average grooming effort, the Boxer needs minimal grooming, and the Poodle requires plenty of work to keep the coat in good condition. Boxerdoodles are low shedders, Poodles shed none to minimal, and Boxers shed moderately.
All three breeds should be given a bath every three to four weeks. Poodles are hypoallergenic while Boxerdoodle and Boxers are not. The Boxerdoodle and Boxer have low drooling tendencies while the Poodle’s tendency to drool is even lower.
Hopefully, the above comparison points will enable you to decide which breed is better for you. Each breed has unique characteristics that make them great family companions.
To pick the best breed for you, you need to consider your home situation and whether you can meet the requirements of the breed that you want.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.