Dog Breed Info: Pug Boxer Cross Mix

Although this dog was not a pet of Napoleon?s wife, Josephine, like the pug, the Poxer still makes a wonderful companion that loves to cuddle on your lap. The Pug Boxer mix also known as a ?Poxer? has a thick, stocky, and square built. The muzzle of the Poxer is longer than the Pug's but shorter than the Boxer's.  The well-known beauty spots on the wrinkled face of Poxers are their moles.  Not to mention those massive, dark and prominent eyes along with a button or rose shaped ears that are thin and small.

What Do I Need to Know about Designer Dogs?

The important thing to understand about designer dogs is that type is not as fixed as a purebred dog. Type refers to the set of distinguishing characteristics, physical and temperamental, that make a breed of dog recognizable. Therefore, the physical and temperamental characteristics of a designer dog will be a combination of the traits of the parent breeds.

The following are some characteristics of the parent breeds, and some projections on how your dog is likely to display those characteristics. All traits will vary from puppy to puppy, even within the same litter.

How Big Will My Puppy Get?

The height for male pug is 18 to 21 inches and the female?s height is 14 to 17 inches.  Your Poxer can weigh around 26 pounds when fully grown and will be somewhere between these heights.

What Will the Coat Be Like?

The coat of a Poxer is short but smooth, fine, and soft to the touch.  The fine, smooth and short coat does not require too much grooming.  They must be combed and brushed with a solid bristle brush on regular basis.

Are There Any Specific Coat Concerns I Should Be Aware Of?

There are no specific concerns, the Poxer is an average shedder.

What Will My Dog's Personality Be Like?

Generally the Poxer has a great and even temper with a loving and sociable nature.  This dog also requires a lot attention from its owner; otherwise its jealousy may lead to a behavioral disorder.  It must be socialized at an early age.  Ultimately, they just crave for an owner with consistent firm rules, but also handled with a gentle loving spirit.  They can get along with dogs and children of all ages and any other pets at home.

How Much Exercise Will My Dog Need?

Poxers require a long daily walk while needing a fair amount of exercises along with energetic dog games.  This dog is ideal for an apartment or house because it can be relatively active indoors with its medium size.  Regular exercise is vital for it, but be careful to not overdo it particularly when you observe your dog starting to wheeze. They are also joyful and excitable, bouncy and in addition to being a little bit a trouble maker.  Fair training methods and positive reinforcement and food rewards are important during the training schedule.  Self-control is the essential to housetrain the Poxer. Remember all dogs need to stay fit physically and mentally in order to stay healthy and happy just like us regardless of their size!

What Are Common Health Concerns?

Poxers may be prone to heart diseases, skin allergies, eyes issues, and chronic breathing. They also can become obese if overfed, so don?t overdue the doggie treats.  If you're buying a puppy, it is recommended to find a breeder who will show you the health clearances for both your puppy's parents. The health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of particular conditions.  For instance, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia with a score of fair or better, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. You can also confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (

How Do I Know If These Dogs Are Right for Me?

Based on the even temperant of the Poxer, the Poxer appears to be the perfect fit for the typical family with kids that wants companionship due to its size and protective behavior.  This dog is nowhere near as famous as the Pug because of the mix.  However anyone can fall in love with the Poxer?

There is much concern among breeders about the wisdom of breeding this particular cross-breed. In general breeding boxers and pugs together will produce dogs that have more frequent health issues.