The Boxerdoodle is overly active outdoors and can become a bit smelly if you do not groom him at least once a week.
Ears: Checking and keeping their ears super clean will prevent bacterial infections from the fields. Wash them regularly with mild shampoo when necessary.
Eyes: Their eyes require special attention and should be cleaned weekly. Observe any signs of infections such as abnormal discharge and coloration as a result of an external injury when plating.
Teeth: Regularly brush your Boxerdoodle’s teeth but should be at least once or twice a week. This will not only remove plaque and prevent dental problems but will give him good breath too.
Nails: The Poodle genes make this hunter active on the ground and will wear out long nails naturally. However, check and trim his nails regularly or whenever they begin growing out. You can do this at home or when visiting a dog groomer.
Hair: This Boxerdoodle has a beautiful coat that should be maintained clean and can be quite matted. Brushing him thoroughly with a brush and comb daily will prevent such problems. You may opt to take your Boxerdoodle for professional grooming every three to six months. However, too much shampoo will deplete the skin oils that keep the coat healthy.
Since different Boxerdoodles vary in overall size, one can’t be specific on the exact amount and frequency of feeding.
Recommended daily intake: The very active breed will need to be fed with an amount that depends on the dog size. Any adult Boxerdoodle will hence feed around two to three cups of dry dog food. However, if not sure, verify with your vet.
What food to choose: A nutritious puppy, adult, or senior dog food diet for hunters is the best for Boxerdoodle. It should consist of prey protein sources such as fish and chicken to provide them with lots of energy needed to perform heavy and serious tasks with agility.
How many times to feed your dog: The daily portion should be given in two servings to digest comfortably and to avoid bloating. They also need their water dish to keep hydrated from running up and down,
How to keep the good shape: Daily and adequate exercises such as running is necessary for the mental and body fitness of the muscular breed. Worry not when they decide to just lay around in the house; that’s part of their mood swings.
The crossbreed is more likely to inherit diseases from Miniature Schnauzer and Yorkshire Terrier, and the medical history of the two parents is very helpful.
This is a disease affecting the heart muscles resulting in weakened contractions, hence a poor heart pumping ability. As heart chambers enlarge in time, valves may begin to leak, leading to congestive heart failure. Common signs will include increased heart rate, coughing, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and fainting.
Treatment: Include diuretics to remove excess body fluids and Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors to make blood flow out of the heart easier. Digitalis glycosides also help in slowing the heart rate.
The progressive spinal cord disease mostly in older Boxerdoodle dogs begins with the loss of control in the hind limbs causing the dog to wobble, knock over or drag feet when walking.
Treatment: No known treatment fully stops or slows this disease. Improving the quality of life affected dogs such as physical rehabilitation and good nursing care and the use of harnesses and carts are some of the ways to improve mobility.
The stomach may stretch due to excess gases, which can be life-threatening when stomach blood supply is cut off. The Boxerdoodle is prone to bloating, especially when given the wrong diet, amount of intakes, and frequency of feeding.
Treatment involves releasing the extra gases from the stomach to stabilize the dog and conduct surgery for serious bloating once stable.
He is a smart dog and will be easy to train to verify the fact that he is the son of a Poodle. However, the Boxer side of him makes this Boxerdoodle a little stubborn, and the training process has to be dealt with patience but firm rather than scolding or punishing. Praise and reward him for a job well done, and stay consistent. Most importantly, it advisable to start training socialization in his life to bring the best out of him.
Boxerdoodle knows how to handle himself and how to get something if he wants it. He has a lot of energy and will love to exercise freely in open spaces. For Boxerdoodle, at least forty-five minutes to an hour of a brisk walk or run a day is almost guaranteed. He is also good at swimming and hunting exercises.