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Box Heeler Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Box Heeler so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Boxer and Blue Heeler mix

Box Heeler Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Box Heeler puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Box Heeler in the United States? How much money is a Box Heeler?

Where to buy a Box Heeler with a good pedigree?

$600-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Box Heeler, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Box Heeler for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Box Heeler gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Box Heeler? How many Box Heeler are there in the world?
Frequent: The Box Heeler is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Box Heeler Size

Size
Is a Box Heeler small, medium or large dog?

How big do Box Heeler get?

What is the average size of a Box Heeler?

Large
Weight
How much does the Box Heeler weigh? How much should a Box Heeler weight? What is the normal weight of a Box Heeler? How much does a full-grown Box Heeler weight?
Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Box Heeler?
Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Box Heeler? Box Heeler height:
Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Box Heeler?
Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Box Heeler Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Box Heeler have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseWaterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Box Heeler coats?
Blue White Fawn Brindle Red speckledBlue speckledBlue MottledRed Mottled
Grooming
How to groom the Box Heeler and how often? How often should I take my Box Heeler to the groomer?
Effortless: The Box Heeler requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Box Heeler is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Box Heeler dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Box Heeler? Do Box Heeler dogs shed a lot?
Box Heeler dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Box Heeler need a bath? How often should you give a Box Heeler a bath? Can I bathe my Box Heeler every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Box Heeler Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Box Heeler have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActivePlayfulEnergeticProtectiveAlertIntelligentConfidentFriendlyLoyalFearlessBraveBrightHard workingResourceful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Box Heeler? Is the Box Heeler breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Box Heeler dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Box Heeler is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Box Heeler dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Box Heeler?
Box Heeler dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Box Heeler is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Box Heeler sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Box Heeler dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Box Heeler a good family dog?
Average to High: Box Heeler dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Box Heeler need? Box Heeler social needs:
Box Heeler dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Box Heeler dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Box Heeler bark?
Low to Average: The Box Heeler rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Box Heeler good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Box Heeler dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Box Heeler dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Box Heeler dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Box Heeler dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Box Heeler can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Box Heeler will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Box Heeler bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Box Heeler? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Box Heeler? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Box Heeler has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Box Heeler has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Box Heeler? How much bite force does a Box Heeler have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Box Heeler bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Box Heeler, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Box Heeler do?
Box Heeler dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Box Heeler dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Box Heeler to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Box Heeler roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Box Heeler is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Box Heeler have high prey drive?
Box Heeler dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Box Heeler dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Box Heeler good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Box Heeler in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Box Heeler indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Box Heeler dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Box Heeler be left alone? How long can you leave a Box Heeler alone?
Box Heeler dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Box Heeler Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Box Heeler temperament with other people:
Box Heeler dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Box Heeler dogs get along with other pets? Are Box Heeler dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Box Heeler dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Box Heeler dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Box Heeler temperament with children:
Box Heeler dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Box Heeler dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Box Heeler breed live with a cat?
Box Heeler dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Box Heeler good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Box Heeler dogs get along with other dogs?
Box Heeler dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Box Heeler is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Box Heeler breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Box Heeler breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Box Heeler dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Box Heeler dogs good office canines? Do Box Heeler dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Box Heeler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Box Heeler dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Box Heeler temperament with senior people? Are Box Heeler dogs good for elderly owners?
Box Heelers are commonly okay with elderly people.

Box Heeler Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Box Heeler dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Box Heelers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Box Heeler breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Box Heeler breed? Most common health risks of Box Heeler:
Hip DysplasiaAllergiesCancerHypothyroidismBloatDeafnessDemodectic MangeAortic StenosisBoxer CardiomyopathyCorneal Dystrophy
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Box Heeler breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Box Heeler see the vet?
Rare
The Box Heeler should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Box Heeler dogs live? How old can a Box Heeler be? What is the age limit of the Box Heeler? How many years can the oldest Box Heeler live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Box Heeler?

How long is the lifespan of a Box Heeler?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Box Heeler: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Box Heeler breed hypoallergenic?
No
Box Heeler dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Box Heeler have? What is the activity level of the Box Heeler?
Box Heeler dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Box Heeler need? How much exercise do Box Heeler dogs require per day?

Do Box Heeler dogs need a lot of exercises?

Box Heeler dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Box Heeler breed need?
Box Heeler dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Box Heeler need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Box Heeler breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Box Heeler? How much food should I feed my Box Heeler?
Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Box Heeler risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Box Heeler's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Box Heeler weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Box Heeler has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Box Heeler drool?
The Box Heeler is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Box Heeler could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Box Heeler.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Box Heeler As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Box Heeler be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Box Heeler is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Box Heeler be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Box Heeler be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Box Heeler is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Box Heeler be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Box Heeler is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Box Heeler be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Box Heeler is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Box Heeler be a boat dog?

Not really

Box Heeler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Box Heeler be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Box Heeler breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Box Heeler dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Box Heeler Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Box Heeler pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Box Heeler breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Box Heeler: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Box Heeler have in a litter? How many puppies can the Box Heeler breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Box Heeler have? How many puppies can a Box Heeler give birth to?
2-10 puppies, average 6

Box Heeler Recognition

AKC Group
Is Box Heeler recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Box Heeler recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Box Heeler Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Box Heeler dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Box Heeler dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Box Heelers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Box Heeler requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Box Heeler is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Box Heeler dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Box Heeler dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Box Heeler dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Box Heeler dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Stinkiness: The Box Heeler has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Box Heeler's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Box Heeler dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Box Heeler is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Box Heeler dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Box Heeler dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Box Heeler is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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