I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
In life, we often want to have pets and animals in our lives that can reflect who we are as people.
That is why many people like to get a Boxer dog; the kind of dog that is family-friendly, loving, and beautifully low maintenance when they want to be.
Some of us want something a bit more spiky and charming, though, which is why a lot of people will go for a Pomeranian.
While a touch abrasive and with a certain ‘madame’ nature to their personality, the Pomeranian is a fine breed of dog indeed.
However, when you cannot pick from one or the other, given their unique disparity, have you ever thought about going for a Boxer Pomeranian mix?
What Exactly is a Pomoxer?
The Pomoxer is a mix between a classic Boxer and a Pomeranian.
They are one of the oddest kinds of dogs that you can get, an utter contrast to one another.
Put a Pom in the room with a Boxer, and you would have a chalk dog and a cheese dog!
They are so different, yet for some reason, they make the most tremendous pairing when it comes to a mix breed dog.
We love this mix, and we could recommend that anyone who either wants a calmer Pom or a more charismatic Boxer looks into this unique little mix.
It might not be for everyone, but many people will find that this cross is probably one of the best mixes that they could go for: a tremendous choice for many reasons!
Appearance, Size & Looks
This is for sure is a unique looking kind of dog; one that might be a bit off-putting at first.
In fact, if you were to put either a Pom or a Boxer next to a mixed one, you would probably not believe they had anything to do with one another.
They really are that unique.
The challenge with this rarest of dog breeds, though, is that they tend to look very different from what most people would normally have presumed.
For example, if you were to look at one of these dogs, you might not be quite sure what you are dealing with.
They tend to be much smaller than a Boxer, with the Pom often winning the genetic battle in terms of the look.
One thing to note about this kind of dog is that you would probably want to make sure that you pay close attention to their look, as – just like a Pom – they have a nervous habit of putting on just a bit too much weight.
This can lead to an adorably fat little dog, but while it can be cute at first such a dog should not be overweight.
You should pay attention to things like coat colourings, too, which can be about as random as they come.
When it comes to dogs like these, you should be ready for the unexpected.
The look can be totally varied; it’s not uncommon for it to have the facial features and size of a Pom, with the attitude and characteristics of a Boxer.
The Pom is the kind of dog that often dominates in these kinds of situations, though, so expect you are to be far more like the spiky side of the relationship rather than the loving and low maintenance side.
So yes, expect plenty of shedding and all-around mess!
Personality, Traits & Temperament
The mood and actions of this mix are quite hard to gauge, too.
One thing that you will often find with these breeds is that they tend to be dogs that have very unique personalities.
For example, many expect them to be more like the Pom, as they tend to take most of their visual cues – including size and build – from the Pomeranian side of the family.
In terms of mood, though, the Boxer tends to be the dominant personality – though this could obviously change from dog to dog, so don’t expect that to be a cut and dried rule.
The thing with these types of dogs is that they normally show the attitude of a Boxer.
This means that they can be a bit rough and dominant at first as they try and assert themselves as the chiefs of the home.
That might mean having to put your foot down and take total control of the experience, making sure that your dog knows that their dominance is not going to hold in this particular property.
You have to make them aware that you are the boss, not them. At first, though, that can be tough.
They use the physical prowess of a Boxer – despite not really possessing it – to help throw their weight around.
Add in the bossy nature of a Pom, and you can end up a dog that can be - challenging to deal with.
However, once you get over that early series of bouts and rounds, you should probably look to make sure that you give them plenty of positive encouragement.
When they do toe the line and play by your rules, you should make a point of letting them know how happy that makes you!
Exercising & Fitness
With regards to exercise, it would be hard to say with any true definition.
Given the nature of both of the parent breeds, though, you will likely have to get them outside a fair amount and walking around on a regular basis.
If you don’t, you could end up with the more destructive side of the Pom “shining” through.
These are dogs that can get a bit rattled and bored without really meaning to cause any damage but do anyway.
So, make sure you are ready to put the foot down and make it clear that all exercise and stress release will take place outdoors, not in.
Take your cross mix for a walk two or three times a day, and for a longer trip on the weekend, and you should be left with a dog that has all the love and patience in the world for you.
Their exercise regime can feel quite demanding, though, so do not make the investment in a Pomoxer mix if you do not think that you could handle that exercise need.
They do not take well to sitting around the house all day, so it’s a necessity – not something you “can” do, but “must”.
Feeding & Diet
When it comes to food, the Boxer Pomeranian mix is most likely to have a big appetite.
As such, you should be ready to cut down on portion size, instead of replacing it with portion quality.
Lots of high-quality proteins and lots of nutrients there is a necessity.
You should look to take this Pomoxer cross to a vet when you can, though, as this can help you to build a solid plan as to what you should be feeding that dog.
With these types of cross breeds, you might get a dog that is going to be all about enjoying its food.
This, of course, can be a good thing and a bad thing.
They will eat just about anything, so it’s easy enough to keep them pleased.
However, the fact they have no “off” button means they will keep on eating, leading to bloating.
If you want to avoid that, concentrate on getting some good, lean foods that your dog can enjoy.
Again, a vet trip will make sure you can work out what it should and should not be eating.
Do that, and you will be left with a dog that you should have next to no problem in feeding.
Health issues in these types of dogs are somewhat common, mostly relating to physical mobility, eyesight, and hearing.
Eyesight and hearing are often weak in dogs over time, but the Boxer Pomeranian mix is a breed that is seemingly quite susceptible to such issues.
As such, we recommend that you look to get your Boxer and Pomeranian out there and fed as soon as you can.
This can be tough to plan out properly, so we ask that you look to get these types of hybrid dogs checked out by a vet.
Also, never invest in one without having a clear medical check-up that can be verified and confirmed by the vet who did it.
Without that, you could be buying a dog with all manner of health issues.
While this breed is not likely to take the genetic disorders found in a purebred dog, you can often have some issues with their health long-term, including:
- Hip and joint dysplasia.
- Eye issues, including cataracts.
- Hearing problems, including deafness.
- Weight gain, leading to bloating and severe obesity.
Make sure you take these problems into account; it’s the only way to make sure your canine can live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.
So, make the time to give your cross breed the help it needs to rest and relax: take care of it, and it will take care of you.
It might mean a few trips to the vet to have problems handled, but it’s important that you act on any potential signs of ill health as soon as is possible.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen