I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Are you someone who is on the lookout for a new dog to bring home?
Then you might want to get a Whippet or a Boxer.
Both dog breeds, while different, are somewhat similar enough for a dog owner to have both in their thinking. However, what if you cannot decide?
If you cannot pick between these two marvelous breeds, why not get a Whippet Boxer mix?
This is a brilliant dog for those who are looking for something a bit more unique, as well as a dog that is quite literally the ‘best of both worlds’ when it comes to the art of spending time with a dog.
What is a Whipoxer?
A Whipoxer mix is a dog that is an obvious mix of a Whippet and a Boxer.
The Whippet, of course, is the perfect poaching partner.
They were bred as a dog that would be used for hunting down rabbits, hares, and any other kind of animal.
Powerful, agile, and nimble; the Whippet is everything that, for the most part, a Boxer is not.
That is what makes this hybrid dog such a unique and happy breed to have around the place.
They are the kind of animal that you can spend a lot of time around, as they aren’t quite as frenetic as the Whippet.
They take some of the charm and the calmness of a Boxer, without losing the same appeal of a Whippet.
However, the cross mix is often a dog that is a good choice when you want either a more relaxed Whippet or a more energetic Boxer.
Appearance, Size & Looks
In terms of looks, the Whippet Boxer mix is a dog mix that is very hard to call.
It’s still quite a new mix, so information on this particular breed of dog is not quite as open and as available as it is with other dog mixes.
As such, you might need to get used to waiting and seeing.
Many times, they take on some of the personality attributes of both of the animals.
The frame of a powerful Boxer, but the freshness and appeal of a Whippet.
The challenge with a mixed-breed dog like a Whippet cross Boxer is that they tend to be quite tough to determine.
In terms of size, expect one that is going to be a bit more powerful than your average Whippet.
It will carry more build and power, so it will be nowhere near as agile and as leggy.
However, some of them will be very leggy, with a kind of Boxer face but Whippet body (quite the combination).
It does just depend, really, on the dog that you buy.
With most mix breeds like the Whippet Boxer mix, with such a disparity from one parent to the next, what you wind up with can feel like a bit of a lottery.
With these dogs, the pairing that you get almost feels totally unique to the animal that you have.
While other mixes can have a more pristine and particular pathway to follow, with these type of mix breeds that is not the case at all.
As such, they tend to be very interesting dogs to own.
If you are looking for a dog mix that has a unique enough look to get some questions asked about them in the street, this is a pretty good place to start!
Personality, Traits & Temperaments
As has been mentioned before, the mindset and mood of a dog that you buy like this is going to be very hard to predict.
Such animals tend to have a minor lottery feel to them, with the personality and mood of the animal almost impossible to predict.
That is why some people can find them quite a hard dog to read.
They tend to have a bit of a mix of both personalities, but given they can be so different and in contrast to another that can lead to a worrisome clash.
If you are concerned about getting a dog that might be hard to get used to, though, don’t worry about these.
This is a mix of dog that tends to have the lasting energy and need for love as the Whippet, but also the desire for hugs and cuddles as the Boxer.
They might be the kind of dog that wants to run around all day, but at night they want nothing more than a big hug and a nice snooze.
So, if you are someone with a lot of free time during the day but not so much at night, the Whipoxeris a fine choice of dog for you.
If you have a dog at home that is going to be sitting around all day, though, expect them to be a poor choice.
They will not be happy being left to their own devices, and being indoors is like a cage to them – at least during the day when they have huge energy levels.
While the Boxer breed might help to curb their need for running somewhat, the Whipper still shines through in that need to be out there and doing things.
Exercising & Fitness
This a hybrid dog mix that, with a Whippet in the gene pool, needs to have a lot of energy.
It has to be outdoors, and it has to be bombing around with little consideration for, well, anything!
That is why we recommend that you only think about getting one if you can commit to the exercise levels that they need, want, and deserve.
They are the kind of dogs that need you to put a lot of work into their fitness, or you can expect an animal-themed mutiny to spring up.
As such, we heartily recommend that you keep an eye on the Whippet Boxer mix; it’s the kind of dog that you need to get outside and running around planes, hills, and bits of terrain it has not seen before.
Good, continuous exercise is the aim of the game here.
Several walks per day will be needed, and your dog will have no problems in telling you when it needs some freedom and some exercise.
If you are unable to do that, then you need to think about making some lifestyle changes – or consider looking at a different dog breed.
Food, Diet & Feeding
A Whippet Boxer mix is a dog that is going to be in need of a lot of food.
The problem with such a dog is that the genetic disparity leads to a pair of dogs that can be, at the best of times, hard to feed.
The two parents want different things in life, including food, which can lead to a lot of issues in getting the food right.
We recommend that if this is the case, then you take your mix dog to see a vet as soon as you can.
If you do that, you are much more likely to get a dog that comes out the other side in a positive and optimistic frame of mind.
They will be able to get the food that they want, and the supplements they need.
For example, as is noted below, this a dog breed that suffers quite badly from dysplasia.
You should, therefore, look to get it plenty of foods with fish oils and glucosamine in there.
The more food that you can give it to help state that appetite, and stave off the damage to their joints, the better your dog will be for it.
Potential Health Issues
Health issues in a Whippet Boxer mix are quite common given the fact that mother and father are so unique.
We recommend that you get used to joint and bone weakness in these dogs; they are the kind of dogs that will almost always have problems with their legs and elbows losing the poor they need.
This is why getting a diet right is good.
For one, these dogs love to eat: they will not stop unless you make them.
As such, they can put on a lot of weight, forcing this particular dog mix to become quite unhealthily overweight, causing more joint pain.
Getting smaller portions and lots of fish oil and/or glucosamine will play a role in stopping the primary health problem with them.
These are also dogs with a historic issue with eye and ear issues, so make sure you get them checked out for this as often as you can.
Be sure to get your Whippoxer from a place that you can trust, and ensure that it comes with a legitimate certificate to show a clean bill of health.
When these fall ill, they can be expensive to care for and maintain, so make sure you keep this in mind.
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.
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