A Boxsky is a mix between two common breeds: the Boxer and the Siberian Husky.
By combining these two breeds, you get a loyal dog that needs a lot of exercise.
When considering a dog as a potential pet, you’ll need to think about their shedding patterns and grooming requirements.
For people with an allergy to dogs, it’s vital that you find out whether a breed has hypoallergenic qualities or else you risk a reaction.
There’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog but some types of canines are better suited to those with allergies.
Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. There's no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog in spite of claims that breeders might make. It’s always best to speak with your vet or your doctor before deciding to get a dog if you suspect you may have allergies to pets.
We’re going to take a look at Boxsky to learn whether these Boxer Husky mix dogs are big shedders and have hypoallergenic qualities.
With our introduction to this article complete, let’s take a closer look at the Boxsky.
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What is Boxsky?
As we touched on above, a Boxsky is a mix between a Boxer and a Siberian Husky. These hybrid dogs aren’t a common mix, especially when you consider the number of Doodles there are in the world.
Given a Boxsky has a Boxer parent and a Siberian Husky parent, they’ll inherit traits that are associated with both breeds. However, there’s no guarantee which characteristics they’ll get from each parent.
What does hypoallergenic mean?
Before we look at hypoallergenic dogs, we need to get a clear understanding of the word, hypoallergenic.
The term was first coined by the cosmetic industry in the 1950s. They used it to denote a product that was less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
So by its very definition, there are no guarantees that the product won’t cause an allergic reaction. It’s just less likely to than other cosmetic products.
It’s important to understand this. There is a misconception that a hypoallergenic dog is one that is guaranteed not to trigger allergies. That simply isn’t true.
What are hypoallergenic dogs?
There is no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog. In other words, you won’t find a canine that is completely free of allergens that could cause an allergic reaction.
The American Kennel Club make it clear on their website that there’s no such thing as a 100 per hypoallergenic dog breed:
There are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs, there are many breeds that do well with allergy sufferers.
Although the AKC emphasise completely hypoallergenic dog breeds don’t exist, they do offer some suggestions for the type of pooches that could be a good fit for allergy sufferers.
We’ll have a closer look at the hypoallergenic dog breeds a little later but first let’s understand what are the potential triggers for an allergic reaction to canines.
What causes an allergy to dogs?
There are number of things to consider when trying to understand why someone might have allergies to dog.
What you may perceive as the common cause is dog hair. Hence why low-shedding dogs prove so popular with allergy sufferers.
However, dander is the most common allergen that affects humans. Here’s the www.lung.org to explain:
Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.
Dander may be the biggest culprit but it’s not the only allergen where dogs are concerned. Dog saliva can trigger a reaction, while pollen that is attached to a pup’s coat during a walk in the countryside can cause problems too. Urine is another allergen.
What are symptoms of dog allergies?
It’s important to have an understanding of the symptoms of dog allergies. If you suspect that you may be allergic to dogs, you should contact your local doctor.
Here’s the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to explain a little more:
The reason some people are allergic to dogs is because their immune system reacts to specific proteins (allergens) in the dog’s dander, saliva and fur. Not all dog-allergic people react to the same dog allergens, and not all dogs produce or shed the same amount of all dog allergens.
Over 10 per cent of the American population is allergic to dogs but nearly one quarter of the people in the USA own a canine.
So that’s a lot of people who have presumably done research about hypoallergenic breeds – or hybrid dogs that could be a good fit.
The symptoms include:
• Swelling and itching of the membranes
• Stuffy nose
• Inflamed eyes
• Breathing problems
• Rash on face, neck, chest, arms.
• Asthma attack
Are Boxer Husky Mixes hypoallergenic?
Boxsky, or Boxer Husky Mixes, aren’t hypoallergenic dogs. While some cross breeds are designed to be low shedding or hypoallergenic dogs, that’s not the case with this particular mix.
Do Boxer Husky Mixes shed a lot?
To get an idea whether a Boxer Husky Mix will shed a lot, we need to take a look at the shedding patterns of each parent.
Siberian Huskies are moderate to high shedding dogs that have an inner and an outer coat. They’ll blow out their coat at least once and possibly twice a year. It’ll usually occur at the changing of the seasons.
Boxers, on the other hand, need an occasional weekly brush rather than daily grooming. They’re moderate shedders, so not quite as bad as a Siberian Husky. But they’re not a low shedding breed like the Poodle.
Therefore, a Boxsky could be a high or moderate shedding dog. It’s safe to say a Boxer Husky Mix isn’t hypoallergenic, though.
Hypoallergenic dog breeds
The American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club list a number of dogs that they consider to by hypoallergenic.
The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom list 31 different types of dogs:
• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Spanish Water Dog
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Giant Schnauzer
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russian Black Terrier
• Hungarian Puli
• Bichon Frise
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Yorkshire Terrier
• Lhasa Apso
• Intermediate Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Mexican Hairless
• Standard Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Schnauzer
• Standard Poodle
• Toy Poodle
• Miniature Poodle
• Shih Tzu
• Tibetan Terrier
• Bedlington Terrier
• Dandie Dinmont Terrier
• Glen of Imaal Terrier
• Sealyham Terrier
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The American Kennel Club has a shorter list comprised of 19 breeds:
American Hairless Terrier
Coton de Tulear
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Portuguese Water Dog
Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Anything else to consider?
We recommend consulting with your doctor or health expert about getting a dog if you suspect you may suffer with allergies to canines.
Experienced breeders that we’ve spoken to say that knowledgable breeders should usually have an idea around eight weeks whether a dog has a coat that will be low shedding.
However, there are no guarantees, especially with a mix breed such as a Boxsky.
So there you have it, a Boxer Husky mix isn’t a hypoallergenic dog. If you suffer with allergies to dogs, they’re not the cross breed for you.
But you can check out the hypoallergenic breeds that the AKC recommend to see if one of those dogs could be a good fit for you.