Boxer Husky Mix Pros and Cons

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on June 21, 2019

A Boxsky is a mix between a Boxer and a Siberian Husky.

These beautiful hybrid dogs can also be called a Boxer Husky Mix. Unlike a lot of the Poodle mixes, Boxsky aren’t a common hybrid dog.

As with all mixed breeds, there’s no guarantee whicht traits a Boxsky will inherit from their Boxer and Siberian Husky parent.

Both breeds are loving dogs that become attached to their immediate family members, so they’re likely to be affectionate dogs.

In this article we’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of Boxer Husky Mixes.

Based upon our research and chat with Frankie the Boxsky (@pupfrankie), we’ll give our readers an insight into this cross breed.

Important: It’s impossible to predict what traits each individual Boxsky will inherit from each parent. Therefore, each Boxer Husky Mix dog can be slightly different so there pros and cons can also vary.

Pros

Boxer Husky mix Frankie (Photo: @pupfrankie / Instagram)

Boxer Husky mix Frankie (Photo: @pupfrankie / Instagram)

Loving

If you’re looking for a loving dog, you can’t go too far wrong with a Boxer Husky Mix. Boxers have a reputation for being great family pets due to their loving and protective nature. These high spirited dogs do well with children and will look out for their human pack mates. Siberian Huskies were a key part of the semi-nomadic Chukchi tribe so are conditioned to coexist with humans and play a role within a group. Boxer Husky Mixes tend to be loving dogs that like to receive affection and be affectionate.

High energy

You won’t be surprised to learn that Boxsky are usually high energy dogs. Siberian Huskies are adept at pulling light loads over long distances. The Chukchi people relied upon these dogs for centuries in their search for new lands before the Spitz dogs were exported to Alaska at the height of the gold rush. Boxer Husky Mix dogs need a lot of exercise to prevent them from becoming destructive within the home. You’ll need to give them between 60 to 80 minutes of exercise a day.

@pupfrankie writes:

When Frankie was a puppy she needed a lot of exercise or she got destructive.

Protective

One of the key traits of a Boxer is their protectiveness. They will strive to look out for the family home. Siberian Huskies, on the other hand, are sociable and don’t make good watch dogs due to their outgoing nature. This isn’t to say that they won’t be protective of family members, though. While there’s no guarantee a Boxsky will inherit this protective nature from their Boxer parent, a lot of owners of these dogs attest to these dogs acting as guardians. A certain degree of protection may be welcome if a Boxsky serves a purpose as a guard dog but dog owners should make sure they’ve given a Boxer Husky Mix proper socialization.

Goofy

Both Boxers and Siberian Huskies have a reputation for being goofy breeds. Boxers are funny characters that have a tendency to act in a derpy manner. Siberian Huskies have big personalities – too. A Boxsky will usually be a fun dog to be around due to their unique approach to life.

Cons

Boxer Husky mix Frankie (Photo: @pupfrankie / Instagram)

Boxer Husky mix Frankie (Photo: @pupfrankie / Instagram)

Require a lot of exercise

A Boxer Husky Mix will require a lot of exercise (as we mentioned above already). If you’re an active person with the time to dedicate exercising these dogs, you won’t have too many issues. However, if a Boxsky doesn’t get enough exercise, they can become quite the handful in the home. These energetic dogs can be hyper if you haven’t depleted their energy levels.

@pupfrankie writes:

When Frankie was a puppy she needed a lot of exercise or she got destructive. She’s better at resting now. But she would be happiest if we could hike or mush all day long.

Potentially destructive

Tying into the previous point, Boxer Husky Mixes can be potentially destructive in the home if they’re not getting sufficient exercise. Siberian Huskies have earned a reputation for being culprits when it comes to chewing furniture. It’s not uncommon for a Siberian Husky to tear a couch to shreds. A Boxsky can be no different. Due to their sheer size, they can be clumsy and cumbersome inside the home, resulting in furniture being knocked over.

@pupfrankie writes:

I wanted a high energy dog and I live on my own. So I don’t mind the energy level or the protective level. But, if you aren’t careful it can lead to lots of destruction.

Need to be socialisation

While some dog owners may embrace the protective nature of a Boxer Husky Mix, it’s important to give these canines proper socialisation. You don’t want an overly aggressive or protective dog that makes it impossible to have family come to visit. A Boxsky should be given the chance to learn socialization skills from a young age to help boost your chances of having a balanced and rounded dog.

@pupfrankie writes:

You need to socialize a Boxsky because you don’t want a reactive dog.

Require training

A Boxer Husky mix will require training from a young age. They can sometimes be stubborn dogs, which makes training hard. Siberian Huskies are smart dog but are independent thinkers so can be difficult to coerce into following commands. The northern breed can also be picky eaters, so aren’t always food motivated. You should start taking your Boxsky to puppy training once they’ve had all their shots to learn basic obedience and provide a platform to build upon.

@pupfrankie writes:

She has not been the easiest dog to train. We are still working on loose leash walking… She’s not treat or toy motivated, which makes training harder. She used to run away when I got out the training treats.

Shedding

Although a lot of designer breeds were created with the intention of producing a low-shedding dog, this isn’t the case with a Boxer Husky Mix. They’re moderate to high shedding dogs, which is the case with both of their parents. So they’ll need regular brushing to maintain the condition and health of their coats.

Anything else to consider?

Boxer Husky Mixes can suffer from a number of health problems. Owners should be aware of potential issues and their symptoms. These include hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and congenital heart defect.

When you contact a breeder about a Boxsky, you should ask about the health of both parents. Alternatively, you may find a Boxer Husky Mix that needs the be rehomed at your local shelter.

In conclusion

So we’ve reached the end of our article on Boxsky pros and cons.

This Boxer and Siberian Husky Mix can make wonderful dogs. It’s important to remember that there’s no guarantees which traits a Boxsky will inherit from each parent.