Boxer Great Dane Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 11/21/22 •  9 min read

The Boxer Great Dane Mix, or “Boxane” is a large mixed-breed dog requiring plenty of space, exercise, and love! The Boxer Great Dane mix is an athletic, muscular dog that’s part machine and part dog, such are their energy levels! If you’re looking for a dog to help you stay (or get) fit, the “Boxane” may be just the ticket. Stemming from England and Germany, these dogs of European heritage will make a wonderful addition to any athletic family home!

Boxer Great Dane Mix
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Boxer Great Dane Mix – At a Glance

Weight:80 – 115 pounds
Height:23 – 29 inches
Lifespan:9 – 11 years
Coat Colors:Brown, Brindle (Solid or a mixture of the two)
Temperament:Loving, affectionate, energetic, gentle, highly active
Most Suitable For:Active families, or active single individuals. Not suitable for the elderly

What Does a Boxer Great Dane Mix Look Like?

Boxer Great Dane
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The Boxer Great Dane mix will likely be quite a large dog, standing almost definitely over 2 feet tall! Though there’s no guarantees with mixed-breed dogs, you can bet that the Boxer Great Dane mix will inherit some of its physical characteristics from either parent breed.

You can expect your Boxer Great Dane to adopt the facial features of the Boxer, with almond-shaped eyes and ears that are triangular and set back atop its head. Your Boxer Great Dane mix will likely inherit the long body and long, thin legs of the Great Dane. Your Boxer Great Dane could be any combination or solid color combinations.

The History of the Boxer Great Dane Mix

The Boxer Great Dane mix is a relatively new mixed breed dog, however, both parent breeds – the Boxer and Great Dane have a storied European history that we’ll explore, to give you some idea of why one might wish to mix these two breeds up to create a strong, powerful dog with a gentle side.

The History of the Boxer

The History of the Boxer

The Boxer is a product of 19th century England, descending from the deceased “bullenbeiser” or “German Bulldog” that gained European popularity as a fighting dog in the 18th century. Initially, the Boxer was also used as a fighting dog and in ‘bull-baiting’, but later gained notoriety as a cattle herding dog and butcher’s helper.

When they were brought to the United States in the early 20th century, they were mostly kept as companion pets, but have also been used in police and military functions.

How Popular Are Boxers in the United States?

Boxers were a fairly early part of American ‘dog culture’, and as such have long been popular companion pets. Boxers were the 14th most-popular dog in 2021, according to statistics from the American Kennel Club.

Who Are Boxers a Good Dog For?

Boxers have a fair bit of energy, and can be quite stout and sizeable animals. This makes them great fits for active families, couples or single individuals. Given their size and exercise requirements, Boxers aren’t a great fit for the elderly.

How Did Boxers Come About?

Boxers were bred in England in the 19th century, originally as fighting dogs before becoming butcher’s helpers by herding cattle in large slaughterhouses. They remained as cattle dog herders before assuming their contemporary role as companion pets.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Boxer?

Crossbreeding dogs became popular in the United States in the 1960s and peaked during the 1990s and early 2000s. Given the age of the Boxer (and the fact that they’re a cross themselves), it’s not hard to imagine that Boxers were crossbred before 1960, however, there’s little documentation to support it.

The History of the Great Dane

The History of the Great Dane

The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds known to man. This German breed of dog has been around for over 400 years, descending from Mastiff-type dogs that once roamed with the Romans in England. The Great Dane was originally used as a guard dog of German estates and the carriages that carried German aristocrats around in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Later, the Great Dane came to the United States and aside from being a companion pet, has also been used as a policing dog.

How Popular Are Great Danes in the United States?

Despite their gigantic size, the Great Dane is a very popular American family dog, ranking 17th in the overall rankings of most-popular dogs in 2021 – a statistic gathered every year by the American Kennel Club.

Who Are Great Danes a Good Dog For?

Given their enormity, Great Danes don’t just fit in anywhere. They’re not intended for apartment-living and have fairly enormous exercise requirements (as one might expect of a dog that big). The Great Dane is a fantastic option for families looking for a guardian pet – but you must have a large enough house and area for the Great Dane to run or be walked in.

How Did The Great Dane Come About?

The Great Dane is a large dog of German origin – one of the largest dog breeds known to man – it came about from the crossbreeding of various types of Mastiff-type dogs, though no one is exactly sure why or how it came to be. However, they were routinely used as guardian animals for the estates of German aristocracy and travelling coaches.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Great Dane?

The history of the Great Dane stretches back centuries and while they are a product of crossbreeding, no one is entirely sure when the Great Dane was first crossed with another dog. However, crossbreeding of the Great Dane tends to take place with larger dogs for obvious physiological reasons.

How Important Is a Dog’s Temperament to Your Family?

A dog’s temperament tends to be the thing that sets it apart from the pack. Much of a dog’s temperament is genealogical, with some variation influenced by their environments and lifestyles. One of the most important things that you do before owning a dog is to research their temperamental differences and what potential temperaments of your adopted dog might be.

Failure to do your research could mean that you are forced to return your dog to the animal shelter or veterinary clinic from whence they came, causing unnecessary pain and trauma to you and the dog.

What is the Temperament of the Boxer Great Dane Mix?

The Boxer Great Dane mix is a very even-tempered dog. The slight excitability of a Boxer, particularly as a puppy, is tempered by the calm demeanour of the Great Dane. The Boxer Great Dane mix tends to be a very friendly dog towards other animals and pets, though due to its large size and protective nature, can be quite intimidating.

Is the Boxer Great Dane Mix Friendly?

The Boxer Great Dane mix can be quite friendly towards other animals and humans, getting its ‘friendly’ genes from the Boxer, as the Great Dane tends to be fairly aloof.

Is The Boxer Great Dane Mix Easy to Train?

As both animals are used to following commands, you can expect the Boxer Great Dane mix to be easy to train.

How Much Can The Boxer Great Dane Mix Weigh?

The Boxer Great Dane is a huge animal, weighing anywhere from 85 – 135 pounds.

How Tall Can The Boxer Great Dane Get?

Owing to its Great Dane genes, the Boxer Great Dane will most likely be moderately tall, between 23 and 29 inches in height.

Similar Sized Breeds

There are a few similar-sized breeds to the Boxer Great Dane mix. These include the Bull Mastiff, the Cane Corso, the Saint Bernard, and the Irish Wolfhound.

Does the Boxer Great Dane Mix Shed?

Despite the fact that the Boxer Great Dane mix is a heavy shedder, their thin coat makes it easy to maintain them – once weekly brushing is all that’s required!

How Much Exercise Does A Boxer Great Dane Mix Require?

Given that both of their ancestors come from a long line of very active dogs, expect your Boxer Great Dane mix to require plenty of exercise. An hour’s walk each day, followed by at least one intense free roaming run or game of fetch on the weekends!

How Long Can a Boxer Great Dane Mix Live?

The typical lifespan of a Boxer Great Dane mix is between 9 and 11 years.

What Health Conditions Could the Boxer Great Dane Mix Have?

How Can You Find a Boxer Great Dane Mix Puppy For Sale?

Before you go scouring the net to find a breeder of a Boxer Great Dane mix, we first recommend that you check out your local veterinary clinic or animal shelter to see if someone has dropped off a Boxer Great Dane mix puppy for adoption.

Alternatively, you can try searching online at, where you can search for your desired breed within your local area.

How Much Does a Boxer Great Dane Mix Puppy Cost?

Before you decide whether you want to buy a Boxer Great Dane mix puppy, you should know that one will set you back between $750 and $1000. Yet another reason to adopt, rather than buy.

However, if you decide to go down the buying route, you’ll want to learn the AKC guidelines for finding and dealing with reputable breeders that produce healthy dogs.

Is the Boxer Great Dane Mix the Right Breed For You?

The Boxer Great Dane mix is a great dog for anyone looking to add a larger-than-life pet to your family. If you have an immense amount of space, time and energy to devote to owning and caring for a dog of this size, strength and power, then the Boxer Great Dane mix will reward with many years of loyalty, love and affection.

Nick Meagher

I'm Nick Meagher, a lifelong dog enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. Having grown up with dogs, I've developed a deep understanding and an unbreakable bond with these amazing companions. Through MyK9Life, I aim to share insights, tips, and heartwarming stories, celebrating the joy and journey of life with our four-legged friends.

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