Boxer Dog Breed Profile

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Boxers are famous for their worship and loyalty to their families.

They are playful, devoted, bright, loyal, energetic, friendly, calm, cheerful, confident, fearless, brave, intelligent and the greatest goofy clowns ever!

boxer dog breed

Characteristic Description
FCI Group Working Dogs
Height Females: 21 – 24 inches; Males: 22 – 25 inches
Weight Females: 25 – 27 Kg (55 – 60 lb); Males: 30 – 32 Kg (66 – 71 lb)
Life span 10 – 12 years
Color Fawn, brindle.Fawn shades vary from light tan to mahogany.The brindle ranges from sparse but clearly defined black stripes on a fawn background.Black masks in the face and white marks are frequent.
Coat Short, shiny, smooth and tight to the body.
Country of origin Germany
Breed Size Medium
Susceptibility to illness Medium

1. History

The precursor of Boxers can be traced back to a multiplicity of dog breeds throughout Europe in the 16th century, but the breed was developed and perfected over the last several hundred years in Germany.

The German Bullenbeisser (dog breed descended from Mastiffs) and the Bulldog are the ancestors of Boxer. The Bullenbeisser was a hunting dog for centuries to hunt bear, wild boar, and deer. In the 19th century, these two breeds were crossed and the Boxer was created.


When World War I began, Boxers have joined the military, serving as messenger dogs, carrying packs, and acting as attack and guard dogs.

Boxers started becoming admired in the U.S. in the 1940s when soldiers coming home from World War II brought their Boxer with them as pets. The breed was presented to more people and became a beloved companion animal, show dog, and guard dog.

The American Boxer Club (ABC) was created in 1935 and got acceptance by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in the same year. Nowadays, the Boxer breed ranks 7th among the 155 breeds and varieties registered by the AKC. Boxers are known as faithful, playful companions as well as exceptional guard dogs.

2. Personality

Boxer personality is defined by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. The Boxer is described as an alert, strong, loyal, lively and watchful dog. With children, he’s playful and tolerant. He can be aggressive only in defense of his family and home.

Like all dogs, Boxers require early socialization. This means that boxers need exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences since an early age. Boxer is an intelligent breed he needs to be dominated when being trained. They learn good habits fast as well as bad habits.

They remain puppy like during almost their entire lives. Because Boxers feel profound affection to people, separation anxiety can develop they can be very destructive if they are left alone at home for long periods of time.

Above all, a Boxer should be even-tempered. Aggression, tremendous shyness and hyperactivity are unacceptable in the breed. If you are considering a Boxer should at least check the parent dogs for these undesirable behaviors before looking at the puppies.

boxer puppy

3. Health

Research shows that the Boxer is, in general, a healthy and strong dog. When acquiring a Boxer talk about any concerns with the breeder and investigate the breeding lines.

Boxers are prone to certain health conditions. Not all Boxers will present all of the following diseases, but it’s important to be conscious of them if you’re considering this breed.

In Boxers, you should look for health approvals, for example, from:

  1. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia
  2. The Auburn University for thrombopathia (von Willebrand’s disease)
  3. The Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying eyes are normal.

You can verify health approvals by checking the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).

The following list enumerates some of the common health problems seen in Boxers:

  1. Tumors: mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and brain tumors. White Boxers and Boxers with lots of white markings can be sunburned and may develop skin cancer.
  2. Heart Murmurs: most common cause Aortic stenosis/sub-aortic stenosis
  3. Boxer cardiomyopathy
  4. Hip Dysplasia
  5. Inherited epithelial dysplasia
  6. Hypothyroidism
  7. Demodicosis
  8. Gastric dilatation-volvulus
  9. Allergies
  10. Deafness: White Boxers are especially at risk for deafness. About 20 % of white Boxers are deaf.

Boxers presenting hip dysplasia should not be bred; dogs with hypothyroidism should be bred carefully to non-thyroid dogs.

The incidence of these diseases is not elevated, and buying from a decent breeder who provides health certificates, answers questions about his breed dogs, and offers a contract that backs up his dog improves the odds of getting a healthy Boxer puppy.

4. Grooming

Boxers present a shiny and short coat. They come in two colors: fawn or brindle, with or without white markings. White markings frequently are located on the belly or feet and shouldn’t cover more than 1/3 of the coat. On the face, the Boxer has a black mask, occasionally with a white stripe, running up the muzzle between the eyes.

The Boxer coat needs minimal grooming. Boxers can shed moderately, but brushing once a week with a bristle brush or hard rubber grooming hand will help keep hair under control. You should bathe your Boxer as needed.

Other grooming needs:

  1. Dental hygiene: brush your Boxer’s teeth daily to help remove tartar and bacteria.
  2. Trim nails: once or twice a month if your dog doesn’t wear them down naturally.

While grooming you should check for tender areas, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, softness, or inflammation on the skin, in the ears, nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet.

[box style=’doc’]My Advice:

Your Boxer should be used to being brushed and examined since he is a puppy. Handle his paws regularly and look inside his mouth and ears. Make grooming a constructive experience filled with pleasure and rewards.[/box]

5. Exercise and Feeding

The majority of boxers are not voracious dogs. You should feed your boxer according to the recommended daily amount of high-quality dry food, divided into two meals. The amount of food your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, metabolism, and exercise level.

Some boxers have sensitive digestive tracts; this means that they have to follow a strict diet, without treats. A dry food is preferential for this breed.

Boxer’s short noses and short coats make them inapt to living outdoors, though they enjoy having a fenced yard to play in. In order to keep their muscles toned they do require around 2 hours of exercise per day. Boxers adore going charging around wide open spaces, chase balls, and frisbees. Providing your Boxer plenty of daily exercise is the best way to guarantee good behavior.

Training is essential to Boxers. Your dog should take training seriously. You should use firm, fair training techniques and positive motivation in the form of praise, play, and food rewards. Above all, be consistent.

Tolerance and persistence are the keys to housetraining your Boxer. Some are housetrained by 4 months of age, but others aren’t consistent until they’re 7 months to 1 year old.

Things to remember:

  1. Boxers need a lot of exercise. Make sure you have the time, desire, and energy to give them the activity they need. A tired Boxer is a good Boxer!
  2. Boxer is a medium breed dog. You should make sure you have enough space for him at home.
  3. Boxers are puppies during almost their entire lives.
  4. Early, consistent training is critical.
  5. Boxers are not outdoor dogs.
  6. Boxers need to be around family. If left alone for too long they can become destructive.
  7. Boxers drool and snore.
  8. Boxers shed, especially in the spring.
  9. To get a healthy dog you should look for a trustworthy breeder who tests breeding dogs.

Boxers love children. They are good playmates. Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs. Educate your child for never approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping.

Boxers can get along well with other dogs and cats, particularly if they growth with them in the same house.

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