The Boxer is a large dog breed that is high-spirited but yet gentle with children making them a good family dog. They will love their family and they will guard and protect them. They are the 6th most popular dog breed in the US.
The Boxer was bred in Germany during the 1800’s. German hunters crossed the Bullenbeiser with a Bulldog. They were one of the first dogs used by Germany as military and police dogs. In 1904 the American Kennel Club recognized the Boxer breed.
Boxers are a member of the American Kennel Club‘s working group of dog breeds. They have been used by the military as carrier and messenger dogs. Police use them as K-9 dogs, and they can be guide dogs for the blind. They make good guard and attack dogs that will protect their family.
With a muscular body, it can weigh from 55 to 75 pounds and stand 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder. It is an athletic dog with a squared shaped body.
With a short coat, colors can be fawn, which means tan, browns, reds. There is also a brindle color with stripes of fawn and black. The chest, face, and paws can be white. Approximately 25% of Boxers are mostly white and are prone to deafness and sunburns.
A Boxer will make a good family dog as they are friendly, protective of their family and great with kids. They also make a good guard dog, watch dog, guide dog for the blind and a companion dog.
The Boxer is energetic and high-spirited so they must be trained at a young age not to jump on people. With their big bodies, they could hurt someone and not mean to. They enjoy playing fetch which is great to release energy and long walks. A fenced in yard would provide a place for your Boxer to run and play.
Boxers have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years of age and are generally healthy dogs. They are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease.
Good breeders will have Boxers checked for thyroid, hip, elbow and cardiac problems and provide health clearances for these. They are also prone to allergies.
Boxers shed their coat moderately, except in Spring when the shedding may become heavy and they lose their Winter coat. A weekly brushing during the year should handle the shedding. During the Spring, a daily brushing will be need to keep the shedding under control.
You can bathe your Boxer no more than once every two weeks. More than that could cause dry skin and itching, which could lead to hot spots.
They are an intelligent breed but they will push your limits to do what they want to do. You need to be firm and consistent when training your Boxer. They enjoy training with an agility course which will release their physical and mental energy.
Boxers are dedicated to their families and become very attached, therefore you may see your Boxer develop separation anxiety. This can lead to bad behaviors such as destructive chewing, excessive barking and more. For more information on separation anxiety click here.
If you have an interest in the Boxer dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.Search for a Boxer rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.
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