Quality Breeders will most likely ask the questions, “So why a Boxer? And, have you ever had or know anyone who had one?”
Boxers have been one of America’s most popular dog breeds for some time. Muscular by nature, large in stature with a square head, their tight coat shows off their athletic muscles. Boxers strut like confident athletes with a smooth and graceful gate and impose a powerful first impression. However, when you look in their eyes, you see mischief and joy reflected there. Due to their playfulness and clownish behaviors, they have sometimes been called the “Peter Pan” of dog breeds.
A Boxer’s coloring can range from tan to brindle with white markings and black muzzles. While out and about Boxers are alert and curious. Their height can vary from 21 to 25 inches depending on male or female, and their weight 50 to 80 pounds. They commonly live for 10 to 12 years.
They make great companion dogs suitable for apartment living but require space to run and play. Physical exercise and mental stimulation is a must for this breed. Patient and protective, Boxers have a sterling reputation for being great with children.
Bred to be watchdogs and guardians of the family Boxers are fearless when it comes to threats to their human family. The family Boxer will eventually scare off any unwelcome intruder. Boxer owners have often told stories of their family protector crashing through windows and doors to guard their loved ones. However, they pose no threat to welcomed guests.
As with all dogs, Boxers that are exposed to people and other animals early in their upbringing will make the best companions. These dogs are incredibly loyal and faithful. They are not naturally mean or dangerous at any age.
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Care Tips for Boxers:
- Training should not begin until the puppy is at least three weeks old. In fact, Boxers have a very long puppyhood, not being considered adult until the age of three years.
- Boxers are extremely high energy dogs and thrive on regular exercise. Activities can range from long walks to playing games such as tossing a ball or Frisbee to frolicking with other dogs in a dog park. They love to have fun! Be sure you have the time and energy to keep your Boxer balanced and happy.
- Due to their short muzzles and short hair, boxers are not built for extreme temperatures. Pets parents must keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Fortunately, Boxers have minimal grooming needs.
- Boxers drool, a lot. They also snore, loudly.
- Boxers can have a stubborn streak and respond best to firm yet fun training methods. Consistency is key.
- Boxers can be mouthy. Start training bite inhibition early.
- Spending extra time with your Boxer beyond training and offering play time is essential. Very social in nature, this breed does poorly when left alone for long periods.
- Certain health conditions such as tumors, cancers, and sunburnt skin can develop if not properly cared for with regular vet visits.
- Boxers are prone to both environmental and food allergies. If itching develops, consider adding probiotics to your Boxer’s daily diet. Consult with your vet if itching continues.
- Hip dysplasia and joint issues can manifest. Make sure your puppy’s parents were tested for evidence of this genetic condition. Other factors can trigger joint issues. Support joint health and overall well being from an early age.
Unique Facts about Boxers:
Boxers were named for the way they play and defend themselves with other dogs. They spar with their front paws like human fighters in the ring – minus the broken noses!
The ancestors of Boxers were war dogs of the Assyrian empire. These dogs’ lineage dates back as far as 2,500 BC as one of the many descendants of the fighting dogs of the high valleys of Tibet. In Medieval times, these large and muscular dogs were called Bullenbeisser (bull biter) and used extensively by German noblemen for big-game hunting. They were able to run down, catch, and hold such formidable opponents as bear, bison, and wild boar on vast estates.
Today’s more elegant and sleek Boxer was cross-bred in the late 1800s with a mastiff-type breed from England. These days the athletic Boxers are trained as guard dogs, cattle dogs, police dogs, watchdogs, protection dogs, and guide dogs for the blind.
Did you know there are technically 3 different types of Boxers?
The American Kennel Club (AKC) registered its first Boxer in 1904. That was when a Westminster-winning Boxer named Bang Away became a national celebrity. Today, the bright, fun-loving Boxer is reported by the AKC as the 11th most popular breed in the US in 2019.
Boxers considered as show dogs sometimes get their ears cropped to stand up at an early age. However, trending now seems to be leaving the dogs’ ears alone in their natural state for a very good reason. Surgery is often a risk when cropping and can induce infection. And I’m sure you’ll agree that Boxers look just as cute and adorable with floppy ears.
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