Boxers are ideal family dogs. They are patient and loving with children. Their protective instincts make them good guard dogs. They are highly energetic and playful. This is why they are often misjudged as mischievous and unruly. With proper training and exercise the bountiful energy of Boxers can be easily managed.
Origin & History
The Boxer breed was developed in early 19th Century Germany. The breed was historically considered as part of the Molasser dog group. The now extinct Bullenbeisser, which descended from a Mastiff breed, was crossbred with the English Bulldog to produce the modern breed of the Boxer.
The Bullenbeisser was originally bred for hunting bears and wild boar. Their square muzzle and strong under-bite gave them the capacity to hold the prey until the hunter arrives. This is why Boxers have strong jaws and powerful bites.
Details & Specifications
Adult Boxers typically weigh between 60 to 70 pounds. Male Boxers, on average, measure between 22 to 25 inches from the withers. Females measure between 21 to 24 inches.
Boxers are highly energetic dogs. They need a lot of physical and mental exercise even in old age. When not given enough outlets for their energy, they become uncooperative, unruly, and high-strung.
Boxers are intelligent and quick learners. They can be taught fairly complicated commands. However, they are also energetic and easily bored. Training should be enjoyable for Boxers before they would even listen to commands.
They are natural pack leaders. They require owners who are naturally dominant and authoritative, yet consistent. If the owner does not exhibit enough authority, the dog has the tendency to be uncooperative and disobedient.
However, when the owner gains the respect of the dog, it exhibits outstanding loyalty and keen guarding abilities.
Caring & Nurturing (Haircut, Fur treatment, Washing…)
Boxers are average shedders and require low maintenance grooming. Their short coat should be occasionally brushed with a bristle brush. Bathe them only when necessary. Boxers, like cats, have the natural tendency to groom themselves.
White Boxers have a higher risk of acquiring skin infections and skin cancer than colored Boxers. Moreover, they are more prone to congenital Sensorineural Deafness in one or both ears. This is why there are breeders who choose to euthanize white Boxer puppies. However, in terms of obedience and agility, there are no significant differences between white and colored Boxers.
Other major health concerns are various heart problems such as cardiomyopathy and sub-aortic stenosis. They are also susceptible to develop tumors. They are known to excessively drool and snore.
Food, Equipment & Games
Boxers are picky eaters. They may exhibit excessive flatulence when fed foods that are new to them. Other dog breeds