The Boxer is a strong and muscular medium-to large-sized dog that is very energetic. Boxers are very popular because they are one of the better dog breeds for families with children.
The Boxer’s short, smooth and shiny coat is usually red, fawn or brindle in color. Some Boxers have white markings on their coat. Boxers stand 21 to 25 inches at shoulder height. Male Boxers can weigh from 65 to 70 pounds while females can weigh from 50 to 65 pounds.
The Boxer is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Working Dog Group.
History of The Boxer Dog
The Boxer was developed in Germany around 1850 through crossing German bulldogs with the English Bulldog. Boxers were once used for fighting and bull-baiting but over the years their aggressive tendencies have been largely eliminated.
The modern Boxer has become an ideal family dog. The Boxer was ranked 7th out of 154 dog breeds in AKC registrations in 2004
Temperament of a Boxer Dog
Boxers are good-natured, lively and playful. Boxers love children. However toddlers should be watched with excited adolescent dogs that tend to knock them over.
This breed needs long and regular walks to control its exuberance. Boxers are strong and active and need early obedience training and socialization while they are still puppies. Boxers are alert, intelligent and eager to please, so they are suitable for higher-level obedience training.
The breed is naturally suspicious of strangers and usually makes a good watchdog. These dogs can also be trained to be good guard dogs. The breed is suitable for novice or first-time dog owners.
Boxers need a lot of exercise including off-leash romps with other dogs. Boxers can adapt to apartment living if they are thoroughly exercised twice per day to work off their energy. This breed can be sensitive to heat and shouldn’t be taken jogging or cycling during hot summer days.
Boxers need minimal attention for grooming and are low to moderate shedders.
Boxers normally live for 9 to 11 years and are usually fairly healthy. Some common health problems are tumors, hip dysplasia, heart disease, gum and dental problems. Boxers, like most short-muzzled dogs, may snore and suffer from flatulence.