Boxer is a medium sized, energetic and highly affectionate breed of dogs. These sturdy dogs are usually quite good natured and playful around children. At the same time, they are protective towards the kids as well as the adults in the family. They are also used as service dogs, guide dogs, police dogs and therapy dogs.
The Boxer dog breed is also known as German Boxer and Deutscher Boxer. The breed is known to have
developed in Germany by the cross breeding of English Bulldog and Brabanter Bullenbeisser dogs. They were used for the purpose of bull baiting and in dog fights. But, their aggressive tendencies have been curbed now to make them excellent family dogs.
These powerful dogs have athletic and compact bodies imparting them great strength and agility. Male Boxer dogs have larger bones as compared to their female counterparts. The head of the dogs seem to be in perfect proportion to the rest of the body.
Their medium sized, thin, drooping ears lie close to the head. The large, black nose of a Boxer dog is characterized by open nostrils. The inquisitive and watchful eyes are generally dark brown in color. Wrinkles are typically present on the forehead and on the lower edge of the stop.
The undershot bite of a Boxer indicates that the dog’s teeth and tongue are usually not visible when the mouth is closed. Boxers have Ear cropping and tail docking procedures are not needed in family dogs and hence should be avoided.
Color: Fawn, brindle and various shades of these colors such as tan, light reddish, . White markings (not exceeding one third of the entire coat) may also be present.
Height: Male Boxer dogs generally reach up to the height of 22 to 25 inches. Height ranging from 21 to 24 inches is considered normal in case of the females.
Weight: These dogs are usually 60 to 70 pounds in weight. Female Boxer dogs are usually 50 to 65 pounds in weight.
This dog breed is susceptible to health problems like Hip dysplasia, Epilepsy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Sub-aortic stenosis, Entropian, benign tumors, breathing problems, skin allergies, thyroid disorders and other similar health issues.
Spicy food is usually not recommended for a Boxer dog with delicate digestive system and prone to bloating. Periodontal health issues are also quite common in these dogs. White Boxer dogs have been linked with an increased probability of deafness.
Life Expectancy: Boxer dog breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, on an average.
Litter Size: The average litter size of this breed is 6 to 8 puppies.
The short, smooth, glossy and close fitting Boxer hair coat requires effortless grooming. The hair coat should be brushed regularly with the help of a soft brush. These dogs shed their coats moderately. Like cats, Boxer dogs also considered fastidious groomers. Hence, they should be bathed only when necessary to retain the natural oils on their skin.
Moreover, their nails should be trimmed at least once in every five or six weeks’ time. Maintenance of proper oral hygiene is an important aspect of Boxer grooming as the breed is prone to develop oral diseases. Similarly, their eyes and ears should also be cleaned on a regular basis.
Boxer breed dogs are characterized as loyal, pleasant, loving, sweet, sociable, lively, alert, confident, outgoing and even temperament. They are usually friendly with other pets in the house but aggressive towards stray animals. These intelligent and enthusiastic dogs are quite easy to train. Streaks of stubbornness should be firmly dealt with consistency without using any harsh methods.
Therefore, it is recommended that Boxers dogs should be trained and socialized from an early age to avoid overly boisterous and independent behavior. These wonderful family dogs serve as good guard dogs too as they are usually suspicious of strangers.
As these dogs are quite sensitive to extreme temperatures especially in case of hot weather, they should not be taken outdoors for exercise in the summer heat. An active and high spirited Boxer dog can adapt well to apartment situation, provided the dog gets sufficient amount of exercise two times in a day. A medium sized yard should be enough to fulfill their activity needs, not to mention the ritual of daily walks.
These dogs find running and playing fetch games very interesting. Do not be surprised to find your sturdy dog giving in to snoring, drooling and flatulence. These gentle and attention seeking dogs can bond closely with first time owners.