The Boxer is a large muscular dog that gets his name from how he stands on his hind legs and makes out like he is boxing with his front legs. Despite his size, this shorthaired dog is considered fully grown from the age of three. He is basically a puppy for most of his life. This makes him a wonderful companion for the family.
The Boxer has an imposing physical appearance. Don’t be fooled! He is like a lapdog and thrives on lots of love and attention from his family. Developed in Germany, the Boxer is a hypoallergenic dog. He is believed to have descended from the Bulldog and Great Dane. The Boxer is known to make an excellent service dog. He works as a guide dog for the blind and has improved the lives of many therapy patients.
General Characteristic List
Classification: Working dog
Male: 65 to 80 lb
Female: 50 to 60lb
Height at Withers:
Male: 22 to 25 inches
Female: 21 to 24 inches
Unique Features:Squashed face
Exercise Requirements: 40 to 60 minutes a day
Energy Level: High
Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years
Tendency to Drool: High
Tendency to Snore: High
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Bred For: Bull baiting and guarding
Coat Length: Short
Coat Characteristics: Flat and sleek
Coat Colours: Light tan to mahogany; a tiger-striped pattern of black stripes on a fawn background
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
Garden Requirements: No
Boxer – Personality
The Boxer is a high energy dog. He is intelligent, loyal, protective and alert. This dog breed is watchful and will fiercely guard his home against any perceived external threats. Boxers are known to be happy, playful and mischievous. They are fondly referred to as the Peter Pan dogs. They only bark when there is a good reason. Low growls are one of the ways they like to communicate.
Boxers in the home
Boxers enjoy human companionship and are the perfect companions for people who have the benefit of working from home. This breed is known to be patient and gentle with children. Left alone for prolonged periods, this dog can become destructive and develop other unpleasant behaviours.
As long as the Boxer gets enough active play and exercise, he will adapt easily to an apartment or country living. Boxers have shorthaired coats that do not protect them well in extreme weather. They should not be walked in excessive heat or cold. Dog coats and sweaters can help them during the harsh winter months.
The Boxer is demonstrative and attentive. He is highly intelligent and willing to learn. He responds well to commands and seriously takes on his role as a guard dog. Training would be much easier when it revolves around his role as a protector. To avoid aggressive behaviour, training should use positive reinforcement like interactive toys, healthy dog treats and puzzles. It is best to keep the training light and fun.
Boxers can be stubborn. If there are delayed responses to commands given, the Boxer should be treated with patience and understanding. Consistency is important and should start as early as when the Boxer is six to eight weeks old. Placing the Boxer is different social environments and situations should equip him to be a well-rounded dog.
Generally healthy, Boxers rarely fall ill. They have a natural resilience that has helped their bodies to develop immunity to most canine ailments. There are however some health risks associated with the breed. They include degenerative myelopathy, boxer cardiomyopathy, bloat, hip dysplasia and seizures.