Boxer – Breed profileBoxer – Breed profile


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 Boxer Breed Profilewith 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

Weight Range:
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
Prevalence:  Common

Boxer – Personality

Boxers at play

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.


Boxer - Breed Profile

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.

5 thoughts on “Boxer – Breed profile”

  1. Misael H says:

    As I said in a different post on your website I really have found a lot of value from what you post and I truly appreciate the information you provide. I’m currently looking for a dog to buy because I will be moving to my own apartment and want some company. Seeing some of the history of these dogs is actually very interesting. Now I have something to talk about at parties too haha

  2. Matiss says:

    Uuu-uu. Such an awesome dog breed. I mean, the way I see it, certainly not every breed can be an excellent service dog. Plus, the notion of it wanting attention and love. I definitely agree that’s the formula for a great family dog. Personally, I had no idea they were considered hypoallergenic dogs. It kind of makes sense, but I certainly wouldn’t have crossed my mind.

    I had no idea that dog coats are pretty much a necessity for these ones when really cold. Also, probably should not be left to sleep outside in the yard in such weather. On that weather note, when I come to think of it, I remember my grandmother telling me a story. It was about one hothead going out for a run on a hot summer day in the middle of the day with his boxer. I mean, it’s not a wise decision for any self-respecting runner but the dog overheat and died.

    A sad story. But I believe it illustrates so well that it is really a necessity to be aware of such facts and characteristics of your dog.

  3. coralie says:

    When I think of the Boxer breed, the first thing I think of is the big chest they have.  That is just the first thing you see.  I have always had good experiences around them.  I totally agree that they seem to be playful their entire life. Just fun loving dogs that enjoy being around their family.

    When I saw the average age expectancy, I wonder what percentage of the Boxer breed actually live for 15 years.  That is a long time for a bigger breed like them. 

    I enjoyed the post.  Thanks

  4. Andy says:

    Hi and thanks for sharing this. This article gave me insight into this breed that has only recently undone what must be some negative experiences from early childhood from aggressive dogs. I always regarded Boxers as dangerous and aggressive. Thinking back this must have been from one or two encounters as a young child. We never had dogs when I was growing up and I was always somewhat wary of active and protective dogs who regarded me as an intruder. Just recently our niece has got a Boxer puppy and he is delightful.  They have only had him a couple of months and he has learned all the regular commands and will even perform a trick or two. Getting to know him has helped me overcome long-held fears of these delightful if slightly unpredictable animals. Thanks again and best regards,Andy

    1. Nic Castle says:

      Boxers are a lovely breed, but the can be boisterous and full off energy.

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