Fawn and brindle with white markings.
A playful, strong, deep muzzled dog
6 to 10
Dogs: 60-70 pounds
Bitches: 53-65 pounds
Dogs: 22-25 inches
Bitches: 21-24 inches
Germany, 19th century
AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group II.: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, TKC Working
The Boxer is a medium-sized, well-balanced square built dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting coat. It is strong and thickly muscled, with a short coat and a docked tail. It is an energetic, attentive and devoted dog breed. It’s gentle and patient with children, it’s playful and curious.
This breed is highly intelligent, eager and quick to learn, but can be stubborn and sneaky. It’s loyal and affectionate. This dog behaves well with other household pets, but is cautious with strange pets and people, which make it a good guard dog. Boxer dogs breed combines strength and agility with elegance and style.
With family and friends, its temperament is fundamentally playful, boisterous, yet patient and stoical with children. The Boxer needs lots of human companionship. This dog is deliberate and wary with strangers, it will exhibit curiosity but, most importantly, fearless courage if threatened. Its intelligence, loyal affection and tractability to discipline make this dog a highly desirable companion. If the dog is well socialized it gets along well with other household pets. The Boxer’s nature is to protect you, your family, and your home. It is always keen to work and play. It can be rather boisterous and even in old age is still extremely athletic.
Boxers loves to jump, teach it not to be boisterous and especially not to jump up at people. This breed makes a great guard dog, it is noted for courage. The Boxer has a wide use in military and police work. It needs firm and consistent training at early age. This breed requires a dominant owner. The Boxer requires mental and physical exertion and is not recommended for people who are easy going and slow moving.
The Boxer has short and smooth coat that lies close to the body. Its coat requires only an occasional brushing.
Some major concerns are heart conditions, which should be checked on at regular veterinary visits, and hip dysplasia. To help prevent the chance of hip dysplasia developing make sure your dog is on a healthy, well proportioned diet, and avoid excessive running and jumping while still a puppy as this can be hard on the developing joints. It is also a breed that is susceptible to bloat. From age eight on it is more likely to get cancer than other breeds, checking for lumps and regular veterinary visits will mitigate this. Please be ready for the fact that this breed may drool and snore. To minimize the risk of your Boxer developing any of the hereditary health issues, you should buy a Boxer puppy from a reputable Boxer breeder.
The Boxer will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. It is fairly active and playful indoors and does best with at least an average-sized yard to keep them happy. This breed does best in temperate climates as the breed can chill easily in cold weather and has trouble cooling off in very hot weather. The Boxer needs daily exercise.
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