The Boxers is an energetic, intelligent, athletic, and loyal dog breed. As one of the most popular, well-known dog breeds, the Boxer has a sweet and playful temperament that makes it an ideal companion. Boxers often get along very well with children and possess an instinct to protect the family, making them wonderful family dogs.
The Boxer At-a-Glance
Size: 55 to 70 pounds
Color: Fawn and/or brindle, white markings acceptable ( all-white typically not recognized by many kennel clubs)
History of the Boxer
The ancestors of Boxers can be traced back to a variety of dog breeds throughout Europe in the 16th century, but the breed was developed and perfected over the last several hundred years in Germany. Boxers are related to nearly all Bulldog-type breeds. They were historically used for dog fighting but then developed into loyal, hard-working dogs that were used as protectors, hunters, and even couriers. Boxers began to gain popularity in the United States during the 1930s, though the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1904. Today's Boxers are known as a loyal, playful companions as well as excellent guard dogs.
Caring for Your Boxer
Because Boxers have very short hair coats, they have relatively simple grooming needs. Most Boxers need occasional bathing and brushing. Although an active Boxer may wear down its nails, keep an eye on them. Regular nail trims are important in order the keep their feet healthy and comfortable.
Boxers can be hyperactive and unruly if not properly trained. This is simply a result of their big, loving personalities. Boxers love to jump up on people but can be taught to refrain from this. Don't forget socialization for your Boxer; this is very important for all dogs.
The high energy level and athletic physique of the Boxer means the breed needs a significant amount of exercise every day.
Make sure you provide the exercise needed to keep your Boxer physically fit and mentally stimulated.
Boxer Health Problems
Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. Remember that regular veterinary check-ups are an important part of keeping your dog healthy. Your vet may be able to detect the early signs of health problems before they affect your dog. The following are some health conditions that may affect Boxers:
Should You Get a Boxer?
The happy Boxer is an affectionate and loyal companion that would make a delightful addition to an active household. Despite their history of being used for dog fighting, Boxers are typically gentle creatures without aggressive tendencies. They are known to get along well with children once trained and socialized.
As with any breed, if you think the Boxer is the dog for you, do plenty of research before you get one. Talk to veterinarians, other Boxer owners, reputable Boxer breeders, and Boxer rescue groups to learn more.