Breed Basic Information
- Lifespan: 8 - 10 years
- Height: 21 - 25 inches
- Weight: 50 - 85 pounds
Medical Conditions Seen
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Ulcerative Keratitis
- Aortic Stenosis
- Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
- Cherry Eye
- Cushing's Disease
- Elongated Soft Palate
- Ulcers (Boxer)
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Neoplastic Conditions
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Subaortic Stenosis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Joggin Partner
- Lap Dog
- Good with Children
- Warm Weather
- Cold Weather
- Grooming Requirements
- Ease of Training
- The Boxer descends from two types of German Bullenbeisers, or bull-biters.
- The Bullenbeisers were originally used to chase large game, such as boar, deer, and bear, through the forests, grabbing and hanging on until the hunter could arrive to dispatch it.
- In the early 1800s, German hunters tried to improve their hunting dogs by crossing their Bullenbeisers with mastiff-type dogs and with Bulldogs. The result was a strong, agile dog with strong jaws and a recessed nose to enable it to breathe while hanging on.
- By the late 1800s, these dogs were popular as butcher's dogs, controlling cattle in slaughter yards.
- The slaughter yard dogs were called Boxl, which may have been the origin of the name, Boxer. The Boxer was established by 1895.
- The Boxer was one of the first breeds used as a police and military dog.
- In 1904, the AKC recognized the Boxer.
- The breed remained relatively obscure in America until the 1940s, when it began its slow but steady rise. It eventually peaked at number 4, and remains in the top 10.
- Makes a loyal and protective companion.
- Playful and gentle with children.
- Fairly outgoing toward strangers.
- Generally good with other dogs, but some can be aggressive toward strange dogs.
- Generally good with other pets.
- Learns quickly, but can be both sensitive and stubborn.
- Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.
Suggested Excercise Needs
- Makes a calm and alert housedog, but can be restless unless it receives adequate exercise.
- Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog or energetic games.
- The Boxer's short muzzle makes it intolerant of heat.
- The Boxer's short coat makes it intolerant of very cold weather.
- Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.
- Boxers compete in obedience and agility successfully.
- Coat is short and shiny.
- It needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
- Shedding is average.
Suggested Nutritional Needs
- Boxers tend to stay in good weight.
- Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
- Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate but not final size. This may decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.
Did you know?
- Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
- Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
- Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.
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