Boxer – Breed Information
The Boxer is a medium-sized dog breed which originates from Germany. Great with kids and other pets, and suspicious of but polite to strangers, the breed is especially popular with families. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Boxer is currently the 8th most popular breed in the United States.
History of the Boxer
A member of the so-called Molosser dog breeds, the Boxer was bred in Germany in the 1800s from the Bulldog and Bullenbeisser which became extinct by the early 20th century. The public had the opportunity to see the new breed for the first time in 1895 at a dog show in the city in Munich (Germany). It was formally recognized as a breed by the AKC 9 years later.
Boxer Appearance and Physical Characteristics
The Boxer is instantly recognizable by its distinct head and strong, muscular body. Males can reach up to 25 inches in height and weigh about 70 pounds. Females are slightly smaller and lighter. Both males and females have a short-haired coat in fawn or brindle color with or without white markings and black mask. On average, Boxers have life expectancy of 9 to 10 years.
Boxer Personality and Temperament
The AKC describes the Boxer as intelligent, active and cheerful although it is also very protective, especially when around strangers. Boxers love being around children and are also good with other dogs and pets. Mistrustful of strangers, however, dogs of this breed are well-behaved and very friendly to other people when noticing that they mean no harm.
In order to grow into a happy, well-behaved and balanced dog, the Boxer – just like any other dog – requires early training and socialization.
Boxer Grooming and Care
Boxers are “low maintenance dogs” when it comes to grooming and care, and need only an occasional bath to keep their coat soft and shiny. Just like other dogs, they need regular nail trimming/clipping to prevent splitting, have their ears cleaned and inspected for signs of ear infection, and brushed their teeth on a daily basis if possible.
Boxer Diet and Exercise
Nutritionally rich and balanced diet is crucial for a happy and healthy life, and longevity of any dog. And the Boxer is no exception. Since it can be very difficult to choose between the many formulas available and since nutritional requirements tend to change over time, it is a good idea to consult a veterinarian on things such as type of food, frequency of feeding and size of portions. Also, it is of utmost importance for the dog to have access to clean water at all times.
Boxers are high-energy level dogs which means that they need plenty of exercise. Since they are very smart and intelligent, they appreciate if exercise involves activities that are also mentally stimulating.
Just like other breeds, Boxers are more susceptible to some genetic health problems that are passed down in the breed. To reduce the risk of genetic defects and disorders, it is recommended to get the dog from a reputable breeder and work closely with a veterinarian when it comes to disease prevention.
Things You May Not Know About the Boxer
– they were among the first breeds to be used as police dogs in Germany
– they are “housedogs”; they don’t have an undercoat to provide protection against the cold and don’t tolerate high temperatures for an extended period of time
– they don’t like to be home alone