The Boxer is a dog breed that is lively, bright, athletic, and loyal, with a pleasant and playful temperament that makes it an excellent companion. Despite their background as fighting dogs, boxers generally get along well with children and have an instinct to guard the family, making them excellent family dogs. They have grown in popularity in the United States, but the breed dates back to the 16th century in Europe.
Boxers’ lineage can be traced back to a variety of dog breeds in Europe in the 16th century, but the breed was created and perfected in Germany during the following several hundred years. They are linked to almost all bulldog breeds. They were originally employed for dog fighting but evolved into loyal, hardworking canines used as protectors, hunters, and even couriers.
In Germany, they were one of the first breeds to be used as police dogs. The breed gained popularity in the United States throughout the 1930s, despite the fact that the AKC recognized the breed in 1904. In 1935, the American Boxer Club (ABC) was founded. Boxers’ tails are frequently docked, and their ears are clipped, however more boxer owners are keeping the ears uncropped.
A Boxer’s coat rarely sheds because its hair is quite short and not as coarse as that of other dog breeds, making it easier to keep. The bottom of the coat is brown marble or tan, while the rest of the coat can range from extremely light brown to deep chocolate and even pure white in color. Males are normally weigh 60 to 70 pounds, while females weigh 55 to 65 pounds. Because they are inherently active, you should not have to worry about your dog becoming overweight.
- Weight: 23 to 35 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: Medium
- Color: Fawn, brindle and all-white
- Pattern: A black mask and white markings
Boxers are naturally inquisitive and incredibly bright, and they adore their owners. Even though they are large breed, they will try to climb into your lap. They like to spend as much time as possible with you and your family, so be prepared for a lot of doggy love. It’s difficult to imagine, but Boxers can be extremely shy.
This breed can be cautious and distrustful of strangers, however this is something that can be worked on during training sessions. This timidity is not shared by other animals; Boxers enjoy playing with other dogs and cats. If you enjoy being active, the Boxer will fit right in. Expect your dog to be highly energetic until he or she is about 2 or 3 years old, at which point it will begin to quiet down.
Having said that, you should expect a lively and playful companion for the majority of the dog’s life. Boxers will keep you busy because they require at least one hour of exercise per day. Go for a vigorous walk or jog with your large buddy. You can also take it to a dog park where it may run around and play with other rowdy dogs.
If you let them run around your yard, make sure the gate and fence are as secure as possible — if there is an escape route, your Boxer will find it.
- Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligence: Medium
- Vocalize: Medium
Responsible breeders have strived to maintain the highest quality breed standards as set by kennel clubs such as AKC. Dogs bred according to these standards tend to inherit genetic diseases. Among the diseases that need to be considered include:
- They are predisposed to a variety of cancers, including mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and skin cancer.
- Aortic stenosis: When the aorta narrows, the heart has to work harder. It is a genetic disorder, and dogs who have it should not be bred. It has the potential to induce fainting and abrupt death.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy is another hereditary disorder that causes irregular heartbeats. This condition should not be bred in boxers. They may faint and die suddenly.
- Deafness is connected with white color and can be seen in all-white or mostly-white boxers.
- Hip dysplasia: This inherited disorder can cause pain, lameness, and arthritis in them. Breeders must show evidence that the parents have been tested.
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