Boxer Dog Breed Facts & Information

Boxers make excellent pets and are recognized for their joyful, fun personalities and absolute dedication to their owners. They would go to great lengths to protect their owners, and they thrive on companionship.

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The basics

Boxers are intelligent pups that are known for their loyalty to their owners. They are highly energetic, powerful and playful dogs that like to stay busy. They make great family pets as long as their owners have the time and energy to dedicate to them and raise them from the time they are puppies. Though they have relatively short lifespans, they are known for bringing their owners a lot of joy.

Since they have short coats, Boxers will be happiest when they are protected from the cold. They're also not well-suited for hot weather, so they should be kept indoors on hot days and given plenty of water.

The history

Boxer dogs' history can be traced back to Germany in the late 1800s. Their ancestors, however, were the Assyrian empire war dogs that roamed the earth around 2,500 B.C. It is believed that the Germans bred boxers down from another German breed called the Bullenbeisser. These dogs were big-game hunters, and they would hunt down bison, wild boar and bear for their owners. The Boxer is a more modern and refined version of the Bullenbeisser. Throughout their history, Boxers have been police dogs, cattle dogs, athletes, guide dogs for blind people and war dogs. The first Boxer was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904 and today, they are one of the top breeds in the United States.

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The personality

Boxers generally have positive, playful attitudes. They are very productive and energetic, and are always up for going for a walk or playing fetch. Boxers need at least 40 minutes of exercise every day, or else they get wound up. This makes them ideal for owners who have the time to dedicate to their pup's exercise. They are known for being extremely loyal and protecting their owners to no end. They are needy when it comes to companionship, but they get along with all types of different people.

The appearance

Boxers can be brindle, white or fawn-colored and they have short hair. They have naturally droopy eyes and floppy ears and a squashed face. They also usually have a dry nose. The height at withers for males is 24 inches, and the height at withers for females is 22 inches. Typically, males will weigh between 65 to 80 pounds, and females will weigh between 50 to 65 pounds.

Boxer dog breed essential facts

  • Personality: Intelligent, loyal, playful, well-mannered
  • Energy Level: Very high
  • Trainability: Easy, they are quick learners
  • Good with Children: Yes, as long as owners raise them from the time they are a puppy and they are acquainted with children.
  • Good with Other Dogs: Boxers are typically fine with other family pets, including cats, but they may be aggressive towards dogs in the outside world. They are going to be more aggressive towards dogs of the same sex. Rarely, some Boxers will go after cats.
  • Shedding: Occasional
  • Grooming: The Boxer has a short and shiny coat, so it doesn't require much grooming. Brushing a Boxer's hair once or twice a week with a hound glove or rubber curry-brush is a good idea. They need their teeth brushed frequently – daily is best – and nails need to be trimmed at least once a month.
  • Barking Level: Low
  • Height: Males, at the withers: 24 inches. Females, at the withers: 22 inches.
  • Weight: Males: 65 to 80 pounds, Females: 50 to 65 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
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