When you take a boxer into your home and heart, you're likely blessed with an engaging, devoted family member. Generally, you can expect to enjoy his company for about 8 to 10 years, the life span for a healthy boxer. The breed is prone to some illnesses, so it's wise to understand what to watch out for to enjoy years of quality time with your pal.
Boxer Health Vulnerabilities
Boxer owners are a dedicated bunch, so devoted to their breed that the American Boxer Charitable Foundation has raised a significant amount of money for genetic research into the breed. That research has helped to identify the responsible gene for a major health risk for the boxer, cardiomyopathy. Other health concerns include aortic/subaortic stenosis, degenerative myelopathy, bloat, allergies and some cancers such as lymphoma and mast cell tumors. The boxer also is sensitive to heat and anesthesia. Of course, just because a dog is prone to an illness doesn't mean he will develop the condition, but understanding his vulnerabilities allows you to keep an eye open for symptoms. If you are interested in adding a boxer to your family, choose a reputable breeder who can provide you with proof that your puppy's parents have been screened for common defects.