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February 21, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Boxer

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  • Height: 21"- 25”
  • Weight: 53-70 pounds
  • Historical function: Hunting, dog fighting, bull  baiting, cattle dogs, military work, and circus dogs.
  • Modern function: Companion, watch dog, guard dog, competitive obedience, police work.
  • AKC classification: Working

Physical Characteristics:

The Boxer is readily recognized by their brachycephalic heads (broad, short skulls) and their underbite. The chest is broad, and they are very muscular. The coat is very short with tight skin. Coat colors may be fawn or brindle, often with "flash" which is white that is usually on the belly and legs. Boxers that are over one-third white are called "white boxers." These dogs have a higher incidence of deafness.

History of the Breed:

The Boxer was developed in Germany as a hunting companion that would hold down prey until the hunter could arrive. Early Boxers were used for dog fighting, bull baiting, and as cattle dogs.


The Boxer is an energetic, high-spirited breed. They are quick to learn and eager to please. These characteristics make them suitable for competitive obedience. Without adequate mental and physical exercise, this dog will find their own entertainment that is often destructive, so be sure to adopt one knowing what the needs of this dog are. The boxer is naturally easy to get along with and not aggressive, but they will protect their family. They use their front paws for everything, especially play, and sometimes "box" like kangaroos. Very curious, clownish, and playful, but a fierce protector of their people and property.

  • Best suited for: This dog is suitable for active families and do best with at least a moderate-sized yard. Tends to be active indoors. Get along well with children and smaller dogs.
  • Preferred living conditions: These sociable dogs prefer close interaction with their people including interactive positive training and lots of exercise. Does not tolerate extremes in temperatures.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care short coat needs brushing to remove dead hair and to keep the coat gleaming.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk and/or run. Also needs mental exercise.
  • Life expectancy: 11-14 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to heart and thyroid problems. Sometimes deal with allergies. Prone to cancer more than other breeds. Also can have hip and joint issues.

Breed Club Links: American Boxer Club Perfect Pairings: Fido Fleece (broad chest sizes), puzzle toys.

Have any stories about a Boxer? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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