An introduction to the boxer breed of dog
The Boxer is one of the oldest German breeds. He has become a staple in American Society as a family pet and protector. Developed in Germany, the Boxer is stocky, medium-sized, shorthaired dog. The coat is smooth and fawn or brindled, with or without white markings. Boxers have a square muzzle, physically powerful jaws and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to prey of any size. The Boxer was bred from the original Bulldog and the now extinct Bullen beisser.
The Boxer first came into competition in 1895 along side St. Bernard’s in Munich, Germany. The first boxer club was subsequently founded the following year in 1896.The breed was introduced to other parts of Europe late in the 19th century and to the United States approximately the turn of the century. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the first Boxer champion in 1915. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), in 2002 Boxers entered the list at 7th on the most popular breeds, and have maintained that position ever since. This position of popularity has been maintained through 35,388 new dog registrations annually.
Boxers live an average of 10-12 years. The have a small legs, and a physically powerful muscular build with an inquisitive look. The Boxer coat typically comes in white with some black or brown markings through out. Some liken the coat coloring to appear similar to that of a cow.
He is celebrated for his love and faithfulness to his family. He is suspicious of strangers, but bright and friendly at play, and brave when need be. His intelligence and eager tractability, his modesty and cleanliness make him a sought-after family dog and companion. His honesty and loyalty, and is by no means false or treacherous even with age. Boxers are well behaved with children of all ages. The reputation of being “headstrong” can be correlated to inappropriate and lacking obedience training. Boxers are patient with smaller dogs but can feel the need to be dominant with larger dogs, especially of the same gender. Boxers react best to positive reinforcement techniques. He requires socialization early in life to tolerate other dogs well. Boxers are on the whole comfortable with companionship, from either human or canine.
Boxers are prone to develop cancers, heart conditions; hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy; tendency to develop spondylosis deformans, a fusing of the spine. Before bringing a boxer home, ask about family medical history, as well as your dogs history to gage if the needed medical effort will be possible.
Grooming / Physical Needs
This dog requires proper exercise and conditioning for continued health and longevity; The Boxer is a clean canine with a short coat that needs little more than a wipe-down and an occasional bath. Due to the short hair on this breed, daily or weekly bathing will result in dry skin and possibly additional skin disorders.
Special Abilities / Talents
Companions; alertness, agility, and strength make them formidable guard dogs; used as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, police dogs; herding cattle or sheep; trainable for various other service positions. The Boxer is a renowned family pet, with great affection for every member of his family. He is not however known as a multifamily pet, as he is a dedicated, loyal dog.