The boxer, the basics

Two German Mastiff type dogs- the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer- were the Boxers’ ancestors and later, Bulldogs were added to this mix. Originally, these dogs were used for hunting and pulling carts and some were also cattle dogs. Because they easily learned tricks, some were used in the circus or theater. Breeding was unselective until 1904 when the first Boxer studbook was created and the breed was standardized. Although Boxers have German origins, the name is English and describes the dog’s pithy fighting style. Historically, they were ferocious and mean but nowadays they’re gentle and loving.

Boxers are compact and strong looking. Their fur comes in fawn, brindle, white, and various shades of red. They have pointy ears that can be cropped if desired. They have proportional unwrinkled heads. Generally, they have under-bites that curve upwards. They have big black noses with big open nostrils. Their necks are round and muscular, almost resembling that of a wrestler’s. Their bodies are square shaped and their tails hang high. Male boxers are anywhere from 22-25 inches in height and they weigh 60-70 pounds. Females are significantly smaller at 21-24 inches in height and 53-65 pounds.

Boxers are high spirited, playful, and energetic. They can be stubborn and sneaky but they’re very smart. Boxers really bond with their owners. They’re very loyal and affectionate and are noted for how well they do with children. As long as they’re brought up well, Boxers get along with other pets. Sometimes females fight to show dominance, however, they’ll still be nice and play with other dogs.

Boxers like to use their front paws to do just about everything, hence the name Boxer. They’ll grab and carry anything so watch out for your shoes and socks and other belongings! By nature, Boxers are protectors and they also require a lot of companionship. They’re athletic and animated and often need to be taught not to jump, they’re very jumpy dogs! They’re also noted for bravery and their tremendous loyalty. Their training should start young and be consistent throughout the years. Unfortunately, Boxers are prone to some serious health risks. They can get Cardiomyopathy and other heart problems, sub-aortic stenosis, thyroid problems. They’re sadly also prone to developing cancer and tumors, particularly after age eight. While it’s not a prevention method, exercising at least helps keep them healthy. They drool and snore and may have excessive flatulence and although that may be harmful to your nose, it isn’t harmful to the dog!

Boxers do best with some kind of yard because they need a good amount of exercise but be careful to not push them too hard. They have short snouts and can overheat if they over exert themselves. If your Boxer decides to lay down for a breather let them be, especially in the hot weather. They prefer to be in mid-temps because they chill easily in cold temperatures and they have trouble cooling off in the warmth temperatures. Boxers are average shedders but similarly to cats, they clean and groom themselves making them very helpful companions!