The Boxer is a medium-sized, short haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colours are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, and white. Boxers are brachycephalic (they have broad, short skulls), have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws, and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large prey. The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser which became extinct by crossbreeding rather than by a gradual process of land becoming less suitable to breed them in. It is a member of the Molosser group.

Boxer Behavior

The Boxer is a very affectionate, energetic and loyal breed of dog. They are extremely intelligent and are popular as family dogs due to their patient nature with children. However, because of their intelligence, Boxers require a lot of attention and exercise which can be difficult for some people to provide. If you are considering owning one make sure you will be able to commit the time and effort so your Boxer can live a long, happy life.

Boxer Training

Boxers are typically very easy to train which is not surprising given how intelligent they are. They respond well to firm obedience training but do require quite a bit of exercise as this is what they were initially bred for. Many fall into the category of being difficult to house train. Some have been known to be aggressive but this is not a breed specific trait and they respond well to training in most cases.

Boxer Grooming

Boxers may be brushed with a firm bristle brush, and they should be bathed only when necessary. Like other breeds, the Boxer sheds its coat seasonally, particularly during spring and summer shedding seasons. They are average shedders.

Best Food for Boxer

It’s important to pay attention to what you feed your Boxer because it can affect its skin and coat. A poor diet can lead to hair loss or dull, dry hair. Look for commercial foods that contain omega fatty acids which are good for the skin and coat; other ingredients include glucosamine and chondroitin which helps promote healthy joints. You can also give your Boxer bones to chew on; not only do they love it, but the act of chewing will help keep their teeth clean and healthy.

Boxer Health

The average lifespan of a Boxer is around 10 years old with some living up to 12 or 13 years. There are several health issues which Boxers are prone to. The more serious conditions include hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, heart disease and cancer. It is important you buy your puppy from a reputable breeder who can provide evidence of the puppy’s parents’ health clearances. Make sure your dog is healthy before buying it; ask to see the relevant documentation.

Boxer with Children

Boxers are loving, gentle dogs which make excellent family pets. They can be patient with children but because of their strong jaws and a tendency to jump up when they’re excited, supervision is required when they’re around young children. Although you can socialise your dog from an early age, it is important that it does not become too excitable.