Boxer

Boxer

The Boxer dog is medium-sized, very muscular, sturdy and deep-chested. They have a short muzzle and a slightly upturned chin. The colour of the short coat comes in fawn and brindle, usually with some white markings; they can also be totally white in colour. The average height of adult males is 57-63cm, and their weight is 30-32kg. Adult females ideally stand at 53-59cm and weigh approximately 25-27kg.

  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non Hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks, alerts and it's physically protective
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Origin

The Boxer dog breed was derived from two mastiff-type dogs used as hunting dogs in the Middle Ages in Germany. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bear and deer. These ancestors of the Boxer dog were also used for bull-baiting when this became a sport. In the 19th century these breeds were crossed with the Bulldog and the Boxer dog was created.

Personality

Boxer dogs remain puppy-like throughout their lives, making them quite a handful! Lively, strong and loyal, they make great pets for all the family, adults and children alike, but can be boisterous so may not be suitable in a home with very young kids. Fearless and very self-assured, they are not quick to pick a fight, but more than able to defend themselves if they have to. They can be very destructive if they are left alone at home for long periods of time.

Health

Boxer dogs are predisposed to a variety of potentially serious diseases, in particular heart problems and cancers. Checking that dogs have been bred from lines that are free of these specific health problems will help reduce the likelihood of these disorders.

Exercise

The Boxer dog is a high-energy breed that does require plenty of exercise – they love to go charging around open spaces, chasing balls and Frisbees. Two-plus hours each day is recommended .

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. Boxers are prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

The Boxer dog's coat is easily kept clean, as it is very short. A rubber grooming mitt can be used once in a while, to keep the coat in good condition.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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What to consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption. Click here for more information.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed. Click here for more information.

Welcoming your dog home

Whether you’re bringing home a tiny puppy or rehoming an adult dog, this is a hugely exciting time for everyone. While you’re waiting for the big day you might need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort out before you welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information.