When you look for a loyal, affectionate, intelligent, and good-looking dog, you should consider adopting a Boxer. I am always amazed to see its hard muscles under a tight-fitting coat and discover how lovely and courageous this animal can be in almost any situation.
This protective breed is an excellent option for children. However, it hates being alone and needs a human presence for most of the day. So, it is not the right choice for you if you work long hours. On the other hand, it is the best dog for people looking for a high-energy and family-friendly dog. Let’s get to know this cutie a little better.
First Boxers appeared in 2,500 BC in the Assyrian empire as war dogs. However, the modern breed appeared in Germany in the late 1800s when German dog fanciers bred it from a much larger and heavier bull biter, the German Bullenbeisser.
These dogs were the bear and wild boar hunters in medieval times. However, they lost their purpose by 1865 when the political situation changed, and German nobles lost their impact.
During that period, these dogs were cross-bred with a smaller English mastiff-type, and a new elegant Boxer was born in the late 1800s. Georg Alt bred a brindle female Bullenbeisser, Flora, with a local dog and got a fawn-and-white male puppy, Lechner’s Box. It seems that this dog started the line of dogs we know today.
Its daughter Alt’s Schecken was registered as a Modern Bullenbeiser, Bierboxer. The new breed got a new purpose as a cattle dog, watchdog, police dog, protection dog, war dog, athlete, and guide dog for the blind.
Germans Roberth, Hopner, and Konig stabilized this breed and put it on a dog show in Munich in 1895. The first Boxer club was founded the next year.
The AKC registered the new breed in 1904, but it became popular only in the 1950s and has since been among the country’s ten most popular breeds. These dogs served as messenger dogs during the World War. Nowadays, they are beloved family pets worldwide.
Boxer is not a pet for every person and first-time owners. Always keep in mind that its strength can be dangerous to a child or frail and old adults. This dedicated dog won’t deliberately harm a human, but it is not always aware of its power.
Socialization at an early age is vital since it is the only way to direct its energy properly. Boxer is a moderately intelligent dog, and you won’t have too much trouble with basic training. However, repetition of demands will become boring to it very fast.
Be prepared for a dog that drools a lot, snores loudly, and shed significantly, especially in spring. On the other hand, it won’t bark without reason but often growl, which is not pleasing.
Nowadays, Boxers are valuable members of canine sports, but they are also excellent service, rescue, therapy, and assistance dogs.
Don’t expect your pet to be highly tolerant of other dogs, as well. However, two Boxers of opposite sexes can get along well.
In most cases, this dog will be kind to people but wary toward strangers and aggressive when assessing that its family is in danger.
3. Size And Look
On average, this dog is 21 to 25 inches (53 – 63.5 cm) high at the shoulder, depending on age and sex. Its weight is approximately 50 to 75 pounds (23 – 34 kg).
|Height||22,5 to 25 inches (57 – 63.5 cm)||21 to 23.5 inches (53 – 60 cm)|
|Weight||65 to 75 pounds (29 – 34 kg)||50 to 65 pounds (23 – 29 kg)|
Boxer is a square-built, medium-sized dog with well-developed muscles and a short, tight-fitting coat. This breed is known for the broad, blunt muzzle that needs to be well-balanced with the skull.
Standard hair color is commonly fawn and brindle with a black mask and white markings, but you can also find all-white individuals. Even though 20% of Boxers are entirely white, most kennel clubs don’t recognize these snowy animals as pure breeds.
Since Boxer has a short coat, it requires only basic grooming with a rubber curry-brush or a hound glove once a week. You don’t need to bathe your pet too often since it is a clean dog, but it requires nail trimming once a month. Provide regular training as soon as your puppy turns four months old and a regular daily walk.
5. Diet And Nutrition
A high-quality, commercially manufactured food is what your Boxer needs to be healthy and happy. Take care to choose an adequate diet that fits the dog’s age and size. Since this breed is prone to obesity, always control the daily intake related to its activity level.
6. Possible Health Problems
Boxer doesn’t tolerate extreme heat and cold, so you should keep it inside the house. It is a healthy dog but has some typical issues with:
- Hip dysplasia and arthritis
- Aortic stenosis
- Boxer cardiomyopathy
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Gastric dilatation-volvulus
- Corneal dystrophy
The American Boxer Club recommends necessary health tests for this dog, that include:
- Hip, elbow, and thyroid evaluation
- AS/SAS cardio
- ARVC DNA test
- Degenerative myelopathy DNA test
Remember that Boxers from age eight have a high possibility of getting cancer, especially mast cell tumors. You can expect it to live approximately 10 to 12 years.
Even though your Boxer is large, it is actually not an outdoor dog since it can’t stand too hot and cold weather. When deciding to adopt this pet, it will be wise to look for relevant information about its needs and temperament. Only that way can you be sure that it is the best buddy for you.
One of the recommended options is to look for one of the organizations dedicated to Boxers’ rescue and adoption and provide a better life to one of these lovely dogs. You won’t regret it, I promise you.