Boxers are renowned for being high-energy dogs and are usually described as being high-spirited and sociable while also being the dog world's clowns. They adore entertaining their owners as well as being entertained. These dogs are tremendously loyal. This dog breed originates from Germany, where they were bred as working dogs. It is thought that Boxers claim to have several renowned and beloved breeds in their lineage, including the Bulldog and Great Dane. Their name originates from the German word "Beisser," which was tainted to Bullenbeisser, which interpreted to English means "bull biter." Boxers are excellent watchdogs, even in a home environment. They are very fast to let their owners know if there are any strangers in their area.
The Boxer has continuously been a favourite choice of family pet for many years, not only in the United Kingdom but also across the world. They are very loyal, fun-loving, very good with children of all ages, making Boxers a true and much-loved all-rounder.
- Exercise Needed Daily: 2 hour 10/10
- Training: Medium 6/10
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Medium 6/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Watchdog Ability: Intensive 10/10
- Barking Level: Medium 6/10
- Environment: City & Countryside 6/10
- Type of home: House with a Garden 10/10
- Good with Children: With Supervision 6/10
- Good with Other Animals: With Supervision 6/10
- POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS: Yes, Without Proper Training 6/10
In the late 19th century, the Boxer originated and developed in Germany and is a successor of the now extinct Bullenbeisser, a dog with Mastiff and Bulldog lineage. Initially, the Bullenbeisser was produced to hunt for a massive game. Still, a succeeding need for a faster breed ultimately leads to the development of a smaller Bullenbeisser in Brabant, Belgium. This gave rise to the Brabanter Bullenbeisser, identified to be the direct ancestor of the Boxer.
Boxer dogs are stocky, muscular, and powerful. They have regal, noticeably shaped square heads. Their sturdy jaw is undershot, and their muzzle rounded. They also have a broad, deep chest and a relatively short, strong back. Their ears fold over, but usually, their ears have been trimmed off to stand upright. Their tails are commonly docked and carried high. Their little feet are compact, and the toes are arched.
Their eyes are always alert, dark brown, and have an "intelligent" look about them, which is enhanced by the dark rims around them. Their ears are wide apart, each on the top part of their head. When it comes to their coat, it is short and tight to their bodies. It is smooth to the touch and lustrous looking. These beautiful dogs highlight a variety of colours.
Boxers are often called the "jokers of the dog world." They are active, playful, fun to have around, and enormously loyal by nature. They are always keen to please their owner. Boxers need to be well socialized and presented to new people, animals, and different situations as early as possible. They hardly demonstrate any aggressive behaviour, but because of their size, jumping up and down can be a little daunting to people.
Boxers are an excellent choice for families and people who love to spend as much with a dog companion in the great outdoors. They love playing interactive games like Frisbee. Overall, Boxers are quick learners because they are intelligent and a real pleasure to be around.
Boxers are very intelligent dogs. However, like most dog breeds, their training needs to begin early. Boxer puppies need to be socialized at a young age to develop well-balanced, calmer, well-mannered behaviour. Being trustworthy, reliable, and giving sufficient time to train a Boxer is the key to preparing them to be well-behaved, housetrained dogs.
Boxers are quite low maintenance. You have to make sure the Boxer's coat is kept in good condition. They require to be brushed at least once a week. Note that Boxers tend to shed more hair during the Spring and again in the Autumn, which frequent grooming may be needed.
It is also best to check a Boxer's ears weekly to ensure there is no build-up of wax that can harbour yeast infection. Some Boxers have rather a bit of white in their coats. This means extra care is required during the hotter summer months to lessen the risk of suffering from sunburn. Furthermore, keep an eye on your Boxer's teeth. Start by teaching a Boxer puppy that having them frequently cleaned is a pleasant experience.
A Boxer's average life expectancy is between 10 - 12 years when it is correctly cared for and fed a proper good quality diet. However, like many other pure breeds, Boxers are identified to suffer from specific health issues. The health disorders the dog breed is known to have includes the following:
- Aortic Stenosis/Sub-Aortic Stenosis (AS/SAS)
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
- Boxer Cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
- Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
- Cutaneous Asthenia
- Hip Dysplasia - Tests available
- Skeletal Scurvy Osteodystrophy
Boxers have flatter muzzles and belong to the brachycephalic breed group. Care and caution should be practiced when exercising these dogs in hotter and humid weather to avoid overheating.
Boxers are commonly very kind dogs when they are with children of all ages. When given the proper guidance, they are very loyal and protective of their family. Like any other dog breed, they need to be well socialized and be familiarized with as many new conditions, situations, other animals and people at a young age to be truly well-balanced and well-mannered dogs.