Attitude:Fun Loving, young at heart, playful and exuberant are the best words to describe the boxer. This is a breed who is a great companion to adults, children, as a running companion, or to cuddle with. They get along well with other pets, provided they are properly introduced, and they love children more than anything. Males and females in this breed are very similar in temperament. If you want to own more than one, its best to have two of opposite sexes. Intact males, as with many breeds, can show aggression to other males, but, females are not immune to being dog aggressive as well. It takes a dominant owner to keep multiple boxers of the same sex in their home with no problems, for some people, this isn't a problem, and no fights arise, but for others, multiple dogs can be a challenge.
Boxers are protective of their owners, but should NEVER be aggressive. Aggression towards humans in this breed is unacceptable, and such dogs should not be bred. Boxers are generally friendly dogs, when introduced to new people by their owners, but their appearance is usually enough to deter someone who may have less than good intentions. If provoked into protecting their owners, a Boxer is fearless. A very old famous quote is: A Boxer fears neither death, nor the devil himself.
Country of Origin:Germany
Size:Adult males 22 1/2 to 25 inches at the withers - Females 21 to 23 1/2 inches at the withers. - Weight ranges from 55-75lbs.
Coat Type:Boxers have a tight short coat, that can vary from soft, to almost harsh to the touch, however, it should be smooth and lie tight to the body.
Boxers shed moderately. But, you have usually more than one coat color to adjust your wardrobe to! Boxers usually shed more in fall, and in spring, but do lightly shed all year round.
Grooming:Boxers are not trimmed, or clipped, as they have a short coat. Bathing occasionally is good, but over bathing your dog will remove oils essential to your dog maintaining a healthy coat. Petting your dog usually removes loose hair, but, a rubber curry comb does well in actively removing dead hair. Ears should be checked regularly, and cleaned when needed. Baby wipes are excellent for cleaning ears. Brush the teeth regularly, and office visits are recommended to maintain your dogs dental health, although lots of good bones and chew toys assist in removing tarter build up from the teeth. Nails should be clipped weekly, and paws should be checked for injury. Many breeders use rotary tools to sand down the dogs nails, rather than to clip them.
Colors:Boxers come in an amazing variety of patterns, but, only two colors are acceptable in the show ring, and for breeding. Fawn, which is a solid 'red' color varies from light tan, to a deep mahogany color. Brindle, which is a 'striping' of black over the fawn base color can range from sparse but clearly defined black stripes on a fawn background, to such a heavy concentration of black striping that the essential fawn background color barely, although clearly, shows through (which may create the appearance of "reverse brindling"). White Boxers are not rare, and while they make wonderful pets, they should never be purposely bred for, or bred from. The American Boxer Club states that breeders should not allow AKC registration on white Boxers. Whites are sometimes born deaf, in one, or both ears - they cannot be shown, but can compete in obedience events. Boxers markings are often called, flashy, or plain. A flashy boxer is one with more white markings, usually a blaze between the eyes, and possibly white socks and a collar. Plain dogs lack many white markings, often only having white toes, and a small splash of white on the chest.
Common Ailments:This breed has a variety of common health problems. Among the more breed specific, are the more general ailments that effect many breeds. Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, and Arthritis are a few of the health issues that effect the breed, but the more serious ones are Heart Problems, (Cardiomyopathy, Heart Murmurs, and Subaortic Stenosis) As well as Cancers. (Lymphosarcoma, Tumors) There are health tests to help breeders learn about the health of their breeding dogs, however, there is no one agreed upon test, nor is there one to absolutely clear any dog of any health problem. Boxers usually live between 8-10 years. As a note, as the breed standard requires, boxers are undershot, and should be. Many vets misunderstand this, and cause unnecessary upset to new owners.
Suitable with Childern:Excellent children's companions
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