Boxer

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50-65 lbs
21-23"
Germany

The Boxer breed was developed in early 19th century Germany to be a bait and fighting dog, as well as a loyal guardian. The strong muscled and agile body of the Boxer was ideal for these jobs, until bull baiting and dog fighting were outlawed. Since, the Boxer has gained popularity throughout the world for its loyal, playful, and energetic nature that makes it an ideal family dog. Being a self-groomer, the Boxer is an easy dog to keep, needing minimal grooming. Just be sure to provide enough mental and physical stimulation, or it can develop some naughty habits.

Purpose
bullbaiting, guarding, fighting
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
mastiff, livestock dog

Boxer Health

Sketch of Boxer
Average Size
Male Boxer size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Female Boxer size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Corneal Opacities
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Colitis
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cvi (Wobbler’S Syndrome)
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Eye Examination

Boxer Breed History

There has been much debate over the early origins of the Boxer. Some believe that the Boxer is a descendent of the Tibetan Mastiff, a fighting dog prevalent in the 16th century. Others say it is of European origin, and might be related to the Dogue de Bordeaux of France. Most agree that the Boxer is a cousin of all Bulldog breeds, which are ancestors of the Molossoid breed bred by the Greco Romans for war. The hunting and fighting abilities were prized in these relatives of the Boxer, which are depicted in 16th and 17th century Flemish tapestries in scenes of boar and stag hunting. The Boxer that we know today was bred in Germany, possibly from two European breeds that are now extinct, the Danziger Bullenbeisser and the Brabanter Bullenbeisser. German hunters of the 1830s crossed the Bullenbeissers with Bulldogs and Mastiffs to create a tough and agile dog with a strong jaw to hunt game, fight, or bait. By 1895, the new breed earned the name of Boxer, possibly from the German boxl, and exhibited the dog’s characteristic trait of standing on its hind legs to “box” with its front paws. Eventually, dogfighting and bull baiting were outlawed, and by the 1900s, the Boxer became a family pet, a show dog, and were one of the first military and police dogs. The Boxer was registered with the AKC in 1904, and won its first championship in 1915. By 1940, the breed had won in the Best in Show and Group categories, and gained the interest of Americans.

Boxer Breed Appearance

The medium sized Boxer’s muscular and agile body was developed for quick reflexes and strength during hunting and baiting. Long, sloping shoulders meet a distinctly arched neck that smoothly blends into a straight, short back. Straight front legs and curved, broad back thighs give it a square-build. The Boxer’s gait is graceful, yet powerful. The characteristic chiseled head is in correct proportion to the body, with wrinkles that form on the forehead when the ears are erect. Ears can be thin and flat, or cropped. Intelligence beams from the breed’s dark brown eyes. The black nose of the Boxer and blunt muzzle has become a distinctive feature of the breed. The tail is generally docked. The coat is composed of short, smooth hair that is often shiny in shades of fawn and brindle. There is much variation of these colors, with fawn ranging from a light tan to a mahogany red, while the brindle can have varying concentrations of black on top of a fawn coloring. There can also be white markings, or in rare cases, the coat can be entirely white.
Appearance of Boxer
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Boxer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Boxer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Boxer coat
Black
white Boxer coat
White
fawn Boxer coat
Fawn
brindle Boxer coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Boxer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Boxer Breed Maintenance

Occasional grooming will help to keep your Boxer looking wonderful. While they tend to groom themselves, much like cats, a weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush can maintain a good coat. Baths should only be as needed, as they can remove the skin’s natural oils. Shedding is average, and can occur seasonally. General maintenance includes brushing teeth twice a week, trimming nails to prevent cracking and splitting, and cleaning ears of debris regularly. Overall, the Boxer is a clean breed who is not known to smell. The Boxer is a very energetic breed, and needs mental stimulation and physical exercise daily to keep boredom at bay. Running in a yard, or daily walks, can help to satisfy this need, but be sure to have a fence as the drive for prey is high in Boxers. With enough exercise, the Boxer can thrive even in an apartment setting. Extreme temperatures are not ideal for this short-coated breed, and prolonged exposures to very hot or cold weather can lead to bodily stress.

Brushes for Boxer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper

Boxer Temperament

The Boxer is a playful, affectionate, and easygoing breed that bonds closely with his family. The courageous Boxer takes guarding his family seriously, and can be suspicious of strangers. They can, however, make new friends, as they are easily won over. Boxers are very social dogs, and need lots of family time and attention. They are known to be gentle and patient with children, and good with other family pets, though they can be wary of strange dogs. Exposing your Boxer to lots of people and animals early in life can help him to develop his friendly nature. While the Boxer can be stubborn, he is easy to train with firm and consistent techniques. They do have minds of their own, and can become bored of repetitious commands. This dog is full of energy and playfulness, and will need lots of daily exercise and games to keep him occupied. Bred for chasing wild game, this dog will benefit from jumping and running challenges. While young, he can be rather rowdy, and if left alone too much, can develop separation anxiety.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Boxer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$52.5 - $67.5

Boxer Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Boxer at six months
Male Boxer size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Boxer size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Boxer at 12 months
Male Boxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Boxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Boxer at 18 months
Male Boxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Female Boxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs

Top Boxer Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Boxer breeders of 2018.
Top Boxer breeder Besten Boxers
Besten Boxers
Mcloud, Oklahoma
Top Boxer breeder Black Dymond Boxers
Black Dymond Boxers
Galt, California
Top Boxer breeder Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel
Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel
Cabool, Missouri
Top Boxer breeder Upstream Boxers
Upstream Boxers
Lexington, Oklahoma
Top Boxer breeder Riverhillboxers
Riverhillboxers
Houston, Missouri
Top Boxer breeder K & J's Boxers
K & J's Boxers
Honey Grove, Texas
Top Boxer breeder Inner Banks Boxers of Blounts Creek Farm
Inner Banks Boxers of Blounts Creek Farm
Blounts Creek, North Carolina
Top Boxer breeder WannaBox
WannaBox
Macedonia, Iowa
Top Boxer breeder Tribute Cockers and Boxers
Tribute Cockers and Boxers
Madill, Oklahoma
Top Boxer breeder BOXER FURBABIES
BOXER FURBABIES
Claremore, Oklahoma

Boxer Owner Experiences

Diesel
3 Years
1 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hike
Fetch
Wubba
Eating out
grooming
training
jog
Run
Walk
I’m so grateful for my wonderful genuine loving compassionate boxer Diesel.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
buster
10 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
we have lots of expereince with boxers we have had him since he was 8 weeks old
2 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
All of the Boxers I've walked have been loyal, friendly, and energetic! They are very intelligent dogs, and learn quickly.
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
petting
Walking
The boxers I have walked have been friendly but not too affectionate. They love to be out and about on walks. They are not aggressive with other dogs but do not really seem too interested in socializing with other dogs as other breeds I have walked. They have always been excited to see myself as a walker and have always been very excited on walks.
2 months, 1 week ago
6 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running, long walks, play time in the dog park.
It was the best they are mushy and very playfun. With the right training they can become the best dog ever
2 months, 1 week ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
being a goofball
Fetch
digging
The boxer I walked was a total goofball. She was very active, very affectionate, very playful and full of energy. She loved being hugged and butt scratches. She loved getting in your face and smothering you with kisses. She'd love going on long walks and even going to the dog park to play fetch. She was friendly to everyone and other dogs. She was a total sweetheart!
2 months, 1 week ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Walking
Boxers are extremely strong dogs and will pull like crazy to sniff the grass or if they get excited about a squirrel or bird. They are super loving and enjoy people.
2 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Jumping
Eating Snacks
Boxers are great dogs! They can be very excited, which may come off as aggressive to those who aren't familiar with the breed. They love to play and run around! Their jumping skills are very impressive.
2 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Jumping around
He was still pretty young and high energy as any puppy would be. Super excited to get outside and didn't make frequent sniff stops on his walk. He wanted to go go go. Very stubborn when he figured out we would be turning around to head back for home. He would throw fits and tantrums
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
The Boxers I've walked have been very energetic. They wanted to get outside asap and explore.
2 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He liked to run
He was super friendly and hyper during my walk! He ran most of the walk, so I was jogging as well because I wanted him to release that energy and have an enjoyable walk! It was a very tiring, yet fun experience!
2 months, 1 week ago
9 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
The boxer I walk is older and doesn't move too quickly. She is affectionate with people, including children, but doesn't care much for other dogs. We walk at a moderate pace. She loves squirrels.
2 months, 1 week ago
13 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
Back rubs
Walking
I’ve walked a lot of them and have noticed each is weary when I’ve come in. Not aggressive but moreso like “whooooo, are you?” Hahah once they like you and trust you though total and complete sweet hearts who’s loyalty is yours. They’re really goofy and playful but can be serious and too themselves when they want. Very smart and curious too!
2 months, 1 week ago
10 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Run
Walk
Fetch
People usually get scared when they see Boxers on the street, as they are big dogs. But they wouldn't hurt a fly! All Boxers I've ever met were very sweet and friendly with everyone. They are energetic and playful while young, and tend to become calmer after a few years. Boxers require long walks/ exercise as they are energetic dogs. Boxers are intelligent and tend to learn things quickly.
2 months ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
bringing toys to me
Playing in the snow
From my experience, Boxers have a goofy personality! They will find fun in everyday things. I get the sense that they are very loyal to their owners and to anyone who they know well, but this one was so friendly and wiggly to see me.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Jumping
Playing
fast walking
Boxers are wonderful! They have lots of energy and loves to jump around and be silly. I have found most boxers to be great family dogs that have a great balance of loving to cuddle and play inside, but also loving to run around outside or go on hikes.
2 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Playing
Walking
Boxers are such great dogs. This is another dog I’d love to have as a pet. They are super sweet and fun to have in the house. I’ve both walked and puppy sat a few in my dog experiences. They sometimes can be a little territorial on the leash as they are big strong dogs. They do like to box especially if the situation calls for it. Mostly harmless, but if provoked they were put up guard. They love to eat and play. Only thing that puts a damper on them as a pet owner, is their health declines fairly rapidly after age 8. Mostly it’s their hip and bones that are problematic. All together they are an awesome breed and with some TLC, you’ll have yourself an awesome household pet.
2 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Playing
Walking
Boxers are such great dogs. This is another dog I’d love to have as a pet. They are super sweet and fun to have in the house. I’ve both walked and puppy sat a few in my dog experiences. They sometimes can be a little territorial on the leash as they are big strong dogs. They do like to box especially if the situation calls for it. Mostly harmless, but if provoked they were put up guard. They love to eat and play. Only thing that puts a damper on them as a pet owner, is their health declines fairly rapidly after age 8. Mostly it’s their hip and bones that are problematic. All together they are an awesome breed and with some TLC, you’ll have yourself an awesome household pet.
2 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Playing
Walking
Boxers are such great dogs. This is another dog I’d love to have as a pet. They are super sweet and fun to have in the house. I’ve both walked and puppy sat a few in my dog experiences. They sometimes can be a little territorial on the leash as they are big strong dogs. They do like to box especially if the situation calls for it. Mostly harmless, but if provoked they were put up guard. They love to eat and play. Only thing that puts a damper on them as a pet owner, is their health declines fairly rapidly after age 8. Mostly it’s their hip and bones that are problematic. All together they are an awesome breed and with some TLC, you’ll have yourself an awesome household pet.
2 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Playing
Walking
Boxers are such great dogs. This is another dog I’d love to have as a pet. They are super sweet and fun to have in the house. I’ve both walked and puppy sat a few in my dog experiences. They sometimes can be a little territorial on the leash as they are big strong dogs. They do like to box especially if the situation calls for it. Mostly harmless, but if provoked they were put up guard. They love to eat and play. Only thing that puts a damper on them as a pet owner, is their health declines fairly rapidly after age 8. Mostly it’s their hip and bones that are problematic. All together they are an awesome breed and with some TLC, you’ll have yourself an awesome household pet.
2 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Playing
Walking
Boxers are such great dogs. This is another dog I’d love to have as a pet. They are super sweet and fun to have in the house. I’ve both walked and puppy sat a few in my dog experiences. They sometimes can be a little territorial on the leash as they are big strong dogs. They do like to box especially if the situation calls for it. Mostly harmless, but if provoked they were put up guard. They love to eat and play. Only thing that puts a damper on them as a pet owner, is their health declines fairly rapidly after age 8. Mostly it’s their hip and bones that are problematic. All together they are an awesome breed and with some TLC, you’ll have yourself an awesome household pet.
2 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
playing with other dogs
Running
Playing catch
My boxer had high energy and loved to play at the park. She did what most boxers do and playfully box with other dogs. It was fun to see with another boxer. She loved to cuddle but needed potty training.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
A very fun walk with this dog high-energy loves to run has a blast walking super fun dog to walk
2 months ago
10 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddling
Walk
jog
Fetch
Boxers are incredibly friendly, energetic dogs. Even at 10 y.o., they act like they are a puppy. It's almost like they get to toddler age and stop growing. Sula loves to jog and play. She also enjoys cuddling and getting right up to you so you can hug her face. Most boxers are just like this! They will jump but they are extremely easy to train. I would highly recommend that anyone adopt a boxer into their life. They're awesome!
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Running
Tug-of-war
Walking
Chase
Very lovable and well bahaved. Just wanted constant attention. Loved going for walks. Always friendly towards others. Easy going.
2 months ago
Four Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Chew
Walk
Fetch
The boxer I walked was so sweet, but he wasn't too smart. He couldn't stay focused and didn't know that many verbal commands however he did respond to the lead... he didn't pull the leash and walked real well but all of sudden would bite down on the leash as if it were a toy... it's definitely a good thing the owner had another dog that kept him in check.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Eating Snacks
Fetch
Chase
Tug-of-war
Hike
Play
Walk
Go to Park
A very high energy dog. They love a good jog through the park. They're also very friendly dogs. I've never had a problem with one being aggressive toward other dogs or people. They are always ready to meet someone new and get butt scratches from whoever they come across. They like to jump on people though because they are prone to over excitement. They also fart a lot so a food that is tailored to their body type is essential unless you want to smell dog farts all day.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
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I walked only one boxer and she was vary hyper active. She liked to jump on u and give u kisses. Boxers also don’t listen sometimes.
2 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
Eating Snacks
The dog I walked is only a puppy so he is extremely hyper. He expresses his excitement by jumping and it cannot be controlled. Even after a 30 minute walk, the energy level is still at an all time high.
2 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Explore the city
Heel
High Five
Fetch
Chase
Play
Play keep away
Learn a new trick
Run
Walk
Go to Park
Playdate
Perhaps it is my own bias, but everyone loves a boxer. Brooklyn has a winning personality, an adorable face, a never-ending bag of funny antics, and a complete lack of bias toward interactions with strangers and new dog friends. Brooklyn wasn't feeling well when we walked, but no-one would ever have guessed it. There is a dog flu that seems to be going around and unfortunately she caught it. Despite this, she still wanted to play with the leash, with other dogs, with people passing by, with sticks, or with anything she could find and all the while she was making me and those around us smile uncontrollably. Brooklyn does typify the boxer disposition and behavior. Boxers tend to be full of affection, fun, and have a keen ability to listen to whomever is speaking to them. Because Brooklyn is particularly young, she was less cuddly than many of the boxers with whom I have interacted, but I have no doubt that at the end of a long romp, she would be delighted to curl up on the couch with just about anyone. She was more interested in interacting with me, toys, and strangers than she was at searching the ground for treats, and this would a delight unto itself. Her joy lent itself to my own happiness. Though she would have been happy enough to knuckle down and get some distance into our walk, her interest in play did cause us to stop several times and romp on the street with a stick. Watching her ears flop around and her eyes light up is a delight. These moments and her disposition are perfect opportunities to wear her out and to initiate some teaching time. Because she is so willing to listen and is particularly toy-driven, integrating tricks into her play time is quite easy. We worked on the common tricks (sitting, lying down, and shaking hands), but also had the opportunity to work on more advanced tricks (spinning around, standing up, and jumping through the hoop). Though she did not take to the advanced tricks on this first attempt, after several sessions she could easily best a circus dog. Brooklyn brought a special delight to my day through her highly personable disposition and her willingness to engage. On our way home she was particularly excited to say hello to so neighbors with whom she is friends as well as a neighbor dog. Of the many dogs I walk, Brooklyn is a fantastic companion for a sunny afternoon on a crowded street in Williamsburg.
2 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Duke was still a pup at about 9mo. So he was very eager to go Go GO. Fortunately there was a quiet neighborhood with few distractions. EVERYTHING moving distracted him, runners, cars, people talking, leaves blowing. He didn't bark once though and was pretty easily distracted back to walking after grabbing his attention. Maybe it was because he was still young, but he didnt care to keep marking things like most other male dogs do. I wouldn't hesitate to walk another boxer again.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Tug-of-war
Chase
My boxer is very nervous around strangers, not aggressive at all, but keeps a safe distance until he decides you're okay. He's very happy and excitable with people he knows, and has a lot of energy. He's not very consistent with his commands, and is especially rambunctious on a leash.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Play
The Boxer I walked was particularly excitable and energetic- more so than most Boxers I know. I grew up with a Boxer who was much more calm, but I know they tend to be an energetic breed. Boxers love people and are super great with kids. Boxers get their name from the fact that when they play with you, they sometimes will stand on their hind legs and move their front paws in a boxing motion. Boxers are very friendly and often do not have boundaries for personal space, but are total lovers. Boxers can take lots of exercise and love play time. My Boxer learned basic commands and tricks and was generally obedient. However, my Boxer that I had growing up did run away a few times, so I would be careful not to let your Boxer off-leash.
2 months ago
9 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Chasing birds
The boxers I had had really high energy and would bark at every other dog along a walk. They were strong and would pull a lot. They could be trained, but mostly with treats, and would get bored of the training quickly. That being said, they are very friendly to children and if taught, adapt well to strangers.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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I have walked two boxers on the regular and they have been some of the sweetest dogs I have had the privilege to work with. They have tons of energy and love to play with toys but they are amazing on the leash. They don't pull and listen to commands. They are super affectionate and trusting dogs.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hide & Seek
Fetch
Chase
wrestling
Tug-of-war
Swim
Jogging
This boxer was very sweet,he immediately greeted me with the infamous boxer butt wiggle. He loves giving kisses and was very well behaved. He was very smart and well with children from the looks of it.
2 months ago
6 Years
People
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Nala is the sweetest boxer i have ever met. She loves to greet me with hugs and kisses every time i see her. When I ask her if she is ready for a walk, she starts to wag her little tail and even wiggles her body which is too cute. Some times when she gets too excited, she pees a little which is an easy clean. She loves to pull and is a very strong girl. I love a challenge which is why i love to walk big dogs. She always has a big smile on her face when she greets people or when i walk with her. She loves to sniff around and see new places. I always walk near the park where there is plenty of bushes and grass to smell around to satisfy her doggy needs. Whenever i call her name she runs towards me while wagging her tail and gives endless kisses to the point where i cannot handle it.
2 months ago
11 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The boxer I knew was a little silly but so funny and sweet. He knew two commands in his life and it was hard to teach him anything new (he was eleven years old). Very playful dog and extremely energetic. They don't need much grooming and are relatively healthy. Most of all he loved to play with children and people in general. With dogs he was a little too rough and his owner was sure he is not dog friendly. He happened to be dog friendly, just very strong.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Tug-of-war
chewing
Snuggles
My Boxer buddy, Athena, is one of my favorite dogs ever. She is so happy when she sees me each day that her whole body shakes in excitement. Immediately she’ll grab a toy and run around with it, as though she’s looking for an outlet for her excitement. Despite her athletic build, once we start walking she’s a surprisingly reluctant walker. For the first half of the walk (the whole time we are walking away from the house) she will walk slowly behind me, and sometimes she’ll stubbornly stop altogether. If she’s bored by the just-plain-walking she’ll grab her leash in her teeth and whip it back and forth wildly, just daring me to play tug of war with her. I’ve learned to give her a stick to hold while we walk. She really loves to chew, and having a stick seems to make her forget that we are doing her least favorite thing - walking. Before we return to her house, Athena and I always go for a run in the park. Once we hit that park, she’s like a different dog, an enthusiastic athlete and an unfettered ball of happiness. We run back and forth or play fetch. It seems that even though she hates walking, she really loves running - not jogging, though, running full blast. Even in all that playing, Athena is a loving dog. If I sit to take a break she will come close and give me some licks to let me know that we’re still friends, even if she lost at tug-of-war and was sore about it. Once we return home, if we happen to pass another dog, Athena will start shaking from excitement, but she’ll also be a little afraid. It’s all so exciting and scary! Ha! If we should meet a cat - oh, the glory of the day can’t be matched! Athena will pull to sniff closer and closer to the cat, then suddenly pull back in abject terror. And then pull to sniff again. In fact, she has the exact same response to Christmas decorations in people’s yards. Finally, as our playtime together comes to a close, Athena will give my face a few hundred licks, curl up next to me on the couch, and silently thank me for showing her a good time. ...Overall, I would love to one day own my own Boxer. Yes, I believe they are stubborn (not just Athena! The last one I walked laid down on the floor and made me drag her [carefully] up the stairs to her kennel by her harness! [With the owner’s permission!]) but they are adoring, playful, entertaining pups which would make any home a happier place.
2 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Tug-of-war
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Boxers are very energetic dogs, who love human affection and attention. While a decent size with a big bark, boxers are also scaredy cats, sometimes afraid of their own shade. They are very active, muscular dogs and extremely curious. They will stand on their hind legs in order to gain a better view of whatever has caught their attention. Boxers are quick learner and eager to please their owners and handlers. Because of their short hair, boxers require very minimal grooming, with most of the focus being on the nails. A brush every few days should keep the shedding to a minimum. Due to their shorter snouts, boxers tend to snort. They also produce an astronomical amount of drool. In the end, boxers are giant cuddle bugs, who want nothing more than to sit on your lap and snore.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Energy
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pets
Kisses
Walks
The boxer that I walked was an absolute sweetheart! She gave me lots of kisses, and had a lot of energy. She was really the sweetest pup ever, and was a dream to walk. She liked to sniff around, but didn't stand around for too long. She didn't pull on the leash too much either, which was great.She was excited to meet other dogs along the walk, and was not aggressive at all towards them. She was also not aggressive towards other people at all. She seemed very intelligent, and energetic. She loved getting pets, and was very friendly. She had a lot of fun on the walk, and I could just see how happy she was the whole time. If trained right, these dogs are the sweetest, most loving dogs. Don't be intimidated by them, all they want is love, and pets!
2 months ago
1 Year
People
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Grooming
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Energy
Trainability
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Running
Walk
Fetch
This Boxer was full of energy. We would go on runs together instead of walk! He was young probably why he had a lot of energy however, this breed can get very excited when they go outside for their walks. It is a smart idea to bring them extra water when on a run or brisk walk with them they are very big we can get thirsty very quickly. The boxer I walked was very friendly to all of the people and other dogs at the park. He had certain dog friends at the park which were large breeds like a husky and a poodle. They would play together at the park pretty rough however the other owners were very aware that this was how they play together all the time. It's good to know that the younger boxers need this kind of playtime with their friends in order to get rid of extra energy. Especially the male dogs they need a lot of playtime with other large dogs. It can seem and sound a little scary when they're all playing together when they growl and bark and show their teeth at each other however there is a big difference between when they're playing and when they're actually angry. This dog did not get angry at all he just wanted to play and antagonize the other dogs. It was very funny actually and made me laugh! I was very impressed with this boxer when we ran together because he ran by my side. I could tell that he was trained very well and he would look at me in the eye when I spoke to him so I can tell he knew what I was saying. This breed of dog, in my opinion, makes a great guard dog and a great friend!
2 months ago
2 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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Run
Play
I've walked more than a couple boxers and each of them had LOTS of energy, strength, and love to give! One in particular pulled on the leash a lot as I was walking him because he had so much energy and wanted to sprint! From my experience, boxers are very sweet and friendly, and love being active.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Energy
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Pastimes
Boxer was very subdued. Though, very strong. Only pulled the leash a little, very polite
2 months ago
9 Years
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This dog is a sweetheart! She’s a Boxer mix with a small terrier & hound breed. She loves exploring the world and investigative of every sound and sight! She’s a very good walker even though she has several years of life behind her. She can easily go 30-60 minutes on a walk. Smart and obedient to your commands. Such a lovely dog to walk!
2 months ago
4 Years
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Energy
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sticks
Running
Dog Parks
I got to spend some time with a Boxer during a reoccurring walk. She was very lively and loved to run laps around the block. Boxer’s are naturally fit and athletic, and have beautiful coats. Boxers are clean dogs and have been known to groom themselves like cats do. The Boxer that I walked was hard to control at times when she was overly excited, but she was very active and fun to play with. They are not aggressive unless they feel threatened but are nice in nature. Boxers are housedogs. Their short noses and short coats make them unsuited to living outdoors, although they'll enjoy having a fenced yard to play in. Obviously, Boxers don’t enjoy being left alone. These breeds do best when a family member is home during the day or if you can take the dog to work.
2 months ago
4 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Boxers have very high energy. It was super fun to walk this dog, however I was concerned about holding the leash tight. These dogs have high energy and would be great for a family or single professional. They do drool a lot, which concerned me that the dog was being overheated, so we took a few breaks, but the pup showed excitement so we carried on and had a great walk!
2 months ago
2 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Jogging
Walking
horseplay
Charli is a boxer mix. She is rescue and her owner has had her since September of 2017. I recently started walking Charli about 2 weeks ago. I am scheduled to walk this sweetheart M-F at 12pm for 20mins a day. When I first met Charli she was very skiddish on her walks; she kept her tail sunken for most of the walks during a few days of the first week. She is an extremely reactive dog to any loud noises like cars, and stepping on leaves will frighten this poor pup. After meeting Charli, I looked more into walking reactive and anxious dogs. I learned a few tricks and put them to use. By the time Thursday came during the first week she began to wag her tail more during our walks and she pooped for the first time while walking. I told her owner, Wes, and he was surprised because she has never pooped with him on a walk. After that day, Charli pooped on every single walk we went on. During the second week Charli’s tail began to wag about 3 minutes into our walks, when before her tail wouldn’t wag for about 10 minutes into our walks. I have seen Charli grow so much already during these couple of weeks of walking her. I have even been able to jog behind her while she leads in the front with her tail wagging. We are truly become best friends and I am so thankful to be able to start this growth with her. I love her deeply and would not want to let anyone else walk her. 🐶🐾
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
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Boxers are great dogs, they are really easy to train and their temperaments are great around children and usually other dogs as well. This particular guy had the most beautiful coat that was brindle, he looked like a tiger almost! Boxers also you should be cautious walking them in too hot of weather, they are known for having heat strokes, so if your walking one and it's over 80 and its a long walk bring water or ice chips. They love to jump that is probably the hardest thing to train them to not jump on people. I noticed if you put your hand up and just tell them to stop, he seemed to listen. He did pull a lot, as well as other dogs do too but just shorten the leash and say heel and make them walk with you not in-front or behind and they tend to pick it up quick, I'd say quicker than most breeds. This particular guy had a park nearby so we went there and I jogged with him and tried to get in more exercise than just a walk. Boxers also tend to have very sensitive stomachs. So, easy on the treats, and if they have allergies they are usually to seasonal allergies or chicken. So, pay attention to the notes the owner has left. Boxers also are pack animals and need lots of love and attention, so I try and talk to them on the walk and you can see on their facial expressions as well as their body language they really enjoy it when I talk baby talk and keep my tone excited and upbeat! That's also why I love boxers so much because they have such great and hilarious personalities. Boxers are also very sensitive, they love to make us happy and hate disappointing us. So, positive reinforcement are key to training even if it's just during your walk. I know that I noted earlier about boxers sensitive stomachs, if you happen to walk one and they don't have poop bags or just have one tied to the leash, bring at least three to four poop bags because they usually go about three to four times on a walk or during a walk. Also, I noticed when bringing them to the park boxers can get so excited that it can cause them diarrhea. Which if they do I always let the owner know because of health issues. When I notify them I also recommend the punkin. If you want to let the owner know pumpkin really helps, I buy the cans and sometimes if I know I'm returning the next day I ask the owner, if I can bring a treat (canned pumpkin) or just let them know if they have the runs and recommend pumpkin! Not only does the dog enjoy it but the owners usually appreciate it as well! Boxers are probably my favorite breed!
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Exploring
Walking
The boxer I walked, was a beautiful animal. Very shy and cautious, he even was afraid of my backpack. It took him a while to warm up to me but he was not aggressive at all. He willingly went on the walk with me but was on guard for strange things all the time. He did not show interest in other dogs.
2 months ago
5 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Exploring
slow walking
Boxers tend to be more calm in nature. They keep to themselves a bit more than other dogs such as Golden Retrievers, and are intelligent. They aren't interested in everything around them, and tend to pick and choose what they want to take interest in. Boxers are overall obedient dogs and will listen to their owners.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Boxers tend to be on the more rambunctious side, this pup definitely fell into that category. I had to be careful around busy roads because he would leap after moving cars, being in Atlanta it was a struggle to find a safe space to walk him. Boxers are also known to be very friendly, though he would leap at other people / dogs it was always a friendly pursuit. They are very curious and get distracted easily. I helps to bring treats along incase you need to distract them or guide them to a better walking area. Also be careful in doggie parks, boxers have great legs and can easily get over fences if something peaks their interest.
2 months ago
6 Months
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
meeting people
Walk
Play keep away
Dog Parks
Meeting dogs
I've had nothing but good experiences with boxers! They're very affectionate and well behaved. There's one I walk fairly regularly who is a total angel! She's always very excited to meet new people and dogs on walks, to the great delight of everyone we meet. She also is a huge fan of the dog park, where she likes to play keep away with people and dogs, as well as run until she can't run anymore. She pulls quite a bit, but listens very well to the commands she knows. I've found keeping her on a shorter leash helps a lot, as does the familiarity that comes from walking her regularly.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Running
barking
Jogging
I have grown up with boxers my entire life. They are giant goof balls that love attention. The dog i walked loved to say hi to anyone and anything. From past experience, i would say boxers can be very stubborn. Make sure you train them early on in their life.
2 months ago
1 Year
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Friendliness
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Run
Fetch
Boxer puppies are very energetic, jumpy, curious and full of energy. They are very sweet and active dogs. Have to be taken on long walks/runs to keep them healthy.
2 months ago
4 Months
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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Playing in the snow
Jumping
Rinning
Fetch
This was the clients first time with Wag and it ended up being a wonderful experience! Little Minnie just a young pup was quite a doll for her first walk! We even met up with friends of her own and joined them in the doggie park (owner approved).
2 months ago
7 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
Walks
Meeting other dogs
Playing with the ball
I walked a female boxer a couple of times and she was great and full of energy. He loved to give kisses and to be pet. She was really good on the leash, even if she pulled sometimes when other dogs were around. She was never aggressive, always very playful and full of love to give!
2 months ago
9 Months
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Explore the city
The Boxer I had the opportunity to walk was still a pup, around 9 months old. Despite his young age, he was a very well behaved dog. We had a very pleasant walk, cruising around the local park. While on the walk, the Boxer pulled a bit, more out of excitement, which is more than understandable for a young dog. Corrections worked somewhat, but for the majority of the walk, the Boxer looked to lead the way. They are a strong dog, so make sure to keep a tight grip on the leash. While at the park, the Boxer loved to seek out squirrels. This obviously caused more pulling and some jumping up, so remember to pay attention while walking this athletic breed. On strong pull and you could have a loose dog. The young Boxer was a very sweet dog. She was able to walk by other dogs no problem. It was a lovely walk, just one were attention to detail is crucial.
2 months ago
4 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
pets
Running
Walking
Boxers generally have lots of energy and get excited very easily. All of the boxers I've walked have been very excited when I arrived and usually will jump up on you to say hello. They're big but very clearly not aggressive and just getting a little physical out of excitement. They're very playful and love to fetch or roughhouse a little bit. Sometimes it's difficult to get their leash or harness on because of how excited they are and they have a hard time sitting still and being patient, especially if they're kept in a kennel while their owner is out. Giving them a few minutes to jump around and be silly before you try to put their leash on usually helps. The younger boxers I've walked are a bit aggressive with other dogs we pass on the street. I usually cross the street to avoid them and to keep the boxer from getting over-excited. However, I've also walked an older boxer a few times and she is very calm and collected around other dogs so this seems to vary a bit depending on their energy level and training.
2 months ago
2 Years
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The boxer I walked with was very friendly. When I arrived at the owners home it he was first trying to protect the area by barking at me but then quickly realized I was there to walk him and calmed down. Smart dog. He liked sniffing around a lot as well. Almost like a hound dog sniffer. Great walker though. He wasn't really affectionate but sweet! He has high energy at first but when I hit the mile mark on walking he seemed to calm down and get his business done :) Definitely a breed that I would not leave alone in the house for a long time because they are very likely to rip things apart. Otherwise, good pup! I would definitely own a boxer.
2 months ago
7 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Boxers are super fit dogs and are ideal for people that like exercise. They can go on long walks or runs. They can be trained and are pretty loyal to their owner. Boxer are definitely the loud dogs you hear when getting even near a house. The boxers I Have walked have been friendly to me but I do not put it past them to fight when needed. They know the drill and do not fight to get ready to go outside. The obey commands and make for a smooth walk. They do not care for other dogs and ignore them even when they are being barked at uncontrollably. They remain calm and focused. The are very protective of their owners and loyal. They are not very playful. They enjoy fetching but more for the exercise than for the play.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Titus, the Boxer, came to us as an eight-week-old puppy and quickly became a beloved member of our family. We got a taste of what was in store for us when we picked him up at an all-Boxer specialty dog show. As we navigated through the many dog pens containing Boxers we saw these eager dogs jumping four feet into the air like they were on pogo sticks. This is a built-in superpower that Boxers have and should you ever get one, the friends you have over will remark at the paw prints that made it six feet high on your sliding glass doors. The Boxer’s enthusiasm to be with people is un-matched. They bond with one family though and also serve as good guard dogs as they will always announce when a stranger is at the door. Some dogs like to catch frisbees and some dogs like to catch sticks, but the Boxer’s toy of choice is Mr. Ball. Playing fetch with a ball is a Boxer’s favorite activity behind being with its People. Boxers also enjoy running and to see one in full gallop, is to see elegance in motion. Boxers are a breed that requires little grooming and I was always amazed at how little they shed. Compared to our German Shepherd which leaves tumbleweeds of hair a day after the vacuum has come through, the Boxer leaves little trace of its fur. Boxers are known to be great with children and in our experience this also proved to be true. While our Boxer bonded most closely with the alpha figure in the home, Titus always keenly listened for our children’s school bus to drive past so he could be waiting to greet them at the door. There are only two things that may be called negatives when it comes to a Boxer. One, they enjoy trash-diving immensely and they are pros at sneaking food off the table. It is quite difficult to break them of this habit. They are also jumpers, as was previously noted, so being greeted by them jumping all over you or your guests is a given. What worked for us was having a pet corrector spray near the door. They learn quickly so one or two sprays are enough to deter them in the future and you may only need to hold the spray can for him to see it and back off. Our Boxer was a delightful companion and we prefer this breed now above all others.
2 months ago
3 Years
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A Boxer is an awesome sight, and a forever kid. A male Boxer can be quite large and if not properly trained can be a hand full on a walk, but they are great. The males can be possessive and territorial, so when approaching other dogs I usually cross the street. They lover to jump and bark, but are not mean. Boxers are smooth and graceful, and very powerful. As stated above Boxers keep a good part of their puppy attitude, so be sure that you keep a tight leash and be ready for anything. They are social and love to say hello to every dog and person they see, but can be quite gentle with children. I try to ask the owner if they can be socialized. If the dog is well trained he/she will love to say hello to everyone you pass. Be ready for a fast pace, they are very energetic and can be a great runner.
2 months ago
Captain Jack (AKA Cappy)
5 Months
2 People
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Playing with toys
Playing in the park
Walking,
Cappy has been a good dog. He hates the snow though. Every time is snows or gets cold, he has an accident or four. He likes to jump and chase the cats. His training is coming nicely, but he gets too excited. He is being crate-trained.
1 week ago
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