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

Average Size
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
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
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood

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.

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.

Boxer Breed Activity Requirements

Top Boxer Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Boxer breeders of 2017.
Besten Boxers
Mcloud, Oklahoma
Black Dymond Boxers
Galt, California
Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel
Cabool, Missouri
Upstream Boxers
Lexington, Oklahoma
Riverhillboxers
Houston, Missouri
K & J's Boxers
Honey Grove, Texas
Inner Banks Boxers of Blounts Creek Farm
Blounts Creek, North Carolina
WannaBox
Macedonia, Iowa
Tribute Cockers and Boxers
Madill, Oklahoma
BOXER FURBABIES
Claremore, Oklahoma