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50-65 lbs

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.

bullbaiting, guarding, fighting
Date of Origin
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
  • 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.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs

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
Houston, Missouri
K & J's Boxers
Honey Grove, Texas
Inner Banks Boxers of Blounts Creek Farm
Blounts Creek, North Carolina
Macedonia, Iowa
Tribute Cockers and Boxers
Madill, Oklahoma
Claremore, Oklahoma

Boxer Owner Experiences

3 Years
1 People
Eating out
I’m so grateful for my wonderful genuine loving compassionate boxer Diesel.
1 month, 1 week ago