The Boxer is a dog that has a square built and strong, athletic limbs. He carries himself with grace and dignity, and his expressions are known to reflect his emotions. He has erect ears when cropped, which add to his alert expression, and a blunt muzzle. The coat of the Boxer is tight fitting, hard, short, and sleek, and the coloring of the Boxer is fawn or brindle with white markings.
The Boxer weighs in at around 50-85 pounds, and the height of the Boxer is around 21-26 inches. The Boxer has distinctive drooping jowls.
The Boxer is a dog that is very good natured, and has plenty of affection, devotion, and love to give to his family. This is a dog that is friendly and playful, and craves attention - but has plenty of attention to give too. For those looking for a dog with bags of energy and a real people lover, the Boxer is the perfect choice. The energy levels of the Boxer do start to calm as he grows older, but this does not affect his playful and loving nature. At the same time the Boxer manages to be very dignified and steady. Some boxers can be headstrong and even animated in the way that they act, and their protective nature and love of their family makes them effective watchdogs.
The Boxer is known to get along very well with children, and loves to play with them. However, do bear in mind the size of this dog if considering a Boxer in a household with very small children. When properly socialized the Boxer should get along well with other pets, although some can be dominant and aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. When it comes to strangers the Boxer's response may vary - some may be very friendly and welcoming and others may be simply polite or even aloof and wary. This is a dog of high intelligence and a headstrong nature, which means that training can be a challenge. Although this breed is suited to inexperienced dog owners, confidence and assertiveness is required in order to maintain effective leadership.
When it comes to grooming the requirements for a Boxer are relative low, as he has a sleek, tight fitting coat that needs minimal attention. An occasional brushing of his coat will keep it sleek and free of dead hair. You may need to step up the brushing during seasonal heavier shedding. You should also check his nails during grooming sessions.
The giant Molossian hound of ancient Greece that is the progenitor of many large headed dogs probably traveled there from the Middle East.
More recently, the boxer is of German origin and was bred from a now-extinct and somewhat larger breed of dog called the Bullenbeisser, once used to take down deer, wild boar and even bear, holding them down to the ground until the hunter arrived. Such dogs are today used for more civic uses and have been the companions of shop keepers.
When crossed with the English Bulldog (resulting in the characteristic square jaw and squared shoulders), the breed was stabilized and first brought to show in the 1890s. By 1915, the first American Kennel Club (AKC) champion boxer was "crowned." The breed has remained very popular til this day.
Boxers have a long and distinguished career working with various human enterprises, always looking to please. Indeed, a great many were used by German forces during the world wars as guard dogs and couriers. The popularity of the breed became international after the 1950s. Today there are so many boxers around, it is a good idea to check with your breeder to make sure your new pup doesn't have the congenital disorders of a puppy that is bred from parents demonstrating recessive traits.
Boxers require a great deal of firm training to keep their exuberance in check. Training should begin when they're quite young, since they can become difficult to handle even when still puppies since they're so large and strong.
Though you should be consistent and firm with Boxers (and many other large dogs), they do not respond to punitive punishment. It is best to set things up so they can't help but succeed, then reward them for it. Some small treats and praise should be used in conjunction for the desired result.
Some lines can be hyperactive and there is little to be done with such dogs other than trying to wear them out in a rural setting. When buying a pup it is good to check the parents for this trait, as they can have a hard time settling down to learn when too wound up.
Almost all puppies are fun-loving clowns that take a few years to really grow up from a psychological point of view. Because they are intelligent, you should never underestimate their ability to break out. Their soft mouths have been known to manipulate locks on doors when left to the task long enough.
Housebreaking is usually quick since Boxers are so fastidious. Keeping an eye on your dog and shuffling them outside whenever they start towards the door or sniffing will give them a chance to get it right and earn your treats and respect. The key with this type of training vigilance upon your part, tough at least these dogs are large enough that they won't be able to sneak under the furniture and get away with it
Many people have had good result with using crates. As long a they're large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in, they will come to think of them as a home and refuge. Of course, such a crate for a Boxer is rather large, so most people use classical methods of training.
Though somewhat stubborn, Boxers do generally want to please, and it's up to you to make them actually want to follow your commands. Aggression should be nipped in the bud, though most boxers are simply enthusiastic and curious.
The Boxer has a life expectancy of around 8-12 years, and there are a number of health issues that are linked to this breed. Some of the health problems to look out for include bloat, colitis, cancer, respiratory problems, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Also, remember that this is a short muzzle dog, and strenuous exercise can add to respiratory issues. As a short haired dog he also need shade and to be kept out of extreme temperatures. The parents of the Boxer should have OFA and CERF certificates.