The boxer was one among the first breeds that was chosen for the purpose of police training in Germany during the 1800s. They were bred as medium sized guard dogs from two finest breeds of Europe which do not exist now - Danziger Bullenbaiser and Brabenter Bullenbaiser. Later, they were bred by crossing the ferocious ancestors of Bulldog and Mastiff. Some historical evidences indicate that this breed is a descendant of the ancient fight dogs that belonged to the Tibet region. As the boxer breed dogs are said to belong to Molossus blood, they are considered to be the cousin of all recognized Bulldog breeds. Some sources reveal that the stunning fawn color of this breed comes from its ancestors.
Boxers are known to be guard dogs as they are very alert and watchful. They have a dignified look and are very playful and patient with kids. However, they can be very aggressive while defending their home or family from strangers. They must be exposed to various sounds, people and sights while they are young.
- Activity level: 5/5 (highly energetic)
- Intelligence level: 4.5/5 (very keen and highly intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (moderately curious)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (family friendly)
- Vocal: 2/5 (barks only to alert owner or when happy)
Boxers have a compact body with a highly proportionate head with short muzzle that looks blunt. They have a huge nose in black shade, have docked tails and cropped ears. They have a tight skin and short coat to compliment their athletic figure. They are found in two shades - brindle and fawn. They are considered to be the 8th most popular dog in the world.
- Fur: Boxers have a smooth short haired coat that has a natural sheen to it.
- Eyes: These dogs have dark brown eyes.
- Body structure: A mature Boxer has a proportionate head supported by neck with ample length, sloping top line, fairly wide chest, tucked in belly high docked tail and sturdy muscled legs.
- Facial features: The face of the Boxer always wears a serious alert expression as it has a short nose and a wrinkled forehead.
- Weight: A fully grown male Boxer weighs between 65 kgs to 80 kgs and a female dog, between 50 kgs to 65 kgs.
The boxer faces some serious health issues like cardiomyopathy, thyroid, epilepsy and sub aortic stenosis. Dogs that are over 8 years of age can get tumors, knee, disc, hip, arthritis and hip dysplasia. The vet might suggest hip and cardiac tests to diagnose the issue. These dogs are also prone to mast cell tumors and flatulence.
Being a natural athlete, Boxers loves to exercise daily, go for a long walk, fetch balls and play other games. They can be perfect for your compact apartment, but needs regular exercise to stay fit. The short haired coat needs minimal brushing and an occasional bath. However, some dogs can be cleanliness lovers while some love to be shabby and dirty. You can feed them twice a day with the best quality dry food.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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