Breed of the Month: The Boxer, a Lovable Family Dog

  • Personality: Fun-loving, bright, active and loyal

  • Energy Level: Very Active; Boxers are strong, quick, busy dogs who need plenty of exercise; they enjoy challenges, both physical and mental

  • Good with Children: Yes

  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

  • Shedding: Seasonal

  • Grooming: Occasional

  • Trainability: Responds Well

  • Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)

  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), females are about 15 pounds less than male

  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

History:

The Germans developed many breeds suitable for helping with various jobs. Its ancestors included the Bullenbeisser, a breed used for hunting big game, and the English Bulldog.  Although Boxers were originally used as a farm helper, service dog or household guardian, today they are mainly companions, who might bark a warning. Legend has it that the breed’s name came from their habit of dancing on two legs and push playing with their front paws. 

Temperament

Well-bred Boxers are happy, always eager to join in wrestling or a game. They dote on children, especially “their” kids, but may roughhouse too much for little ones. Playing the clown one moment and hitting a noble stance the next, Boxers fit in almost any role. They might be too active for some people, but those who like a good romp, whether playing ball or hide and seek, won’t find a better buddy. Boxers can be hesitant around strangers but will seek attention from their own family.

Appearance

Clean lines show off the Boxer’s well-muscled body. Their fawn or brindle coat, which is usually trimmed with white markings, is short. Eyes are dark seeming to issue an invitation to play. Boxers in the Western Hemisphere are cropped and docked. In many other countries, no cosmetic surgeries may be performed. Since white dogs were used in the development of the breed, white puppies can appear in litters. Care must be taken in determining that deafness is not a problem with these pups.

Training

Some Boxers are determined to do things their way, so training for control is recommended. Happy for any kind of attention, Boxers often look upon obedience routines as sometimes tedious. Make training interesting with play breaks, and you’ll have a happy camper.

Grooming & Care

Boxers stay spiffy nearly all by themselves. As with other breeds, nails should be trimmed and ears and teeth cleaned. Otherwise a swipe of the brush or hound’s glove keeps them shiny. Talk to your veterinarian about the type of food needed to keep a Boxer healthy – some can cause your Boxer to be gassy and not as welcome as the lapdog they like to be.

Health Concerns

Leading health issues to which Boxers are prone include cancers (such as Mast Cell Tumors), heart conditions such as aortic stenosis and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy  “Boxer cardiomyopathy”, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy and epilepsy; other conditions that may be seen are gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), intestinal problems, and allergies.  Entropion, a malformation of the eyelid requiring surgical correction, is occasionally seen, and some lines have a tendency toward spondylosis deformans, a fusing of the spine. 

Other conditions that are less common but occur more often in Boxers than other breeds are hystiocytic ulcerative colitis “Boxer colitis” and indolent corneal ulcers, “Boxer eye ulcers”. 

As an athletic breed, proper exercise and conditioning is important however care must be taken not to over-exercise young, puppies, as this may damage growing bones.  Because of their brachycephalic head, they do not do well with high heat or humidity.

based on material written by: LifeLearn

By |September 7th, 2017|

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