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Boxers


"All About The Boxer Dog"


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Boxers have a stocky and powerful build,
an elegant stride and noble appearance.

Alternate Names

German Boxer
Deutscher Boxer

Appearance:


Body:Stocky, powerful, and impressive with an elegantly crested neck, short muscular back and well-arched ribs

Coat: Short, shiny, smooth, and tight to the body

Color: Fawn and brindle

Ears: Thin and set wide apart. Cropped or natural. When the ears are erect the forehead wrinkles

Eyes: Dark, alert, intelligent, and expressive

Feet: Small, compact, and cat-like with hard, black pads and arched toes

Head: Somewhat rounded with a pronounced stop. A well-padded muzzle, strong jowls and broad, black, upturned nose. Wrinkles develop when he pricks his ears

Legs: Forelegs are long, straight, well-muscled, and well-boned. Hind legs are angled and well-muscled with powerful loins

Neck: Long, rounded, muscular, and well-arched

Size:
Weight:
55 - 70 pounds (25 - 32kg)
Height: 21 - 25 inches (53 - 63cm)

Tail: Docked, high-set, and carried upward

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Behavior

Recommended for Novice handlers
Recommended for families with children

The Boxer will adapt to most any home environment as long as they have human companionship. They love adults and adore children but may be a bit too large and enthusiastic for toddlers. His size and playfulness may result in calamity or even unintentional destruction in the home.

Boxers have a stocky and powerful build, an elegant stride, noble appearance, and proud personality. They are sensitive and sometimes stubborn but almost always playful and loving with family and friends. Early socialization and training are important for developing a confident and obedient Boxer.

He is a very sociable dog who will seek out your attention, and the attention of anyone around you, whenever possible. The German Boxer breed of dog is athletic, muscular and puppy-like with an endless amount of energy for playing, taking long walks, and other sport-like activities.

A great watchdog and devoted companion, the Boxer is also clean and quiet, and happy and affectionate. They can be handled by a novice who is capable of being firm yet gentle, and also very thorough in training. The German Boxer is a strong-willed dog who will respond best to positive, rewarding obedience training but may become recluse if mistreated or punished in an effort to make them learn your commands.

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Breed Type

AKC Group: Working Group

Originally used as guard dogs and for bullbaiting. They were also used to hunt boar, bear, bison, and deer.

Boxers are currently used to herd cattle, guide the blind, and assist the police in search and seizure missions.

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Care and Grooming

Exercise: Moderate exercise is sufficient. Boxers love to take long walks and need time to play and romp about.

Grooming: Easy to care for. Brush you Boxer one to two times weekly to keep them looking good.

Health

Life Expectancy: 8 - 12 Years

Possible Problems:
Arthritis
Bloat
Colitis
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Low Thyroid
Skin Cancer
Tumors

Country of Origin

Germany - 1800s

More Photos

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Above are brindle Boxers with natural and cropped ears three boxer dogs looking through a wood gate
boxer dog sitting on deck stairs

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