One Boxer holds the dubious honor of possessing the longest tongue of any breed—and if you've ever had your face slurped by a Boxer, this won't surprise you one bit. Funny and photogenic, this dog starred in some of Hollywood's earliest motion pictures. Boxers were also among the first breeds to do police and military work.
True to their name, the Boxer is a “handsy” breed that enters all situations front paws-first. Keep your hands up while you're playing with this joyful and enthusiastic dog, or you might get bopped in the nose!
Originally from Germany, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 50-85 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||10-12 years|
|Date of origin||1800s|
|Original function||Bullbaiting, guardian|
|Average size of male||Height: 22.5-25 Weight: 65-80|
|Average size of female||Height: 22.5-25 Weight: 65-80|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Friendly|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Moderately protective|
|Grooming needs||Low maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Low tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Low tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A BOXER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Boxers are bright, energetic, fun-loving, and playful. They are perpetually puppy-like in their enthusiasm. These canine comedians crave your attention and enjoy mental and physical challenges.
Boxers will love being part of your family but need supervision with small children to prevent this gleeful dog from accidentally romping right over them. They can be friendly toward strangers and other pets. Socialization is important to get them over their shyness toward strange dogs.
WHAT IS BOXER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Boxers are strong and athletic and can make for devoted watchdogs. Your Boxer will require regular, rigorous exercise. These dogs are loyal and vigilant and can be protective. They're somewhat prone to barking.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BOXER?
Boxers are trainable, but you'll need to be consistent and patient with them — they can be stubborn and sensitive. When motivated, they learn quickly and need regular physical exercise and mental stimulation. Boxers often excel in both agility training and obedience classes.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO BOXERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Boxers have smooth, short single coats that lie smoothly against their bodies. These short coats don't require much grooming, though you'll need to clean out their face wrinkles to prevent infections. Bathe your Boxer as needed. They're moderate shedders.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BOXERS HAVE?
Though Boxers are generally healthy, this breed is one of the most prone to cancer. Some develop hypothyroidism or cardiomyopathy. Their shorter muzzles also make them prone to overheating in high temperatures. Nearly one in five white-coated boxers are also deaf.
Feeding your baby Boxer a growth food for large-breed puppies will slow their rate of growth but not diminish their adult stature which may help prevent or reduce the impact of adult-onset hip dysplasia.