Boxer's body is compact and powerful and the shiny, close-fitting coat comes
in fawn, brindle, white and various shades of red, with white markings. White
Boxers cannot be registered with some Kennel Clubs. The tail is usually docked.
Ear cropping is optional. (Docking and cropping is illegal in some countries.)
Its head should be in proportion to its body, lean and unwrinkled. Its lower
jaw extends beyond its upper one, curving upward. Neither teeth nor tongue
are to show when the mouth is closed. The nose is large and black with very open
nostrils. Eyes dark. The neck should be round, strong, and muscular, without
dewlap. The body should be square. The tail is carried high. Its front legs should
be straight and parallel.
Boxer is happy, high-spirited, playful, curious and energetic. Highly intelligent,
eager and quick to learn, but can be stubborn and sneaky. The Boxer is a good
dog for competitive obedience. Constantly
on the move, bonding very closely with the family. Loyal and affectionate, Boxers
are known for the way they get along so well with children. A well brought-up
and properly socialized Boxer will also get along with his own kind and other
household pets. However one Boxer owner reported; their Boxer is best friends
with their many barn cats and second dog, but will chase and eat their ducks
and other farm birds. The female boxer will often get into fights with other
female dogs, trying to display her dominance. If one owns a female boxer and
another female dog, they will get along and even play most of the time, however
they will most likely fight from time to time. It has been said that the name
Boxer came from the way the Boxer likes to use is front paws for just about everything.
If you have ever watched a Boxer go about his business you may have noticed the
way he paws at his toys, food bowl and you for that matter, in a very playful
cat-like way. Some Boxers have been known to paw at their food or water bowl
if they are empty. Playfully barking, pawing and playing with the bowl, flipping
it upside-down and putting their front paws on the top of the bowl, sliding it
around the house barking and whining until someone fills it for them. It looks
like a silly game, but the Boxer knows what he is trying to tell you, he's hungry!
While participating the sport of schutzhund, Boxers are known to jump up
and use their front paws as if they are boxing. They are very clownish and playful
and have been known to grab and carry ANYTHING around including your knickknacks if he thinks he can get away with it. The
Boxer's nature is to protect you, your family, and your home. Known visitors
will be welcomed boisterously. They are always keen to work and play. Boxers
need lots of human companionship. They can be rather boisterous and even in old
age are still extremely athletic. Teach the Boxer not to be boisterous and especially
not to jump up at people. Boxers LOVE to jump. This breed is noted for courage and makes great guard dogs.
Boxers have a wide use in military and police work. Training should start young
and be firm and consistent. This breed requires a dominant owner. An excellent
watchdog, the Boxer will restrain an intruder in the same way a Bulldog does.
|Height: Dogs 22-25 inches (56-63
cm.) Bitches 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Weight: Dog 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg.) Bitches 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg.)
major concerns are cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis, and hip dysplasia. Sometimes
prone to epilepsy. From age eight on they are more likely to get tumors than
other breeds. Tendency for allergies. Also heart problems. These dogs may
drool and snore. May have excessive flatulence. Some white Boxers are prone to
|Boxers will do okay in an apartment
if sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and do best with at
least an average-sized yard. Boxers do best in temperate climates as the breed
can chill easily in cold weather and have trouble cooling off in very hot weather.
|An active, athletic breed, Boxers
need daily work or exercise, as well as a long brisk, daily walk. They also enjoy
fetching a ball or other sessions of play.
|About 11-14 years
|2 - 10 puppies - Average
|The Boxer's smooth, short-haired
coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary,
for it removes the natural oils from the skin. Boxers are very clean and groom
themselves like cats. This breed is an average shedder.
Boxer's ancestors were two German mastiff type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the
Barenbeiszer. They were later crossed with the powerful ancestors of the Mastiff
and Bulldog. Early on, these dogs were prized for hunting, bull baiting, and
for pulling carts. A bit farther down the family tree, Boxer ancestors became
cattle dogs, and were used to round up livestock. They were also popular circus
and theater dogs because they learned tricks so easily. Breeding was rather indiscriminate
until the first Boxer studbook was started in 1904, stabilizing the breed standard.
In spite of its German origins,
"Boxer" is an English name that suitably describes the dog's punchy
fighting style. Though early Boxers may have been quite ferocious, the breed
today is a very gentle, loving family companion. Some of the Boxer's talents
are watchdogging, guarding, police work, military work, search & rescue,
competitive obedience, schutzhund and performing tricks.