Boxers are very intelligent, friendly and loyal dogs that are perfect for families. They are very affectionate, have a lot of energy and need daily exercise. They are companion dogs, but their over-protective nature can turn aggressive if not socialized and kept in check.
Weight – Male: 65-80 pounds; Female: 50-65 pounds
Height – Male: 24 inches; Female: 22 inches
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Group: Working group
Temperament: intelligent, playful, friendly, affectionate, devoted
Ease of Training:
Bred from Mastiffs and Bulldogs, Boxers originated in Germany during the late 19th century. They were used in World War I as messenger dogs, guard dogs and attack dogs due to their high intelligence, ease of training and protective nature.
What makes Boxers truly stand out is their iconic square shaped heads. They also have an under bite and folded over ears (when un-cropped). Boxers are naturally muscular and have broad chests and short backs. The coat is usually short and has a tendency to shed quite a bit. Colors range from a beautiful auburn to brindle, and even white. It’s also common for Boxers to have white spots on their face, chest and paws (socks!).
Boxers are very friendly, incredibly loyal and a little needy. They crave companionship, are very patient with children, puppies and small dogs, and love to play. They make perfect family dogs. The one thing about Boxers that can go both ways is their very protective nature, which can become quite aggressive towards a perceived threat (like a bigger dog). They need discipline and a chance to blow off steam, so a big back yard or daily walks to a large dog run would be ideal for a Boxer. If you like your morning runs, even better! Boxers love to run with you.
Boxers don’t bark often, but when they do, it’s to tell you something very important. They make excellent watchdogs. They also like to start a conversation by making a noise that sounds a lot like growling. In reality, it’s just them trying to communicate.
Boxers do not like to be alone, so they do very well with other pets, especially if they are raised together. They sometimes have issues with dogs of the same sex. In fact, Boxers are known to hold grudges with other dogs and will identify an offending dog as a lifelong nemesis.
Boxer coats are short. They tend to shed moderately, but not obnoxiously. They are pretty low maintenance in the grooming department. Boxers like to stay clean and only need a brushing once a week. They also only need to be bathed a handful of times a year.
Boxers have a lot of energy, both physically and emotionally. They need regular exercise to be happy and well-behaved dogs. Take them on a run, socialize them with other dogs at the park, and throw the ball around.
One thing to look out for is that Boxers overheat very quickly. They do not do well in hot and humid weather. Keep your Boxer hydrated during the summer. They are generally healthy dogs, but regular check ups at the vet are recommended to keep your Boxer in great condition.