The Boxer is a medium size breed dog with a lifespan of approximately 9-11 years. Males normally weigh between 29-34kg’s and females between 23-27kg’s. The most common coat colour is Fawn or Brindle, with or without white markings. However, there are ‘all white’ Boxers also around.
Originally bred as a security or guard dog, the Boxer of today is a very gentle and loving family companion, renowned for his loyalty, alertness and intelligence. The breed is also seen within the international work force; mostly they are used as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind and therapy dogs.
You will always find the Boxer in the ‘top 20’ favourite breeds for New Zealand, Australia, UK and the USA, which is why this friendly and playful animal is a popular family pet, especially for families with children. As well as being a staunch member of the family, the Boxer is popular for showing and is also seen in obedience trials, dog agility and flyball.
Like the German Shepherd, the Boxer can be dated back to Germany in the 1800’s, and was created from the crossing of a mastiff type dog and the British Bulldog. The first Boxer stud book wasn’t started until the early 1900’s, and before this time the Boxer had a varied life, from bull baiting and hunting to circus trick dog!
The Boxer is well known as a playful dog, however his self-confidence, alert nature and loyalty make him the perfect family companion for those with children. The breed is normally cautious with strangers but doesn’t take long to join in gleefully with your friendly advances! This fabulous combination of temperament makes the Boxer the perfect family member and guardian.
Upkeep & Health
Along with his medium size, another great reason why the Boxer is a fabulous family pet is the fact that he only requires a medium level of daily exercise. A long, leisurely walk on the lead is perfect for dog and owner! Happy living inside or out, their short coat does mean they feel the cooler weather more then some other breeds, but be warned if your Boxer is going to live inside… they can be known to snore!
The Boxers short coat requires only a quick brush, making them rather ‘low-level’ on the coat maintenance chart.
The Boxer thrives best on a vet approved diet and due to his medium size, will not eat you out of house and home!
The Boxer is prone to cancers, sub-aortic stenosis, gastric dilatation and torsion (bloat), allergies and epilepsy. Hip dysplasia can also be a concern. Boxers may also drool or snore and can have excessive flatulence while white Boxers are prone to deafness.