Male Height (typical): 56-63 cm. (22-25 inches)
Female Height (typical): 53-61 cm. (21-24 inches)
Size: Small – Small to Medium
Male Weight (typical): 27-32kg. (60-70 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 24-29 kg. (53-65 pounds)
Country of Origin: Germany
Exercise Required: Daily long walks.
Expected Life Span: 11 – 14 Years
Best suited as: Family Pet
Other names: Deutscher Boxer, German Boxer
Description – The Boxer is a strong, medium sized dog with short hair and a compact frame. They are square-jawed with a very powerful bite. The breed was originally mostly white in colour and over the years has drifted to a wide range of other colours including brown, black, rust and white. Their frame is lower to the ground than many other breeds and their medium sized head is supported by a short and powerful neck.
Origin & History – The Boxer breed originated in Germany and was the result of crossbreeding two older Mastiff breeds, the Barenbeiszer and the Bullenbeiszer. In later years the Bulldog was also added to the breeding mix, which resulted in the modern day Boxer. These dogs were originally bred for dogfights and also used for hunting wild boar and controlling cattle and other smaller herds of animals. Over the years they were domesticated to become pets for the family and will bond very closely. This affection for their family makes them wonderful guard dogs that will defend the home with tremendous loyalty. The Boxer is also a very amusing dog and is said to have gotten its name by the way it engages other dogs when threatened. When defending itself, it will raise up slightly on its hind legs and start moving its arms as if it were boxing the other dog.
Temperament – The Boxer was initially bred to be a fairly aggressive dog that was used in dogfights for sport. Over the years these events were outlawed in many areas and the Boxer was then used for other, less violent activities. Today, this breed has been domesticated to the point that it makes a great pet for the home. If they are introduced to the family at a young age they will bond very well with the members of the family. They are a very intelligent and active dog and because of this they get along great with children. They are easy to train and eager to learn many different tasks. They will also integrate well into a family with other pets if they are introduced as a young enough age. Over time they will come to treat these other pets as family.
Exercise & Grooming – This is a fairly active breed and needs to have at least a brisk walk daily. This exercise should also be accompanied by some active playtime to help the dog stay in the best health. This playtime could be as simple as chasing a ball, but needs to happen a few times a week to allow the dog to expend any excess energy. The Boxer is a naturally clean dog and only requires a weekly brushing with a stiff bristle brush to keep its coat in great shape. Baths are only needed if the dog is especially dirty from outside play and should not be done too often.
Health Concerns – The Boxer is a fairly healthy breed but does seem to have a higher than normal occurrence of certain heart related problems like cardiomyopathy. This is something that your veterinarian will check for once a year and can treat if needed. The Boxer can also suffer from skin rashes if it spends a lot of time in the brush and this condition can be easily rectified by applying a topical cream to the dog’s skin. If you notice your dog becoming sluggish or scratching excessively, you should schedule a visit with your veterinarian to have them checked.
Boxer Dog Organisations in Australia
Queensland Boxer Club
President Stewart Edmonds
Phone : 07 5463 7611
Secretary Shirley Davies
Phone 07 3208 0321
Boxer Dog Organisations in the UK
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