All About Boxers
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The Boxer is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 22.5 to 25 inches.
Weight: 65 to 80 pounds.
Females – Height: 21 to 23.5 inches.
Weight: 50 to 65 pounds.
Boxers are commonly fawn and brindle. They very rarely are white.
Boxers are smart, alert animals who are very loyal to their owners. They are patient, making them ideal seeing eye dogs, and extremely protective, making them natural watchdogs.
An active breed, Boxers require daily exercise. They enjoy running with their owners, but a brisk walk will also do. They need mental stimulation as well, which is why so many are used in a working capacity helping the blind or as couriers.
- Boxers have shiny, short coats that require occasional brushing to remove dead hair. They are a low-maintenance grooming breed.
- Their broad muzzles give them a distinctive look, and they are extremely expressive animals.
- Unlike most dog breeds, they can wrinkle their foreheads. They have muscle-bound hindquarters.
8 to 10 years
The most common health concerns for Boxers include canine hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy and subaortic stenosi. Gastric torsion, tumors, intervertebral disc degeneration, corneal erosion and colitis are less common but still occur within the breed. White Boxers, which are rare, may be deaf.
Boxers have a low tolerance for both hot and cold climates. They do especially poorly in very hot weather, and they prefer to be indoors during the summer months.
Boxers make wonderful pets for active families. The breed loves to go hiking and play with children, and they also do well with other dogs and pets. They are very affectionate to their owners.
- Boxers did indeed get their name from the sport of boxing. When the breed stands on its hindquarters, it often bats at the person or animal standing opposite, giving the appearance of a fighter in the ring.
- Boxers are very popular family pets, ranking in the top 10 breeds in the United States for more than a decade, according to the American Kennel Club.
- Originating in Germany, Boxers were one of the first breeds selected for German police training.