The boxer was derived from two mastiff type dogs used as hunting dogs in the middle ages in Germany. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bear and deer. These ancestors of the Boxer were also used for bull-baiting when this became a sport. In the 19th century these breeds were crossed with the Bulldog and the Boxer was created. The breed has been very popular in Europe since early this century, however the first Boxer to be registered with the Kennel Club in Britain was in 1933.
The boxer is a medium sized dog, very muscular, sturdy and deep chested. They have a short muzzle and a slightly upturned chin. The head and muzzle have wrinkly skin, which gives the boxer its unique appearance. When this dog moves it covers the ground quickly. The gait makes it look very noble, and the movement shows great energy in the powerful looking legs. The boxer is built to cover many types of ground.
|Colour||The colour ranges from red to fawn, through varoius shades of brindle, usually with some limited white markings, they can also be totally white in colour.|
|Coat Length||Short Smooth|
|Weight/Height Range||The average height of dogs, to the withers is 57-63cms, and weight is 30-32kgs. Bitches ideally stand at 53-59cms and weigh approximately 25-27kgs.
Although the Boxer seems susceptible to many health problems, research shows that the Boxer is, in general, a healthy and sturdy dog. When purchasing a Boxer discuss any concerns with the breeder and research the breeding lines.
|Breed Classification||The boxer was originally used for bull baiting and as a guard dog, today they are mainly companions and are popular show dogs.|
Feeding & Ownership
The boxer is not really a greedy dog.When feeding a boxer it is better that they are fed twice a day as they are very active, always on the go looking for their next adventure. Some boxers have sensitive digestive systems, this will mean that they have to stick to a strict diet, with no treats. A dry food is often favoured for this breed. It is also fairly common for a boxer to appear thin when it is an adolescent, so do not overfeed to compensate. They can be 3 or 4 years old before they look well covered. This dog should never be overweight.
|Food Cost||$15 to $20|
||However it is a very good idea to have your boxer insured as they can be quite prone to accidents because of their boisterous nature, and they have quite a few breed specific ailments.
As a breed these dogs are very lively, strong and very loyal. Temperament wise they are fearless and very self-assured. They make great pets for all the family, adults and children alike. The boxer is a hardy dog full of stamina, not quick to pick a fight, but more than able to defend themselves if they have to. They remain puppy like throughout their lives, making them quite a handful, and unintentionally creating havoc where they go. They can be very destructive if they are left alone at home for long periods of time. They love busy households and are commonly found in hotels and guest houses, where there is a lot going on around them.
|Intelligence||As the Boxer is an intelligent breed he needs to be dominated when being trained. They are quick to learn good habits as well as the not so good ones. They need to know that their owner knows best as they can be quite willful.|
|Suitability for Children||High|
|Tendency to Bark||Medium|
|Overall Exercise Requirement||The boxer does require plenty of exercise, they love to go charging around wide open spaces, chase balls and frisbees.|
|Suitability as a Guard Dog||High|
|Ease of Transportation||High|
|Level of Aggression||Medium|
|Other Animal Compatibility||High|
The coat of the boxer is easily kept as it is very short. A rubber grooming mitt used once or twice weekly will keep the coat in good condition.
|Grooming Requirements||Up to once a week|
|Amount of Hair Shed||Little|
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