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Boxer Dog - Dog Breeds - Facts Every Owner Should Know

Jul 25, 2008
We begin this article with the basic facts about the breed, then follow up with an in-depth look at their personality.

Group: Working

Weight: male: 65-80, female: 50-65 lbs

Height: male: 22.5-25, female: 21-23.5 inches

Overview

The Boxer is originally from Germany where they have been bred from the Bullenbeiser which is now extinct. These dogs were previously used to take down deer and wild boar by holding them down on the ground until the hunters arrived. Today these dogs are used as companion dogs for shop keepers. Boxers have an illustrious career by working in a variety of human enterprises. The Boxer is always looking to please its owner. Many of these dogs were used by the Germans during the World Wars to act as guard dogs and couriers.

Temperament

The Boxer is a very good natured dog that possesses a lot of affection, loyalty, and love that they want to share with their families. Boxers are very keen on socialising, and they have a good sense of humour. They crave attention, but also have lots of attention to give. This is a breed with high energy levels, and they are very fond of people. Their energy levels do however drop as they grow older, but it will not change their loving and playful nature though. Boxers are very distinguished and steady dogs, but some have a tendency to be stubborn. They have a very caring nature and the love they have for their family makes them wonderful watchdogs.

Care

Boxers do not have very high grooming needs. This breed has a shiny and firm coat that only requires a small amount of attention. These dogs should be brushed on an occasional basis to keep their coats smooth and free from dead hair. They should be brushed more frequently during the shedding season, and it as advised that their nails are checked also when they are groomed.

Training

The Boxer is a breed that gets along well with children, and loves to play with them. Owners should keep in mind the size of these dogs, especially if there are small children in the home. The Boxer should get along well with other pets if socialised properly when still young. In general boxers are friendly and welcoming with strangers, but others might be distant and wary of strangers. The Boxer is a very intelligent and headstrong breed.

Health problems

Boxers are prone to several disorders. Seeing that they have been inbred for more than 100 years, there are several related disorders. They have problems with deafness, heat disorder, metabolic disorders and allergies. Some physical deformities include entropion that can only be corrected by surgery.
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