Boxers are happy, charismatic and an energetic dog breed who were known for their great work ethic in ancient times. They are alert and highly enthusiastic showing great curiosity for every task they do. They love to get affection from both adults as well as children and are also fearless and protective of their families making them great family dogs.
WeightMale: Male: 25 - 32 Kg
HeightMale: 56 - 64 cm
CoatShort, smooth, shiny and close - lying
Skin ColourFawn or Brindle, and White
Life Span10 - 12 years
Energy LevelHigh Energy
Affection LevelVery affectionate
Friendliness With Other DogsFriendly
Friendliness Toward StrangersUnconcerned
Tendency to BarkLow
Tendency to DroolHigh
Guarding PotentialModerately Protective
Grooming NeedsLow Maintenance
Cold ToleranceLow Tolerance
Heat ToleranceLow Tolerance
Milk Replacers are a great substitute for mother’s milk. Newborn Boxer Puppies should be fed as per the food manufacturer or as per Vet. Below are some of the best baby foods for newborn Boxers:
Boxer Puppies require a protein content of a minimum 22% (but not more than 26%). Protein helps in building muscle mass and endurance in the pups. Avoid fillers as much as possible as it can cause allergies. Some of the best foods for Boxer puppies are:
Adult Boxers are playful and are high on energy. Moderate amount of Fat in their diet support their increased energy requirements. As Boxers are muscular, a Protein content between 20 to 30 per cent is ideal for boosting lean muscle mass and strength. Following are some of the appropriate foods for Boxers:
Unlike other senior dog breeds, Boxers maintain high energy throughout their lives. Hence the diet of Senior Boxers should have a decent amount of Proteins and Fats. A balanced proportion of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids fortifies skin and joint health. Some of the best dog foods for Senior Boxers are:
On the outside, Boxer may look like an aggressive dog breed, but in reality, they are gentle, playful and are loyal family companions. They exhibit a puppy-like enthusiasm all through their lives. Unlike other guard dogs, they have a slight tendency to get friendly with strangers. Nonetheless, they have a strong protecting instinct to protect their family if they perceive any threat. Their shyness towards other dogs can be removed by proper socialization. Boxers if isolated for a longer period can become destructive and can chew whatever it is in front of him. Proper training and exercise routine can eliminate these bad behaviours. They are not excessive barkers. When a boxer is barking, that might very well for a good reason. Boxers can do fine in a city apartment given that they are provided with their daily dose of exercise. They love to get attention from their families and are known to be good with children.
Boxer’s high intelligence and enthusiasm makes them eager to learn obedience commands. However, they can be a little distracted at times. The breed is known to respond well with positive reinforcement techniques such as feeding them treats and giving them enough encouragement. Starting the training at a very young age is beneficial to teach them tricks. Begin with simple commands like ‘Sit’ and ‘Stay’ and move on to the more complex ones. As boxers exhibit high energy levels, one needs to be a littlle firm and confident while training, however, one should not shout at them as it will only lead to confusion in them.
It is a myth that Boxers don't shed. In spite of having a short-haired coat, these breeds shed quite a bit during the spring. Yet, weekly brushing their coat with a bristle brush can reduce the hair fall tremendously. Feeding the Boxers a diet rich in Omega fatty acids can boost skin and coat health and also eliminate excessive hair fall.
The energy requirements of Boxer puppies and adult Boxers have a huge difference. Adult Boxers are strong, muscular and sturdy and therefore require a healthy amount of exercise. On the other hand, puppy Boxers are a little fragile and only need a minimal amount of exercise as they are still in the developing phase. Walking is ideal for this breed. Adult Boxers need 30 - 45 minutes of walking every day, whereas puppy Boxers require walking only for 20 minutes. However one should not exercise them just after eating as it can cause digestive problems like Bloating. There should at least be a gap of 1 hour between the meal and exercise. A good playing session with Boxer can release his pent up energy and can make him calmer.
Boxers are direct descendants of BullenBeiser, an extinct dog breed who were used to hunt wild boar and stag.
Brandy, the boxer dog held the world record of having the longest dog tongue among all dogs in the world. Her tongue measured a whopping 17 inches.(43 Centimeters)
Boxers literally box. The breed has a propensity to stand up on its back legs and kick out its front paws, just like a human Boxer does.
They have one of the longest puppyhood time among dogs. It takes a Boxer 3 years to reach adulthood.
Boxers are excellent service dogs because of their high alertness and intelligence.
It is believed that ancestors of Boxers were war dogs in the Assyrian empire in 2500 BC. However, the existential evidence of the ancestors of modern Boxers can be traced back to the late 18th Century in Germany. It is presumed that the Boxers have been bred down by German dog fanciers from a massive, heavier German breed called the Bullenbeiser, also known as Bull biter. They worked as hunting dogs in pursuit of bear, wild boar and deer. Later, Boxers were introduced to other parts of Europe and the United States in the early 20th Century. During World War 1, the Boxer was co-opted for Military Work, who played the role of a vital messenger, attacker dog and a guard dog. They were also in World War 2, after which they were taken by returning soldiers to home. They were then exposed to a wider audience, following this they became popular.