BOXER

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.

Fast Facts On Boxer

  • Origin

    Germany
  • Weight

    Male: Male: 25 - 32 Kg
    Female: 25 - 32 Kg
  • Height

    Male: 56 - 64 cm
    Female: 53 - 61 cm
  • Coat

    Short, smooth, shiny and close - lying
  • Skin Colour

    Fawn or Brindle, and White
  • Life Span

    10 - 12 years

Boxer Characteristics

  • Energy Level

    High Energy
  • Exercise Needs

    High
  • Playfulness

    Very playful
  • Affection Level

    Very affectionate
  • Friendliness With Other Dogs

    Friendly
  • Friendliness Toward Strangers

    Unconcerned
  • Tendency to Bark

    Low
  • Tendency to Drool

    High
  • Watchdog Ability

    High
  • Guarding Potential

    Moderately Protective
  • Grooming Needs

    Low Maintenance
  • Cold Tolerance

    Low Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance

    Low Tolerance
  • Veterinarian Visit

    Rare

What Are The Best Foods For Boxers?

Food For Newborn Boxers (Birth to 8 Weeks)

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:

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Food For Boxer Puppies (8 Weeks To 3 Years)

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:

  1. Acana Puppy Large Breed 11.4 Kg
    Acana Puppy Large Breed 11.4 Kg
    ₹6,499.00
  2. 6% Off
    Arden Grange Puppy Junior Large Breed Dog Food 12 Kg
    Arden Grange Puppy Junior Large Breed Dog Food 12 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,056.00 Regular Price ₹6,375.00
  3. 10% Off
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed 4kg
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed 4kg
    Special Price ₹2,070.00 Regular Price ₹2,300.00
  4. 12% Off
    Royal Canin Boxer Junior Dog Food 3 Kg
    Royal Canin Boxer Junior Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,892.00 Regular Price ₹2,150.00

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Food For Adult Boxers (3 Years To 7 Years)

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:

  1. 6% Off
    Arden Grange Adult Dog large Breed 12 Kg
    Arden Grange Adult Dog large Breed 12 Kg
    Special Price ₹5,770.00 Regular Price ₹6,075.00
  2. Orijen Original Dog Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Original Dog Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,299.00
  3. 14% Off
    Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,870.00 Regular Price ₹2,150.00

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Food For Senior Boxers (7 Years and Above)

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:

  1. 5% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Special Price ₹2,100.00 Regular Price ₹2,200.00
  2. Orijen Senior Dog Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Senior Dog Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,299.00
  3. 14% Off
    Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,870.00 Regular Price ₹2,150.00
  4. 15% Off
    Royal Canin Maxi Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Royal Canin Maxi Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,432.00 Regular Price ₹7,480.00

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What Is A Boxer’s Behaviour Like?

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.

Are Boxers Easy To Train?

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.

Do Boxers Shed?

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.

How Much Physical Activity Does A Boxer Need?

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.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Having A Boxer ?

Pros

  • Boxers are trustworthy companions who make excellent family pets. They absolutely adore children.
  • Their protective nature makes them good guard dogs too.
  • Boxers are one of the easiest breeds to train.
  • They shed less compared to other dog breeds which makes them easier to groom.

Cons

  • Boxers need regular running and playing sessions or else they may become hyperactive or develop destructive chewing habits.
  • They are at a higher risk of getting serious illnesses like cancer, hip dysplasia and heart disease.
  • Boxers drool a lot. (Not a big deal if you don't mind a little drool on your furniture and clothes)
  • They have a very little heat and cold tolerance demanding regular monitoring.

Some Interesting Facts About Boxers

  • 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.

History Of Boxers

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.

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