Boxer

Boxer description

The Boxer breed comes from Germany. The Boxer breed is the result from the breeding of English bulldogs and Bullenbeisser, now extinct breed. The Boxer is an elegant medium size breed. These powerful dogs are usually good natured.


Boxer characteristics

The head of the boxer is the most distinctive. The head should be proportioned to the body and the muzzle should be square. The head should be free of wrinkles apart from the region of the noise.

The boxer coat is short-haired. The colors of the coat is brindle and fawn, these were the colors of the Bullenbeisser coat. The white color, present on the paws and chest, comes from the English bulldog. On the beginning of the 20th century, the white boxer was no longer recognized conform to the breed partly because it was believed that he was more subject to tares. Before the white boxer was banned, he was also used as a war dog. The color of his coat could be easily seen by the enemies and, therefore, white boxers were blamed for putting the life of their owners at risk during war. Nowadays, because the white boxer is not recognized conform to the breed standards, many are euthanized by breeders (approximately 20% of boxers are born white).

The size of the Boxer varies from 21 to 25 inches and an adult boxer weights between 23 to 34 Kilos.


Boxer temperament

Boxers are loyal companions; they are very attached to their owners and can suffer if left alone. They enjoy the company of their owners and are usually good in family with children. Boxers are also called nanny dogs because of their great patience with children. However, owners with young children should be very careful as the Boxer loves to jump to show his affection and he can easily hurt children.

Adult boxers are often good with puppies but can develop aggressive behaviors with other adult dogs (specially towards other males). Therefore an early socialization is important. Boxer can be boisterous if they do not get enough exercise. As most working dogs, it is important to challenge them. When not challenged enough, they can start chewing furnitures.


Boxer training

Boxers can be stubborn also it is important to train them from an early age. Puppies boxers will require a lot of time and patience from their owners as they can be boisterous. At first, they will try to test their owners, and disobey. It is very important not to give up and remain strict. Positive reinforcement techniques can also help owners to educate their dog. Playing is a great opportunity to train and reward Boxers as they love to play. When trained properly and exercised enough, Boxer will be faithful companions. The Boxer's loyalty towards his owners makes him easy to train.

Boxers often develop aggressive behavior with other dogs. Therefore, it is recommended to enlist your puppy Boxer to an obedience school so that he can meet other dogs. For owners who do not have experience with the Boxer breed, taking part to such courses is even more important to get professional advice on puppy Boxer training.


Boxer food habits

Boxers like to eat. To keep them in good health, owners should control their diet and give them enough exercise. Adult boxers should be fed 2 to 3 times a day and rest 2 hours after each meal to avoid suffering from an upset stomach.

There are different type of food which can be suitable to your boxer. In general, the food should be selected according to the age of your boxer - puppy, adult or senior – and his lifestyle. A Boxer who exercise a lot will need an aliment richer in proteins and nutrients. Also, feeding your dog with a good quality aliment will help maintain a shiny coat and keep him healthy.


Boxer Health

Health problems in Boxer breed are mostly genetic and can be avoided by a better selection before breeding.

Like most large dog breeds, Boxers can suffer from Hip Dysplasia. This genetic disease touches the hip joint. Affected dogs, have more and more difficulties to walk. It is recommended not to give to much exercise to boxer puppies until they develop a strong bone structure.

Boxers are also known to have heart conditions like:

  • Aortic Stenosis

  • Boxer Cardiomyopathy is an anormal heart rate. When the erratic heart beats occurs frequently, vets can detect the heart condition but if they are unfrequent, it can remain unoticed until the dog suddently collapses.


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