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Bright, brave and devoted

About the Boxer

The square-jawed and well-muscled Boxer looks like a pugilist, but beneath that tough exterior is a loyal and friendly dog that loves to be the life of the party. They play well with children and other dogs, and are extremely devoted to their owners.

They were originally meant to be guard dogs, but at home they tend to be silly and playful. Boxers will often break out into zoomies out of excitement, only stopping to give extra-sloppy kisses to their family members.

They are also very sensitive to human emotions, making them great as service and therapy dogs. With all these qualities, they are both excellent guard dogs and house pets, and can be counted upon to protect their owners.

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Boxer Dog Breed Characteristics

53 to 63 cm at the shoulder

60 to 70 pounds

Life Expectancy
10 to 12 years

Coat Colours
Fawn, brindle

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Boxer, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Boxer Breed History

The Boxer is one of the more famous German breeds, and was bred down from the German Bullenbeisser, or bull biter. While the Bullenbeisser could be found in the Middle Ages, the ancestors of the breed go back as far as 2500 B.C., during the time of the Assyrian empire. 

The modern Boxer dog was developed in the 19th century, when a breeder in Munich bred a fawn Bullenbeisser with an unknown local dog. One of the pups in that litter would be called Lechner’s Box, and would be considered the start of the Boxer line. 

World War I would see the Boxer pressed into service as a messenger and guard dog. This would continue until World War II, and returning soldiers would bring home their loyal war dogs, making them popular with families. 

Today they remain one of the most popular do-it-all dog breeds, and there seems to be no sign of their popularity waning.

Caring For a Boxer Puppy

How to Choose a Responsible Boxer Dog Breeder

It’s important that you buy your dog from a reputable breeder. The best Boxer breeders will be part of breeding organisations that have a set of standards and guidelines for the care and raising of their animals. By buying your puppy from one of these breeders, you will help ensure the future health of the breed, as well as the health of your puppy. 

When looking for a Boxer for sale, try to schedule a visit to the breeder’s property so you can see the living conditions of their animals and meet the dam and stud, if possible. Experts at puppy breeding make sure to conduct health tests for their animals. The breeder should also be able to advise you of any genetic issues that their dogs may have.  

Boxer FAQ

No, Boxers are not suited to spending most of their time alone – they need the company of their owners or family members. Leaving a Boxer alone for an extended period may cause them to become moody and develop negative behaviours.

No. While they are excellent as guard dogs and have been used in the past as attack dogs during their military service, Boxers are not naturally aggressive. They may be trained to be aggressive on command, but a well-socialised and well-trained Boxer kept as a family pet should not be aggressive.  

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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