Members of the Boxer dog breed are loving, loyal, and energetic family dogs. They are renowned for being good with children, though their exuberance may be a bit much for small children. The boxer dog breed is sometimes looked at suspiciously, as they were popular for use in dog fights before dog fights were made illegal. The boxer dog breed is German in origin. The breed name “Boxer” comes from the dogs’ method of standing on its hind legs and boxing its opponents. The boxer dog breed boasts longevity of eleven to fourteen years.
The boxer dog breed attitude, or temperament, is really what it is prized for. Loyal, loving, and energetic, these dogs will follow their masters anywhere. Fearless and fright-less, they make wonderful guard dogs. However, members of the boxer dog breed do need obedience training, which should start in infancy as the boxer dog breed is not considered to reach maturity until it is three years old. Fence jumping can also be an issue with these dogs as jumping in general seems to be a favorite past time. The boxer dog breed’s athleticism is almost unrivalled.
The boxer dog breed is a large breed of dog. Weighing in between 50 and 75 pounds, the males stand 23 to 25 inches tall at the withers. Females are shorter, standing between 21 and 23 Â½ inches tall at the withers. Males are larger boned than females. The boxer dog breed is muscular, with even muscle tone throughout the body. Eyes should be expressive. Ears may or may not be cropped, but should sit widely apart on top of the head. If left un-cropped, ears should hang over so as to frame the face.
The boxer coat is short and shiny. Various shades of fawn and brindle are permissible, but white blotches may not cover more than one-third of the body.
Sadly, the boxer dog breed is highly susceptible to many diseases and ailments. Perhaps most common are joint problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. Heart murmurs are also common, but while they need to be watched closely by a veterinarian, are often harmless. Epilepsy, which can be treated with medications, should also be watched closely. Bleeding disorders, intestinal problems, bloat, and various cancers are also of special concern to boxer dog breed owners.
By screening breeders well, it is possible to avoid many of the boxer dog breed health problems. They are great with children, which is rare for dogs of this size. While obedience training may sound daunting, it is well worth the work. Boxers are caring, loving animals who will quickly become old friends and intimate members of the family.