Dog Breeds

Boxer Advantage and Challenges


  • Expressive, distinctive face
  • Loyal and patient with kids
  • Athletic and intelligent
  • Little grooming required
  • Excellent watch dog


  • Can be rowdy and exuberant
  • Prone to snoring, snorting and slobbering
  • Needs a strong, confident owner
  • Early socialization and obedience training are a must
  • Can be aggressive with other animals

Boxer Physical Characteristics


  • Muscular, medium large


  • 60-70 pounds


  • Smooth, short-haired coat


  • Brindle, fawn and white

Life Expectancy

  • 9 to 12 years
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Boxer Personality

The Boxer is a popular companion dog, with its soulful eyes, handsome square head and muscular body. This athletic, self-confident dog is the seventh most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States.

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Boxer History and General Information

History and Origin

The Boxer originated in Germany, descended from large, powerful mastiff-type breeds. Throughout its long history, the Boxer has been used for hunting, for the blood sport of bull baiting, as a working cattle dog, and even as a circus performer because it could learn tricks so easily. Its courage, intelligence and strength made it a popular working class dog in the 19th century.

Though early Boxers were ferocious fighters, the breed today is very gentle and loving.

General Information

The Boxer’s expressive face and playful personality are among its most endearing qualities. Always alert, this breed makes a loyal friend and devoted household protector.

The Boxer has an impish, loving spirit and is typically patient and good with kids – although a Boxer puppy would not be recommended for very young children, nor should it be trusted with other pets such as cats unless carefully introduced to them under constant supervision when still a young puppy. This breed needs thorough, firm and patient socialization and obedience training from early puppyhood to keep it manageable and non-aggressive as it grows up into a powerful adult; the Boxer requires a confident, experienced owner who isn’t afraid to show the dog who’s boss - but with the right owner, plenty of love and lots of exercise, the Boxer makes a wonderfully loyal, loving and devoted pet.

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Boxer Health

Health Ailments

Boxers need lots of regular exercise and prefer a spacious yard, although they can do ok in an apartment setting with vigorous daily walks. Despite their athletic strength, these dogs can be susceptible to several health problems. Potential ailments include digestive problems, cancer, hip dysplasia, and heart disease.

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Boxer Community

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Boxer Discussion Group

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