The Bulldog is an ancestor of the Boxer; various terriers were also part of its make-up, which gives the breed its speed, agility and more graceful body. The term “boxer” is British, but the most recent home country for the breed is Germany. “Boxer” seems appropriate since it has a mannerism of using its front legs in combat, much as a man would in fighting. The breed was virtually ignored until World War II, when it was brought into use as a military or police dog. This helped to insure instant popularity with returning servicemen, and the breed became in demand in the United States.
Boxers are large, muscular, square-headed dogs who look imposing–that is, until you look into their eyes and see the mischief and joy of life reflected there. Because of their playful nature and boundless energy, they are sometimes called the “Peter Pan” of the dog breeds. Boxers aren’t considered fully mature until they are three years old, meaning they have one of the longest puppyhoods in the world of dogs. The typical Boxer is intelligent, alert, and fearless, yet friendly. They’re loyal to their family and love to play with them, but they’re also headstrong, especially if you try to use harsh training methods with them
The Boxer is exemplary in its combination of stylish elegance with strength and agility. It is square-proportioned with good substance and musculature. Its stride is free and ground-covering, with proud carriage. Its head is distinctive, with a broad, blunt muzzle and alert expression. Its coat is short and shiny. It is perfectly suited to serve as a working watchdog. The boxer is playful, exuberant, inquisitive, attentive, demonstrative, devoted and outgoing; it is a perfect companion for an active family. It can be stubborn, but it is sensitive and responsive to commands. It may be aggressive toward strange dogs, but it is generally good with other household dogs and pets.
Features of Boxer Dog
Boxers are high-energy dogs and need a lot of exercise. Make sure you have the time, desire, and energy to give them the play and activity they need.
Boxers are exuberant and will greet you ecstatically.
Early, consistent training is critical–before your Boxer gets too big to handle!
Although they are large, Boxers are not “outdoor dogs.” Their short noses and short hair make them uncomfortable in hot and cold weather, and they need to be kept as house dogs.
Boxers mature slowly and act like rambunctious puppies for several years.
Boxers don’t just like to be around their family–they need to be around them! If left alone for too long or kept in the backyard away from people, they can become ill-tempered and destructive.
Boxers drool, a lot. Boxers also snore, loudly.
Although they have short hair, Boxers shed, especially in the spring.
Boxers are intelligent and respond well to firm but fun training. They also have an independent streak and don’t like to be bossed around or treated harshly. You’ll have the biggest success in training your Boxer if you can make it fun for them.
Some Boxers take their guarding duties a little too seriously, while others may not exhibit any guarding instincts at all.
Specification of Boxer Dog
large (61-100 lbs.)
children seniors dogs families
friendly willful outgoing playful
tendency to chewprone to health issueslow prey driveapartment-friendlystrong loyalty tendenciesgood hiking companion