Boxer Vital Statistics
Playful, curious, energetic
Country of Origin
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)
- American Canine Association Inc.
- American Canine Registry
- American Kennel Club
- American Pet Registry, Inc.
- Continental Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
- National Kennel Club
- United Kennel Club
The Boxer has a compact and powerful body. Their head is in proportion with the body, and their muzzle is short with an underbite. A Boxer’s ears are set high and either cropped or kept natural. Their tail is set high and typically docked. The Boxer’s coat is short, smooth, and comes in multiple colors including fawn, tan, brindle, mahogany, and black and often with white markings. Boxers also come in a white coat but some clubs will not allow them to be registered and white Boxers are prone to deafness. It has been said the name Boxer comes from the way the dogs use their front paws for just about everything. If you watch a Boxer’s normal behavior you’ll notice it tends to paw at its food bowls, toys and even its owner in a very playful way. It’s normal for a Boxer to jump up and use its front paws as if it’s boxing.
Boxers are happy, playful, curious, and energetic. They are very intelligent, eager, quick to learn and known to be a good breed for competitive obedience. Boxers bond closely with their family and they’re loyal and affectionate; in fact, they are known to get along well with children. A properly socialized Boxer will get along with dogs and other household pets, such as cats, but small animals such as rodents or birds may be too tempting. Being energetic and playful, the Boxer can become boisterous and jump up on people without proper training and leadership. Boxers need to go on a daily walk and get daily mental and physical exercise. Without it, they can become stressed out.
Boxer Living Conditions
As for living arrangements, they can be fine in an apartment if sufficiently exercised even though they are active indoors, but Boxers really do best with an average-sized yard. They are also temperature sensitive, getting easily overheated and chilling very quickly.
Boxers have a natural tendency to protect their owners and home though visitors who the dogs recognize are not seen as a threat but the dogs will protect their owners if they sense danger. They are known to be very courageous which makes them great watchdogs that even restrain intruders. Potential owners should know that boxer puppies require human leadership and should be taught not to be boisterous or jump up on people.
The Boxer was developed in Germany in the 19th century and its ancestors were two German mastiff type dogs. They were later bred with the powerful ancestors of the Mastiff and Bulldog. Boxers were first used for dog fighting, bull baiting, cart pulling, as cattle dogs, to round up livestock and to catch and pin wild boar and bison until hunters could arrive. Later they became popular theater and circus dogs. Boxers today are known for being great guardians/watchdogs, doing police and military work, search and rescue missions, competitive obedience and performing tricks. Breeders are breeding two types of Boxers, the German, and the American Boxer. German Boxers have bigger heads and are generally more muscular than American Boxers.
- Boxer puppies, like most, are active and playful so much so that many remain extremely fit and athletic into their old age.
- You should start training your boxer puppy while it’s very young: boxers do best with dominant owners who can be firm, consistent and committed. You need establish yourself as the leader of the pack with this dog breed. Owners who do not establish dominance often find their dogs to be stubborn or demanding which can hamper the owner/pet relationship.
- Boxers are prone to skin problems and other allergies and can be prone to epilepsy too. Boxers are highly prone to mast cell tumors and from the age of eight on they are more likely to get tumors than other dog breeds. The dogs are also prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia and back and knee issues.
- Boxer buyers beware, the dogs may drool, snore and they’re prone to having excessive flatulence, much like bulldogs, especially when fed something other than their regular diet.