The Boxer is a medium-sized, square built dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting coat. Boxers should have a broad, blunt muzzle and an expression of alertness. Boxers should have a fenced yard to roam in, but will do well in a city environment if walked daily. The Boxer is considered a "people dog" adapting well to other dogs and children. They should never be aggressive, but rather even tempered, but does make a good guard dog.
Height: 21 - 25 inches
Colors: Fawn, brindle with white markings
Coat: Short, glossy and smooth
Temperament: Boxers are playful, affectionate, friendly, headstrong, high-energy.
With Children: Yes, loyal playmate.
With Pets: Socialization required. May be aggressive with other male dogs.
Special Skills: Working dog and family pet.
Guard-dog: High, deliberate and wary with strangers
Care and Training: Boxers requires low maintenance for grooming. Nails need regular attention. Boxers are an energetic breed who needs lots of exercise either by a walking or a well-fenced yard. The Boxer does well with obedience training.
Learning Rate: High. Training can be a challenge as high intelligence combined with dynamic nature demands a patient owner willing to spend extra time and energy on their training.
Living Environment: Indoor dog as they are a people dog and love to be social. Boxers will not let you forget them in the backyard.
Health Issues: Usually healthy. May have problems with heart murmurs, skin tumors, digestive problems and hypothyroidism
Life Span: 10 - 12 years
Litter Size: 4 - 11 puppies
Country of Origin: Germany
History: The Boxers origins come from the mid-nineteenth century mating of a small Bullenbeisser (mastiff-type breed) female to a local dog who produced a female who was then mated to an English Bulldog. Boxers were once used for fighting and bull baiting but over the years they become more refined with a non-aggressive temperament.
First Registered by the AKC: 1904
AKC Group: Working
Registries: AKC, ACA, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC (GB)