The Boxer Dog

Good Instincts - Good Personality

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Breed History

The ancestors of the Boxer dog were known since the 16th century. It was however, due to selective breeding by Georg Alt, of Munich, Germany in the 1880s, that produced the beginnings of this popular breed. Breeding a small Bullenbeiser bitch to a local Bullenbaiser dog, both of which were mastiff type dogs now extinct, produced a parti colored dog subsequently bred to an English Bulldog. That breeding produced a male and female. The male was shown and later on became the first Boxer dog entered into the German Stud Book. The sister, a white bitch, produced a daughter, Meta von der Passage. Most Boxer dogs today trace their heritage back to this bitch. Today, white puppies are often born, but a white Boxer is not acceptable according to the breed standard which recognizes fawn and brindle colors only. In fact, it is a disqualification for Boxers with a total of white markings exceeding one-third of the entire coat. Even so, one frequently sees white boxers for sale and white Boxer puppies for sale on the Internet. For a time, in Germany, there was some effort to develop an all black Boxer, but the results were not very good. The head of the dog is of utmost importance, and has become more refined in Britain and North America than its European counterpart. The breed was first registered in Germany in 1904. A few Boxers were brought to Britain about this time. Interest in North America picked up after the end of World War 1 when servicemen returned home with many of these handsome dogs. Today, in North America, the breed can be shown with cropped ears, but following the lead of the Irish Terrier club in 1889, ear cropping was banned in Britain.
Dog: 65-80 lbs. (29.5 - 36.4 kg).
Height: 22½-25 in. (57-63½ cm) at withers.
Bitch: 50-65 lbs. (22.7-29.5 kg).
Height: 21-23½ in. (53-60 cm) at withers.
Playfulness: Very playful.
Affection: Very affectionate.
Grooming: Minimal.
Children: Excellent.
Watchdog: Good.
Protection: Excellent.
Life Expectancy: 8 - 10 years.

Boxer Temperament

The Boxer dog is a medium size dog, square built, of good substance, short back, strong limbs, well developed muscles. The gait is energetic, the stride free and ground covering, the carriage proud. Instinctively a guard dog, his bearing is alert, dignified self-assured. With family and friends, his temperament is playful, patient, stoical and loving of children. He is wary with strangers, exhibiting curiosity but, most importantly, fearless courage if threatened. He is usually good with other household dogs and pets, but can be hostile to strange dogs. Grooming a Boxer pup or adult just requires periodic brushing, and for exercise, good daily walk. The intelligence and loyal affection, willingness to learn, make a Boxer pup a desirable companion, perfect for a family pet. Obedience training is worthwhile for your young Boxer puppy because an untrained one can become unruly and destructive.

Additional Boxer Dog Information

The Boxer needs daily exercise, both mentally and physically. A good run or jog or just a good walk on a leash can suffice. The Boxer does not do well in extreme heat, nor cold. It is definitely meant to be an indoors pet. If you are looking for a medium size dog, for an excellent guard dog, for an affectionate dog, for a playful dog, the Boxer breed may be for you. If you are looking for Boxer puppies for sale, see the Boxer breeders section. If no nearby breeders with dogs for sale, see the Canadian breed club, Boxer rescue or the US breed club, rescue links for information on other breeders with available Boxer puppies for sale in your area.

Health Issues

The Boxer dog can have some serious health concerns, from Boxer Cardiomyopathy, Sub Aortic Stenosis (SAS), and Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD). There are some minor concerns too, such as Gastric Torsion, Hypothyroidism, Corneal Erosion and Colitis. Occasionally seen are: Brain Tumors and Degenerative Myelopathy.