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Grooming

With the short and sleek coat, shedding is kept to a minimum. Grooming involves many aspects including baths, brushings, nail trimming and dental care; which some owners underestimate as to how important it is to Boxer health.

Keeping your Boxer clean helps to keep your Boxer healthy.  Learn the proper grooming techniques for the Boxer dog.  
Appearance

The Boxer dog is a medium breed dog, with a compact and powerful looking body. This breed has a short and shiny coat.  In some, but not all regions of the world, the tail is docked and the ears are cropped

The body is squared off, with a strong neck and the tail is set high.There is a popular bloodline of the Boxer dog which naturally has a very short tail called a bobtail. 

The Boxer dog gets its unique look from a lower jaw that extends out past the upper jaw.  The boxer has deep dark brown eyes, a wide black nose and black facial markings on the muzzle.   

Folds are apparent  on the face beginning at the base of the nose and carrying through to the sides of the muzzle.
Stat Information

Pronunciation: Bauk-zer
Alternative Names: German Boxer
Breed Types: German, UK, American
Origin : Germany (Deutschland)
Date of Origin: The Boxer we know today: late 1800's
Family: Mastiff
Group: AKC Working, UKC Guardian NZKC Utility
Height, male Boxers : 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Height, female Boxers: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Weight, males: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Weight, females: 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg)
Life Expectancy: 9-12 years
Purpose: Family dog, police dog, guide dog, therapy dog, herding dog
Average Litter Size: 6-8
Maturity Rate : Adulthood at 2 years


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Color Overview

Recognized Colors of the Boxer Dog:
  • Fawn - Ranges in a variety of tones from light to dark
  • Brindle - A 2 or more tone color pattern
  • White - Not considered standard by some dog clubs 
Additional Color Markings:
  • White 
  • Fawn 
  • Brindle
  • Black mask- appearing the the dog's face 
These are the only colors of a purebred. This breed does not carry the DNA for a solid color black coat. For more detailed information regarding the colors of Boxers see Colors 

Boxer Personality

The Boxer is known for being very active, happy and playful. The Boxer dog makes an ideal family pet, as this breed is known for its love of children and interaction with people. A quick learner and very intelligent, the Boxer performs wonderfully at dog agility shows and most owners do not find command or house training to be a big obstacle. This clever breed is often chosen to perform as guide dogs for the blind or as police dogs. 

This breed has some very unusual, yet amusing behavior. For some insight on interesting Boxer issues, see our Articles section.  We offer many sections on detailed Boxer dog behavior issues such as Barking, Chewing & Teething and House Training. To learn more about how a Boxer will blend in with your family & what to expect, see the main Behavior section.
Health of the Boxer

Each breed of dog is more susceptible to certain diseases than other breeds. Keeping an eye out for the early symptoms of these health issues is a huge step toward a fast recovery and optimal reach of life span which is on average, 10-14 years. The most common possible health complications may be heart problems or thyroid issues. 

Regular veterinarian checkups are vital; particularly after the age of 8. From that point on, the Boxer is the top breed to develop tumors. Early detection is vital. Learn about each disease that the Boxer is prone to, including cardiomyopathy arrhythmias, bloat and more. Learn how to keep your Boxer healthy with details of symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. See Health   
Feeding

A proper diet is vital to the health of your Boxer; in all stages of life: as a growing puppy, an active adult and a senior dog.   Each stage requires different feeding schedules.  

We discuss the value of wet VS dry dog food, dangers of too much food at one time and other feeding issues to keep your pet Boxer healthy. For information on all that you need to know about feeding, see Feeding

Puppies

We've got the info you are looking for. From newborns  to learning all about caring for this breed during the 2 year puppy phase.
Allergies 

All dogs breeds can have allergies. According to the National Domestic Animal Statistical Information Center, just about 45% of dogs suffer from some type of allergy. These may be external or internal. If your Boxer dog has an allergy, this can manifest in many ways. The most common? Fur loss, itching, rashes, eye discharge, wheezing, coughing and diarrhea. Learn all of the signs of dog allergies & how you can help your Boxer. See Allergies

Female Boxers

If you have a female Boxer, you will want to know all about the female Boxer Heat Cycle and the aspects of Pregnancy. The average sized litter of Boxers is 6 puppies. However, this can range from 2 to a whopping 10 or more! Taking care of a Boxer puppy is as rewarding as it is exhausting. We discuss detailed puppy care to help your little Boxer dog grow into a happy and well adjusted adult dog. Once those puppies are born, learn the importance of socialization and how to keep your Boxer puppy happy. Also see: Puppy Care

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