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Boxer Dogs
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Color Overview
Recognized Colors of the Boxer Dog:
  • Fawn - comprised of a variety of tones
  • Brindle - a 2 tone color
  • White - not considered standard by some dog clubs
Additional Color Markings:
  • White
  • Black - 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. For more detailed information regarding the colors of Boxers see Colors

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 There is a popular bloodline of the Boxer dog which naturally has a very short, tail called a bobtail.

The body is squared off, with a strong neck and a high tail.

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.

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What is This Month's Boxer Topic?
Check out our new Boxer dog topic, each month, something new for you. This Month: Learning to Understand Your Boxer’s Eyes in Regard to Communication

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Wholesome, Healthy Home Cooking for the Boxer

Learn the differences between manufactured food and home cooked dog food, to help you make a choice that best suits you and your dog. Read More

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

Stat Information
Pronunciation: Bauk-zer
Alternative Names: German Boxer
Origin : German (Deutschland)
Date of origin: The Boxer we know today: late 1800's
Family: Mastiff
Group: AKC Working
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: 12-14 years
Purpose: Family dog, police dog, guide dog, therapy dog, herding dog

Boxer Personality
The Boxer is known for being very active, happy and playful. The Boxer dog makes a wonderful 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 Advice 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 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, 12-14 years. Possible health complications may be heart problems or thyroid issues. Regular veterinarian checkups are vital; particular after the age of 8. From that point on, the Boxer is the top breed to have 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

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

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.
See Grooming

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.
See Puppy Care


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