Is My Boxer Undersized and Why?
As with all dog breeds, there will be Boxer dogs that are smaller than the average breed standard. Just as there will be dogs that are larger than the breed standard. If there are no underlying health conditions
with your Boxer, as long as a dog is receiving all of the proper care, these smaller dogs can be just as healthy.
A condition of low growth hormones can cause a dog's growth to be stunted. This is often caused by damage to the pituitary gland.
In some rare cases, a dog may have Canine Dwarfism
Smaller Than Average Boxer Dogs
The breed standard is as follows:
Males will have a height (measured floor to shoulder) of 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) and a weight of 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg).
Females will have a height (measured floor to shoulder) of 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) and a weight of 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg).
A deviation of 10% is not uncommon, either smaller or larger.
Therefore, if a male is 53 or 54 pounds (24 to 24.5 kg), he can be completely healthy... no thyroid issues and certainly not dwarfism.
Adult females can be 48 to 49 pounds (21.7 to 22.2 kg) and be perfectly fine without having any medical issues and again, not dwarfism.
Low Growth Hormones
A low production of growth hormone may be caused by several factors:
- A lack of developmental growth of the pituitary gland
Growth hormone has many effects within the dog's body including controlling the growth rate, maintaining the hair coat, and bone and teeth
development. This is rare with the Boxer breed and is most commonly seen with the Spitz, Karelian Bear Dog and Miniature Pinscher.