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Oldest Living Boxers

The Oldest Living Boxer Dogs

Overview

Unfortunately, the Boxer breed is not among the breeds known to have a long life. With a median life span of 10.5 years and an expected range of 9 to 12 years, one does not expect a Boxer dog to live far into his teens. Reasons for this include the quite high cancer rates with this breed and heart issues. However, many Boxer dogs do live past that 12 year mark. 

Though a huge number of people are curious about the oldest living Boxer dog that is recorded, quite frankly it doesn't appear that anyone was keeping a record of this. So, we've started to document the oldest living Boxer dogs.

In this section, you will also see some background information regarding their health status, Q&A with owners and of course, some photos.

Please note:
  • This section is dedicated to Boxers that are 13 years or older with a focus on documenting the oldest living Boxers on record which currently ranges from 14 years, 4 months to 16 years old (the oldest Boxer dog on record lived to just shy of 17 years). 
  • If papers (registration papers, vet bills showing date of birth, etc.) are available, we showcase those 6 oldest living Boxer dogs and updates are made as we locate more Boxers.
  • If papers are not available & for Boxers in spots 7 and on, we feature those Boxer dogs in the Boxer Dogs 13+ Years slideshow. 
  • There are 2 memoriam slideshows for the long-living Boxers that have passed.
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Why Boxer dogs don't live long
Why Boxers Have Short Life Spans

Cancer is the biggest culprit. It is the leading cause of death (44.3%). 
There are other conditions as well that can affect this breed. Neurological disorders (18.2%) cannot be prevented in most cases, however such things as brushing your Boxer's teeth each day and sticking with yearly professional cleanings can help keep a Boxer living longer; infection in a tooth can spread to vital organs and a study that came out of Purdue University linked canine gum disease to heart disease.

Trauma is the 3rd cause that takes our Boxer dogs from us too early and in many cases this can be prevented. Ensuring that your Boxer is safe while in the car with you should be a top priority and of course, taking steps to prevent him/her from running out into the street can prevent a tragedy. 
Toy vs small vs large dog life span
Oldest Living Dogs

When you look at canines in general, some have had quite impressive life spans. Perhaps no dog can outlive Bluey, an Australian Cattle dog that lived almost 3 decades; he passed away at the age of 29 years, 5 months old. And it must be noted that this far exceeds the expected 13 to 15 years for this 30 to 35 lb. dog.

In looking at breeds that live the longest, life span range is the 15 to 18 year mark for these. Among the dogs expected to reach into their teens, are the Maltese, Beagle, Shih Tzu and Lhasa apso (one also reached the age of 29 years). As you may have noticed, these are all toy or small sized breeds and it is a known fact that smaller dogs generally live longer lives than larger ones.
The Oldest Boxer Dogs on Record -  Top 6 Oldest on Record
This is CeCe. This is the oldest living Boxer dog showcased here. At the time of this writing, she is 16 years, 1 month, 20 days old. Her date of birth is December 1, 2000. She is owned by Sophy Korm of North Carolina.  
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Cece, the oldest living Boxer dog here, just turned 16 in December. Here she is celebrating...
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And her brother, Legend, joined in. Happy Birthday, Cece! 
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We have a Q&A with her owner Sophy, so you can get to know this amazing Boxer dog better:

Q: How is CeCe's health status right now?

A: CeCe is in very good health!  

Q: Can you tell us about any health issues that she's had over the years?

A: About 5 years ago CeCe started having done vision issues with cataracts, but overall her sight is still good! Her hearing isn't as good as it used to be, but she still hears fairly well. She's had some issues with arthritis specifically in her left hind leg. She does have some small (mole like) growths that have developed in different areas, but none are a cause for concern according to her vet. She is very alert & will let you know if someone's at the door. She still has quite a loud bark!

CeCe was attacked by a stray dog in October 2016. She suffered severe penetrating bites on her left hind leg and her neck. The vet recommended that we put this amazing 16 year old boxer down because her chances of recovery were slim. We immediately refused and took her home.

We cared for her wounds and prayed for her healing and for her suffering to be over. We whispered to her that we love her over and over in her ears. We watched her struggle through the pain & questioned whether or not we did the right thing. We didn't count on CeCe's will and desire to persevere! CeCe is the bravest, most determined dog.

We're happy to report that CeCe has made a full recovery. 

Q: Was CeCe spayed? And if so, at what age? Has she ever had a litter? 

A: CeCe was spayed between ages 1-2. I don't have her exact date. She has never had a litter. We added a rescue Pitbull to our family 2 1/2 years ago. He was about 10-12 weeks old then. After she got over her mild annoyance with him she began to mother him. He followed her every move & mimicked her behavior as well. I guess you could say she was his mama. 

Q: How is her activity level? Does she still go for walks? 

A: Her activity level is mild to moderate now. She absolutely loves to go on walks & loves rides in the car. Up to just a few years ago CeCe was still walking up to 5 miles a day. Now she can go as much as about 2 miles a day. 

It is harder on her to go that great of a distance, but she still tries. Most days it's about a 1 mile walk, and then she's good.

However CeCe still loves to run and jump! She will run around the yard and still jumps and leaps when the mood hits her. When she's tired she relaxes and takes very long naps. She sleeps quite a bit, but that's normal. 

She plays with our other dog who is a 2 1/2 year old rescue Pitbull. If he gets too hyper or rough, she doesn't hesitate to put him in his place either. He listens to her! She no longer has any interest in playing with toys. Frisbee were her favorite toy. She prefers to relax & chill out.
Q: Can you tell us in which ways her personalty has changed over the years and in which ways it has remained the same?  

A: CeCe has always been a very loving & affectionate dog. She is very social and still wants to be wherever the action is. The only thing that has changed is that she sometimes likes to be alone where she can relax and nap. She doesn't shy away from people & has a very mild, loving demeanor. 

She loves to get treats still & she will still try to give you a "hand shake and high five" for the treat! Overall her personality has pretty much stayed the same over the years which is great! She's got the best personality.

Q: Please share with us the 'secrets' of helping a Boxer dog live a long life. What have you offered via food, activity, safety, etc. that has helped CeCe live well into her teens?

A: I don't know what the secret is, but I will tell you that love is the strongest medicine. CeCe has been extremely loved. She's grown up with my 3 daughters who have smothered her with love and affection. We were privileged enough to adopt CeCe at age 7 from her previous owner (one of my closest friends) who had CeCe as a puppy. When her son was born he was allergic to dogs. 

My family & I already loved CeCe so we were more than happy to make her a member of our family. 

In terms of food she eats a basic diet of premium dog food & prefers to have human food mixed in. Her regular diet consists of premium dog food, brown rice, chicken, broccoli, and a variety of fruits and veggies. She also loves peanut butter sandwiches & potato chips & glazed donuts! 

At first I was concerned about bringing another dog, especially a puppy into her life. She adapted so well to him & her instincts took over. I believe that having him around has played a major role in her demeanor, activity level & longevity. They are really best friends. Overall she is an active member of the family & not just our pet. I truly think that love is the secret to her long life! 
2nd oldest Boxer dog relaxing at home
2nd oldest Boxer dog walking 1 to 2 miles
Pic #1: CeCe relaxing with her 'brother' Legend, a 2.5 year old rescue pitbull. Pic #2: Taking a a walk with Sophy. This almost 16 year old Boxer dog still walks 1 to 2 miles per day!
ABI: Thanks, Sophy. It was such a pleasure getting to know CeCe and we're so happy that we've been able to document a female Boxer dog that is living such a long life. She's truly an inspiration and no doubt, the love & care your family has given her played a huge role in this!
This is Bandit. His date of birth is March 16, 2001, which makes him 15 years and 10 months, 5 days old at the time of this writing. This is the 2nd oldest living Boxer dog that we have documented so far.  He is owned by Donna and Ronnie Red of Gallatin,Tennessee.  
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At this time, he has some hearing loss and has lost a few teeth but is doing quite well. His registration papers were misplaced since he was obtained 15 years ago, however note this scanned copy of the bill of sale, showing his DOB. 
Bill of sale document of 15 year old Boxer
 We have a bit of Q&A to get to know Bandit a bit better:

Q: Hi Donna, can you tell us more about your Boxer; how does he like to spend his time?
A: His favorite things to do is to run around in the yard and bark at deer. 

Q: How has he changed over the years?
A: Aside from the few health issues such as the hearing loss and unfortunately losing a few of his teeth, he now has a very gentle personality and is not as intimidating as he once was. His disposition and temperament changed when our female boxer died a few years ago. He was so sad and never seemed to get over it entirely. 

Q: What's his favorite food? 
A: While he eats a basic diet of dry kibble, we often give him steak and chicken. 

ABI: Thanks, Donna, Bandit is truly awesome!
This is Rocky, the 3rd oldest living documented Boxer dog here. He is owned by Scott and Kelly Moisey from Northampton, PA. Rocky is 14 years, 7 months and 26 days old at the time of this writing, being born on May 26, 2002.
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He looks like quite the character, doesn't he? He's been part of the family since he was a young pup. Rocky has some hearing loss and some arthritis issues but is going strong. 

We've got some Q&A with Rocky's owners, to learn more about this teenage Boxer dog that is one of the oldest documented here.
Q: Can you tell us at what age the arthritis and the hearing loss was first diagnosed? 

A: Rocky's arthritis started about 2 years ago and has slowly gotten worse in his hips. We get him monthly shots of adequan which definitely help him. His hearing started to go about a year ago.  

Q: From those dates until now, how has the hearing loss progressed?

A: His hearing slowly gotten worse over the last year and now I believe he doesn't hear at all. If we come home at night we flick the lights so he know we are home!

Q: Is Rocky still able to go for daily walks? If so, what is the duration and how is his pace?

A: We don't do walks with him anymore due to the arthritis. He still does the steps in our home. 
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This is Rocky as a 3 month old pup with Kelly and Scott's son Zeke (who is now 21)
Q: Can you tell us how his sleeping patterns changed as he's gotten older? 

A: He definitely sleeps more. He usually goes up to his bed around 8:00 pm and sleeps until morning. During the day he hangs with me in my home office and sleeps on the futon. 

Q: Can you tell us the ways in which you've noticed personality changes, if any, as Rocky has matured and then transitioned into being a senior?

A: Rocky has always been a snuggler! That has not changed with age. He still loves being with the family. 

Q: What advice would you give to other owners to help a Boxer live a long life?

A: We always make sure Rocky had all his check ups and shots. We have been and continue to be extremely lucky to have him with us all these years. We got Rocky when he was 9 weeks old and he has been a huge part of the family!!

ABI: Thanks, Scott and Kelly, for letting us all get to know more about your awesome Boxer!
This is Marshall, the 4th oldest living documented Boxer dog here. Marshall was born on July 30, 2002. As of this writing, he is 14 years, 5 months and 22 days old. He is owned by Brad Calhoon of Shawnee, Kansas. 
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AKC registration, showing Marshall's DOB
Marshall has a few health issues at his age; however, he is doing very well. He's been with his owner Brad since he was 12 weeks old. Here, we have some Q&A with his Brad to learn more about his awesome Boxer.

Q: What is Marshall health status right now?

A: He has an arrhythmia problem that is being easily managed with medication. His hips, which have dysplasia and his back, which has arthritis, cause him a little pain, but are also being managed with medication. 

Right now I give him glucosamine and fish oil in the mornings and afternoons but I've been giving him glucosamine since he was a puppy every single day. I think that has helped his hips in the long run. 

He has also just started taking Rimadyl again but low doses so it doesn't bother his kidneys. 

Q: Has Marshall had any health issues (injury, illness ) over the course of his life? 

A: He has had multiple tumors removed, including one the size of a softball on his spleen last year, but all were found to be benign. 

Q: Can you please tell us how Marshall's personality and activity has changed as he transitioned from adult to senior? 

A: His personality hasn't changed, only his speed. Every now he will try and run in from outside but realizes pretty quickly that isn't a good idea. He's always been more 'laid back' Boxer, so his slowing down isn't as dramatic as some Boxers, I would imagine. 

Q: What are some of Marshall's favorite foods? 

A: He has always been on a diet of high grade food. As he's gotten older, we have switched him to 'sensitive stomach' food. He'll still catch a milk bone if you throw it to him and the same goes for ice cubes.

Q: What advice would you give to other Boxer owners to help their Boxer dogs live well into their teens?

A: My best advice is keep taking your Boxer to the vet for checkups. I have brought him in about every 6-10 months since he turned 8. Normally, nothing comes of it, but the few things that did, we caught very early. 

ABI: That's great advice, Brad wellness checks are vitally important, especially for seniors. Thanks so much for introducing us to Marshall and letting us all learn about your awesome Boxer dog! 
Marshall & Brad in October, 2002 
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Marshall & Brad in the Spring of 2016
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New! This is Riley, the 5th oldest living documented Boxer dog here. Riley was born on August 27, 2002. As of this writing, he is 14 years, 4 months and 25 days old. He is owned by the Sanders and Schroeder Family of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Riley (14) with Destin (18)
AKC registration showing Riley's DOB
This awesome Boxer looks innocent, doesn't he? You may be surprised to learn that he had a bad habit that caused him to have 4 surgeries over the years.

Let's check out some Q&A with Riley's owner, Destin, to learn more about the 6th oldest Boxer dog here.
Q: How is Riley's health right now? 

A: Riley is in great health as of right now. So much so that the last time we took him to have a check up, our vet said he was very surprised at his health. His eye sight seems to be in good shape, however his hearing has faded; but, he can still hear us when we speak loudly to him. 

Q: How is Riley's mobility? Does he still go for walks?

A: Riley's mobility is as if he is still a puppy. When we get home after a long day, we open the door and he is so excited to see us that he sprints and jumps all over the house. He still chases after toys and goes on walks with us. 

Q: What is Riley's appetite like? And what are his favorite foods?

A: Riley's appetite is phenomenal, yet somewhat aggravating. He always eats the food in his dog bowl, but as soon as we walk in the kitchen you can bet he'll be standing at your feet with his "puppy dog eyes" wanting whatever we happen to be eating.

His favorite foods are anything containing meat and cheese, such as hotdogs and cheeseburgers. Riley also loves eating socks. 

So much so that he has had 4 surgeries to have them removed from his stomach. 

Q: Wow! That's crazy..... you've got to tell us more.
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The day that Destin got Riley - the Boxer pup was his birthday present for his 4th birthday!
A: I have two younger siblings who have smaller feet so they wear smaller socks than an adult. Riley would sneak into their rooms and eat them as they would be laying all over the floor.

After a few days we would notice his health declining (panting heavily, couldn’t lay down, constipation). 

We took him to the vet and they would do some sort of X-ray on him and diagnosed him as being a chronic sock eater. 

He has been eating socks his whole life, but around age 11 they would start getting stuck. It was a monthly occurrence for us to take him to the vet, hoping not to have to have another surgery. 

Q: And how was the recovery time? 

He was given heavy drugs for the pain, so during the recovery time he was a little loopy. He recovered in a matter of a few days.

Q: Yikes, we are assuming the expense was extreme. Can you give us a ballpark figure? 

A: The expense was in the thousands, but morally we felt we had to have the surgeries because we couldn’t let him suffer. 

Q: After the first time, what measures were taken to stop him from doing this again? And has his sock eating habit stopped as of now?

A: After getting tired of Riley’s addiction, we all decided to better ourselves to help Riley. This meant we making sure there was nothing laying out for Riley to eat. This included socks, wallets, cardboard, gloves, towels, wrappers, anything he could find was food to him. Since then we have not had any problems with him eating socks (knock on wood).

Q: At what age did Riley start to show signs of being a senior?

A: Riley started showing signs of being a senior at about 11 years old. He is one of the best looking dogs we have ever seen. He has a beautiful fur color, tall and muscular body and a sleek snout. However around age 11 his snout started to turn grey. This is when we knew Riley was getting to be an old man. 

Q: What changes have you noticed in personality (likes, dislikes, etc.) over the years as he's gotten older?

A: When Riley was younger, we would always find squirrels in the backyard and tell him to chase after them. Now, he just looks at us like we're crazy when we tell him to do so. We think he has learned that he really doesn't have a chance at catching them. One thing he has come around to enjoy is sleeping all day long. With his old age, if he isn't hanging out with us, he is sleeping soundly on his dog bed. 

Q: What would your advice be to Boxer owners to help extend their dog's life span?

A: To give a boxer a long and healthy life, the best thing to do is show him that you love him. Play with him everyday, petting and treating him to "people food" just to get to get him so excited that his day is made. Instead of just ignoring him when getting home, play with him when he's most excited because it's a rare occurrence when they get older. Treating him like a brother instead of just a pet is the best way to promote a long, very happy life for your Boxer. 

ABI: That's great advice, Destin, and so true; we hope all owners take the time to do this. Thanks so much for introducing us to Riley and letting us all learn about your awesome Boxer dog! 
Updated - In Memoriam
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Previously Showcased Boxers that have Passed (slideshow)
More Awesome Boxer Dogs 13+ Years Old (slideshow)
In Memoriam - Long-living Boxer Dogs that have Passed (slideshow)
Do You Have One of the Oldest Living Boxer Dogs?
Do you have a senior Boxer that is 13 years or older? If so, please reach out to us.

-- Boxers with documentation that are within the top 5 oldest living will be showcased (now currently at least 14 years, 4 months). 

-- Those 13+ that are not within the top 5 or do not have documentation will be featured in the Boxer 13+ slideshow. 

-- Since many owners are rightly concerned about the relatively short life expectancy of this breed, we feel that it is important to continue to document that Boxer dogs can certainly live long lives. Please start off by emailing us a few photos of your Boxer, a scan of documentation (if you have it; registration papers, vet bill, etc.) and basic information such as age, name and health status.  
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