Description: The Boxer is an incredibly loving, loyal, intelligent, playful and fun-loving dog that also is capable of communicating his feelings with his face. His face wrinkles up into expressions of curiosity, excitement, happiness, surprise, or sadness.
Boxers particularly love children but they should be old enough to hold their own. Boxers are powerful dogs. They are playful and patient, but are also strong, fearless and defensive, so early obedience training is important.
Boxers don’t handle long periods of loneliness well. They’re likely to jump fences and act out in other ways. Training should focus on control of the jumping.
The breed’s name came from it standing on its hind legs and striking out with its front paws when it fights.
Height: 21 - 25 inches
Weight: 66 - 70 lbs.
Colors: Fawn, brindle with white markings
Coat: Short, glossy and smooth
Temperament: Playful, affectionate, friendly, headstrong, high-energy.
With Children: Yes, loyal playmate.
With Pets: Socialization required. May be aggressive with other male dogs.
Special Skills: Working dog and family pet.
Guard-dog: High, deliberate and wary with strangers
Care and Training: Low maintenance for grooming. Nails need regular attention. Energetic breed who needs lots of exercise either by a walking or a well-fenced yard. Does well with obedience training.
Learning Rate: High. Training can be a challenge as his high intelligence combined with his dynamic nature demands a patient owner willing to spend extra time and energy on his training.
Living Environment: Indoor dog as he is a people dog and loves to be social. He will not let you forget him in the backyard.
Health Issues: Usually healthy. May have problems with heart murmurs, skin tumors, digestive problems and hypothyroidism
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 10
Country of Origin: Germany
History: He origins come the mid-nineteenth century mating of a small Bullenbeisser (mastiff-type breed) female to a local dog who produced a female who was then mated to an English Bulldog. He was once used for fighting and bull baiting but over the years has become more refined with a non-aggressive temperament.
First Registered by the AKC: 1904
AKC Group: Working