Boxers are a great for any active individual or family. They are a very social, energetic, devoted and inquisitive breed. Because of their loyalty they make excellent watch dogs.
They can sometimes be stubborn, making training more difficult than other breeds. Combined with their energetic nature makes obedience training crucial. They respond better to positive reinforcement techniques such as clicker training. Though a loving and protective dog, they are powerful so supervise carefully with children. They can become easily bored and are prone to separation anxiety, combined with requiring a lot of exercise, results them in not being the best choice if you cannot give them the time they need.
The Boxer evolved from an old fighting dog called the Assyrian Molossian, that was used in battles. This dog reached Germany in the 18th century this was known as the Bullenbeisser and used for its strength, even in bear and boar hunting. It further developed into a general utility dog. When the English Bulldog was bred with the Bullenbeisser in the 19th century this union resulted in the Boxer. The name Boxer was coined because of the way they pawed at the ground whilst playing.
They are an extremely popular dog, appearing in the top 10 breeds in most countries.
Boxers have a strong build and are 65 centimetres (24 inches) at the shoulder and weigh on average 30-35 kgs (60-80 pounds). As a breed they are part of the Working dog group.
Boxers heads are the distinctive feature, with broad short skulls with a square muzzle and very strong jaws. The lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw. Boxers were often docked and cropped, this has now been prohibited in many countries. In the UK there is a naturally short tailed (bobtail) version that has been bred, and though accepted in the UK kennel club, this trait is often a disqualifier in other countries.
Boxers are easy to groom with their relatively short hair and that they shed little, so only require occasional brushing, a couple of times a week, to keep their coat in good condition. The typical colours are fawn and brindle, with a paler or white underbelly and the front feet, which can extend to all four feet and the neck or face. If they have more then a third white, they are known as white boxers. These account for about a quarter of all births. They are not albinos, but do suffer from a higher risk of sunburn and associated skin cancers. The white marking gene, extreme piebald, also lead to deafness, with 18% of white boxers suffering from deafness. Boxer clubs prohibit white boxers from breeding and cannot be shown.
Boxers live around ten years on average.
There are certain hereditary problems such as heart and hip related problems and seem to suffer from cancer more than many breeds, with a UK survey showing that nearly 40% of Boxer deaths were due to cancer.
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