Boxers – exuberant, lively, and affectionate dogs
Boxers can be considered to be one of the largest breeds that is the most playful and energetic. They are rowdy as pups and devoted as adults. They are friendly with kids and can be good watchdogs (although some of them don’t know how to be a guard dog)! They love to cuddle and will drool on you too! They are considered the “clowns” of the dog world and have the longest puppyhood of them all. Not only are they great family dogs, but Boxers are used in the police force and on search and rescue teams. They are high-energy and need the space or chance to run around and play. They make great companions for joggers or hikers as long as it isn’t too cold outside since they have short coats. Boxers aren’t the best for calm, sit at home type people. They enjoy playing games and will be by your side the entire time. They are bouncy but devoted!
Boxers fall into the category of “working, utility, and guardian” dogs. Boxers are considered to be a large breed with the average male height and weight to be 23-25 inches and 60-70 pounds. The average female height and weight is 21-24 inches and 55-65 pounds.
They have a short coat that can range in color from tan, brindle, black, and white.
Boxers have a wide but short head with a very square like jaw.
They usually have a minor under bite.
Their noses are short and their ears are by nature floppy. It has been common practice to crop their ears so they stand straight.
Their bodies are strong and muscular and they have a wide and deep chest.
Their tails are long with a slight curve upward at the end, but some people choose to ‘dock’ their tails for aesthetic reasons.
While temperament can be determined by heredity, training, and socialization skills, Boxers are generally very energetic and will always greet you as if they haven’t seen you in ages! They love to run around and play and are very curious of their environment. They are rambunctious as puppies and are usually a little calmer in adulthood. (I said ‘usually’)!
They tend to be very affectionate with their human family and will follow them everywhere. They are very loyal to their family and can be very weary of strangers. Boxers will either greet strangers with lots of barking and guarding of their families or they can be wary but quiet and friendly. It really depends on the individual and their previous training or socialization skills. This is the reason that some Boxers act as good guard dogs and others are not.
Boxers are considered a high-energy breed. They either need to have the space to run and play every day or they need to be taken on long walks or multiple 15 minute walks a day. They are better behaved when they have had plenty of exercise! They do not do well living outside due to their short noses and shorthaired coat. They love being inside with the family, but since they are big dogs, apartments are usually too small for them (unless they get to go outside often).
Children and other pets
Contrary to popular belief, Boxers do very well with older children. Boxers love to play and run around with them and they are very patient. However, due to his size and excitability, the Boxer may not be well suited for young children (toddlers) only because he might get too excited and accidently push them over.
Children must always be taught how to interact with a dog (i.e. no pulling and tugging of ears or tails, and no touching the dog when he is sleeping or eating). No matter how friendly a dog can be, never leave a dog unsupervised with a child.
If a Boxer has had plenty of exposure to other dogs, cats, and small animals, and has been trained how to interact with them, he’ll be friendly with them as well.
The boxer has German origins. They originated from the Bullenbeisser, which was a larger breed and is now extinct. The Boxer was first brought to show during the 1890’s after being crossed with the English Bulldog. This cross breeding resulted in the characteristic square-like jaw and shoulders seen in the Boxer today. It wasn’t until 1915 that the first Boxer became recognized by the American Kennel Club. Boxers were even used as guard dogs during both world wars. The breed became internationally famous after the 1950s.