Mischievous and playful, Boxers make wonderful additions to any family. They are highly intelligent and active with their families, but can be possessive and protective if necessary towards strangers. Since their beginning, Boxers have been working dogs. They are said to descend from a bull-fighting German breed called the Bullenbeisser, creating a highly active dog with a habit of standing on the hind legs and moving the front paws like a boxer when playing or fighting. Boxers have been used frequently in work with law enforcement and served in WWI with German military forces. They are hailed for their intelligence, courage, and bravery, as well as their ability to make any human companion smile.
Boxers are large dogs weighing in at 55 to 70 pounds on average. Their faces tend to be wrinkled, portraying a look of constant worry or confusion. The average Boxer has a large head, broad chest, and athletic build. Coats are short and sleek, requiring minimal grooming care. They can be tan or red-brown in color or brindle, and may or may not have white markings on the face, chest, and legs. Boxers are prone to several medical conditions, and your Boxer should be monitored carefully to catch any problem early if one occurs. Boxer cardiomyopathy is named after the breed and is inheritable. The disease affects the valves of the heart and is usually fatal. Hip dysplasia is common in many working dogs or large dogs due to the problematic fit of the femur into the hip socket. Corneal dystrophy is common, including a variety of eye diseases that occur as an opaque spot on the eye. Due to these health risks, purebred Boxers have a shorter life span than many other breeds at 8-12 years.
Because they are highly active, Boxers need strict training and plenty of exercise to keep their bodies and minds stimulated. Consistent, firm training will give your dog the foundation to be an obedient member of puppy society. They are one of the breeds less likely to bark unless alarmed, and adapt well to both apartment living and houses. Due to their mental capacity, Boxers require lots of activity-based toys to stimulate their minds. If not provided with such items, they can turn to destructive behaviors such as chewing or growling. Boxers maintain puppy-like qualities well past their first year of life, making it even more important to maintain training and activity. Like all dog breeds, Boxers require sufficient exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization in order to behave properly and be happy-go-lucky companions. Given the proper upbringing and a dedicated dog parent, a Boxer can grow up to be wonderfully goofy and fun-loving friend.