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Boxer

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2 years ago

Life Expectancy:  12 – 14 years
Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Weight:  60 – 75 lbs.
Height: 22 – 27 inches

Where Does the Boxers Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.

Trainability

10 out of 10 rankingThe Boxer is an easy-to-train, eager to please breed.

Shedding Friendliness

8 out of 10 ranking

The Boxer has a short coat and does not shed in large amounts. 

Ease of Grooming

8 out of 10 rankingThe Boxer has minimal grooming needs making this breed perfect for someone searching for a low-maintenance breed. To remain healthy, cleaning out their ears and weekly brushing is sufficient.

Health

Boxers are prone to many health risks like obesity, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, heart problems, allergies, deafness and more.

Exercise Needs

8 out of 10 rankingYour Boxer will need a minimum of 60 minutes of activity per day to remain behavior-free. This could be playing a game of fetch or going for a walk.

Good with Children

10 out of 10 rankingBoxers are known to be very good with children and quickly become part of the family.

Barking Restraint

8 out of 10 rankingBarking is not generally a problem with Boxers.

 

What You Need to Know About Boxers

Behavior

The Boxer is an extremely playful, energetic dog breed. Boxers generally do not mature behaviorally until approximately three years of age. They have a relatively long “puppy stage.” It is important, especially in their puppy stage, they are properly exercised to avoid behavioral problems.

Their playful behavior includes “pawing” similar to a cat when they see something of interest. They also are known for “kidney bean” behavior which is their “happy dance” where they twist their body into a semi-circle. They are not known to bark excessively but are known to be vocal when excited. They will emit a “woo-hoo” type sound when they are excited.

The Boxer is known to be a fearless family companion. They are known for their stubborn personality and the love they show to their “pack” or family. The Boxer is extremely friendly with children and quickly become a part of the family.

The Boxer is known to be a guard dog due to their hesitance toward strangers. They are not aggressive unless they perceive a threat to their family. This breed is often chosen as a loving family companion as well as a guard dog to guard the family and home.

Training

The Boxer is a very eager to please breed which makes training relatively easy in comparison to other breeds. The Boxer is also extremely intelligent. Due to their possession of these qualities, they are often utilized as therapy dogs, as well as service dogs.

Grooming

The Boxer is a very eager to please breed which makes training relatively easy in comparison to other breeds. The Boxer is also extremely intelligent. Due to their possession of these qualities, they are often utilized as therapy dogs, as well as service dogs.

Health Problems

Obesity – The Boxer is a breed which easily becomes obese. Free-feeding should often not be permitted with this breed to avoid overeating. You should also limit their treats to ensure they remain at a healthy weight.

Hip Dysplasia – (as found in many large dog breeds)

Epilepsy

Food Allergies – The Boxer breed often has food allergies. How will you know if your Boxer is allergic to an ingredient in his food? If you notice him licking his paws excessively or rubbing his face excessively, this is a good sign he is having an allergic reaction.

Deafness – White boxers are prone to deafness. Research has found when the cells of the skin lining the ear canal lacks pigment, there is a high risk of deafness.

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Boxers

  1. Otitis – middle ear infection
  2. Dermatitis – inflammation of the skin
  3. Mass
  4. Corneal Ulcers – open sore on the outer layer of the eye
  5. UTI – urinary tract infection
  6. Allergic Reaction
  7. Conjunctivitis – pink eye
  8. Arthritis
  9. Gastritis
  10. Lacerations

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