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Boxer AKC Group: Working
Height: Male: 22-25 inches, Female: 21-24 inches
Weight: Male: 60-70 pounds, Female: 53-65 pounds
Colors: Fawn, brindle, and white
AKC recognized in: 1904

The earliest reference to the name "Boxer" dates back to the late 18th century. It was then that the words "baxer", "boxl", "buxn", and "buchsen" in the German-Bavarian language equated to short trousers or underwear.

Another theory states that Boxer could have come from a particular breed of dogs in Munich known as the Bierboxer. What's known for certain is that Boxers were bred from English Bulldogs and Bullenbeisers.

At any rate, it is now endearingly referred to as the Deutscher Boxer, the German Boxer, or simply the Boxer breed. The nickname could also have sprung from its propensity to stand on its hind legs and "box" with its front paws as a form of play.

As to appearance, this large-sized breed of dogs is stocky and heavy. Its head is short and broad, while its muzzle is square. You'd observe an underbite in its strong and powerful jaws. Among show dogs, the tail is supposed to be docked and cropped but never stumpy or bobtailed.

Between the two popular breeds of Boxer namely the German and the American, it is the former which is broader in head and bigger in muscle.


Temperament

Boxer Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level five paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance one paw
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

Frankly, how can they not be lovable when the most recent statistics show that Boxers rank 6th among the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. - and for 3 straight years at that! It's a spot they've held just for being the extremely charming dogs that they are.

If the word Boxer has anything to do with being a prize fighter, then the German Boxer does have its own fighting qualities to boot. This breed may be short-coated but not necessarily short-tempered.

The Boxer does have that worrisome expression on its face as a puppy but, in fact, it is more of a curious and adaptable sort. Boxers make friendly and lively companions at home. Naturally suspicious of strangers, their strength and alertness prizes them as guard dogs.

You would be impressed by a Boxer's versatility because it can also take on the role of an intelligent and responsible K9 dog for police work, guide for the disabled, and messenger service. It is just as entertaining as show dog.

Health and Exercise

The Boxer has a life expectency of between 10 and 12 years.

Among all the diseases which could affect Boxers, cancer proves to be most fatal. Skin cancer and progressive deafness strike White Boxers in particular.

Secondly, it touches your heart to know that Boxers are prone to cardiac-related conditions like aortic stenosis and Boxer cardiomyopathy. There could also be malformations of the eye (entropion) or malformations of the spine (dystocia, spondylosis).

Boxers can likewise suffer from bloating, gastric torsion, and other intestinal problems which relate more to diet. They may also encounter hypothyroidism, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia in later years.

Boxers are an athletic and energetic breed, but over-exercise can only damage their bones from puppyhood. Pace your activities since they tend to overheat easily. Condition their body to exercise so that in maturity, they can become your faithful jogging and running companions.

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