This breed was developed in Germany in the late 19th century. The Boxers ancestors seemed include the Bullenbeisser, a Mastiff descent, and mixed with the Bulldog breed.
AKC recognized this breed in 1904 in the Working group and the first Boxer was crowned as a champion in 1915. The Boxer was used as an attack/guard dog & messenger back during World War I. Soldiers began taking this breed home and became very popular as a companion and guard dog.
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Weight: 50 - 80 lbs
- Height: 21 - 25 inches
- Color: The Boxer coat can be maintained by brushing 2 – 4 times a week. They are average shedders and will require more brushing during seasonal changes. Bathe only when necessary.
The Boxer breed is highly intelligent, energetic, friendly and loyal. They love to be around their family and can be very protective when provoked. Boxers love to run and play, so adequate exercise is very important for this breed. Training this breed will be very beneficial to the owners for when they are full grown. They make a great family dog!
The average life span is between 9 – 12 years. Here are some of the health issues to which the Boxer breed can be prone to:
• Heart Conditions (Aortic Stenosis & Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy)
• Hip Dysplasia
• Deafness in White Boxers
This breed has a shiny coat that is short and smooth.
The Boxer coat is rather easy to take care of. Brushing a couple of times a month will keep the coat healthy and shiny. They have a thin coat and do not do a lot of shedding unless it is a seasonal change.