Group: Working Group
Purpose of Breed: Baiting Bulls, Guard Dogs
Country of Origin: Germany
Average Size: Dogs range from 22.5 to 25 inches and 65 to 80 pounds. Bitches range from 21 to 23.5 inches and 50 to 65 pounds
Color(s): Fawn or brindle with white markings.
Coat Type: Short, smooth coats that lie close to the body.
Grooming: The Boxer's short, smooth coat is easy to maintain and requires brushing only occasionally. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: The energetic Boxer requires daily mental and physical activity and is happiest in the home of an active family. Boxers are sensitive to hot and cold weather and should not be kept outdoors.
Temperament: This breed is attentive, devoted and gentle and adores being around children. The Boxer can also be stubborn and a bit of a handful and needs an owner who utilizes purpose and patience during training. They are well-behaved with other family pets and make superb watch dogs.
Common Ailments: The Boxer is susceptible to hip dysplasia, cancer (in older dogs), allergies and heart problems.
Life Expectancy: Averages 8-10 years
Trivia: The Boxer was one of the first breeds selected in Germany for police training. They have been used as couriers during war time and as seeing-eye dogs for the blind.
More Information: American Boxer Club
By Ellen Brown
Sadie Belle is a full-blooded Boxer and is going on 7 years old. She is my Grand-Doggie. She belongs to our oldest daughter and her husband. Sadie was a very sad little 4 month old puppy with red mange (inherited from her mother who ended up dying with it). Pups will contract it from the mother dog as they nurse. Sadie was on the way to the pound when our daughter ran into the man who owned the dog, and talked him into giving the puppy to her.
She and our SIL spent over $2000.00 in vet bills and drove 50 miles 3 days a week to get the needed shots that saved her. The vet had to spay her immediately because of something to do with hormones during her first heat would most likely have killed her, also a result of the red mange.
Today, Sadie Belle is one of the most beautiful boxers you've ever seen. She likes to play with her rope swing, all her toys which she knows by name, and when she wants to go outside, she'll stand up on her hind legs, reach her leash that hangs on the wall behind a door, and takes it to either our daughter or our SIL. She loves to go with them everywhere and everyone in the little town knows her. She gets a Milk bone at the bank as well as at the post office. No mail delivery, so she goes to the post office with them every day. She knows where she's allowed to get out of the car, and where she has to wait for them.
She plays fetch and best of all, she loves a Frisbee. Because of her short hair (Boxer), she gets a little colder than doggies with more hair or fur, so she wears modified T-shirts all winter long. In the summer, she wouldn't think of going out without her scarf around her neck. She has a jeweled collar that she enjoys wearing for special occasions and a jaunty little hat with antlers that she plays "reindeer" at Christmas.
She knows the difference between "slippers" and "shoes." She enjoys getting her teeth brushed daily, but no toenail clipping allowed. She'll come and stand to get sprayed with the Eucalyptus spray that protects her from fleas when she goes outside.
The kids will ask her if she wants to see Grandpa and Grandma, and Bless her sweet heart, she'll wait at the front gate for half a day for us to get there and be so happy to see us. So excited as soon as she sees our car.
Sadie Belle is a member of our family just as much as the kids are, and we all love her to pieces. I can't remember ever seeing a dog with as much personality as she has or as smart as she is. If you ask her something, she'll answer you whether she knows the right answer or not, and the way she does it, you'd swear she knew what she was talking about.
She does not like to be cold though. Even in the summer time, when she gets her weekly bath, she has to get wrapped up from head to toe and looks sad enough that you could cry yourself. She has her own special chair that's covered with a nice clean fleece throw, but that's not enough. She has to be wrapped like a swaddled baby almost.
I could cry when I think of how close she came to being destroyed and what our family would have missed. She adds so much love and entertainment to all our lives. They live in north Florida and we live in south Florida, so we don't get to see her as much as we'd like to, but we do talk on the phone almost every day. She has to talk first too, then our daughter or SIL can talk to us. We all call her Princess Sadie Belle.
By Julia from Boca Raton, FL
Lola is our 4 year old Boxer. She was rescued from a single mom who could not take care of her and her two kids after the husband left her. Lola was in a kennel all day and then most of the evening because she was so "FULL OF ENERGY!" Now she is still full of energy, but she has lots of room to run and play all day and all night!
She likes to carry a shoe in her mouth and kick a wiffle ball around the house. Seriously, she does this all by herself!
She is the most wonderful dog in the world. Kind, gentle, fun-loving and full of life. She is wonderful with our 18 month old, too!
By Carrie Nowlin from Okemos MI