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
Boxers also have a genetic predisposition for Degenerative Myelopathy. This is an extremely sad disease to watch your very active Boxer (even at 10 yrs old!) slowly deteriorate from. DM is from the same mutant gene found in MS and Lou Gehrig's Disease in humans. Breeders CAN avoid passing DM on by something as simple as genetic testing for both potential mom and dad. If either test positive as carriers for the mutant gene, please don't breed! DM is found in other breeds but I have found Boxers are the most common.
My boxer passed away July 13, 2011 at 11 yrs old after living with DM for almost a year. RIP my sweet Chocolate.
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