The boxer is a medium-size dog that stands 21 - 25 inches and weighs 50 - 80 pounds. Strong and athletic, the boxer is a very playful breed of dog with good watchdog capabilities. For the most part, a boxer does better as the only dog as it can tend to be aggressive towards other canines. They have a life span of 8 - 10 years.
The History of the Boxer Dog
Boxers were developed in Munich, Germany in the 1800s. Their background can be traced to the Bulldog and Bullenbeisser, (a breed of dog that no longer exists.) Initially used for bullbaiting, (a favored sport in Europe at the time,) the boxer evolved to become popular as a police and guard dog.
The boxer arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, even though it didn't gain any popularity until the 1940s. It quickly became a renowned show dog and is currently one of the most popular dogs in the United States, ranked in the top ten. It is a member of the working dog group.
How to Take Care of a Boxer Dog
Boxers love to spend time outdoors exercising and playing, although they don't do well in hot weather. Because they have a short, smooth coat, grooming is minimal with only an occasional brushing being needed to remove any dead fur. Some possible health concerns include rheumatism, cancer, and SAS, (subaortic stenosis, which is a heart condition.) Boxers are known to snore and pass gas.
Personality of a Boxer
The boxer is a social dog within its own family, but, can be very apprehensive when it comes to strangers. It does well with children, although its energetic nature may be a little overwhelming for younger children. The boxer is inquisitive, devoted and affectionate, while having a bit of a stubborn streak.
Quite intelligent, the boxer is a fairly easy breed of dog to train. It can be pushy by nature, so training and socialization should begin at a young age. This agile and good natured dog continues to rise in popularity.
When choosing a boxer, look for a reputable breeder or a boxer rescue group. Sometimes pure bred boxers can even be found at a local animal shelter. A boxer can make a great companion and bring many years of love to a family.