Great Things You May Not Know about Boxers

Strong, handsome, and extremely cheeky? This is your typical Boxer. At first glance, these dogs can look intimidating, but once you get to know them, you will quickly see how affectionate, playful, and enthusiastic they are. Discover more about the Boxer breed by reading on, from their hunting and working history to their insatiable need for cuddles. Learn why this is one of the most popular breeds.

Boxer Dog Breed Facts & Information

Boxer Appearance

Their bodies are strong and muscular, and their jaws are square.

In addition to having wide, short skulls and square muzzles, boxer dogs are brachycephalic, which means their heads are broad and short. The underbite and long jowls of this species can cause some amusing situations involving their heads hanging out of the car’s window.

There are many different colorings of Boxers, including the fawn and brindle varieties (both of which have white markings). There are also white Boxers. There aren’t any albinos among white Boxers, and they’re quite common. Besides white Boxers, many of them have a black mask, which is a patch of color, varying in intensity, around their eyes and mouths.

In addition, since Boxers lack the gene for having a pure black coat, there are no black Boxers.

As a result of its short coat, Boxers don’t require much grooming. When they get dirty, all they need is a quick wipe down with a towel and a bath every few months.

The Boxer Personality

Despite being loyal, affectionate, and high-energy, Boxer dogs need a lot of attention. They can also be stubborn due to their intelligence. With proper training, however, they can be very well-behaved. Boxers are not vicious or aggressive regardless of their sometimes intimidating appearance.

As a result, they make good watchdogs since they tend to be concerned about their loved ones. Boxers will always alert you to something amiss, but because they tend to get along with people, they do not make the best guard dogs unless they’re trained to do so.

The Ideal Environment for a Boxer

Boxers, in general, are a very versatile breed. It doesn’t matter where you live (as long as they get plenty of love), and they’re happy spending time inside. Obviously, you’ll need to take your dog for a daily walk and make sure that you’re providing play opportunities that your dog will enjoy.

If you have children, you’ll find that a well-trained Boxer is very patient with the little ones. However, you should be careful about leaving your Boxer dog unattended in the neighborhood with your neighbors’ pets. Since Boxers were originally trained as catch dogs, they sometimes feel remnants of their hunting instinct, which may lead them to attack your neighbor’s cat or other unassuming animals. It is a good idea to fence your yard well without allowing access to local trees.

Because of their short coat, dogs need to be kept warm and should not spend too much time outside unsupervised in cold weather. In hot weather, boxers tend to keep cool. White boxers, however, may need some sunscreen. Yes, dog sunscreen is a thing.

Boxer Dog Breed Facts & Information

The ideal human for a boxer

Pet parents who have time to interact, exercise, and entertain their boxers are ideal. A bored boxer may chew, lick, and dig excessively, which is why you may need to kennel or crate him if you must be away for a long time.

As a boxer owner, you would love to be able to spend as much time as possible caring for and bonding with your pet. If you are unable to walk your pet every day, having a trusted sitter or daycare provider can make all the difference.

In addition, owners of Boxers should be prepared to address questions from people who may be intimidated by their dog’s formidable presence and be ready to provide extra structure and supervision when necessary.

The perfect home for a boxer

The time that boxer owners can spend entertaining, interacting, and exercising their dogs would be beneficial. Often, kennels or crates are required for bored boxers when you are gone for an extended period.

If a boxer owner thought of the world as it should be, he or she would work part-time, or from home, to devote as much time as possible to caring for and bonding with their pet. However, if you can’t be there for your dog every day, making use of a trusted pet sitter or a doggie daycare provider can be incredibly helpful.

Boxer owners may also have to deal with people who are intimidated by the dog’s presence and may need to provide extra structure and supervision when the circumstances warrant it.

Training and early socialization are important

Training a boxer is not too difficult. Positive reinforcement is more effective than punitive measures because they are smart enough not to fall for them. It is effective to train boxer dogs with rewards, praise, and clickers.

Especially when handling larger dogs of the same species, they can be difficult. When you’re out and about, a strong leash and tight supervision are a good idea, depending on their temperament. Getting your dog socialized at an early age can prevent undesirable behaviors like growling, barking, and fighting.

 

Grooming Your Boxer 

The short, tight coat of Boxers is similar to Pitbulls, so they don’t require frequent haircuts. Bathing, trimming nails, cleaning ears and brushing regularly are all ways you can groom a Boxer at home. A groomer can handle all of this for you if you don’t want to do it yourself. Moreover, they will typically express your dog’s anal glands, which many dogs need several times a year.

Healthcare for Boxers Dogs

They are also susceptible to certain health problems, just like other dog breeds. There are several conditions that may cause hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, heart conditions like aortic stenosis and Boxer cardiomyopathy, epilepsy, intestinal problems, and allergies.

Boxer puppies (most of whom die before they are seven weeks old) are prone to developing degenerative myelopathy, an incurable condition of the vertebrae. Therefore, it is important to buy from a reputable breeder who is familiar with congenital health issues.

White people are also prone to skin cancer, which is why using sunscreen is a good idea.

Boxer owners are often worried about their dog’s snoring as a minor health concern. It is to be expected that some dogs snore, particularly brachycephalic dogs. Snoring should be seen by the vet only if it starts suddenly, if there was no prior snoring, or if there is mucus and allergy symptoms, tooth decay, or weakness and fever along with the snore. Some pet parents opt for pet health insurance, just in case.

Boxer History

From a dog called a Bullenbeisser, boxer dogs originated in Germany during the 19th century. By crossing the Bullenbeisser with the Old English bulldog, the modern breed was formed (descended from Mastiffs).

The Bullenbeisser was primarily used as a catch dog for hunting bear, wild boar, and deer. The powerful jaws of these animals allowed them to catch and hold prey until their hunter masters arrived. A smaller, faster boxer was developed for similar purposes when the first Boxers were created.

In addition to bull-baiting, Boxer dogs were once used for dog fighting, as well as bull-baiting, like their bulldog ancestors.

In the United States, they were recognized as a breed in 1904, and during World War I and World War II, they participated in a variety of military posts. Many of them are still working dogs, both for military purposes and as police dogs. Some of these dogs have also become popular companions we recognize and love today.

Welcome the new family member, the Boxer

When getting a Boxer, it is important to be prepared. Puppy training requires a significant amount of time and effort. The puppy needs to be socialized with others and people, as well as taught basic skills such as sleeping through the night and going outside to use the bathroom.

An internet search can aid in finding a Boxer puppy or adult dog, but be wary of scams and puppy mills. Asking around and visiting before making a commitment are two helpful methods for finding a reputable breeder.

Boxer Rescues

Adopting a rescue dog is another way to find a dog. Rescue dogs are usually spayed and neutered, as well as having all their vaccinations. Many Boxer rescues come from owners who have surrendered the dogs, so they know basic commands and are socialized. You still can work with them even if they refuse to work with you. If your dog has not experienced much structure or if it has been traumatized, talk to a trusted trainer about how to teach them.

Boxer Breeders

To find breeders who have to meet stringent requirements, use the American Kennel Club (AKC) search tool to find a reputable Boxer breeder near you. Ask the breeder whether their dog’s bloodlines have any health issues, and discuss genetic testing if necessary.

Further Reading

If you’re dreaming of making a Boxer your very own, we’ve got more to help you make that dream come true. Or maybe you’re already the proud parent of a beautiful dog, and looking for some more inspiration for toys, food, and more!