Boxer At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)


Medium. Weight: 65-80; Female: 50-65 lbs Height: Male: 22.5-25; Female: 21-23.5 inches


Short, shiny and smooth


Fawn or brindle, With or without markings

Life Span:

10 to 12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The name Boxer is thought to be derived from the boxing made with their front paws.

Boxer Overview

This dog breed originated in Germany in the late 19th century. The name Boxer is thought to be derived from the boxing made with their front paws. This breed is solid, stocky and medium sized with powerful jaws. The Boxer is used for search and rescue, police and military work.


Boxer Characteristics

This dog breed is spirited , strong and extremely loyal. Boxers have an extremely high energy level. They carry themselves with pride and dignity, but are never arrogant. Boxers have a stoic stance makes and intelligent, loving and delightful companion.


Boxer Temperament

This dog breed is tolerant, dignified and confident. Although curious, they are cautious of strangers. These are fearless and courageous dogs, especially if threatened. The breed has a acute hearing and is extremely alert, which makes them excellent guard dogs. The dog adores children and other pets, especially those they were raised with. They thrive on human companionship and do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time.

Australian Terrier


Boxer Care

This dog breed has a neat, short coat that needs minimal grooming. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary to ensure the essential oils are not stripped from their skin. This breed is typically clean and self-grooms. They are prone to a number of health concerns including cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis, hip dysplasia. tumors, epilepsy, allergies and skin disorders. A well-balanced diet is absolutely essential as they have sensitive stomachs and a tendency to flatulence. Boxers do not do well in cold climates.


Boxer Coat

This dog breed has a short-haired coat that is shiny, smooth and close to the body. The coat comes in numerous colors including fawn, red and brindle. The Boxer has flashes of white on their underbelly, chest and feet, and occasionally on their face. The Boxer is an average shedder and sheds all year round.


Boxer Training

This dog breed is clever and quick to learn. Obedience training is essential. Boxers require a fairly dominant owner who is capable of taking control. This dog breed does not respond well to harsh treatment and training should be performed with fairness, firmness and consistency. The breed do well in competitive obedience and love to learn and perform tricks.


Boxer Activity

This dog breed enjoys regular play and outdoor exercise. Boxers love to play with their family and does best with a medium sized, fenced yard. It is important to keep this breed stimulated and occupied indoors to prevent destructive behavior. The dog adapts well to apartment living provided they are sufficiently and regularly exercised.

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