The Boxer is in the top 10 for most popular dogs, and it’s easy to see why. They’re loyal, fun-loving and affectionate friends. Their turned-up nose, pointed ears and sweet eyes are hard to resist. Characteristically, Boxers are muscular and strong with a smooth and graceful athleticism – like the athlete they’re named for.
The breed descends from a line of dogs found throughout Europe since the 1500s. Today they can have a brindle or fawn coat with white markings. Patient yet playful and easy to train, this dog is a perfect choice for those with families that include children and other pets.
The Boxer originates from the Molosser dog group which was developed in Germany in the late 19th century. The breed it descended from was called a Bullenbeisser, which was used to hunt bear, deer, and wild boar.
The breed came to the rest of Europe in the 19th century and America in the 20th. It was used as a service dog during World War I & II and then after the war became more popular as a companion dog.
Boxer Training & Temperament
Boxers are an intelligent breed which makes them very trainable. It also means that you’ll need some variation and excitement in their training to keep them interested. It’s important to socialize them with other dogs and people at a young age so they become a pleasant adult. The have a tendency to not get along with other dogs of the same gender otherwise.
They are friendly dogs when socialized and good with children. They can be protective of their family members, making them a popular choice.
Boxers are a higher energy breed who need a good amount of exercise. They are known for chasing animals so it’s best to keep them in a contained area if they are off-leash. As a puppy they will have high-energy and tend to jump up, so they’ll need training to change that behavior and will need care around children or more frail adults.
The boxer doesn’t require much grooming. The occasional brushing will help their coat look its best. They also will need their nails trimmed and teeth brushed like all dogs.
Boxers don’t do well in extreme heat or cold so they’re best kept indoors in those conditions. They are generally healthy, but should be monitored for any hip or other walking issues.