Boxers are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S., and it’s no wonder why! With their fun-loving, energetic, friendly personalities and playful “silly” spirit, boxers make great companions for active families. Originally bred as guard dogs and hunting dogs, boxers were quickly trained as police and military “attack” dogs due to their superior strength and intelligence.
The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog. The breed is famous for its playful energy and boundless enthusiasm. It’s been said that their nickname of the “boxer” comes from the fact that they fight in the ring like boxers do, as well as from their loud snorting bark.
The Boxer was originally called the Deutscher Boxer (“German Boxer”) and was renamed “Boxermanshund” during World War I when anti-German sentiment grew due to that country’s role on behalf of their allies Austria-Hungary and Turkey in starting the conflict. In 1914 it was renamed to its current name, “Deutscher Rottweiler Metzgerhund”, which means German Rottweiler Butcher Dog (butcher meaning butcher/worker). However, some countries like Belgium still call it by its original name today – in this case, Duitse boxer or Duitse brake.
Boxers are a very active breed. They require at least an hour of exercise each day, but they can be satisfied with just 20 minutes if you have a large yard. Boxers love to play fetch and chase games, but they also enjoy jogging or swimming with you.
A lot of people who own Boxers say that this breed is best for older children because their strong personalities can be intimidating for younger children. However, it’s important to remember that any dog should never be left alone with young children due to the risk of accidental injury (particularly from being knocked over) and/or inappropriate behavior like biting or jumping up on them.
Feeding & Nutrition
When it comes to feeding and nutrition, Boxers are not a breed that is known to be finicky eaters. They generally have a very good appetite, so you must feed your Boxer high-quality food that meets all their nutritional needs.
A healthy diet for your boxer should include:
- A high-quality dog kibble or canned food. Kibbles should be made from meat and poultry meal as their first ingredient (at least 50%), as well as containing no artificial preservatives, colorings, or flavors. You can also feed your boxer canned wet food with at least 25% protein content.
- Small amounts of table scraps, such as eggs and lean meats like chicken and turkey. Avoid giving them human foods such as fruit juices because they can cause diarrhea if overfed frequently!
Behavior / Temperament
Boxers are playful, energetic, and intelligent dogs. They are very good with children and other pets in the family. Boxers are extremely loyal to their family, which makes them an excellent watch dog because they will alert you of an intruder approaching your home. The Boxer is also very protective of their owners as well as their children when playing outside or walking down the street together on a leash.
Boxers can be trained to do almost anything if you take the time to train them properly from a young age (about 8 weeks old). If you don’t have any experience training dogs before then it’s best to hire someone who does have experience doing so!
Boxers are known for their loyalty and energetic nature. They are intelligent dogs that need consistent training from an early age so they don’t develop behavioral issues later on in life.
Boxers are medium-sized dogs that can grow up to 70 pounds. They are tall, muscular dogs with short muzzles, square heads, and black masks. The Boxer coat is short and smooth; their coat color ranges from fawn to brindle.
Boxers are generally healthy dogs, but some health issues can arise. Boxers are prone to developing hip dysplasia (HD), a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the hip socket. HD usually begins to develop at six months of age and is more likely to occur in large-breed dogs such as boxers. As a result of HD, your dog may have difficulty walking or running. You’ll notice he has trouble getting up after sleeping or lying down for long periods because his joints will become stiff and painful.
Other common illnesses include:
- Skin problems – including sunburns, rashes, and skin infections
- Eye problems – including eyelid defects and infections
- Heart disease
- Cancer – especially lymphoma, mast cell tumors, histiocytomas, and hemangiosarcomas
- Hypothyroidism Epilepsy Boxers who don’t get enough exercise are prone to weight gain. You should also be aware that boxers tend to have an insatiable appetite and may overheat. This can lead to health problems such as bloat, a condition in which the stomach twists on itself or fills with gas or fluid. It’s an emergency condition that requires immediate treatment.
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with a Boxer. They are wonderful, loyal dogs that will love you unconditionally and be your best friend for life. The most rewarding thing is to spend time with them and watch them grow from cute little puppies into big loving adults. So if you’re looking for a dog that has all these qualities, then look no further than this breed because it truly does fit the bill!