If you looking for a “high” energy, fun dog that won’t only be a great guard dog, but also be a good dog you can have around your kids, chances are, you’re going to want to take a good hard look at the Boxer Breed.
That said however…
Despite the fact that the Boxer is a great “family” dog, because of his size and energy levels, he may not be the right “fit” for everyone. This is why in this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss some of the pros and cons of owning a Boxer so that if you do decide to purchase a Boxer puppy, six months from now you wont be disappointed with that decision!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
Boxer Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Purpose: Companion Dog, Sporting Dog
Height: 21.5 to 25 inches tall
Weight: 50 to 70 pounds
Life Span: 8 to 10 years
Dog Breed Classification: Working Dog
Origins of the Boxer Breed
The Deutscher Boxer or the German Boxer that we know and love today is actually the result of an effort that German hunters made back in the 1830’s to create a “super” hunting dog.
What they decided to do…
Was breed the “bull baiting” dogs which were generally large Mastiff/Bulldog mixes with local “terriers”. The desire was to create a tough and agile dog like a “bullmastiff” with the tenacity of a terrier.
Exactly what they got. As opposed to there larger/slower parents, the Boxers combined the “best” of both breeds quickly securing their place among hunters, and “bull baiting” establishments throughout Germany.
At this point we should probably explain what “bull baiting” was. You see, this was a practice whereby a dog, in this case a Boxer would be tasked to “fight” or “herd” a bull to slaughter or castration.
In cases where…
The bull was being led to slaughter, it was believed that the “beef” would tast better if the bull was “baited” before slaughter. In cases like these, the Boxer would be encouraged to bite the nose of a bull and hang on while the bull thrashed around in pain/anger.
Sounds horrible, right?
We’ll we here at IndulgeYourPet think so, but back in the early 17 and 18th century, this was actually considered quite entertaining. Fortunately, the practice was ultimately outlawed in the middle 1830’s, but that’s still a good 200 to 300 years later!
The good news is that…
By this point in time, the Boxer had already establish himself as being more than just a “fighting” or “baiting” dog. And by 1895, the breed was generally accepted as a “separate” breed from their parents and ultimately became one of the first German police and military dogs providing further evidence on how much trust the German people had in this fine animal.
The modern day boxer as we know him today has only been around for a hundred years or so. But there many types of dogs in the 15th and 16th century, that were very much like the Boxer in looks and temperament.
Boxer in America
The Boxer was brought to America in the early 20th century and was quickly “officially” recognized by the the American Kennel Club (AKC) shortly afterwards in 1904.
The Boxer was not an “overnight” success within the United States when he was first brought here. You see, back in the early 1900’s being “German” in the United States wasn’t such a “good” thing. And this prejudice extended to anything “German” including it’s dogs!
But that wasn’t his fault, is it!
Which is why, it was only a matter of time before the Boxer eventually made it “big” in the US. Eventually shortly after the allied victory in World War II, the Boxer finally started to get the credit he deserves within the US, and even stated to become “featured” by magazines such as Life and Esquire.
Physical Characteristics of the Boxer
The Boxer is often compared with other popular breeds such as the Great Dane and Bulldog. Also called as the Deutscher Boxer because of his origins in Germany, the Boxer is well known for his weary, worried and wrinkled look.
His grim expression…
Shouldn’t worry you, because this is simply something he puts on for “show”, as he is naturally a very jovial, happy and graceful. He has a square jaw, a proud demeanor and athletic walk. In our opinion, they also have the greatest expression of “confusion” of any dog.
And what we mean…
But this, is that when you, their owner does something that just doesn’t make any sense at all, you’re Boxer is going to give you this sweet look saying…
“Did you really mean to do that?”
The Boxer is a large dog…
Weighing up to 70 pounds or more. He has this very noticeable black mask on his face, and while female Boxer may be a bit smaller than the male, they too are quite large as well.
The Boxer coat…
Comes in shades of tan and brindle. You can also get white boxers from certain breeders, but that’s not a popular color with these dogs. The reason is white Boxers are sensitive to the sun and at risk of sun cancer.
Grooming is easy ….
…When it comes to the Boxer. He has a short coat and does shed, but nothing to be concerned about. Just some light brushing every week or so should be enough.
The Boxer is a funny, sweet, friendly and happy dog who is very loyal to his human family. He is also very understanding and perceptive (which means that you’re going to get that “look” from your Boxer a lot!).
It’s almost like…
He knows what you are thinking. He is a very intelligent dog, and great with kids. He can get bored when he doesn’t get enough exercise, so if you do decide to adopt a Boxer, you’re going to want to be sure to take him or her on plenty of walks or be sure that you have a yard or park where you can take him to get his exercise.
Boxers are calm and relaxed around strangers, and never “too” aggressive or shy. The good news is that because they are so large, most folks with bad intentions aren’t likely to give you any problems despite that fact that you’re Boxer is a sweetheart!
That and because…
The Boxer is a real fighter that will go to any length to defend his family against an attack. He is brave, courageous and smart, and will typically have the “uncanny” ability to discriminate between the “good guys” and “bad guys”.
He is also a wonderful companion dog…
You will love taking him out on a walk, or playing with him. And while he is an active dog and requires a lot of exercise, he just as comfortable watching your favorite TV shows with you, sitting beside you on the couch (that is of course after he has had his time to play!)
But is he the one for you?
Of course, you couldn’t get a better dog than the Boxer. But there are so many wonderful dog breeds out there, and Boxer is by no means the only great dog you will find. There is something good and wonderful about very dog.
The Boxer is a bid dog. So if you don’t properly take the time to train him or her properly, what you’re going to have at the end of the day is a large rambunctious dog that likes to run and jump all around. Or in other words, you’re going to have a “wrecking ball” living with you.
So…A Word on Boxer Dog Training your Boxer
The Boxer is so smart that he can learn virtually any trick, and because he is eager for your affection they gernally make good students. Which is great!
You just want to make sure…
That you’re training includes things that he or she will be interested in including agility training, obedience training and a special focus on teaching him or her to avoid “herding” everyone that they meet. That and make sure your boxer wears a muzzle when you take him out, especially when they are young and just a puppy.
Are there any health concerns related to the Boxer?
The Boxer is generally a healthy dog, but there are always exceptions.
For this reason…
You’ll want to be sure and ask your breeder to produce a CHIC Certification and proof of DNA testing that shows that he comes from healthy parents.
Because here’s a list of health problems a Boxer could develop…
- Spondylosis Deformans
- Aortic Stenosis
- Bloating or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
- Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
And the cost of the treatment for most of these ailments can vary from $500 to $3,500…
That’s NOT cheap.
Which is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?
No, probably not. But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.