Boxer

Breed Group: Working
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Overview
The Boxer originated in Germany in the late 19th century. This breed's name was supposedly derived from the "boxing" motion they made with their front paws. Boxers are stocky and medium in size with strong jaws and a powerful bite. They are widely used in search and rescue, police work, and military work.

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Character
Boxers are lively, strong, and extremely loyal. They have an exceedingly high energy level. They carry themselves with pride, but are never arrogant. They have a stoic stance, and are intelligent, loving, delightful companions.

Does your Boxer bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Boxer is patient, dignified, and self-assured. They exhibit curiosity, but are wary of strangers. This breed is fearless and courageous if threatened. They are keenly alert and have a heightened sense of hearing, which make them excellent guard dogs. The Boxer adores children and other pets they have been raised with. They have an inordinate need for human companionship and do not like to be alone for extended periods of time. They are not well suited for a two career family. Insufficient attention may lead them into "bad" behavior in an attempt to be noticed.
Care
The Boxers tight, short coat requires 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. The Boxer is typically clean and will groom themselves. This breed has some major health concerns such as cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis, and hip dysplasia. They may also be prone to tumors, epilepsy, allergies, and skin problems. A proper diet is absolutely essential due to their sensitive stomach and tendency toward excessive flatulence. The Boxer is an indoor pet as their short coat cannot protect them from cold climates.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Boxer has a shorthaired coat, which is shiny, smooth, and fits tightly to the body. The coat comes in such colors as fawn, red, and brindle, with "flashings" of white on their underbelly, chest, and all four feet. In some cases the "flashing" will appear on their face. The Boxer is an average shedder that sheds year round.
Training
The Boxer is clever and quick to learn. Obedience training is essential. They require a dominant owner capable of controlling them. They do not respond well to harsh treatment. Training must consist of fairness, firmness, and consistency. Boxers do well in competitive obedience and love to learn and perform tricks. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Boxer puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Boxer enjoys regular play and outdoor exercise. They thrive on playing with their family and do best with a medium sized fenced yard. It is important to keep them stimulated and occupied indoors to prevent destruction brought about by boredom. The Boxer will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently and regularly exercised. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 65-80; Female: 50-65 lbs
Height
Male: 22.5-25; Female: 21-23.5 inches
Color(s)
fawn and brindle, both with or without white flashing and black mask

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Boxer Questions

I just lost my 12 year old male Boxer. I have a 4 year old female Boxer and would like to get another male. Will the female take to another one coming into the house?

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My sympathy for the loss of your boy. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet. As per your female, as long as she has been well socialized and does not have any aggression issues with other dogs coming into your home; then she should be fine. Every dog is different, as is every person and dogs do and will go through grief when they loose a family member/mate. So be understanding of your girl and wait a little while until you get another puppy so that she can reconnect with you and the family first. Let her know you are there for her and when everyone in the home, including her is ready; start looking for your new furever family member.

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Thank you very much for your response and condolences. We are waiting for a while before thinking about bringing another pup into the house. She seems to be getting really attached to me now, so may not be able to get another, we'll have to wait an see. Thank you again.

How long to Boxers tend to live?

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The Boxer lives an average 10 - 12 years, however some lines of Boxers have been known to have a shorter life span of 8 - 10 years.

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My boxer lived to b 14 years and 3 months :) best dog ever

Thinking of bringing a Boxer into our family. Which is best if you have anxiety...male or female?

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There is no better with gender, but please note that if you have anxiety and depending on how severe it is; a Boxer may not be the best for you. The Boxer breed is a loyal, loving, sweet breed of dog; but they can also be stubborn and show territorial, fear and possessive aggression if not bred and trained right. The Boxer is not for the first time dog owner. But no matter what, you should express to your breeder the anxiety that you have so that they can match you with a calmer pup. Then go with your instincts and choose between the two or more pups the breeder has expressed are calmer.

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Either is fine, but if you don't want to have to clean up too much pee, a female would be better. Males tend to mark territory and it may take longer to teach him the right thing to do. Females might have puppies if you aren't careful not to let her loose with a male dog. Depends on which of these you're fine with.

What type of dog food is recommended for a boxer puppy? We plan to pick up our 8 week boxer male puppy in a week or so. There are so many brands and types out there we are not sure which one to go with.

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The first thing to know about a Boxer is that they are prone to allergies, so putting your pup on a high quality, grain-free, limited ingredient diet is the best way to go. This way you can monitor any potential allergies and know exactly what the allergy is if there is a reaction in your pup. However, since you are getting a puppy, for the first month at least you should continue the food that he is on while at your breeders. That way your pup is not stressed out because of going to a new home and on top of that, has a food change.

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I know some people will not agree with me, I have raised dogs my hole life, I feed my Boxer only fresh food. I make chicken for dinner and Birdie gets chicken for dinner. I know table scraps are taboo and a dirty work in the dog world. But my dogs have been extremely healthy and have always lived past expected life span. My Boston Terrier who lived 17 yrs. never had to go to vet except for normal visits for shots and health check. She was healthy and happy until her last day. WE MISS ZOE GREATLY! My Boxer, Birdie, is now 11yrs old and still plays like a puppy, she has her slow days, but she is very happy and healthy. Now, I do not recommend table food if you are a bad eater. Some foods are really bad for dogs and spices as well. I recommend you research online what makes puppies and dogs sick example NO onions, salt, sugars, chocolate Kind of like what is really not good for us but there are somethings you would be shocked to know will make your dog sick. So if you eat healthy you can share your meals with your buddy (please research). Dog food companies make millions off the dog owner pressuring into thinking they can't eat anything else but dog food and if you look at most dog food products out there you would be scared to feed this to your dog. The proof is in the pudding guys Ive successfully raised 6 dogs that made it past life expectancy as well as the dogs of family members who practice the same. Small example: I purchase a Lg. bag of frozen chicken breast and brown rice. I bake in large dish with chicken stock sometimes adding peas and other recommended veggies, when all is cooked well I smash together and make dog food for a week (depending on the size of your dog) it's actually cheaper then buying all that crap dog food. Good luck to you and if you love your dogs with hole heart, you get so much in return. My boxer is my best friend and talk about smart. Talk to him like he is human and he will act that way. Always remember to be the alpha though so deep commanding voice when you mean it and want him to obey. I get people asking me how I control my dogs all the time. I could walk though Disneyland with my boxer without a leash and she would obey me and never step a foot away from me. However I leash her to protect her from people. People tend to get scared of dogs and do the most strange things when they feel scared and sometimes these things can hurt your loved one..

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