Dog Profiles - Description of Boxer


Description: The Boxer is a medium-sized, square built dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting coat. He should have a broad, blunt muzzle and an expression of alertness. He should have a fenced yard to roam in, but will do in a city environment if walked daily. The Boxer is considered a "people dog" adapting well to other dogs and children. He should never be aggressive, but rather even-tempered, but does make a good guard dog.

Height: 21-25 inches

Weight: 66-70 lbs.

Colors: Fawn, brindle with white markings

Coat: Short, glossy and smooth

Temperament: Playful, affectionate, friendly, headstrong, high-energy. With Children: Yes, loyal playmate. With Pets: Socialization required. May be aggressive with other male dogs. Good working dog and family pet. Good watch-dog. Good guard-dog, deliberate and wary with strangers.

Care and Exercise: Low maintenance for grooming. Nails need regular attention. Energetic breed who needs lots of exercise either by a walking or a well-fenced yard. Does well with obedience training.

Training: Learning Rate: High. Training can be a challenge as his high intelligence combined with his dynamic nature demands a patient owner willing to spend extra time and energy on his training.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Indoor dog as he is a people dog and loves to be social. He will not let you forget him in the backyard.

Health Issues: Usually healthy. May have problems with heart murmurs, skin tumors, digestive problems and hypothyroidism.

Life Span: 10-12 Years

Litter Size: 5-10

Country of Origin: Germany

History: He origins come the mid-nineteenth century mating of a small Bullenbeisser (mastiff-type breed) female to a local dog who produced a female who was then mated to an English Bulldog. He was once used for fighting and bull baiting but over the years has become more refined with a non-aggressive temperament.

Registration: ACA, AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB)