The Boxer dog is a tough guy with a soft heart. Very loyal and protective of his family, he loves the company of children. His name (“boxer” in French) comes from the fact that he tends to raise his front paws to leap and joyfully welcome his masters. Energetic and exuberant, the Boxer is one of the most playful dogs there is. That’s why they need lots of space and exercise to release their bishop!
57 to 63 cm for the male and 53 to 59 cm for the female
66 to 84 lbs. for the male and 53 to 71 lbs. for the female
Average life expectancy
10 to 12 years old
Short, hard, shiny and sticky.
Fawn (from light yellow to dark deer red) or brindle (dark or black lines, in the direction of the ribs, on a fawn background). The Boxer generally has white markings (maximum one third of its coat) and a black mask.
The Boxer is very greedy. It is better to give him his daily ration (about 500 grams of croquettes adapted to him*) in 2 or 3 times a day. It is important to leave it to rest at least two hours after the meal to avoid stomach upset. It is also important to make sure that the Boxer does not get too fat.
*The amount and type of food Boxers eat depends on their weight, age and state of health.
Behaviour and traits of the Boxer
The Boxer is one of the defense dogs with the best character. It is an affectionate, sensitive, athletic, curious, playful and intelligent dog. Boxers are very loyal and protective of their masters, but distrustful of strangers. As he has a sense of family and is a very good guardian, children will be safe with this loyal and devoted playmate.
The Boxer is very energetic and exuberant. That’s why he needs space and exercise. He needs an active and caring family, available to accompany him in his leisure time. With a rather dominating and stubborn temperament, the Boxer will always try to go beyond the limits imposed on him.
Proud and sensitive, he will refuse to obey if he feels he is scolded unnecessarily. The Boxer therefore needs an authoritative and self-confident master who will give him a firm and precocious education. When well executed, the Boxer’s training is easy thanks to his docility and intelligence.
Boxer grooming is very easy to do. The maintenance of the Boxer’s short coat is limited to brushing with a hard brush twice a week. The coat can be massaged with a rubber glove to make the dead hair fall out and excite the sebaceous glands which will make the hair shiny. Boxer grooming does not require shearing or shaving.
Common health problems in Boxers
Despite their strong and tough appearance, Boxers are fragile dogs that require constant supervision by their owners. The most frequent health problems in the Boxer are :
Respiratory problems, due to his flattened nostrils and short nasal passages;
joint problems (hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, spondylosis);
heart problems (aortic stenosis, cardiomyopathy);
malignant tumours or skin cancer from repeated sunburns;
allergies to pork and pork products.
Is Boxer suitable for you?
The Boxer can live in an apartment (with outings several times a day).
He will prefer to live in a house with a backyard where he can spend his energy.
He is well adapted to life in the city.
All family situations are suitable for Boxer.
It is compatible with the presence of young children.
The Boxer owner must be of the sporty type, since he is an energetic dog that needs a lot of exercise.
The Boxer owner must be available to spend several hours walking.
Dynamic, impetuous and passionate, he must be kept on a leash during outings.
To be noted
The Boxer Master must be determined and patient, as training can be difficult.
The Boxer is ideal for people who like medium sized dogs with a strong and imposing appearance.