Area of origin: Germany
Original function: bullbaiting, guardian
Average size of male: Ht: 22.5-25, Wt: 65-80
Average size of female: Ht: 21-23.5, Wt: 50-65
Other names: none
Boxer Dog Temperament
The boxer is playful, exuberant, inquisitive, attentive, demonstrative, devoted and outgoing; he is a perfect companion for an active family. He can be stubborn, but he is sensitive and responsive to commands. He is generally good with other household dogs and pets.
Boxer Dog Care
The boxer needs daily mental and physical exertion. He likes to run, but his exercise needs can also be met with a good jog or a long walk on leash. He does not do well in hot weather and is generally unsuited to living outdoors. He does best when allowed to divide his time between a house and yard. Some snore. His coat needs only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
Boxer Dog Health
Major concerns: cardiomyopathy, SAS, CHD
Minor concerns: gastric torsion, tumors, intervertebral disc degeneration, corneal erosion, colitis
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: cardiac, hip
Life span: 8-10 years
Note: sensitive to heat and anesthesia; white boxers may be deaf.