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Boxer History

The Boxer is a breed of medium to large-sized working and sporting gundog. The Boxer is confident, strong-willed, and bold. The boxer is a dog with incredible stamina and endurance. The boxer is a dog that thrives on activity, and is eager to please. In 1888, the American Kennel Club recognized the Boxer as a distinct American-bred pedigree. The FCI considers the Boxer to be of French origin. The breed was traditionally bred for courage and tenacity when fighting bulls and bears, and is still used today in the sport of bull-baiting. The breeding of the Boxer was modernized in the 1920s and 1930s by German breeders, who developed the temperament and versatility for which this canine is now known.

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Boxer Physical Characteristics

The Boxer is a small, medium-size to large size, athletic, muscular, and well-proportioned breed of dog. They are sturdy and well-balanced with a keen sense of smell. The breed has a thick, close-fitting, mahogany-red or fawn-colored shorthaired coat with clearly defined muscles. The face is wedge-shaped with a prominent muzzle, high-set triangular ears, and long hanging lips. The tail is cocked over the back. The eyes of the Boxer are almond-shaped, dark, and alert. The temperament of the Boxer is friendly, affectionate, and brave.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 80 lbs

Female Weight Range: 50 – 65 lbs

Boxer Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Boxer Health Concerns

Cardiomyopathy, Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis, Corneal Opacities, Degenerative Myelopathy, Gastric Torsion, Colitis, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Cvi (Wobbler’S Syndrome), Von Willebrand’s Disease, Hypothyroidism

Boxer Temperament and Behaviour

The Boxer is an energetic, playful, and curious dog that is great for families. They are eager to learn and excel at most anything they are taught, from basic commands to advanced tricks. They are friendly and outgoing with most people, but can sometimes be aggressive with other dogs.

Boxer Activity Requirements

When it comes to energy levels, the Boxer dog falls somewhere in the middle. They are not as hyperactive or high-energy as other breeds, but they require regular exercise, both physical and mental. A daily walk or jog is a good way to exercise your Boxer, and playing with their favorite toys can also help keep them mentally focused. If you are looking for a laid-back, low-energy dog, a Boxer is probably not the one for you. They are playful and energetic, and need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Boxer is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Boxer is part of the Working group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Boxer is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Boxer is part of the Working Dog group.

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