We believe the Boxer to be a descendant of the Bulldog and Great Dane type dogs; breeder’s bred the Boxer in Germany towards the end of the nineteenth century. It gained popularity as a guard dog in 1926. In Britain, they show the Boxer with its high set ears hanging naturally by the head, but they’re cropped in some countries.

two boxer dogs playing with each other

The Boxer is full of stamina, this breed is fearless and self-assured, but it is similar in temperament and obedience. This breed is loyal to its owner and family; it is also overly friendly at play, but has a guarding instinct and is wary of strangers, so they need careful training. The dog’s appearance is that of great nobility; they have a square build, is strong-boned, and has powerful, well-developed muscles. Their short, glossy coat is smooth and tight to the body, and the color fawn or brindle.

Boxer Breed Facts

Energy levelWatchdog ability
Exercise requirementsProtection ability
PlayfulnessGrooming requirements
Affection levelCold tolerance
Friendliness toward dogsHeat tolerance
Friendliness toward other petsFriendliness toward strangers
Ease of training
Boxer guard dog looking over the fence of the yard it is protecting

Temperament: This dog possesses guard dog instincts and is keen and alert. However, many breed owners would agree that its most outstanding trait is its need for human companionship. These dogs love to be part of the family. These dogs are self-assured and honorable yet playful and loving with their people. It is usually suspicious of strangers but can tell the difference between friend or foe and respond accordingly to those it sees as friendly. They bred the Boxer as a working dog; it is smart, teachable, and loyal. It is a great companion.

Grooming: The Boxer requires a weekly brushing; wash as needed

Activity level: Modest to high. This dog needs plenty of exercises on a leash or in a fenced yard

Size: Males are 23–25 inches (ca. 64 cm), 65–80 pounds (ca. 36 kg); females–21–23 inches (ca. 58 cm), about 15 pounds (ca. 7 kg) less than males

Coat: The Boxer’s coat is short, shiny, and lying smooth and tight to the body

How smart are boxers compared to other dogs

Color: The Boxer’s color is fawn or brindle, with or without white markings

Group: This dog is a member of the AKC and UK Working Group

Before purchasing this dog, try finding breeders at local dog shows or via the national breed club. When buying a puppy, the breeder should provide you with proof of the dog’s pedigree; the AKC registration papers you will use to register the puppy; vaccination and worm paperwork; and information and advice on the puppy’s current nourishment needs and future feedings.

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