The American Boxer is a large, muscular, square-headed dog that was originally bred to be a medium-sized guard dog. Today they are part of the AKC's Working Dog Group and are more often used as family companions.
Boxers are very playful by nature and have boundless energy which is probably why they are used as companion dogs for the family today. Plus these dogs have one of the longest puppyhoods in the dog world, lasting three years.
When you ask somebody to describe a boxer they usually say that the typical Boxer is intelligent, alert, fearless, yet friendly. He is a very loyal dog to his family and loves to play with everyone. He is also a very headstrong dog that doesn't take too well to being reprimanded. They are also easy to care for and require a minimum of grooming.
Boxers also require plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation. If you can provide them with adequate exercise in the form of walks or runs they can adapt to apartment living. Just bear in mind that these dos prefer to be around their humans as much as possible.
The American Boxer was originally developed in Germany and then brought to the U.S. after World War I. They have a striking coat which is short and shiny and comes in either fawn or brindle with flashy white markings. Many people stay away from Boxers that are all white because genetic deafness is associated with all white coloring in this breed.
You will also find that most American Boxers have their tails and ears cropped. These dogs tend to have large ears that hang down which can be a problem during feeding as their ears will fall into their food or cover their eyes. Today, however, more and more people are opting to not crop this breed's tail and ears.
As a family companion, the American Boxer is a very loving and loyal dog to their families. They do not trust strangers but usually do not show aggression unless they perceive a threat to their families. You will find that these dogs are really loving that they often think that they are lapdogs and will climb on top of you just to get close.
This breed of dog is very high-spirited that is constantly happy and energetic. This behavior makes them an amusing animal to watch while they play amongst themselves or with their toys. Even the sound they make when they are excited is amusing.
Boxers are extremely strong. Because of this they are often used by the police and military. Or you may find them in search and rescue work.
The downside to having a Boxer as a pet is that they don't tolerate the heat or cold very well. In the hot weather a good hosing will help to cool them down. In the winter they should remain indoors where it is warm.
- Do Boxers adapt well to apartment living?
- The size of a dog does not necessarily determine whether a dog is suitable for an apartment life or not. The American Boxer is one of those dogs. For more information see, Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living.
- Are Boxers a good choice for novice owners?
- This breed of dog is quite easy to take care of and makes a great companion to all levels of owners. They can be a little stubborn but being persistent with the Boxer will go a long way with this breed. (See List of Dogs That Are Good for Experienced Owners.)
- Do Boxers have a low sensitivity level?
- Some dogs just do not like to be scolded when they are bad. This is not the case with the American Boxer. He will either just walk away from you or will try to make a game out of it. Either way he just doesn't give a damn and he'll let you know it too. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Sensitivity Level.)
- Do Boxers tolerate being left alone?
- Some dogs don't mind being left alone while you go and do your errands. This is not the case with the Boxer. If you have to go out for any length of time it is best to arrange to have someone there to keep the dog company. Preferably a member of the family that they are familiar with. If not you may come home to a house that is completely destroyed as they can be quite destructive when left alone. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Being Alone.)
- Can Boxers tolerate cold weather?
- Boxers have a very short coat and for this reason they do not tolerate the cold well at all. It is important to only allow the dog outside in the cold when they need to relieve themselves. Any longer than that your dog may begin to show signs of hypothermia. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited for Cold Weather.)
- Can Boxers tolerate hot weather?
- You would think that because an American Boxer has a short coat that they would be able to tolerate the hot weather. This is not the case with this breed however. In hot weather these dogs need to have a cool place to go to cool off when needed. It is better, though, for these dogs to live in an air-conditioned environment. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited for Hot Weather.)
- Are Boxers affectionate towards their family members?
- This is a very loving breed to bonds extremely well with all their family members. They are amongst the most affectionate dogs that you will find and are great for families with children. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Affectionate With Family.)
- Are Boxers a kid friendly dog?
- Boxers are great family dogs. They are loyal and affectionate. They are also gentle and kind which makes them really great for families with children. Just keep in mind that they think that they are big lapdogs and may try to climb on top of very young children for some affection. Another characteristic of Boxers that makes them great with children is that they are extremely tolerant of being tugged and hugged. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Kid Friendly and the List of Dogs That Are Kid Friendly.)
- Is the Boxer a dog friendly dog?
- It is quite hard to find a dog that will actually get along with other dogs. With the Boxer you are in luck. This breed of dog gets along quite easily with other dogs. However, as with all breeds of dog you should socialize these dogs when they are young so that they have good canine social skills. (See List of Dogs That Are Not So Dog Friendly.)
- Are Boxers friendly towards strangers?
- The boxer is a very friendly breed. They are not shy around people, especially strangers. But they are very protective of their families. For this reason they will be on guard when strangers are around but will not show aggressive behavior unless the family is at risk with the stranger. This makes the Boxer a great protector of the family and they can be very aggressive when a family member is in danger. (See List of Dogs That Are Shy and the article on Dog Socialization.)
- Do Boxers shed a lot?
- People often choose a dog with a short coat because they think that they will not shed a lot. Get a Boxer and you will quickly change your mind about this. Remember that just because a dog has a short coat doesn't mean that they won't shed very much. The Boxer is a constant shedder and will have two heavier shedding periods throughout the year. Usually during the two equinoxes when the weather transitions between warm/cold and cold/warm. (See List of Dogs That Shed Very Little.)
- Do Boxers drool a lot?
- All dogs can be big droolers. The American Boxer does drool but they don't constantly drool. Usually you will see your Boxer drool when you are preparing their meals. (See List of Dogs That Don't Drool Too Much.)
- Is the Boxer an easy dog to groom?
- This is one area where you can praise a short coat. The only thing that is required here is a weekly 5 to 10 minute quick brushing to keep the coat in good shape. (See List of Dogs That Require More Grooming.)
- Do Boxers have good general health?
- Some dogs are quite prone to having health problems. The American Boxer is no exception here. If you are planning on getting a Boxer you ask the breeder about the physical health of your potential pup's parents and other relatives. Just be prepared for potential health problems and have your pet insured against health problems as veterinary bills can be quite expensive. (See List of Dogs Prone To Health Problems.)
- Do Boxers have a high potential for gaining weight?
- Some breeds have a very high potential for gaining weight. But any dog can gain weight if they are over fed or do not get enough exercise. And this is no fault of the dog. It is up to the pet owner to regulate feedings and to provide the necessary time for exercise and activities to keep your dog healthy and happy.
- Is the Boxer a big dog?
- Is the Boxer an easy to train dog?
- All dogs can be trained. However, there are many factors involved in the trainability of a particular dog. The trainers ability to train is a big factor here. The good news is that Boxers are very attentive and like to learn new things. For this reason they are quite easy to train and once trained they find absolute pleasure in showing off their new ability. (See List of Dogs That Are A Challenge To Train.)
- Is the Boxer an intelligent breed of dog?
- When you look at a Boxer the first thing that comes to mind is that the dog is not intelligent. This is a fallacy. Boxers are extremely intelligent. That is one of the reasons that these dogs are used for police and military service. (see List of Dogs That Have Low Intelligence.)
- Do Boxers have a potential for being mouthy?
- The term mouthy for dogs refers to the potential for the dog to nip, chew, and play-bite. All dogs tend to have this potential when they are young. Some breeds carry this tendency through adulthood. For this reason all dogs need to be properly socialized and trained as to what is appropriate behavior when they are playing.
- Do Boxers have a high prey drive?
- Dogs that are considered to be hunting dogs have a very high prey drive. Boxers are not normally used as a hunting dog. This does not mean that they have a low prey drive. It is quite the opposite with these dogs. Being a curious dog they will often chase smaller animals that catch their eye so it is a good idea to keep these dogs on a leash when walking them. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Prey Drive.)
- Do Boxers have a high tendency to bark or howl?
- The American Boxer is usually not a big howler. This is often a trait that you will find in hunting dogs. However, Boxers really love to bark and will bark at anything. Because of this they are usually quite vocal when they play. This is something that you need to keep in mind when getting a Boxer. You will have to ask yourself if your neighbors will be tolerant enough with the barking. (See List of Dogs That Are Mostly Quiet.)
- What is the wanderlust potential of a Boxer?
- Basically any dog will have a tendency to wander off if not supervised. The Boxer is no exception. He is a very curious breed and will go off exploring is not on a leash or in a fenced in yard. (See List of Dogs Less Prone to Wander.)
- Are Boxers an energetic breed of dog?
- Boxers have a lot of energy and are constantly on the go. They are not great companions for people who are laid back. These dogs want to play and go for long walks. They even make good jogging companions. (See List of Dogs That Have Low Energy.)
- Is the Boxer an intense breed of dog?
- When speaking about intensity we are actually referring to how much vigor the animal puts into everything it does. The Boxer is a very intense dog. Everything he does he will do with a great amount of vigor. (See List of Dogs That Are Low Intensity.)
- Do Boxers need a lot of exercise?
- Boxers are high energy dogs and need a great deal of exercise to help burn off excess energy. If these dogs don't get enough exercise they may become destructive as a means of expelling the excess energy that they have. That is why these dogs require owners who are active themselves as well as families with children. (See List of Dogs That Don't Need Tons of Exercise.)
- Are Boxers playful dogs?
- Boxers are very playful dogs and will love a good game with you. This is another reason why these dogs make great companions for families with children. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Playful.)
Vital Statistics of the American Boxer
- Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
- Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at the shoulder
- Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
- Life Span: 10 to 12 years
Highlights of the American Boxer
- Boxers are high-energy dogs and need a lot of exercise. Make sure you have the time, desire, and energy to give them the play and activity they need.
- Boxers are exuberant and will greet you ecstatically.
- Early, consistent training is critical — before your Boxer gets too big to handle!
- Although they are large, Boxers are not "outdoor dogs." Their short noses and short hair make them uncomfortable in hot and cold weather, and they need to be kept as housedogs.
- Boxers mature slowly and act like rambunctious puppies for several years.
- Boxers don't just like to be around their family — they need to be around them! If left alone for too long or kept in the backyard away from people, they can become ill-tempered and destructive.
- Boxers drool, a lot. Boxers also snore, loudly.
- Although they have short hair, Boxers shed, especially in the spring.
- Boxers are intelligent and respond well to firm but fun training. They also have an independent streak and don't like to be bossed around or treated harshly. You'll have the biggest success in training your Boxer if you can make it fun for him.
- Some Boxers take their guarding duties a little too seriously, while others may not exhibit any guarding instincts at all.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
History of the American Boxer
The Boxer's ancestors were the German Bullenbeisser (a dog that descended from Mastiffs) and the Bulldog. The Bullenbeisser was a hunting dog for bear, wild boar, and deer. A job it held for centuries. This was a very strong breed and it had the task of catching and holding prey until hunters arrived. Eventually the Bullenbeissers lost their jobs of hunting and began to be used by farmers and butchers to guard and drive cattle.
The Boxer we know today was developed in the late 19th century. The first person to breed these dogs was a Munich man by the name of Georg Alt. He bred a brindle-colored female Bullenbeisser named Flora with a local dog of unknown origin. In the litter was a fawn-and-white male that was named Lechner's Box. This is believed to be the start of the line that would become the Boxer we know today.
Lechner's Box was bred to his dam, Flora, and one of the litter was a female called Alt's Schecken. She was registered as a Bierboxer or Modern Bullenbeiser.
Schecken was then bred to an English Bulldog named Tom to produce a dog named Flocki, who became the first Boxer to be entered in the German Stud Book after winning at a Munich show that had a special event for Boxers.
Flocki's sister, a white female, was even more influential when she was mated with Piccolo von Angertor, a grandson of Lechner's Box. One of her pups was a white female named Meta von der Passage, who is considered to be the mother of the Boxer breed even though photographs of her show that she bore little resemblance to the modern Boxer.
John Wagner, author of The Boxer (first published in 1939) said the following about her:
"Meta von der Passage played the most important role of the five original ancestors. Our great line of sires all trace directly back to this female. She was a substantially built, low to the ground, brindle and white parti-color, lacking in underjaw and exceedingly lippy. As a producing bitch few in any breed can match her record. She consistently whelped puppies of marvelous type and rare quality. Those of her offspring sired by Flock St. Salvator and Wotan dominate all present-day."
In 1894, three Germans named Roberth, Konig, and Hopner decided to stabilize the breed and put it on exhibition at a dog show. This was done in Munich in 1895, and the next year they founded the first Boxer Club.
The breed became known in other parts of Europe in the late 1890s. Around 1903, the first Boxers were imported into the U.S.
The first Boxer was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1904, a dog named Arnulf Grandenz. In 1915, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the first Boxer champion, Sieger Dampf v Dom, owned by Governor and Mrs. Lehman of New York. Unfortunately, there weren't many female Boxers in the U.S. to breed to him, so he didn't have much influence on the breed.
When Word War I broke out, Boxers were enlisted into the military, serving as messenger dogs, carrying packs, and acting as attack and guard dogs.
Boxers started becoming popular in the U.S. in the 1940s when soldiers coming home from World War II brought their Boxer mascots with them. Through them, the breed was introduced to more people and soon became a favorite companion animal, show dog, and guard dog.
The American Boxer Club (ABC) was formed in 1935 and gained acceptance by the AKC in the same year. In the early days, there was a lot of controversy within the club about the Boxer standard. In 1938, the club finally approved a new standard.
The latest revisions of the standard were in 2005. Today, the Boxer ranks 7th among the 155 breeds and varieties registered by the AKC.
Size Of the American Boxer
The males of the breed typically stand 22.5 to 25 inches (57.15 to 63.5 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weigh about 70 pounds (31.75 kilograms). Females typically stand 21 to 23.5 inches (51.34 to 59.69 centimeters) at the shoulder and weigh about 60 pounds (27.22 kilograms).
American Boxer Personality
People often describe the Boxer as a "hearing" guard dog because he is constantly alert and watchful. This is a very dignified and self-assured dog.
When if comes to children he's playful and patient. Strangers, on the other hand, are greeted with a wary attitude. With friendly people he will respond with politeness. The only time he will become aggressive is in defense of his family and home.
Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them.
When choosing a puppy it is always a good idea to meet at least one of the parents to ensure that the pup has a nice temperament that you're comfortable with. Meeting siblings or other relatives of the parents is also helpful for evaluating what a puppy will be like when he grows up.
Like every dog, Boxers need early socialization when they're young. This type of training helps ensure that your Boxer puppy will grow up to be a well-rounded, outgoing, friendly dog and that he will stay that way. Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors over regularly, and taking him to busy parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help him polish his social skills.
Health of the American Boxer
Boxers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not all Boxers will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed. If you're buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you the health clearances for both your puppy's parents.
Health clearances are your proof that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. In Boxers, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better), elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (offa.org).
The following is a list of the more common conditions that the Boxer breed is susceptible to:
- Cancer. Boxers are especially prone to the developing mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and brain tumors. White Boxers and Boxers with excessive white markings can be sunburned and may even develop skin cancer. If your Boxer is light-colored, apply sunscreen on his ears, nose, and coat when he goes outdoors.
- Aortic stenosis/sub-aortic stenosis (AS/SAS). This is one of the most common heart defects found in Boxers. The aorta narrows below the aortic valve, forcing the heart to work harder to supply blood to the body. This condition can cause fainting and even sudden death. It's an inherited condition, but its mode of transmission isn't known at this time. Typically, a veterinary cardiologist diagnoses this condition after a heart murmur has been detected. Dogs with this condition should not be bred.
- Boxer cardiomyopathy (BCM). Also called Boxer Arrythmic Cardiomyopathy (BAC), Familial Ventricular Arrhythmia (FVA) and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). BCM is an inherited condition. The dog' heart sometimes beats erratically (arrhythmia) due to an electrical conduction disorder. This can cause weakness, collapse, or sudden death. Because it is difficult to detect this condition, it can cause an unexpected death. Boxers who show signs of this condition should not be bred.
- Hip Dysplasia: This is a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn't fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both rear legs, but you may not notice any signs of discomfort in a dog with hip dysplasia. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop. X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP). Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. If you're buying a puppy, ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and are free of problems. Hip dysplasia is hereditary, but it can also be triggered by environmental factors, such as rapid growth from a high-calorie diet or injuries incurred from jumping or falling on slick floors. Treatment ranges from supplements that support joint function to total hip replacement.
- Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormone and may produce signs that include infertility, obesity, mental dullness, and lack of energy. The dog's fur may become coarse and brittle and begin to fall out, while the skin becomes tough and dark. Hypothyroidism can be managed very well with a thyroid replacement pill daily. Medication must continue throughout the dog's life.
- Corneal Dystrophy: This refers to several diseases of the eye that are non-inflammatory and inherited. One or more layers of the cornea in both eyes are usually affected, although not necessarily symmetrically. In most breeds, corneal dystrophy appears as an opaque area in the center of the cornea or close to the periphery. This usually isn't painful unless corneal ulcers develop.
- Demodectic Mange: Also called Demodicosis. All dogs carry a little passenger called a demodex mite. The mother dog passes this mite to her pups in their first few days of life. The mite can't be passed to humans or other dogs; only the mother passes mites to her pups. Demodex mites live in hair follicles and usually don't cause any problems. If your Boxer has a weakened or compromised immune system, however, he can develop demodectic mange. Demodectic mange, also called demodicosis, can be localized or generalized. In the localized form, patches of red, scaly skin with hair loss appears on the head, neck and forelegs. It's thought of as a puppy disease, and often clears up on its own. Even so, you should take your dog to the vet because it can turn into the generalized form of demodectic mange. Generalized demodectic mange covers the entire body and affects older puppies and young adult dogs. The dog develops patchy skin, bald spots, and skin infections all over the body. The American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology recommends neutering or spaying all dogs that develop generalized demodectic mange because there is a genetic link. The American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology recommends neutering or spaying all dogs that develop generalized demodectic mange because there is a genetic link to its development. The third form of this disease, Demodectic Pododermititis, is confined to the paws and can cause deep infections.
- Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), also called Bloat or Torsion: This is a life-threatening condition that can affect large, deep-chested dogs like Boxers, especially if they are fed one large meal a day, eat rapidly, drink large volumes of water after eating, and exercise vigorously after eating. Some think that raised feeding dishes and type of food might be additional factors. It is more common among older dogs. GDV occurs when the stomach is distended with gas or air and then twists (torsion). The dog is unable to belch or vomit to rid itself of the excess air in its stomach, and the normal return of blood to the heart is impeded. Blood pressure drops and the dog goes into shock. Without immediate medical attention, the dog can die. Suspect bloat if your dog has a distended abdomen, is salivating excessively and retching without throwing up. He also may be restless, depressed, lethargic, and weak with a rapid heart rate. It's important to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. There is some indication that a tendency toward GDV is inherited, so it's recommended that dogs that develop this condition should be neutered or spayed.
- Allergies: Boxers are prone to allergies, both environmental allergies and food-related allergies. If you notice that your Boxer has itchy, scaly skin, have him checked out by your vet.
- Deafness: White Boxers are especially susceptible to deafness. About 20 percent of white Boxers are deaf, and white Boxers should not be bred because the genes that cause deafness in white Boxers can be inherited. Additionally, Boxers that carry the extreme white spotting gene can increase the incidence of deafness in the breed.
Caring For Your American Boxer
Boxers are housedogs. Their short noses and short coats make them unsuited to living outdoors, although they'll enjoy having a fenced yard to play in.
Boxers love to play. To keep their muscles toned and satisfy their need for exercise, plan on playing with them or walking them at least twice a day for half an hour. Play fetch, take him for long walks, or get him involved in dog sports. Agility sports are a great exercise for this breed of dog.
Giving your Boxer plenty of daily exercise is the best way to ensure good behavior. A tired Boxer is a good Boxer.
Training is also essential for the Boxer. He's so big and strong that he can accidentally hurt people by knocking them over if he doesn't learn to control his actions. His temperament also plays a role in his trainability. He's happy and excitable, bouncy, and a bit of a mischief-maker. Getting him to take training seriously requires starting early and using firm, fair training methods and positive motivation in the form of praise, play, and food rewards. Be consistent. Your Boxer will notice any time you let him get away with something, and he'll push to see what else he can get away with.
Patience is the key to housetraining your Boxer. Some are housetrained by 4 months of age, but others aren't reliable until they're 7 months to a year old. Take your Boxer out to potty on a regular schedule and praise him wildly when he does his business outdoors. Crate training is recommended.
Feeding Your Boxer
The recommended daily amount is 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Keep in mind also that how much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. All dogs are individuals and they don't all need the same amount of food.
The quality of dog food you buy also makes a difference. The better the dog food, the further it will go toward nourishing your dog and the less of it you'll need to shake into your dog's bowl.
Coat Color And Grooming
Boxers have a sleek, short coat with tight skin and a very athletic body. They come in two colors: fawn or brindle, with or without white markings.
Fawn ranges from a light tan to mahogany. Brindle is a striking tiger-striped pattern of black stripes on a fawn background.
White markings usually appear on the belly or feet and shouldn't cover more than one-third of the coat. When the white extends onto the neck or face, the color is called flashy fawn or flashy brindle. Boxers without any white are referred to as plain Boxers.
On the face, the Boxer usually has a black mask, sometimes with a white stripe, or blaze, running up the muzzle between the eyes.
Contrary to popular belief, Boxers don't carry the gene for a solid black coat color, so you won't ever see a black Boxer.
The Boxer coat requires minimal grooming. These are clean dogs and often groom themselves like cats do.
Boxers can shed quite a bit, but weekly brushing with a bristle brush or hard rubber grooming mitt will help keep hair under control. You can enhance the natural sheen of your Boxer's coat by rubbing it down every now and then with a chamois cloth. If you decide to use a shedding blade, be careful when using it around your Boxer's legs so you don't injure him.
The Boxer should only be bathed as needed.
Other grooming needs include dental hygiene and nail care. Brush your Boxer's teeth several times a week to help remove tartar and bacteria. Daily is best if you want to prevent periodontal disease. And trim his nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn't wear them down naturally. A good rule of thumb is that if you can hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor, they're too long. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent your legs from getting scratched when your Boxer enthusiastically jumps up to greet you.
You should begin accustoming your Boxer to being brushed and examined when he's a puppy. Handle his paws frequently and look inside his mouth and ears. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you'll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams and other handling when he's an adult.
As you groom, check for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation on the skin, in the ears, nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet. Ears should smell good, without too much wax or gunk inside, and eyes should be clear, with no redness or discharge. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early.
Children And Other Pets
Because Boxers love kids they make great playmates for active older children. They can be too rambunctious for toddlers, however, and can accidentally knock them down in play. Remember that is the responsibility of parents to teach children how to approach and touch dogs. And it is the responsibility of both parents and dog owners to always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
Teach children to never to approach any dog while he's eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away.
No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Boxers can get along well with other dogs and cats, especially if they're raised with them.
A lot of people purchase a Boxer without any clear understanding of what goes into owning one. Because of this there are many Boxers in need of adoption and or fostering. Below is a short list of rescue centers. If you don't see a rescue listed for your area, contact the national breed club or a local breed club and they can point you toward a Boxer rescue.
- American Boxer Rescue Association
- Bay Area Boxer Rescue
- Boxer Angels Rescue
- Boxer Buddies Rescue and Adoption
- Boxer Rebound, Inc.
- Heart of Ohio Boxer Rescue
- Second Chance Boxer Rescue
- Wiggle Buttz Boxer Rescue
If you are looking for a reputable breeder in your area you can contact the following organization for more information.
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