The Boxer originated in Germany in the late 19th century. A hunting Mastiff, Boxers are stocky and medium in size with strong jaws and a powerful bite.
Boxers were bred to pursue bear, wild boar, and deer — holding them in place for the hunter to catch up.
The Boxer is patient, dignified, and self-assured. This breed is fearless and courageous if threatened.
Lively, strong, and extremely loyal, the Boxer makes a great companion and family dog.
The Boxer is clever and quick to learn. Obedience training is essential. Boxers do well in competitive obedience and love to learn and perform tricks.
An active breed, Boxers require a lot of exercise. The Boxer enjoys regular play and outdoor exercise.
Daily walks and exercise for more than one hour daily is recommended. An athletic breed, they make excellent jogging and running partners.
A study by the UK Kennel Club found Cancer to be the leading cause of death in boxers — accounting for 38.5% of Boxer deaths. Known health conditions in Boxers include Aortic Stenosis, Colitis, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, Bloat, Spondylosis Deformans, Cardiomyopathy, Cancer, and Hypothyroidism.
The Boxers tight, short coat requires minimal grooming. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended.
The Boxer is an indoor pet as their short coat cannot protect them from cold climates.