Intelligence:Extremely intelligent, easily bored. A boxer is a dog that needs a task, or entertainment to keep his sharp mind from getting him in trouble. While training is necessary, it must be done with a ?firm, but fair? attitude. Over-correction, and harsh treatment will get no response with this breed. Firm vocal commands are much more effective in training this breed, as they bond strongly with their owners, and aim to please.Boxers are a lighthearted working breed, more suited to living as companions than guards, or watchdogs, they do not have the ?working? temperament many working breeds are known for. Boxers are best described as canine comedians, they don?t take things too seriously, and when being training its best to keep it fun for the dog. Many boxers are very food motivated. Boxers excel in activities like obedience, and agility, and some are also trained in tracking, and as police dogs, and as guide dogs. When bored, boxers can become destructive, and will invent activities and games to amuse themselves. Figuring out how to open cabinets, and get into things is a specialty, so crate training this breed is a must.Energy:Boxers are very ?high energy? dogs, to the extreme. This is a breed that remains very puppy-like in attitude, and behavior for most of its life. They love to run, play, pounce, and be generally active. Most people either decide they love the boxers high activity level, or they dislike it immensely which is often the reason so many boxers end up in rescue organizations, owners were not prepared for owning this high energy breed.A fenced in yard is recommended for this breed, but an owner who is willing to walk and exercise a dog may be a suitable home, as long as the dogs needs are met daily. This is a breed that should not be left outdoors unsupervised, due to the boxers ability to figure out escape routes, and, due to the fact that unfortunately, this breed is in demand by many pet thieves for less than desirable uses. Boxers do best in ?moderate? environments; they do not do well in extreme heat, or cold. These are indoor dogs, which need an adequate amount of outdoor exercise.Description:Boxers are in the AKC Working Group, and are a very competitive breed to show, both in the breed ring, and in the group. Boxers are a medium sized dog, and should be compact, yet smooth, and clean in appearance. See ABC/AKC Breed Standard for specifics. Boxers are fun dogs, who have a regal appearance, yet the personality of a clown. This is a breed where the standard leaves room for breeder interpretation, so you will see a variation in appearance between different lines, and breeders. A well bred boxer is more likely to resemble the photos you see online, and in books. Poorly bred specimens very rarely resemble the attractive dogs pictured in magazines, books, and on websites. Its best to obtain a boxer from a very reputable breeder, but research is required, as there are as many bad breeders, as there are good ones.Attitude:Fun Loving, young at heart, playful and exuberant are the best words to describe the boxer. This is a breed who is a great companion to adults, children, as a running companion, or to cuddle with. They get along well with other pets, provided they are properly introduced, and they love children more than anything. Males and females in this breed are very similar in temperament. If you want to own more than one, its best to have two of opposite sexes. Intact males, as with many breeds, can show aggression to other males, but, females are not immune to being dog aggressive as well. It takes a dominant owner to keep multiple boxers of the same sex in their home with no problems, for some people, this isn?t a problem, and no fights arise, but for others, multiple dogs can be a challenge. Boxers are protective of their owners, but should NEVER be aggressive. Aggression towards humans in this breed is unacceptable, and such dogs should not be bred. Boxers are generally friendly dogs, when introduced to new people by their owners, but their appearance is usually enough to deter someone who may have less than good intentions. If provoked into protecting their owners, a boxer is fearless. A very old famous quote is: A Boxer fears neither death, nor the devil himself.
Boxers as we know them, originated in Germany, in the late 19th Century when the formal standard for the breed was drawn up. Much of this original standard remains in todays written standards around the world. One of the early dogs, Alt's Schecken was bred to a bulldog in 1895, and as a result, produced the first Boxer registered in the Stud Book in 1904, Muhlbauer's Flocki. There was a high degree of inbreeding in the early lines, done to set type, and establish the breed. One of the most important early dogs was a bitch named Meta v.d. Passage. John Wagner, a breed authority wrote of Meta: "Meta v.d. 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 consistantly whelped puppies of marvelous type and rare quality. Those of her offspring sired by Flock St. Salvator and Wotan dominate all present day pedigrees. Combined with Wotan and Mirzl children, they made the Boxer" The most influential breeder in developing the breed was Frau Stockmann, Von Dom Kennels. Most Boxers today trace back to her dogs many times.
Boxers have a tight short coat, that can vary from soft, to almost harsh to the touch, however, it should be smooth and lie tight to the body.Boxers shed moderately. But, you have usually more than one coat color to adjust your wardrobe to! Boxers usually shed more in fall, and in spring, but do lightly shed all year round.Grooming:Boxers are not trimmed, or clipped, as they have a short coat. Bathing occasionally is good, but over bathing your dog will remove oils essential to your dog maintaining a healthy coat. Petting your dog usually removes loose hair, but, a rubber curry comb does well in actively removing dead hair. Ears should be checked regularly, and cleaned when needed. Baby wipes are excellent for cleaning ears. Brush the teeth regularly, and office visits are recommended to maintain your dogs dental health, although lots of good bones and chew toys assist in removing tarter build up from the teeth. Nails should be clipped weekly, and paws should be checked for injury. Many breeders use rotary tools to sand down the dogs nails, rather than to clip them.Colors:Boxers come in an amazing variety of patterns, but, only two colors are acceptable in the show ring, and for breeding. Fawn, which is a solid ?red? color varies from light tan, to a deep mahogany color. Brindle, which is a ?striping? of black over the fawn base color can range from sparse but clearly defined black stripes on a fawn background, to such a heavy concentration of black striping that the essential fawn background color barely, although clearly, shows through (which may create the appearance of "reverse brindling"). White Boxers are not rare, and while they make wonderful pets, they should never be purposely bred for, or bred from. The American Boxer Club states that breeders should not allow AKC registration on white Boxers. Whites are sometimes born deaf, in one, or both ears ? they cannot be shown, but can compete in obedience events. Boxers markings are often called, flashy, or plain. A flashy boxer is one with more white markings, usually a blaze between the eyes, and possibly white socks and a collar. Plain dogs lack many white markings, often only having white toes, and a small splash of white on the chest.
This breed has a variety of common health problems. Among the more breed specific, are the more general ailments that effect many breeds. Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, and Arthritis are a few of the health issues that effect the breed, but the more serious ones are Heart Problems, (Cardiomyopathy, Heart Murmurs, and Subaortic Stenosis) As well as Cancers. (Lymphosarcoma, Tumors) There are health tests to help breeders learn about the health of their breeding dogs, however, there is no one agreed upon test, nor is there one to absolutely clear any dog of any health problem. Boxers usually live between 8-10 years. As a note, as the breed standard requires, boxers are undershot, and should be. Many vets misunderstand this, and cause unnecessary upset to new owners.
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