Photo of Boxer


The Germans developed many breeds suitable for helping with various jobs. Its ancestors included the Bullenbeisser, a breed used for hunting big game, and the English Bulldog. In the 1800s, the prototype of the Boxer was promoted by three men, Konig, Hopner and Robert, who brought the breed recognition throughout the world. Although Boxers were originally used as a farm helper, service dog or household guardian, today they are mainly companions, who might bark a warning. Legend has it that the breed's name came from their habit of dancing on two legs and push playing with their front paws. Whether true or not, two Boxers who meet are often seen carrying on the tradition.


Well-bred Boxers are happy, always eager to join in wrestling or a game. They dote on children, especially “their” kids, but may roughhouse too much for little ones. Playing the clown one moment and hitting a noble stance the next, Boxers fit in almost any role. They might be too active for some people, but those who like a good romp, whether playing ball or hide and seek, won't find a better buddy. Boxers can be hesitant around strangers but will seek attention from their own family.


Clean lines show off the Boxer's well-muscled body. Her fawn or brindle coat, which is usually trimmed with white markings, is short. Eyes are dark seeming to issue an invitation to play. Boxers in the Western Hemisphere are cropped and docked. In many other countries, no cosmetic surgeries may be performed, so they are au natural. Since white dogs were used in the development of the breed, white puppies can appear in litters. Care must be taken in determining that deafness is not a problem with these pups.


Some Boxers are determined to do things their way, so training for control is recommended. Happy for any kind of attention, Boxers often look upon obedience routines as sometimes tedious – but it gives them time with their people. Make training interesting with play breaks, and you'll have a happy camper.

Grooming & Care

Boxers stay spiffy nearly all by themselves. As with other breeds, nails should be trimmed and ears and teeth cleaned. Otherwise a swipe of the brush or hound's glove keeps them shiny. Talk to your veterinarian about the type of food needed to keep a Boxer healthy – some can cause your Boxer to be gassy and not as welcome as the lapdog they like to be.

Health Concerns

Parents should be OFA and CERF registered. Some lines suffer torsion, heart problems or bleeding disorders. Sadly, the number one health concern is cancer.

Famous Boxer

Actress Jessica Beal, NASCAR driver Greg biffle, and actor Hugh Jackman have all had Boxers.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level Active
Schedule Full-time (but no overtime)
Personal Style Easygoing and casual, Playful
Training Style Positive, Creative and fun
Home Fenced yard or access to one
Children The more, the merrier!
Experience Not necessary
Quick Facts
Size Medium, Large
Grooming Easy to care for - brush weekly
Exercise High - needs to walk every day, plus some running and play
Training Fast learner, Teach manners, Teach sports
Temperment Goofy and playful, Enthusiastic
Challenges Gassiness, housetraining, snoring and snorting
Height 21 to 25 inches
Weight 50 to 80 pounds
Life 8 to 12 years
Home Alone Fine with lots of exercise first
With Kids Will tire them out for you
With Strangers Cautious at first but okay with them if you are
Availability Available, so choose your breeder carefully

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