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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BOXER

 

HISTORY

Boxers are descendants of extinct Bullen Baiser breeds crossed with a mastiff, bulldog and possibly Great Dane and even a terrier. They were developed in Germany in the 19th century, initially as bull baiting dogs and later as butcher’s helpers, controlling cattle in slaughterhouses. Some breed historians say boxers are named from the German word box, their slaughterhouse designation. Other fanciers contend the name boxer comes from the characteristic way that they use their forepaws to play, sparring much like a human boxer. Boxers were not imported to the United States until after World War I. After 1940 the breed rose to become among the most popular in America.

PERSONALITY

Boxers are intelligent, high-energy, playful dogs that like to stay busy. Their temperament reflects their breeding. They prefer to be in the company of their owners and are loyal pets that will fiercely guard their family and home against strangers.

They get along well with other animals if raised with them. However, boxers also have a reputation for attacking neighborhood dogs and cats if left to their own devices, so they should never be allowed to wander.

Few boxers bark excessively. If a boxer barks, chances are there is a good reason. Many boxers are vocal, however, and make a growling noise that’s really just the dog’s way of talking.

LIVING WITH

The boxer has a high need for companionship and exercise. If these needs are not met, boxers can be destructive if left alone in the house. Boxers are ideal for people who want a canine companion with them most of the time or for larger busy families with homes that are often occupied by someone. They can do well on a country estate or in a city apartment as long as they have the opportunity to romp and expel energy. If you live in an urban area, regular walks are necessary.

Boxers are intolerant of hot weather, and care must be taken to prevent them from getting overheated. They also need protection from the cold since they are short-coated.

DESCRIPTION OF A BOXER

It isn’t very often that you will find a person unfamiliar with popular Boxer dogs. These gorgeous animals have enjoyed a lot of popularity for a very long time now. Who could possibly miss the square jaw line and impressive under bite that gives them their fighter like appearance? These dogs are also known for their straight, perky ears. However many owners choose to have the ears changed surgically to flop down. These dogs are also famous for very strong legs and deep, loud barks. The barks are made possible by the wide chests these beauties possess.

Their brains are every bit as impressive as their bodies. Boxers are notorious for being incredibly intelligent. Actually, it could be said that they are smarter than many of their owners. When you consider that these dogs are often used for service purposes like police dogs and therapy aids, their intelligence is one of the most important qualities they possess. Along with golden or black lab retrievers, Boxers are among the most popular dogs for this very important work.

Character

The Boxer is good-natured, high-spirited, playful, and curious. They are highly intelligent and eager to learn, but they can also be free-willed and sneaky. This breed is good for competitive obedience. They love bonding with their family, and they are excellent family pets. They get along wonderfully with children and are generally friendly towards other dogs and animals. Boxers like to use their front paws to get into things and move things from place to place. They have a sense of humor and are quite goofy, and they have been known to pick up just about anything and carry it around with them. They are very protective of their family and home, but visitors are almost always welcomed enthusiastically. This breed makes a great guard dog. They should be trained and properly socialized from a young age so that they don’t jump up on people. They love to jump and they can be overly boisterous. This breed requires a dominant owner and firm, consistent training. You can use them as a guard dog but you should always have a fireproof safe for your most important documents, jewelry, etc as this dogs won’t protect them if they are alone and a burglar(s) gets in your home.

General Health

The Boxer is prone to cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis, and epilepsy. Like other larger dog breeds, hip dysplasia is also a concern. Between the ages of one and eight years, the Boxer is more likely to develop tumors than other breeds. They have a tendency towards developing allergies and heart problems. Boxers may drool or snore and/or have excessive flatulence. White varieties of Boxers are prone to deafness. This breed typically lives for 11 to 14 years. They average 6 puppies per litter.

This breed typically lives for 10 to 15 years on average. It is very important to purchase from a reputable breeder that screens their dogs for Demodex or also known as red mange. Boxer bloat easily if they eat table scraps, especially spicy foods. Seek the advice of your veterinarian if this should happen. They should never be allowed to eat anything but a premium dog food. Feeding twice a day is also helpful. Let them digest their food before any strenuous play. Boxers are prone to having breathing problems and need extra care in heat. They should not engage in strenuous exercise when it’s hot and always give them plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE AND A BOXER!

Boxers are intelligent, high-energy, playful dogs that like to stay busy. With their innate attachment to humans and their intelligence, Boxers are often used as guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs for shut-ins, and even as alert dogs for people who suffer from epilepsy, alerting them to an imminent seizure.