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Boxer

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Boxer

Boxers have a medium build, muscular and sturdy body. The Boxer has a sleek short-haired coat and the skin is tight-fitting. The skull and the wide, blunt muzzle should be proportional. The head is slightly arched and should also have wrinkly skin which gives the boxer their unique appearance. The lower jaw somewhat protrudes beyond the upper jaw and bends upward. The eyes should be dark brown, rims dark - fully pigmented and broad black nose. The ears are widely located at the highest point of the skull and lying close to the cheek. The neck is muscular and it should have a distinct outline to the withers. The chest should be deep, extending to the elbows. Slightly sloped, the back should be short and straight. Boxers should have well-arched toes and feet should resemble cat paws. Hind legs are a little longer than the front allowing for a quick noble like gait. The tail is docked and held upward. The ears are also generally cropped. When showing this breed, preferred colors are fawn or brindle. Their coat can have white coloring but must not exceed 1/3 of the coat color. Solid white is not advantageous.

Temperament Boxers are exuberant, playful, strong, loyal, fearless and self-assured. They enjoy busy households and love being around adults and children. Although they remain puppy-like throughout their lives, they are easily trainable and make good obedience dogs. However, due to their young at heart mentality, they can be a handful and become mischievous when left alone for a lengthy period. Boxers are not usually combative with other dogs but can defend themselves if the need arises. Can be aggressive with same-sex dogs.
Height, Weight Male Height: 22-25" ; Weight: 60-70 lbs.
Female Height: 21-24" ; Weight: 53-65 lbs.
Health Problems Major health concerns include hip dysplasia, subaortic stenosis, cardiomyopathy, and other heart problems. They may suffer from allergies. This breed may drool and have the tendency to snore.
Living Conditions Boxers will do fine with apartment living if given regular exercise. This breed has weather sensitivities.
Exercise This breed loves to go for long walks and requires lots of exercise. They love to fetch and have long sessions of play.
Life Expectancy About 11-14 years
Grooming The Boxer's short hair is easy to groom with a firm bristle brush and they should only be bathed when necessary. They groom themselves like cats, are very clean and are average shedders.
Origin Boxer's were developed by two German mastiff type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer. They were used for bull baiting and for hunting wild boar, bear and deer during the middle ages. These dogs learned swiftly and became popular in circus and theater acts. In the 19th century, this breed was crossed with the bulldog which resulted in the Boxer. Despite its German origins, the English name "Boxer" was given to this breed, due to their fighting style. In 1904, breeding was arbitrary until the first Boxer studbook was started, stabilizing the breed standard. The Boxer was then registered with the Kennel Club of Britain in 1933. Boxers were quite ferocious in the early stages of their development, however today, they are gentle and loving family companions. The Boxer is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Working, UKC Guardian Dog