Origin and characteristics 

Originated in Germany during the 19th century, Boxers are a mix of German Mastiffs and the now extinct Bulllenbeisser,.Their most obvious feature is their excess folding skin on the face area, and their large wide-set eyes, the perky ears, and the upturned nose.

Boxers have the best characteristics of all dogs – they are intelligent, protective, and good with children. While they are known to be outgoing and friendly, they are also protective of their owners. This makes boxers great watchdogs for your family and home.

They are so loyal and loving that they often forget about their size and like to behave as lapdogs – they would sit or lie on their beloved owners. They body is almost entirely muscle, which makes them very strong, so they should be supervised around children or elderly, not because they would intentionally harm someone, but they may not be aware of how strong they are.

Boxers are bursting with energy. They need plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation to release their energy. They must be kept on a leash if not at home, as they can easily run away thinking you’re playing chase with them. They love being included in games and can’t tolerate long time away from people very well. Boxers have one of the longest puppyhoods amongst all dogs – they aren’t considered fully mature until they are 3 years old.

They can be trained as guard dogs, search and rescue dogs, drug detection and therapy dogs due to their intelligence and fearless, but friendly personality.

Socialising them at a young age helps them to grows up to be a well-mannered and friendly dog.

Boxers can get along well with other dogs and cats, especially if they’re raised with them.

They drool a lot and also snore loudly.

  • Lifespan: 10 – 12 Years

  • Size: 59 – 64 cm

  • Weight: 25- 32 kg

  • Breed group: working dogs

  • Coat: short

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Boxers are house dogs; they should not be left outdoors for long periods of time. Their short noses and short coats make them unsuited to living outdoors. Their coat doesn’t keep them warm in the winter and their short nose doesn’t cool hot air efficiently in the summer.

Their short, shiny and sleek coat lies tight to their body. Their coat requires minimal maintenance. Boxers are clean dogs and they groom themselves like cats do.

Their coat is relatively efficient at repelling dirt, so they don’t require frequent bathing, once a month couple is enough to keep them clean and help to remove their fur as it sheds.

How to manage shedding?

Although they have short hair, they do shed a bit throughout the year, especially in the spring, but weekly brushing with a bristle brush or hard rubber grooming mitt can help keep hair under control. They won’t shed large amounts of hair like double-coated breeds.

Start getting your Boxer used to being brushed when they are young. A careful regular exam, such as checking their skin for sores, rashes or signs of infection will help spot potential health problems at an early stage. If you think your Boxer is shedding more than usual, it can be a sign of an underlying medical issue, stress, or a nutritional problem, and it’s recommended to consult a professional.

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