If you are reading this, then I assume you have either brought a Boxer Puppy home or planning to get one immediately. Boxer Puppies, as the name may imply, are muscular and strong dog breeds that are extremely intelligent and adorable.
A friend of mine always argued that Boxers are in fact English bulldog which, I am so very confident, is untrue. This breed might look similar to its ancestors owing to its blunt muzzle but is no way a carbon-copy of them; their long legs, long body with deep chest makes them differ from the English bulldog.
Not all breeds can be trusted when left alone with kids, but Boxer Puppies can prove to be gentle and great caretakers if trained properly. It’s in their gene to jump at strangers but you can keep this habit under control with consistent coaching.
Primarily these were used for hunting and fishing purposes; so in order to avoid wounds and bruises, the owners observed the custom of cutting off their long droopy ears and tails. Since the breed is more of a family-dog these days, chopping off ears and docking tails is mostly avoided.
This article throws light on the temperament, training requirement and basic “know-about” of the breed.
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Boxer Breed Characteristics Sheet
- Origin: Germany
- Size: Medium
- Dog Breed Group: Working
- Purebred: Yes
- Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
- Height: 21-25 inches
- Weight: 55-75 lbs
- Coat Appearance: Short, smooth hair, shiny
- Coat Colors: Black, White, Fawn, Brindle, Tan, Mahogany red
- Temperament: Active, Affectionate, Loyal, Intelligent, Alert
- Good With Children: Yes
- Intelligence Level: High
- Good With Pets: Moderate
- Hypoallergenic: No
- Grooming: Less
- Shedding: Low
- Barking: Rare
- Suitable For Apartments: No
- Need For Exercise: High
- Easy To Train: Yes with experienced master
- Good For First Time Owners: Moderate
- Health Issues: Arthritis, Acne, Cancer
- Litter Size: 2 to 10 puppies; 6 (average)
- Average Price: 700 to 1000 Euros
Boxer Size & Weight
Size – Standard Boxer puppies can have a size between 21 and 25 inches.
Weight – A full-grown boxer could weigh 55 to 75 pounds.
This could sometimes vary based on the gender; female boxers are slightly lighter than the male dogs. Now, I know that’s an obvious fact!
The average lifespan of Boxer Puppies is 10 -12 years. The maximum age that these canine dogs can live is 29 years but very few boxers are recorded to have neared the age; Australian cattle dog named Bluey is the only known Boxer to have lived up to this age.
Boxer Dog Temperament
Their ancestors were mostly used for hunting, fishing, catching preys and for watching over cattle; this trait justifies the sturdiness in Boxer puppies. Whether it is their confidence or devotedness, they are unique in their own way.
The following behaviors can be matched up with the boxer puppy breed.
- Protective – Dogs usually love the family they live with; they are over-protective and will place their master’s safety first in times of trouble. And when protectiveness is concerned, the boxer puppies are no way different from other dogs. Read Also: Why The World Would End If Dogs Disappeared
- Alertness – They can serve as perfect watchdogs owing to their reliable and alert nature. They cannot stand strangers and would raise an alarm the moment they sense danger.
- Gentle – This might seem unbelievable because their nature is completely opposite to their appearance. Their strong jaw-line and square features make them look aggressive and rude but you would be surprised to know that they are very friendly with cats and other pets.
- Separation Anxiety – This is the most common feature found in this breed; they cannot stand loneliness and would turn frustrated if left alone for a long time.
Boxer puppies are highly energetic and intelligent; little training and fine-tuning would be enough to reap great results. You will have your pet take orders within no time because they are keen to learn and can easily grasp things when taught patiently.
Follow a reward-based training; that would make your Boxer feel enthusiastic about learning new tricks. The point is, your pet would love to learn new orders when he receives a lot of pampering and treats.
This breed requires 2 hours of exercising on a daily basis, so ensure you take him on a quick stroll even when he fusses to stay back home; he will thank you later.
Boxer Dog Food
Boxer puppies need to consume double the amount of food than when they are adults; It is during the early years that these dogs gain muscle mass and obtain essential nutrients to grow healthy.
Adult boxers eat 2 cups of food in a day, so as per the math, your puppy must be given 4 cups of food every day until they are 6 months old. Split the meals into several portions because feeding an entire cup in one go would be equal to over-feeding the pup.
Foods For A Boxer Dog
- Dry Kibble
- Whole Chicken
- Fruits like Apples, Oranges, Bananas,
- Sweet Potatoes
Foods to Avoid
Interesting Facts About Boxer Puppies
- They are closely related to Bullenbeisser, an extinct dog breed.
- They snore a lot and quite loudly; thanks to their short muzzles!
- White Boxer puppies are prone to suffer from skin issues and some were even reported to be born deaf.
- They are often called the “Peter Pan” of all dog breeds.
- Now this one is a little gross – Boxers drool a lot. But a regular wash with good dog shampoo can solve issues with hygiene.
- As discussed earlier, they simply hate staying alone. They need company almost all the time.
- Boxer dogs were used as messengers and attack dogs in World War II.
- Boxer puppies have a short coat of hair so they find it difficult to cope with extreme temperatures. Staying out in cold is a “Big No” when it comes to Boxer dogs.
- Female boxer dogs are more hyperactive when compared to the males.
Boxer Health Problems
All dogs are prone to suffer from some of the other kind of health issues, but here we shall discuss the diseases that are most common among the Boxer Puppies.
- Acne – Just like you, the Boxer Puppies to suffer from beauty problems. Lol! With the advent of puberty, this breed is susceptible to acne and pimples.
Dogs, being lesser beauty conscious than us, tend to scratch and wound the pimples or acne during playtime; it could lead to scarring or even more serious issues like a skin infection. To avoid complications, it would be best if you take your pet to a good vet for instant treatment.
- Arthritis – This problem starts with the onset of old age. Your pet need not stay in pain; take him to a doctor immediately and get the right treatment done. To be able to do so, you must first be able to understand the signs and symptoms of the disease. If unnoticed, it may progress to osteoarthritis.
- Cancer – This is the most dangerous disease found in Boxer Puppies. The most common types of cancer diagnosed in this breed are lymphoma and brain tumors. White boxers are more vulnerable to the big “C” and must be protected and given ultimate care.
Ensure that the pup you buy is free from genetic diseases and whenever you note an early sign of the problem, make it #1 priority to take your pup to a vet.
Boxer Dog Price
Boxer dog may cost between 700 to 1000 Euros and could cost a little more if they are vaccinated and have been wormed. Bear in mind that you need to receive guaranteed paper-works while purchasing the dog. Happy Fostering to You!
Boxer Puppies Breeders
Bringing home a puppy is completely joyous but it is one of the most crucial decisions to take. You need to be sure that you are willing to take up the responsibility of caring for an additional family member in the first place.
If you are not 100% sure about spending time with your pet to train him daily then it would be better that you drop the idea and postpone it to sometimes later. But if you are ready to take up the challenge, then it’s time you decide the breeder from whom you are going to buy the pup.
Take down a list of breeders and research about each one of them; it’s not an easy job to get a dog home!
Here are a few tips to follow while choosing a dog breeder:
- Contact a breeder who is certified and is a part of a Parent kennel club.
- A good breeder should be able to give you the complete history of the puppy in demand.
- Trustworthy breeders would be willing to share with you the genetic results of the boxer puppies. But if a breeder is not able to produce one, do not misjudge him right away. Some breeders may not have genetic results in hand.
- Most of the good ones out there are even willing to sign papers to guarantee a dog’s health. It is always better to buy puppies from such breeders even it costs you a little extra.
- The environment, in which the puppies are bred, is enough to decide the reliability of a breeder; a good breeder would always love and care for his dogs and would take additional care to entrust the pups into reliable hands.