Having a boxer dog at home is synonymous with laughter for sure. Very docile and clumsy, these little monsters are the joy of the family, whom they protect tooth and nail. Very attached to their owners, boxers (some call them box dogs ) are great companions and great with children. In fact, it is not uncommon for females of the breed to adopt the “pups” of their tutors as if they were their own.
All this companionship also translates into an animal that is a jack of all trades. Smart and full of vitality, they do not refuse a joke, but are also always ready to defend their tutors, who they consider their great partners.
- Origin: Germany
- Weight: 22-36 kg
- Height: 53-63cm
- Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Although it is believed that the boxer originates from a family of war dogs from the ancient Assyrian empire of the 25th century BC, the breed as we know it today has as a direct ancestor the dogs of the bullenbeisser lineage, developed by German breeders between the 19th and 19th centuries. XX.
The word bullenbeisser comes from the German bullen, bull, and beisser , biter. This means that the breed was used to hunt large animals such as wild boar and deer. Its strong and wide jaws allowed it to hold prey until the hunter arrived to kill it. This characteristic, as you can imagine, was also quite popular among dogs in fighting and bull fighting, with the bullenbeisser being one of the breeds that figured in these scenarios.
Over time, the bullenbeisser was crossed with dogs of the English mastiff type , Then comes the boxer breed – a name that supposedly comes from its posture that resembles that of a boxer. A little thinner and more elegant than his ancestors, the boxer is starting to gain prominence. Over the years, he has been featured as an athlete in canine competitions, cattle dog, war dog (in both world wars), guard dog and guide dog.
The boxer was registered by the AKC in 1904, but interest in the breed in the US only emerged years later, in 1950. This is because a specimen of the breed won the Westminster Canine Competition Tournament and became an American celebrity. Since then, interest has only grown, and the boxer dog is now a very popular breed.
Boxer breed colors
Most of the Boxer breeds have a tawny coat, with white coloring on the paws, chest and black muzzle. However, there are also boxers with brindle fur, with a predominance of caramel and black colors. The albino boxer, with a predominantly white coat and black spots on the eyes and nose, is a little rarer.
Is race destructive?
Let’s face it, every race is a little destructive when younger – especially at that stage when the teeth are coming in. In the case of the boxer it will be no different. So it won’t be hard to find the toilet paper roll lying on the floor, a bitten slipper, the clothes you just hung on the clothesline soaked in a puddle of pee. But don’t worry, it doesn’t last long. Over time, the boxer breed develops wisdom, serenity and stillness. This headache, while inevitable, is short-lived.
Are boxers fussy?
It can be said that the boxer is a “moon” dog. You will notice that in a few days he will be satisfied with that daily walk and will be calm. On other days he may “turn into Jiraiya” and want to play madly.
- Food: The boxer must have a healthy and balanced diet, with quality rations. Remember that the diet must be adapted to the age and weight of the animal. Some boxers are prone to obesity, so don’t overeat. And if you’re going to use treats for training, use them wisely.
- Bathing and brushing: As the boxer’s coat is short, he does not need daily brushing. But you can run those round plastic brushes over the fur to remove dead skin cells and keep your boxer looking healthy. As the breed is usually clean, baths do not need to be given often. Thus, it is recommended once every 15 days, depending on the routine and where the dog lives.
- Nails and Ears: If your boxer doesn’t live in an environment where they can wear out their nails naturally, they should be trimmed once a month. As for the ears, as they are naturally droopy, it is always good to use a cotton ball with its own lotion once a week.
- Teeth: Boxers tend to develop gum problems. Therefore, it is good to brush your teeth once a week, even to avoid tartar.
- Hip: as the boxer breed has an “unleveled” shape, with the hind legs lower than the front ones, it is predisposed to develop hip dysplasia, a kind of anomaly in the formation of the hip socket, which can worsen and cause mobility problems.
- Skin: the boxer is a breed, shall we say, warty. Although they are in his nature, some of them can turn into skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to follow up with a veterinarian and monitor the size of each of these warts.
- Heart: The boxer’s heart is also one of the points of concern. One of the diseases that can affect the boxer’s heart is cardiomyopathy, a hereditary disease that causes arrhythmias.