Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): German Boxer; Deutscher Boxer; Deutsche Boxer
The Boxer is a highly regarded family pet and a loyal watchdog. Originally developed as a working dog that apparently did everything from pulling carts to police work, this breed is strong, energetic, and intelligent. Some individuals can be stubborn unless you know how to be a leader, so bring your best dog training skills to the relationship. It's worth it. Even today, these intelligent dogs can work as watchdogs, military or police dogs, and search and rescue, as well as providing energetic, fun-loving companions.
These very short-faced dogs sometimes face significant health challenges. They also do poorly in very hot or very cold climates. You'll want to find out all you can about your potential Boxer's background.
The name "Boxer" describes the dog’s habit of fighting with its front paws, as well as using its feet to paw at toys, its water and food bowls, and even at you in a "catlike" manner. There are two types currently being bred-- the German Boxer and the American Boxer. The German Boxer has a bigger head and is more muscular.
Appearance / health:
The Boxer's build is compact and powerful, well-muscled, and should have a sturdy, strong, squarely built appearance. In the U.S., the tail is typically docked and the ears cropped, while both docking and cropping is now illegal in some countries. Their ears, left in the natural state, are dropped. The head should be in proportion to its body, lean and unwrinkled except for the forehead. The teeth should meet and have an undershot bite; the lower jaw extends beyond the upper jaw and curves upward. Boxers have a broad, blunt muzzle, dark eyes, a black nose, and should have an expression of alertness.
Brush your Boxer with a firm bristly brush. Do not bathe unless absolutely necessary as it removes the natural oils from their skin. The Boxer is one of the few dog breeds that groom themselves in a cat-like fashion and are very clean. The Boxer is an average shedder.
Because they retain their puppy-like behavior well into their senior years, it is the nature of the Boxer to love to play, so have an ample backyard or, if you’re an apartment dweller, taking him for long walks each day is beneficial and allows him to burn off some of that puppy energy.
Food allergies are common in Boxers; it is recommended that you avoid foods that contain corn in any form, wheat, brewers yeast, and all forms of by-products. Typical indications of food allergies are itchy and/or red skin, ears and/or feet, persistent ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting, or hives.
Additionally, though they are a generally healthy breed, Boxers can be prone to a number of other health issues/conditions, including:
NOTE: White Boxers can be prone to deafness.
Behavior / temperament:
The Boxer is a fun-loving but protective breed. They are a confident dog, both self-assured as well as self-confident, and can be fearless. Many maintain a puppy-ish demeanor throughout their life, playing, clowning around, and being generally active.
A Boxer's temperament is as much a matter of training as it is of genetics. You should expect your Boxer to be alert but gentle, loyal and obedient. While they are usually a rather easy-going breed, some can be stranger-aggressive and potentially overly protective of their family. Boxers can be stubborn but they remain a sensitive breed and respond well to training. It is vital for the Boxer to have a lot of human companionship.
The Boxer needs a dominant owner. Training should begin early, be consistent, and be firm; training should not, however, be harsh due to their sensitivity. Because they love to jump, teaching your Boxer not to jump up or on people is very important and should be part of the early training process. Their learning rate is fast because they are alert, they are attentive to their owners, and they want to please you. Because you will be dealing with a dog with very high energy levels and a very high intelligence level, you will need to be willing to spend the extra time required to exercise patience in training, but it will be time well spent with years of dividends.
Generally the Boxer is a quiet dog that does not bark except to alert. They are exuberant in their play and can become noisy inside the home during play.
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Nobody told me I would be touching up my painted walls on a weekly basis! That familiar sound of gums slapping and drool flying after a long messy session at the water bowl. Getting dressed for work is also fun, running the gauntlet when leaving the house to avoid being 'gummed'. We go through industrial-sized packs of baby wipes! Seriously though, Boxers are a loving and loyal breed, real family dogs, who, despite their boundless energy, love nothing more than curling up on a comfy rug by (or on) your feet. We adopted Frazier at a flea market when he was about eight weeks old, he gets along well with our other dog, a GSD mix but is not so good with strange dogs, although he has had some fun play-dates with dogs his own size with few mishaps! We don't have children but he has met those of friends and apart from being a little too rough for little ones he has been fine. Boxers are known for being prone to stomach complaints and to avoid problems we feed him a good quality holistic kibble and keep treats to natural products. Boxers need regular exercise but, if like us, you live in a hot humid area, save long walks for early mornings and late evenings. That cute squished nose means they are a Brachycephalic breed and can struggle with breathing in extreme temperatures. We wouldn't be without our Boxer boy, despite his occasional naughtiness he is very much loved..
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Hard e-collars are very effective at keeping dogs' mouths off their incision sites. These are the cheapest and most effective way of reducing incision site complications. I send every surgery patient home with an e-collar. These surgical procedures are often performed on younger patients that are very prone to trying to lick their incision sites..
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Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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