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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We actually got Kassie as a second dog. I wanted a good dog with my kids but also a dog that would be great with our other dog, who needed a friend. We saw Kassie as a rescue at the local shelter. She was very timid at first, especially with me. She is still afraid of most men at first, but she adored the kids. As far as loving goes - she is the best. Just wants to love you and be loved and near you. Sometimes too much, but she's wonderful to have around. At first the dogs avoided each other. After about a week we heard growling and thought they were tearing each other apart. Nope, they just got to know each other and were playing. If you have kids, a boxer is a goofy dog that is great..
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From MrSchilling 6 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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