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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"Positive reinforcement allows you to feel good while rewarding your pet for learning the tasks or tricks you want him or her to learn. While this may be difficult with dogs who have experienced trauma from a human, once you have built a level of trust with the dog, this method makes everything move much more quickly. This is best used with younger dogs, but can apply to just about any dog. Be aware of reinforcing negative behaviors. It's as simple as: rewards and positive projection for good deeds and no reaction for negative acts.."
From JLang 53 days ago
"I frequently recommend oatmeal shampoo for my patients with sensitive skin or who are prone to skin conditions and allergies. Whilst this is not a replacement for medicated shampoo during a skin episode, it can be used on healthy skin to reduce the likelihood of a skin flare up.."
From Dr Rosalie Dench DVM 47 days ago
"Working with the neurology department at UF Small Animal Hospital, I saw many dogs who had suffered back injury while being walked on standard buckle collars with leads, especially Flexi leads. Most prone to this sort of injury were "long" dogs like dachshunds, corgis and basset hounds. These dogs are often prey motivated, the sort of dog nothing can stop once they're after a squirrel. Unfortunately what often does stop these dogs is a pull to the neck at full speed. The result can be catastrophic back injuries. <br /><br />I consider back clip harnesses generally ineffective at controlling pulling behavior. They were originally designed for dogs to pull loads and enable the dog to pull as hard as he can quite comfortably. However, if you have a dog who has suffered back trouble before, or if he belongs to a breed prone to back problems, I advise a back harness along with positive reinforcement training to reduce unwanted pulling behavior. Do not attempt to use the harness to control behavior. Rather, use it to hold on to your dog while you use visual and audio cues and positive reinforcement, especially potent smelling treats, to get his attention when he is pulling against his harness. <br /><br />Ideally, watch for potential distractions and get his attention to reward him before he notices the distraction. After awhile, when your terrier sees a squirrel, he might just look to you for a treat! If he doesn't, and decides that he's going to get that squirrel no matter what, you can rest assured that when he throws his weight into the harness he won't be throwing out his back. ."
From Coral 24 days ago