Boxer is a medium sized dog that is known for their intimidating presence. As hunting breed, you can expect all great characters and qualities that will suit your active personality. Let’s learn some more about this very opportunity.
Boxer History and Background
It is believed that this dog is actually derived from breeds such as the Brabenter Bullenbeiser and the Danziger Bullenbeiser for they have striking similarities in look and skills or ability. In Europe, they were used for a popular sport at that time, bull baiting. Boxer was firstly planned in 1830, when German hunters intended to create a new breed first, they crossed Bullenbeisers with mastiff-like in order to get a good sized breed and then the second cross was between Bulldogs and terriers in order to get a breed with good tenacity resulting a breed with great streamline physic, strength, and agility. But then the sport was banned and the breeds were then used to be responsible for cattle. Then in 1895, this dog was included in an exhibition and soon after it, a boxer club was being made. Boxer was also used for military purposes and served as police dogs until in 1900, they were taken to homes and became the family pet and show dogs. In 1904, they got recognized by the American kennel club and in 1940, their popularity raised high and now, it is the sixth most popular dogs in the US.
Boxer Physical Characteristics
They got a sturdy physic which is also strong. Their muscular body is proportional to height and weight. The most strikingly unique part of this breed is the head which features broad muzzle and undershot jaw. Overall, they have a fit and athletic bodies which make them look stunning and they look proud about it. They have a fine coat which is very shiny. Though it is short, the texture is very good. You will find them in coat colors like fawn, in several different shades like tan/yellow, to browns, to reds. Moreover, they also come in color like brindle where the fawn coat is stripped by black. In addition, there is a term “flash” when the breed features some white accents on their paws, face as well as the chest.
Boxer Personality and Temperament
Though this dog appears to be quite wild and intimidating, at heart, they are darlings. This breed is very playful and bright. If you are an adventurous and active person than this dog will be a perfect companion for you since they are known for their quickness, agility, alertness, high spirit. When they are trained well they can be quite docile and listen well to your command. Moreover, this dog is quite friendly but sometimes, they can be suspicious of and reserved with strangers. They should be trained since their very early age. They make great watch dog and also guard.
Since the coat is pretty short, you just need to brush it occasionally. It is very important to take them for regular exercises like running, walking or jogging. Never leave them to stay outside since they cannot bear hot weather.
For this dog, the lifespan is around 8 to 10 years. But you must be aware of some health problems that can attack them. Some of them are minor diseases such as colitis, gastric torsion, corneal erosion, and hypothyroidism while others can be quite complicated like canine hip dysplasia (CHD), Boxer cardiomyopathy, and subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS). Moreover, you may also find cases like degenerative myelopathy and brain tumors. It is very important to give them Thyroid, hip, and cardiac tests to prevent those illnesses.