Boxer

Breed History

Boxer looking right

Boxers are muscular, athletic, and energetic dogs with high levels of energy. Playful personality of a puppy even at an adult age they are always ready to play.

Originally from Assyria which is the modern-day middle east area of Iraq and the Mediterranean.  Although their ancestors come from here the current breed standard was made with modifications in Germany.

Dog fighting and bull baiting were one of their original jobs like most of the bull dogs in the area. In addition to their fighting background they are also great protection and police dogs. Hunt big animals like bears, deer, and wild boar.  One of the first police dogs to join the force in Germany.

Boxer name is unknown and there are stories and many different tales told but none seem to be more convincing than the next due to hearsay over the years.

Extinct dog with the name of Bullenbeisser that was a Mastiff in nature and one of the main dogs that the boxer comes from. They are no longer around but the boxer carries on their linage with the company of a few other breeds.

Popularity after World War I and II in the United States saw an explosion, but it was after the second war where they were flooding into the U.S.

Registration

Coming to America long before they gain the high levels of popularity they now have and got registration in 1904. It wasn’t until the 1940’s that they got more popular and it has been increasing by the year. Ranking in the top ten in popularity for a decade and inching towards top five recently.

Across all Kennel Clubs is that they are known as a working group, utility, or Mastiff groups. Different Kennel Clubs will call them different names depending on the Country and structure of how they show recognition.

Here are the Breed Standards and different Clubs internationally.

Size

Male Height: 23-25 inches

Female Height: 21-23 inches

Male Weight: 65-80 pounds

Female Weight: 50-65 pounds

Boy dogs are bigger than females and it is easy to tell. Girls are shorter and weigh less.

Litter Size

Six puppies are the average puppy size for the Boxer. There are no c-sections that need to occur under normal circumstances and the mother should be able to deliver without many issues arising.

Colors

  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Black mask
  • White markings
  • These are the main colors you will see with this breed.

Price

$1,000-$3,000 is the price you are going to pay for a Boxer that is full blood with papers. Sometimes it can be more if they are from a champion line or pay less if it is not from a champion line. Prices vary depending on country, region, currency exchange, supply, demand, and many other factors.

Grooming

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Due to the short coat brushing is the only activity the you need to do on a consistent, or weekly, basis. Keeping up with the brushing will help keep the coat in great condition.

Combing is something that doesn’t need to happen with this breed. The coat is so short there is nothing to comb and the possibility of tangles or matting don’t exist.

Bathe the dog as you see fit and whatever works for you and your schedule. It may be great to bathe on a schedule like once a month or you might want to bathe them only when dirty. Choice is yours.

Ears can get infections especially for outside dogs like boxers. Those in desert climates are in more danger and should look to clean the ears with a cloth once per week.

Nails can be trim in two different ways. Exercising will keep the nails trim on autopilot due to the nails hitting the ground and payment. Second way is the cut them with clippers.

Professional help is not a recommendation because of the low maintenance. Some people do nothing at all, and the dogs coat isn’t in terrible condition. We do recommend you groom at home and keep up with the Jones’.

Life Span

10-12 years is the lifespan for this breed. That is a long time to own a dog and an average lifespan among many dog breeds. Owners should be aware of their dog’s possible departure age and prepare accordingly. A decade can take up a large portion of your life depending on how long you live.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – hips are an issue that can affect many breeds that are this size. Many different issues can come from having hips that aren’t fitting the leg bone into the socket. You should get an examination on the hips in at least 24 months. If you sense that the dog is favoring a leg or can’t work out for reasonable amounts of time without stopping take the to the vet and get an x-ray.

Elbow Dysplasia- growth on the elbow can be uncomfortable and other times painful. Getting an examination on the elbow region will serve the dog for maintenance on a health problem that can get worst by the year. Paying for an exam will cost money but can help the dog in the long run.

Cardiac – Boxers suffer from cardiac problems and a heart exam is a recommendation from their Kennel Club. Making sure that you can monitor the heart and weigh the condition at different points in their life will be an excellent decision. Heart alignments are some of the biggest issues you will have with a Boxer.

Thyroid – around the neck area dogs will start getting thyroid malfunction. Younger dogs don’t normally have a problem with their thyroid, but when they get older things change. Whenever there is a test done there will always be a low instead of high level when something is wrong.

Cancer – There aren’t many cancers that Boxers aren’t known to catch. Sadly, dogs suffer like humans and the only treatment is chemotherapy. Seeing any signs of lumps should make you visit the vet quickly. Annual checkups are the best solution and high levels of awareness.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Working Group and it is a group dog who all had various jobs throughout history. Some of those jobs include herding, guarding, pulling, sledding and many other jobs. Combination of multiple jobs are a common trait among all dog breeds in this group.

Popular set of dogs that are known all over the world because they come from different locations on every continent. Most of these dogs are medium to large sized dogs.

Here are some of the dogs that are in this group

Exercise Needs

Known to have a lot of energy and we want to dispel this myth from the beginning. All dogs have different energy levels just like we have different energy levels as humans. Contrary to belief we don’t measure the dogs exercise needs on guesses or false conventional wisdom.

We look at the dog’s behavior when looking at how much to exercise. Good or bad behavior is telling us a story and we must adjust accordingly. Exercise program is going to remain fluid and be a game of adjustments.

When the dog is barking, jumping, hyper, nipping, biting, chewing shoes, getting out the yard or any other activity that is misbehaving we must exercise them more right away. Not only should we increase you should feel like the dog has earned the additional work. Why is that? Because they are giving themselves extra work.

On the other hand, when you see that the dog is calm, listening, and not engaging in any bad behavior you should maintain or decrease to give yourself a well-deserved break for following the exercise program.

Here is the guideline we recommend for starters.

Morning: Hour (walk, run, or treadmill)

Evening: 30 minutes (walk, run, or treadmill)

Bad behavior should be an indication to run more often and later you will notice that a walk will be better. Daily consistency is the only way to fix your dogs issue of not having an outlet.

Young dogs need more runs and exercise so prepare to take your puppy to 3 years to task blazing the trials. Adults around 3-5 years old should have a decrease in energy and the workload will be less. Getting a dog this age will result is a smaller workload possibly. Senior dogs need nothing more than a walk around the block.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Exercise is the king of any dog training program. Without exercise I would hesitate to call it a program. Moving on, we need to teach you that all things difficult are made easier with exercise as the foundation. For starters, the dog is listening to you for two hours every day. How many owners can say they dog listens for 14 hours per week. That’s the power of exercise and think about how much your dog looks at you as the leader now?

Commands are such a small part of training, but we must address the elephant in the room. Telling a dog to sit, stay or lay isn’t going to train them the way people approach me about. Most of the dogs that are out of control know these basic commands. They can be taught with repetition by a child. Less attention should be paid to this part and more to exercising and learning the proper way to tell the dog no.

Socializing should be done after the exercise program is in full effect. Taking them to meet other dogs with an outlet every day will result in a positive situation if the other dog is calm as well. Think about it dogs with the most energy is the most disruptive at dog parks.

Correct the dog making them sit or lay afterwards. Once that is accomplished whether you are using verbal, leash, or hand corrections will make it effective. No exercise is going to alter the dog’s brain and make them not listen. Follow step one before any other.

Is a Boxer a Good Family Dog?

Yes, the boxer is an excellent family dog. Smart dog that is easy to train and enough energy to fill the room. Energetic dogs are kids favorites because they will play with the kids all the time when they go into the back yard.

We need to make sure we exercise the dog daily and train them to respect the kid’s space, not to jump, and play carefully. These are all things that can be done with a good owner. Remain committed to training and exercise throughout the dogs entire life.

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