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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Decent watchdogs
• Moderately protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Low tolerance to heat
• Low tolerance to cold


The Boxer is an excellent dog breed for families with children. They delight in human affection, and none so much as that they receive from children in their home. He’s a playful and spirited breed, but also attentive and responsive to commands.

The Boxer tends to be protective and patient, but may be aggressive towards strange dogs. He usually gets along great with other family pets, and has a sweet and inquisitive temperament. He exudes strength and is elegant even when running all out. His muscular build and short coat only further the impression of power, but his facial expression gives way to his loving personality.

  • Needs to live indoors with his family but with access to the yard
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his hips and heart
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing
  • The Boxer is a very affectionate and friendly, playful animal that is fairly easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, is moderately protective and make decent watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 65 to 80lbs and 22.5 to 25 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 50 to 65lbs and 21 to 23.5 inches tall

Care & Health:

Your Boxer needs his daily exercise, whether you let him run or take him for a long walk. He also makes a great jogging companion. He doesn’t like the heat and is such a social dog he will only be happy living indoors with his family. The Boxer is still best with access to a yard.

Be prepared for a bit of snoring but his coat only requires the occasional brushing.

Major Health Concerns:

– cardiomyopathy, SAS, CHD

Minor Health Concerns:

– gastric torsion, tumors, intervertebral disc degeneration, corneal erosion, colitis

Test for:

– hips and heart

Life Span:

– 8 to 10 years

Additional information:

– sensitive to anesthesia and heat, white dogs are prone to deafness

Breed History:

Capable of standing on his hind legs and appearing to box, this breed’s ancestors were originally used for dog fights and holding large game for his hunter in the 1800s. The Boxer was also used for bull-baiting, a popular European sport.

Germans bred bulldogs to outdo other bull-baiting dogs, but eventually the sport was outlawed and by 1895, the Boxer appeared as a new breed. He became a police and military dog, and at the turn of the century he was also a family pet and show dog.

Although it wasn’t long before the AKC recognized the breed, they did not have a rise in popularity until after the 2nd World War. Today he is one of the most popular breeds in the US.

  • Family history is livestock dog, mastiff (bulldog)
  • Originally from Germany
  • First bred in 1800s
  • Original purpose was bullbaiting, guardian
  • Today they are used for guardian


 Boxer - Maya the Boxer

Meet Maya - she is a 2 year old Boxer and loves the lake.
Submitted by B. & J. Nolan