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The Boxer

The Boxer’s most notable characteristic is his desire for human affection. Though his spirited bearing, square jaw, and cleanly muscled body suggest the well-conditioned middleweight athlete of dogdom, the Boxer is happiest when he is with people–especially children, watching protectively over their play. His short smooth coat, handsome chiseled head, and striking silhouette never fail to excite comments from passersby as he trots jauntily by your side with neck arched and tail held erect. He is truly a “dog for all seasons,” suiting the need for household guardian, attractive companion, and children’s playmate and loyal friend.

The Boxer’s official classification in the “Working Group” of dogs is a natural. His keenest sense, that of hearing, makes him an instinctive guard dog, always alert. Although always vigilant, the Boxer is not a nervous breed, and will not bark without cause. He has judgment, and an uncanny sense of distinguishing between friend and intruder. One of the delightful qualities that sets the Boxer apart is the unique expressiveness of his face. The skin furrowing of the forehead, the dark, “soulful” eyes, and at times almost human attempts to “converse,” make his replacement by another breed difficult for one who has owned a Boxer. He mimics the mood of his master and can spend hours quietly lying at his feet.

Boxers make wonderful service dogs–therapy dogs to brighten the days of shut-ins, guides for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, even seizure alert dogs for those who suffer from epilepsy. They were used as guards and couriers during war time, and perform beautifully as narcotics detectors, police dogs, and in search and rescue operations. The Boxer has an innate desire to help those in need.

From ancient Germany precisely around the 19th century had the now extinct mastiff breed Bullenbeisser and bulldogs brought in from England. At the time of their arrival, they served as hunting dogs for bears, deer, and other ferocious beasts, it would capture the prey with the help of its awesome teeth and detain it until the hunter arrives. 

Sometime later these dogs were crossbred to produce what we have today as the resilient “Boxer” and in 1894, some Germans began to test its popularity in dog shows which gave place for the first boxer club (the Deutscher) in 1896. And in 1904 the first boxer standard club was launched with a comprehensive document that is still in use today. 

Shortly after, the breed made its way into other European countries and got into the U.S in the late 19th century with the American Kennel Club taking registration of its first boxer around 1904. 

During the first world war, boxers played the role of a military dog as a pack-carrier, a guard dog, and an attack dog, later they were taken home by the soldiers and got introduced into the domestic world as a show dog, best companion, and a reliable guard.

One with so much life, energetic, curious, attentive, active, smart, sociable and incredible fun with children is the boxer, they are also known to be very patient and highly protective of their family members making them the love and desire of many homes. 

As active dogs, they need a lot of exercise to keep them mentally fit, apparently having a mind of its own, you will find your boxer entertain itself by digging the ground often, chewing, and licking the mouth to beat boredom. 

They are also very stubborn in character which makes them a terrible choice for first-timers with dogs, they are generally a bit difficult with adult dogs including dogs of a similar breed but friendly with puppies. They usually do not bark unless there is a genuine reason behind it but they love to growl.

If you have occupied home with people around all the time or you want a canine buddy the whole time, then a boxer is just the perfect breed to get. Being a highly active dog, they dread loneliness and they can cope finely in both a house and an apartment as long as you provide it with enough room and spaces for exercises and activities. 

What you must have is a large yard if you are living in a house for it to dig the ground and run around as it likes. And more so, if you are given to being away from home most of the time, getting a boxer may not be the best for you and the dog, because they usually get aggressive when left alone. 

They also are not very fond of the humid temperatures, so great care should be given it during hot weather so that they don’t get overheated and the same care during the cold seasons because of their thin fur coat. Boxers are known as loud snorers and they drool greatly too.

Boxers are playful and very energetic dogs as such regular exercises are part of a good canine relationship, especially a breed of this sort. So a daily jogging companion your boxer should be to you and always on a leash, so it doesn’t get overly energetic to the drear of fellow pedestrians. 

Your boxer should be allowed to play in a fenced area and on-leashed since it is likely to jump and leap around in excitement. This puts a boxer as a bad choice for a frail owner as they may find it a tad impossible and daunting keeping up with its excessive activity demands.

The Boxer requires very little grooming, and it can easily be done by the owner. Nails must be trimmed regularly unless naturally worn down on a hard surface. An occasional currycombing and/or bath should suffice — the Boxer has a natural tendency to keep himself clean. His neat and tidy coat does not unduly attract dirt. Tartar may have to be removed from the teeth periodically, especially as the Boxer grows older. You can learn to clean the teeth yourself, or use the services of your veterinarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Yes, boxers are particularly fond of their family members especially when goodly trained.

Though the boxers can be a little headstrong, they are very intelligent and with a proper training environment, they respond well.

 Yes! They are very fond of children and they love playing games with them.

 Boxers are naturally patient with puppies, pooches and small animals but a bit unaccommodating of adult dogs and other animals.

 Yes! They can live anywhere you make as a home all you need is to provide it with enough space for exercise.

 Given the shortness of their coat, they shed minimally and occasionally, you can also regulate the shedding by frequent brushing of their coat.

 Not quite, as their exercise needs are way too high for their inexperienced hands.

 No! boxers are not noisy dogs, they only bark for a reason. But growling is a thing they do most.

 All they need is moderate exposure to heat and cold because of their thin fur body.

The average life-span of boxers is 10 years    

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