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Boxer Facts 
General Facts About Boxer Dogs


The Boxer dog was recognized by the AKC in 1904 and is classified as being in the Sporting group.

This is a medium to large breed dog, although their amazing athletic appearance leads most to believe that they are in the very large group.

One must remember that a cute little puppy will fast grow into a strong 60 pound adult…they do best in larger homes that offer enclosed areas outside for play and exercise.

While all are Boxer, there are different varieties: The German, the UK and the American Boxer. They vary slightly in appearance….The German Boxer will be slightly larger and have a slightly shorter snout than the others.  An American Boxer will have tighter skin than the other 2, there will be very little wrinkling.  The UK Boxer is slightly smaller in bone structure, with smaller paws and is said to be more elegant looking.

Average life span is 13 years.

A female can have a liter that ranges from 2 to 10 puppies…with 6 being the average.

This is the 7th most registered breed in the U.S.

Color and Appearance

facts about Boxer dogsThe 2 recognized colors are fawn and brindle, however the shadings and markings are range quite a bit.   Fawn can mean any color ranging from a very pale beige to a deep, dark mahogany.  Brindle describes coloring and marking that is striped fur…the striping will be black against a fawn base.  Some bridling is so light that one can hardly notice….others have strong bridling that lead one to almost think hat the dog is fully black…(Technically, there are no purebred black Boxer dogs).

It is a Boxer fact that many have white markings and this is completely acceptable and normal.

White Boxer dogs are not recognized by the AKC and are known to  be very prone to hearing loss, however 1/3 of all purebred Boxers are white.

In many countries, it is tradition and it follows standard for the tail to be docked and the ears to be cropped. This is almost always done when the dog is a puppy…tails are docked as young as 1 week old. For this reason, most owners (who will bring home their puppy at 8 weeks) will see that all healing is complete.   Once done, the tail and ears will stand erect.  

It is not recommended to dock the tail of an older Boxer, as it will need to be done under anesthesia and it will take a long time to heal.

One of the facts about this breed that lends to its unique appearance is that the lower jaw extends out past the upper jaw.

Whiskers can sometimes be very prominent; however they do not need to be trimmed unless you are showing your Boxer in a Conformation event.


Puppies are very active, rambunctious and playful.  They will bounce around your home until they fall asleep for a nap.

Unlike many other breeds, the time of puppyhood lasts a long time.  While some breeds are deemed to be adults at 1 or 2 years old, it is a Boxer fact that this dog reaches adulthood at the age of 3.

Born with eyes closed and deaf….the puppy will have eyes open and be able to hear by the age of 2-3 weeks.

They will stumble and be wobbly while they learn to walk, this is normal and natural.

When choosing a new puppy, one should pay attention to the pup’s breathing…it should be clear with no wheezing or other noises.  Ears and nose should be discharge free, and eyes should be bright.  While wobbling to learn to walk is normal, by 8 weeks this should not be an issue and any signs of limping is a good indication of a medical issues such a hip dysplasia (dislocation of hip joint and socket), dislocated knee or other issues.

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Behavior and Temperament

Owners will confirm, one Boxer fact is that many of them make very entertaining noises.  They will often snort, snore, pass gas, grunt and sneeze (Don’t worry, it is not all at the same time!).

Boxers can try to be the dominant one in the family. The way to avert this issue from the very beginning is to show them that you are the boss from day 1.  This can be done by always being the one to enter and exit the home first, be the one to eat first and not allow them to eat until the listen to and follow the Sit command.

While loving and faithful to their owners, they can cause destructive behavior if left alone too often.  If owners cannot be home during the day, they do best if put in a gated off room, with any potentially dangerous objects removed…and provided with a radio or TV for background noise, plenty of interactive dog toys, a comfortable blanket or dog bed to rest and water and food (which can be put in dispenser to limit messes).


Boxer puppy factsThis strong dog needs to keep their muscles toned. This can be accomplished by going for daily 30-45 minute walks.  In addition, a strong cardio workout of catch or trail running can be added 2-3 times per week.

Always bring along extra water for your Boxer dog when running, walking or playing away from home.

They can run very fast, up to 20 mph.  Therefore, it is highly recommended to never allow your dog to run free, they will outrun you and could become lost.  They will do just fine when walked on collar and leash or let free in a safe, enclosed environment.


After the age of 8 years, tumors are the medical issue most common…therefore regular checkups are a must at this age (all pets should have regular veterinarian checkups no matter what the age)…however your dog’s vet will specifically check for this potential issue at this time.

Bloat can be a serious health issue for the Boxer breed.  Basically it is a term that describes the painful condition in which the stomach actually becomes twisted.   This can be caused by over eating or by eating too quickly. This can be prevented in many cases by obtaining dog food bowls that are specially manufactured to force a dog to eat slowly.  They have safe obstacles that stand out from the inner bowl that cause the dog to slow down and eat around the harmless projectiles.

Boxer infoEye disease is the 2nd most common ailment with the Boxer.  This includes Cherry Eye, Dry Eye and Uveitis.   If you notice any signs of eye irritation, a visit to the veterinarian is a must.   For prevention of many problems, the eye area should be cleaned at least every other day, simply by wiping them down with a soft, warm, damp cloth and then patted dry with a soft dry cloth.


Do to their size, some owners assume that their dog will do just fine living outside.  However, this is not optimal for good physical or mental health. There are many reasons for this:  When left outside for long periods of time during the summer, they can receive many mosquito bites which not only causes discomfort but can lead to scratching, which can lead to sores and infection….They may eat non-food items due to boredom and/or curiosity which can lead to stomach and digestive issues.  When left outside for long periods of time during cold, harsh weather, they can develop wind burn and even hypothermia.  Their paws can have terrible reactions to ice and to ice melt chemicals.   At any time of the year, one must remember that they are family pets and need human interaction to eliminate Separation Anxiety and to be content.

It is a Boxer fact that most have wrinkles on the face and neck.  It is important to clean these…if not bacteria can quickly grow. One of the 1st signs of this is a terrible odor.  Cleaning should be every other day, if not every day.  This can be done by using Q-Tips or cotton swabs…One should carefully swipe out each fold or wrinkle with a swab that is damp and has a touch of cleanser such as canine shampoo…Then the 2nd important step is to dry each wrinkle …Drying is vital so that moisture does not remain.


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