(German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer) The Boxer has a powerful, stocky body with compact muscles and square-shaped proportions. They have round, brawny necks that are well-muscled and do not possess any dewlap. Their front limbs are straight and parallel and their tails are carried high. The tails of this breed are usually docked, and the heads of this breed are proportioned to the size of the dog’s body. Their lower jaw curves upward and extends beneath their upper jaw, and neither teeth nor tongue are visible when the mouth is closed. Their large noses are dark in color and feature a pair of wide, open nostrils. The Boxer’s glossy, close-fitting, short-haired coat exists in a number of colors including fawn, brindle, red, and white. White markings may be present.
White boxers are more prone to deafness than other colors. Boxers are more prone to being blind than most other breeds, especially white boxers. In the early 1900’s white boxers were preferred over brindle, fawn, and red but things are a little different now. White boxers that are more than 3/4 white cannot show through CKC (Canadian kennel club) and a lot of high end breeders immediately spay/neuter the white boxers due to their recessive traits.
Boxers are usually friendly, although there are some that are more reserved, perhaps slightly protective. It's important to firmly train and socialize them from birth. They are very boisterous during the first 2 to 4 years of their lives, and can knock small children down on accident. Boxers adapt well to families but it may be wiser for people with toddlers to get an older, more mature dog. With patience and leadership, the boxer is a great all around family dog. They love to be the middle of attention and are also known as the "clown of dogs."
This breed typically lives for 10 to 15 years on average. It is very important to purchase from a reputable breeder that screens their dogs for demodex or also known as red mange. Boxer bloat easily if they eat table scraps, especially spicy foods. Seek the advice of your veterinarian if this should happen. They should never be allowed to eat anything but a premium dog food. Feeding twice a day is also helpful. Let them digest their food before any strenuous play. Boxers are prone to having breathing problems and need extra care in heat. They should not engage in strenuous exercise when it's hot and always give them plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
It is important to get a puppy from a breeder which submits their breeding stock to rigorous heart testing. A responsible breeder will have had a Holter monitor test done, an echocardiogram. More recently breeders have their stock's DNA tested for the ARVC gene. These test will ensure there is no genetic heart defects such as Boxer Cardiomyopathy being passed on to puppies.
Boxers are not great swimmers, but they can be taught to be comfortable around water. They do not do well in hot weather.
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