Meet The Breed: Boxer
Boxers were developed in the late 19th century in Germany. Historically, boxers were used for dog fighting and were developed into working dogs during World War 1. During the war, boxers were used as messengers, delivering couriers and packs and acting as guard dogs. Today, boxers are considered playful companions and are popular guard dogs for families. Appearance & SizeBoxers are large sized dogs, males ranging a height of 22.5 to 25 inches, and females range between 21 to 23.5 inches. They can weigh between 30 to 35kgs in males and 23 to 30kgs in females. Boxers can have either a fawn or brindle colored coat. They may or may not have white markings. If a boxer has white markings it is on the feet, belly and sometimes extends till their neck. If more than one-third of the boxer’s body is covered in white markings it is considered a ‘white boxer’.Temperament/PersonalityBoxers are energetic, playful, and intelligent dogs. They are very devoted and loyal to their owners. They get along well with children are protective of family members, making them great family and guard dogs.GroomingBoxers have a smooth short coat, and they tend to keep the coat clean. They shed like most dogs and require weekly brushing of their coat. Boxer’s have very low maintenance needs with regards to grooming.HealthIn general boxers have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Like most breeds boxers are also healthy, but they too are prone to a few health issues. Some of the more serious issues that they can face are cancer; boxer cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease that causes irregular heartbeats; and aortic stenosis, a common heart defect found in boxers. ‘White Boxers’ are more likely to get skin problems and have a higher probability of going deaf.