Weight: Averages 70 pounds (male); Averages 60 (female).
Availability: Very popular.
The Boxer is a firmly muscular, medium sized, squarely built, energetic dog of the Mastiff family. The Boxerâ€™s well-developed muscles appear smooth underneath his tight-fitting skin. The muzzle is wide and blunt, and should be in good balance with the rest of the dog. The top of the muzzle should not slant downward or be concave. Muzzle proportions are important for this breed with the muzzle 1/3 the length of the head and 2/3 the width of the skull. The top of the skull is slightly arched. The head should not be round like a Bulldog. The forehead is slightly indented between the eyes with a distinct stop where it meets the muzzle. When the ears are erect, wrinkles should appear on the forehead. Wrinkles should always run from the lower edge of the stop down the sides of the muzzle.The eyes are dark brown and the broad nose is black. The teeth should meet in an undershot bite, with the lower jaw extending beyond the upper jaw and curving slightly upward. The ears are generally cropped, and the tail is docked and held upward. The Boxer has a short, straight back. The topline slopes smoothly and slightly downwards from the withers. The chest is broad with a deep brisket, extending to the elbows. The lowest point of the brisket should be at half the height of the dog at the withers. The Boxer has a sleek short-haired coat in fawn or brindle, sometimes with white markings. White markings should not comprise more than 1/3 of the dogâ€™s coat. White markings can replace part of the black mask. The elegant Boxer carries himself proudly and has a free, elastic gait.
The Boxer probably originated in the mid-1800â€™s from powerful ancestors of the Mastiff and Bulldog. Early on, these dogs were prized for hunting, bull baiting, and for pulling carts. A bit farther down the family tree, Boxer ancestors became cattle dogs, and were used to round up livestock. They were also popular circus and theater dogs because they learned tricks so easily. Breeding was rather indiscriminate until the first Boxer stud book was started in 1904, stabilizing the breed standard. Though early Boxers may have been quite ferocious, the breed today is a very gentle, loving family companion.
Beware of puppy mill dogs. May drool a little and snore. Donâ€™t overfeed. Best in temperate climates as the breed can chill easily in cold weather and have trouble cooling off in very hot weather. The Boxer is very clean; he grooms himself like a cat.
Watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search & rescue, competitive obedience, Schutzhund, and performing tricks.
A highly intelligent, exuberant, playful and energetic breed. Easily trainedâ€”a good obedience dog. Very devoted to family, good with children. Quiet, but alert and protective. Generally reserved with strangers. Not generally combative with other dogs unless challenged.
Children: Excellent with children.
Friendliness: Loves everyone.
Trainability: Easy to train.
Independence: Needs people a lot.
Other Pets: Generally good with other pets.
Combativeness: Can be a bit dog-aggressive.
Noise: Not a barker.
Indoors: Fairly active indoors.
Owner: Good for novice owners.
Grooming: A little grooming needed.
Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed.
Coat: Short coat.
Shedding: Average shedder.
Docking: The ears are customarily cropped, and the tail is customarily docked.
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise.
Jogging: An excellent jogging companion.
Apartments: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.
Outdoor Space: Best with at least an average-size yard.
Climate: Does well in most climates.
Longevity: Average (10 to 12 years).