Boxer Breed Interesting Facts

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The Boxer dog breed is a dog of many fine qualities enjoyed by dog owners worldwide. Many people I know have owned Boxers, and I have found them to be a friendly, very playful dog with excellent intelligence. Easy to train and great guard dogs; the Boxer dog breed has a very loyal following with many dog owners never considering any other breed of dog to own. Let’s look at a few of the interesting characteristics these fine canines have.

The Boxer dog breed has an average lifespan of 15 years, and with quality, all natural diets combined with plenty of exercise, this can be extended. The average male Boxer will weigh 60 to 80 pounds while the females weigh-in about twenty pounds less.

All dogs have a distinct sensing ability they rely on, and for the Boxer this is his hearing. This breed has very acute hearing abilities, and this is their first line of defense when stranger and other animals enter their turf. The ears are small and erect adding to this ability to hear better than most other breeds.

If you are in the market for a dog and plan on keeping it outside year round, please pass on buying a Boxer because they are not able to tolerate temperature extremes very well. Inside your home is where a Boxer must be kept so they are warm during winter and cool during the summer. This is due to their very short coat of hair and the short muzzle. All dogs with short muzzles have difficulty breathing in hot, humid weather and should be kept in a cool environment when the temperature rises.

Color markings for Boxers are normally brown to light tan with small white areas on the chest and feet. One of the more highly sought after Boxers is the brindle. These dogs are tan with dark stripes much as you see on wild tigers. Also very rare are the all-white Boxers.

These dogs have a pronounced square head and very square jaw line. They are muscular and when exercised regularly their muscles are well defined and add to the over-all beauty of the dog.

Be prepared to deal with a very playful canine should you bring a Boxer into your home. They love to play with other dogs as well as their owners. As their name suggests they like to rear up on the hind legs and “punch” with the front paws.

The Boxer dog breed will make a great pet and protector of your home and family.

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  5. Avatar Of Sharon Sharon says:

    I’m not sure where you got your “facts” from, but these comments are not based on facts.

    “The Boxer dog breed has an average lifespan of 15 years, and with quality, all natural diets combined with plenty of exercise, this can be extended.”

    The average lifespan of the Boxer is 10-12 years, though they can live longer, that is not the norm or “average”. Boxers are predisposed to cancer, and cardiomyopathy, which can significantly cut short their lifespans.

    “Color markings for Boxers are normally brown to light tan with small white areas on the chest and feet. One of the more highly sought after Boxers is the brindle. These dogs are tan with dark stripes much as you see on wild tigers. Also very rare are the all-white Boxers.”

    The term used for a Boxer’s “brown or tan” coloring is Fawn. Fawn can range from a light, or blonde fawn, to a dark mahogany Fawn. Brindle is a Fawn dog with black striping. A “Flashy” boxer is one with a lot of white on muzzle, neck (collar) and socks. A “Plain or Classic” boxer is one with a full black mask, a little white on chest (not full collar) and typically will have white on toes only. Fawn and Brindle boxers can be “Plain” or “Flashy”.

    You can also have what is known as a Reverse or Sealed Brindle, where the predominant color is black. In these cases, the dog is still genetically fawn, but the black brindling stripes are thicker, giving the darker coat.

    White boxers are not rare! White boxers make up about 20-30% of all boxers born. Breeding two Flashy boxers together will almost always produce white offspring. Reputable breeders avoid this by breeding a Flashy and Plain boxer, and not pairing Flashy boxers when mating. 25-30% of white boxers will be deaf as well.

    Stepping off soap box now. 🙂

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    Anna B


    Also one more note because I’m still venting at this….I have a 3 1/2 year old boxer. He NEVER barks unless something is on the other side of the door that he can’t see and in which case he has a small grunt. He doesn’t even bark back when another dog is showing aggression around him. I never cage my dog ever and sometimes I work long hours. Nothing in my home has ever been destroyed except when he was a small pup but that is to be expected. I have had my neighbors upstairs come down once or twice to let him out when I couldn’t get home from work or my other friend. He has never acted like “a guard dog” in fact he sits in his chair with his ears down at first a little afraid for a sec but then comes out of it and wants to play. This breed is one of the best there is out there in my opinion but you have all your facts wrong.

  7. I beg to differ!! All your facts are incorrect!! What is a Boxer an amazing family dog, will the bark absolutely will they attack an intruder NO, are they great with kids , yes , will they live to average age of 15 I could only wish! White boxers are as rare as white cars! Are their Boxers in need of homes that were tossed out Luke yesterday’s garbage you better believe it, are their hundreds of boxers euthanized because everyone loves a puppy till they eat your shoes , and they will. You need to do your homework before you send everyone who reads your article out to the pet shop to purchase the ” perfect dog “!

  8. Research on this article is faulty. The Boxer lifespan certainly isn’t 15 years and white Boxers aren’t rare at all.

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    Randy R


    Whoa! Someone hasn’t done their research. As others have said, life span is no where near 15 – that’s an exceptional age for a Boxer to live to. Additionally, White Boxers are NOT rare… They make up a good percentage of Boxers out there. Better research would make for a more credible resource for us to use and share.

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      Anna B


      Where on earth did they get the info in this article??? I think you need to go back and check where you got your info on this article and question it’s legitimacy. White Boxers are not rare, nor are their life spans 15 years plus. You would be one lucky s.o.b to have your boxer live that long. This breed has one of the highest rates to get cancer than any other out there. They are a beautiful breed, loyal, are very articulate in facial expressions to let you know how they feel. They are one of the best breeds out there companion wise as far as my opinion goes but to list them as “guard dogs” ….bleh enough said. and pet shop dogs….that is horrible. They come from puppy mills. Do you have any idea what happens on a puppy mill? any idea at all? Go to one some time. All of those pet shops should be for closed and shut down or at the very least be made to sell rescue dogs not puppy mill dogs. /rage.

  10. I have an 8 mon old male boxer given to me as a get well gift after I put dwn my other dog who had a brain tumor.So,so smart & slick.:) He’s a Takes plastic potty bags out of my back pocket without me even feeling it.A few problems I’m not familar with this breed.He has these bumps on back.Looks like the measles.They itch.If you comb,scrape at them,they look like white scabs & flake.Dr gave me antibiotics & said to use benedryl.Helped some but not completely gone.He’s eating better as a result of.Finicky,or ?? but went through 5 different foods with him.You’d thnk he’d gobble dwn when hungry,but doesn’t.I mix fresh boiled chicken,no fat with his dry food.Eating better now and do use best of foods, made in USA.Big problem for me.Went to school,has a memory unbelieable! When I go to bed at night,(he sleeps with me) he wacks out in the bed first b4 lying dwn.Wants to play.The problem is he attacks my hands or any part of my bod he can get to and bites me till he tires out.Then he’s full of kisses.What’s that about & should he be doing that?I have to make him leave the rm sometimes until husband goes to bed so he’ll stop.Doesn’t do to him,only me.Next,he has 1 testicle which hasn’t dropped.Dr wanted to wait to see if it would or I would of had him neutered by now.Is the operation for that and doing the nuetering at the same time dangerous? I want to have done within the month because he thnks I’m his girlfriend & is very horny.:) Any info,I would appreciate.This scaling on his back is really bothering me with the pimple like things on his back.Dr can’t get next to him now,because he spooked him out by using a muzzle to put airdrops in his ears when I said to let me do and he refused.Buddy remembers,and won’t let him near him without trying to bite him.Dr had 2 muzzles sitting on table when I brought him to vet to show the bumps on back.Dog saw them and freaked.Dr is afraid of now and labeled him as a biter,beware! Buddy is so friendly and loving,wouldn’t hurt a fly.But dr did wrg.and had 3 people come into office that day with the ears to hold him dwn.They spooked him out by being so agressive with him instead of listening to me.The tech had her face in his,and she got bit by Buddy.He felt like he was being attacked.Doesn’t like his ears touched,and had an ear infection on top of it.Dr should have listened to me.Now I have to change drs.Won’t let anyone muzzle him, he’s to nice & afraid this will make him agressive.Response frm someone,anyone with a boxer would be appreciated. Thanks. Marilyn

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    K Graves


    I have a fawn boxer who is 9, and owns me. y boxer is a complete lover…loves to be hugged daily and likes to have me whisper in his ear that I love him…lol. He is very routine…wakes up with my husband at 3:30 and wants to play while he is getting ready, goes back to bed after he leaves until around 10:00, naps at 2 and again at 6, and is in bed by 9 pm. He loves car rides, and playing with his horse ball that has a handle on it so he can carry it around. He also LOVES any toy that has a squeaker, as he loves to follow you around squeaking it obnoxiously and tossing it up in the air so he can catch it. He eats every day at 4:00 am, and again at 6:00 pm, the time my husband gets up, and the time my husband comes home. We cannot leave him out when we are out of the house, so he has a cage that he goes into, and he gets his kong ball with a little peanut butter in it. He will talk to you like your human…and god forbid you stand in the center of a room and have a conversation with someone and he’s not included..he will talk and talk and talk until you acknowledge his presence! I love my boxer, and I will definitely have another one when the time comes! He is by best friend and goes every where with me!

  12. Avatar Of Sherrie Teed Sherrie Teed says:

    I am on my 4th boxer. 2 passed away, they were both brindle. My female I have now is brindle and the male is fawn. I have always been told that 10 years is average for the life of a boxer. My first boxer(male)died after 13 years, the second(male) died around 9 years. I love boxers, however, they are destructive and do not like being left alone. No matter how many toys I buy for them they always want something of mine. I do know that other breeds also chew things that are not for chewing. I DO NOT cage my boxers. As for barking, try to come to my door. Door bell on TV bark bark bark. My female(4 years old) barks just looking at you. I taught her to speak for a treat so she wants a treat she barks like she is yelling at you, so funny. The new male (1 years old) barks like a beagle, but only at the vacuum, mop, broom, blow drying.

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    Karla Smith


    I have a boxer/black lab mix, she is awesome. very protective and yet very playful. loves to swim-that’s the lab in her. loves to jump-that’s the boxer in her. but, she barks at everything, people walking by, other dogs and cats, if you are on a bike and ride by our car she goes ballistic. I love her to death do us part.

  14. That is strange as the 2 I owned never hardly ever barked until they saw
    something strange.

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    I agree that the Boxer breed does not live as long as 15 years. Having been a boxer owner for almost 25 years & on my 3rd Boxer as of right now, unfortunately I lost my 1st at 11 years & the 2nd at 7 years. However, I have to disagree that they only bark while playing. All 3 of my Boxers were highly protective & would bark whenever they heard strange noises especially late at night. 2 of my Boxers would bark at knocks on the door & when they would ride in the car they would bark at the cars next to us when stopped at a light. It’s in their nature to protect their owners as they used to be used as guard dogs

  16. I have 2 Boxers and I just love them. My male lived to be 12 and the female
    until she was 8. They think she had cardiomyopathy. They will always be my
    favorite breed. They are called the clowns of the dog world and each one
    could always make me laugh at least several times a day. I truly miss them.

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    Sarah W


    White boxers are NOT rare! Approx 25% of all boxers are born white. I agree with the other poster, a boxer who lives to 15 years is an incredibly long lived example of the breed! Whoever has written this article clearly has not done much research……

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    Gina B


    The lifespan listed here is least of all average. The span is 10-12 years on average. Check with the AKA.

    Boxers can be fawn or brindle with white patches. Their stomachs are distended and this can make them prone to gastric torsion or “bloat”. To prevent bloat, they should drink from a smaller bowl. They are a highly athletic dog but this does not mean they are a jogger’s dog. They do run, they do sprint. They love forests but are not hunters.

    They nest to sleep.

    They usually do not bark except in play. Their hearing is indeed astute and when they age this can become more confusing for them.

    They are a loyal, happy, devoted animal.

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