|Size:||Medium to large, 53cm – 63cm|
|Coat:||Short and smooth, with minimal grooming required|
|Exercise:||2 hours per day|
|Life span:||Boxers have an average life expectancy of 10-14 years|
|Breed group:||Part of the working dog group, Boxers were originally bred to hunt and subdue large prey. Today they are prized for their good looks and gentle personalities.|
Boxer dogs are loyal, loving and athletic. This firm, muscular breed is considered a good dog for families, especially if you have an active lifestyle.When properly socialised, they are patient and protective, making them a tolerant companion for children as well as excellent guard dogs. Boxers can also get along with cats if correctly introduced. Known to be loyal to their owners, their owners are equally loyal to them – it’s said that once you have a Boxer, you’ll never have another breed.
Boxers generally grow up until around 18-24 months, and even after this point your dog will continue to broaden around their chest. It is believed that the best food for Boxers is a mix of wet and dry food. Crunchy biscuits will help to maintain good dental health, as Boxers can sometimes suffer from bad breath. To reduce the risk of gastric problems, it’s best not to feed your Boxer dog immediately before exercise.
Bright and willing to learn, Boxers have been used as military messengers, guide dogs and in rescue operations. They thrive on human interaction and playtime, including running after tennis balls and even swimming. You can start their love of learning at a young age by taking your Boxer puppy to obedience training classes from around three to six months old.
An important part of taking care of a Boxer puppy is to exercise them only in moderation, building up as they get older. Adult Boxer dogs need lots of exercise and are happy to accompany their owners on jogs. However, their short muzzles mean they’re susceptible to overheating, so you should use caution on very hot or humid days.
Do Boxers shed? Yes, at certain times of year they can heavily moult their short hair. The good news is you won’t have to groom them too much in between. Indeed, some Boxers lick and groom themselves almost to the same extent as cats.
Your Boxer’s skin can be very sensitive, so you should avoid bathing them more than once a month. If you wash them at home, be sure to use a high-quality shampoo and rinse properly to prevent itching and dryness. You should clean your Boxer’s ears and facial folds regularly to prevent infections, and remember that their teeth require daily brushing.