About Boxer Puppies
The boxer breed familiar to most was a product of 19th-century Germany, but genetically, the boxer can be traced to lines as far back as the 16th century throughout Europe. They are also believed to have ancient Tibetan fighting dog ancestry. Few people, however, would see many similarities between the modern boxer and its cousins before the late 1800s. The American Kennel Club did not register its first boxer until 1904.
Boxers are known to have a calm temperament and friendly disposition. However, they can be protective of their human families and suspicious of intruders. This makes them an excellent guard dog. The boxer’s intelligence, good nature and desire to please humans have also make the breed popular as service animals, military couriers, police dogs, and therapy dogs.
The breed is known for its loyalty to and protectiveness of its human family. Boxers are typically quite vigilant, so little escapes their notice. These traits, along with their size, even temper, and tolerance of children, have made boxers popular as family pets that can double as guard dogs.
As puppies, boxers tend to exhibit curiosity about virtually everything in their environment. They are energetic and playful, and their attention spans can vary. Puppies, as well as many older dogs, can exhibit facial expressions that mirror their moods.
Boxers tend to be sensitive, which often makes training easier. They typically respond well to commands, but an occasional stubborn streak or round of “selective hearing” is not impossible. An excessive exercise of boxer puppies can damage their bones, but once they reach adulthood, boxers typically make excellent companions for runners or joggers. However, owners should show caution during times of high humidity or extreme heat as boxers can become overheated during rigorous exercise.
The boxer breed is considered a middleweight in the dog world. Adult females typically weigh between 50 and 65 pounds, and males usually tip the scales between 65 and 80 pounds. Height ranges between 21.5 and 23.5 inches for females and 23 to 25 inches for males. Males have heavier and larger bones than females, but both feature well-developed muscles.
The American Kennel Club only permits boxers who have brindle or fawn coats to compete in the show ring. However, between 20 and 25 percent of the breed are solid white or have white markings that comprise over a third of their coats. These are not albinos. All national boxers clubs ban the breeding of white boxers, but they can still make excellent family pets. White boxers are at an increased risk of sun-related skin cancers and sunburn, just like fair-skinned humans, and some are deaf in at least one ear. Some organizations have begun permitting white boxers to compete in non-show events, such as agility events.
Boxers are not vicious or aggressive by nature. However, they are athletic and energetic, which means that they can suffer from boredom and react by digging or chewing. With adequate attention, exercise and play, boxers typically do not exhibit these behaviors. The breed is not famous for preferring solitude; instead, they usually prefer companionship, but make little distinction between the company of humans or another dog. Occasionally, however, boxers can clash with adult dogs of the same gender, mainly if they are strangers.
With their short, smooth coats, boxers require little in the way of grooming other than an occasional bath and brushing. They shed little, which is customarily considered desirable for dogs that spend all or part of their time indoors. Most boxers do best when their time is divided between inside and outside environments as they have a low tolerance to both extreme heat and cold.
Boxers are very affectionate and playful. They are typically friendly toward strangers and other pets, but they are also somewhat protective of their humans and can be good watchdogs. Combined with their low grooming needs, these factors make the boxer an excellent family pet. Typically, when a boxer is adopted into a family as a puppy, it will remain faithful and devoted for throughout its lifetime.