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The boxer originated in Germany and has been around since the late nineteenth century. It is a silly dog that loves being the centre of attention. It is highly intelligent, but stubborn by nature. It has a short, glossy coat that is easy to maintain. The boxer is used in police search and rescue operations.
Interested in getting a boxer? Here is a brief background of this comical yet protective dog.
The medium-size boxer is a descendant of the now-extinct Bullenbeisser (a fighting dog with mastiff ancestry) and the bulldog. It was developed in Germany in the late 1890s as a hunter of deer, wild boar, and bear, and then later on used to guard and drive cattle. The first German boxer that joined a dog show in Munich in 1895 was named Flocki. In 1904, the boxer breed standard was first published.
In the 1930s, the boxer arrived in England and the British Boxer Dog Club was formed. It was recognised by the Kennel Club shortly thereafter and was included at Cruft's Dog Show events. Today’s boxers come from the first champion boxer bred in the UK after World War II that is owned by Mrs. Caro.
The boxer is an easily recognisable dog with a head in perfect proportion to its body, highlighted by its wide, blunt, black muzzle and distinctive undershot jaw. It has an arched skull and a slightly indented forehead with a distinct stop at the muzzle. Its muzzle is usually one-third the length of the head and two-thirds the width of the skull. It has dark brown eyes that show a lively and intelligent expression. It has moderate-size ears that are set wide apart. Weighing 55–70 pounds and standing 53–63 centimetres, this working breed is a well-muscled dog.
The boxer’s coat is short, glossy, and tight to the body, which comes in fawn or brindle. Grooming is a breeze as it only requires weekly brushing, and a grooming glove is the perfect tool to use. Bathing can be done as needed.
It is important to brush your dog’s teeth and provide chew toys to avoid dental problems. Always clean its ears, trim its nails, and inspect its skin for red spots and fleas. Owners tend to only focus on maintaining their dog’s coat and overlook other aspects of grooming.
The boxer may exude nobility and an intimidating appearance, but it is actually considered the joker of the dog world. It is playful and fun-loving, and takes time to mature. It loves to be part of family activities and be the centre of attention. It often makes a unique ‘woo woo’ sound when it needs something or wants attention. On the other hand, it is loyal, alert, and watchful. It can initially be wary of strangers, but it eventually warms up if no danger is detected. It isn’t necessarily aggressive, but it will stand guard and defend its family. It is extremely patient and gentle towards kids, but it is recommended for families with older children as it can accidentally knock over a toddler.
The boxer is intelligent, but has a tendency to be independent and stubborn, so it is not suited for first-time owners. It responds better to people that are firm and consistent. However, firm does not mean harsh. Instead of strict training methods, positive reinforcements are more effective in teaching this breed basic dog manners and tricks. It needs early socialisation, so it does not become aggressive towards other animals.
Dog breeds have certain predisposed characteristics, but this does not mean that each dog will inherit all of them. Remember that hereditary, environment, training, and socialisation will help shape the overall qualities of your pet dog.
A typical serving for an adult boxer is two to three cups of excellent-quality dry dog food per day. It is better to measure and limit food intake per day, and avoid free-feeding as this can cause obesity. Size, age, and activity level are some of the important feeding considerations.
Typical calorie needs of an adult boxer per day:
The boxer is a muscular dog that needs a diet high in animal protein from bison, beef, lamb, or chicken. Protein helps build strong muscles, boosts bone growth, and aids in tissue repair. According to experts, the overall diet of this breed should be comprised of 25–30 per cent protein. Although it is prone to skin allergies, it does need carbs in its diet for energy source and dietary fibre. Just steer clear of wheat, corn, yeast, and soy. Lastly, always provide clean fresh water for your dog.
The boxer has an average lifespan of nine to ten years. This breed is known to be prone to certain health problems more than other breeds. However, this does not mean that all boxers will acquire them. These include, boxer cardiomyopathy (ARVC), aortic stenosis/subaortic stenosis (AS/SAS), colitis, degenerative myelopathy (DM), epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, corneal ulcers, cutaneous asthenia, and skeletal scurvy osteodystrophy. It can also have bloat, cataracts, cancer, hives, and allergies.
The boxer is an active and energetic breed, so it needs plenty of exercise. This working dog needs to be mentality stimulated or it will be destructive. It basically needs a minimum of two hours a day spent on walking, running, and basically letting off steam.
The cost of a well-bred pedigree Boxer puppy from a KC-registered breeder is anywhere from £500 to £1,500. On top of this, you have to spend around £200 for essential dog supplies and equipment including leashes, collars, crates, beds, toys, and grooming products.
You must also set aside around £60-£70 a month for a high-quality dog food that provides the daily nutritional requirements to keep your Boxer healthy.
Regular health checks, vaccinations, boosters, and other basic vet procedures will cost you around £1,000 a year. This does not include special procedures to treat other medical conditions. Getting pet insurance will add £50-£100 to your monthly expenses depending on the coverage.
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27th Dec 2018
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