BOXERS QUICK FACTS:
- AKC recognized in 1904
- Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: High
- Recommended Dog Crate Size for Boxers: 42" dog crate
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The boxer is a well-known dog worldwide and has its origin in Munich, Germany where the first boxer exhibition dog show was held in 1895. It is said that the boxer was bred from the ancient bulldog and Bullenbeisser. Today, they become one of the most popular dogs in the USA, ranking 8th in 2014. Boxers spread throughout Europe in the 19th century and they entered the United States around 20th century being recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.
In the past Boxers were also appreciated for their powerful jaws, which led to their involvement in military work during WWI. They performed many tasks such as guarding, attacking, and even delivering messages. After the war many of them were taken home by the soldiers. Today, they act as both guard dog and companion at home. The name itself is thought to come from the dog’s behavior. We often see this boxing stance when they are in a particularly playful mood, standing on their hind legs and hopping around.
Almost all boxers are active, bright, fun-loving, and loyal. It means they can demand high-intensity attention from their owner. Many owners believe that their loyalty is unmatched by other breeds. Even though they can be quite tender in the family, they may act hostile to strangers. This breed is prone to sunburn and in the worst cases, without adequate protection, this may lead to skin cancers.
Boxers have a medium-sized figure. They are well-built with strong limbs and short back. They have strong muscles. Their skin is clean and their gait is elastic with 20% of all boxers having white fur. Their skull is slightly arched and flat. Their cheeks do not bulge. When it comes to the neck, it’s both muscular and round. The chest is quite wide and the dog has a deep brisket and slightly long shoulders. Boxers also have a long upper arm while their coat is shiny and short. Boxers have both an alert and intelligent expression. Their eyes are dark brown and their ears will rise when alert. The hindquarters of this breed are well-built with muscle.
It is highly recommended to discuss your dog's feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Boxers have a tight and short coat. This means they do not require frequent grooming. However, a full bath at least on a monthly basis is important for overall health. A mild shampoo will be useful. Equally as important is to avoid bathing them too frequently so as to avoid drying their skin, causing itchiness and dryness. Their ears should be cleaned too to avoid infections. Owners can buy special ear cleaning and shampoo products from their veterinarian.
Boxers overall have very high levels of energy and as such are a very active breed. They benefit from a variety of exercise such as regular walking or running. To maintain optimal health Boxers need around 40 minutes of exercise in a daily basis.
PET CRATE SIZE
Pet Crates Direct recommends the 42" dog crate size for Boxers.
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