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Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd" Compare Boxer and German Shorthaired Pointer. Which is better: Boxer or German Shorthaired Pointer or Miniature American Shepherd?
Name Boxer German Shorthaired Pointer Miniature American Shepherd
OriginsGermany Germany United States
Group Working Dogs Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank111035
Reviews120
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Other Names German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set
Price $600-$1200 $600-$800 $900-$1000

General Appearance - Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd

Size Medium Large Medium Small Medium
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 25 pounds (11 kg)
Height Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)

Hair & Care - Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd

Coat Waterproof Dense Smooth
Colors Brindle White Fawn Roan Liver White Black Merle Blue White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Boxers shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.

Characteristics - Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd

Temperament Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable Devoted Intelligent Energetic Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Miniature American Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Boxers are quite easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Boxer is a playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Boxers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd

Stranger Friendly
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boxers are generally with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd

Health Issues
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Boxer Cardiomyopathy Cancer Corneal Dystrophy Deafness Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-14 years 13-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boxers are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boxer vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-10 puppies, average 6 7-12 puppies 2-6 puppies

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