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Boxer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Boxer so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Boxer have? The dog breed also known as...
German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Boxer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Boxer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Boxer breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry
How much does the Boxer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Boxer price:
If you choose to purchase the Boxer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Boxer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Boxer gets to a happy place.

Boxer History

The Boxer’s oldest ancestors, both the Mastiff and the Molosser-type of dogs go back to the early Assyrian Empire, back as far as 2,500 B.C. These dogs derive their name after the region of Molossis, which is now called Albania. Their other old ancestor is the Mastiff-type of fighting dogs, originating from the Tibetan Valleys.

The breed was created in Germany, however, there were some Flemish tapestries found from the 16th and from the 17th century, which depicts similarly looking dogs accompanying people in combats and during hunting. The Boxer’s ancestors are thought to be the German Bullenbeisser, another descendant of the Mastiff, and the Bulldog. The German Bullenbeisser was a hunting dog that has existed for centuries in Germany and was used to pursue larger games like wild boar, bear, and deer. Their tasks included catching and holding the prey until the hunter arrived at the scene. These duties required strong and wide jaws with strong teeth, which enabled the dogs to bite powerfully and hold for extended periods of time. By the 1860s, the breed lost its original purpose and was solely employed as guards of property. The modern Boxer was developed in the late 1800s, in Germany by a man named Georg Alt, from Munich. He crossed a brindle-coated female Bullenbeisser named Flora with a locally found dog, whose origin or breed was unknown. This cross marked the start of the Boxer breeding program. The litter born out of this cross was also matched with Flora. Due to neglect, selective breeding, and lack of preservation, the Bullenbeisser went extinct. Later, in order to perfect the Boxer’s physical appearance, breeders included the English Bulldog in the gene pool. Quickly after that, the first Boxer specimen entered the German Stud Book after winning the Munich dog show.

In 1894, three Germans, named Hopner, Konig, and Roberth made serious efforts, with the intention of stabilizing and homogenizing the breed and put the breed in dog shows, to popularize it and to hopefully gain recognition. The first Boxer Club was formed in 1895, with the same goals in mind. Thanks to their efforts, the Boxer got more widespread all around Europe quite quickly during the late 19th century. In 1903 the first specimen was imported to the United States of America, and a year later, the AKC (American Kennel Club) registered the first Boxer, who was named Arnulf Grandez. During the First World War, the Boxer was employed by the military, serving as messenger dogs carrying packages, guards of people and property, they also served as pack dogs. The breed’s popularity increased significantly after the Second World War when American soldiers brought their dogs home with them as mascots from the war. Soon, the Boxer was very well-known and loved all around the world. The ABC (American Boxer Club) was founded in 1935, and the Boxer gained full AKC recognition in the same year.

Nowadays, the Boxer is still a very popular breed, the breed ranks 7th among the 155 breeds accepted by the AKC. As dogfighting and bull-baiting had been outlawed, the prejudice about the breed almost completely vanished. The Boxer is considered to be an energetic, fun, loving, and loyal family companion. Moreover, the breed is renewed for their even temperament around children. Today, the Boxer is also employed by the police, the military, and as service dogs.

Boxer General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Boxer size:
How much does the Boxer weigh? Boxer weight:
Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Boxer? Boxer average weight:
Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
How tall is the Boxer? Boxer height:
Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Boxer average height:
Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Boxer Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Boxer have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Boxer's coat?
How to groom the Boxer and how often?
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Boxer is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Boxer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the German Boxer? Boxer shedding level:
Boxers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Boxer Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Boxer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Boxer? Are they intelligent?
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Boxer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Boxers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Boxer is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Boxer sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Boxers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the German Boxer need? Boxer social needs:
Boxers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Boxer dogs bark a lot? Why does my Deutscher Boxer bark?
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Boxer good as a watchdog?
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Boxer dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Boxer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Boxer can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Boxer will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Boxer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the German Boxer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Boxer? Why do dog bites happen?
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Boxer do?
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Boxers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Boxer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Boxer roam?
Boxers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Boxer have high 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Boxer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Boxer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Boxer Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Boxer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Boxer and children:
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Boxer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Boxer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Boxer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Boxer is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Boxers good office dogs? Do Boxers make good office friendly dogs? Can Boxers be office dogs?
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Boxer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the German Boxer temperament with senior people? Are Boxer dogs good for elderly owners?
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Boxer dogs get along with other pets? Are Boxer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Boxer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Boxer be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Boxer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Boxer be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Boxer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Boxer be a 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. Boxer is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Boxer be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Boxer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Boxer be a boat dog?
Not really
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Boxer be a drafting dog?
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Boxer breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Boxer Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Boxer dogs have health problems?
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Boxer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Boxer breed? Health risks of Boxer:
AllergiesAortic StenosisBloatBoxer CardiomyopathyCancerCorneal DystrophyDeafnessDemodectic MangeHip DysplasiaHypothyroidism
Life Expectancy
How long do Boxer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Boxer be?
10-12 years
Is the Boxer breed hypoallergenic?
Boxers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Boxer have?
Boxers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Boxer dogs require per day?
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Boxers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Boxer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Boxer risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Boxer's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Boxer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Boxer drool?
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Boxer could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Boxer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Boxer Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Boxer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Boxer have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Boxer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-10 puppies, average 6

Boxer Pros & Cons

  • Apartment Friendly: Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
  • Hypoallergenic: Boxers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Stinkiness: The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • 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.
  • Dog Friendly: Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Boxer Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Kerbun

    Sep 8, 2021, 8:40:32 PM:

    Based on the experience I had owning 4 boxers now, this is not accurate description.

  • Kerbun

    Sep 8, 2021, 8:40:09 PM:

    Based on the experience I had owning 4 boxers now, this is not accurate description.

  • Loba

    Nov 15, 2019, 6:53:00 PM: