The Boxer dog started during the latter part of the 19th century in Germany. They supposedly got their name from the “boxing” gesture they made with their front paws. This is a stocky breed and medium sized. They have strong jaws with a powerful bite. They’re used widely in police work, military work and search and rescue.


Boxers like regular outdoor exercise and play. They love to play with their families and do well with a medium size fenced yard to romp in. They must stay stimulated and occupied while indoors to keep them from becoming destructive. Boxers do fine in apartment living as long as they get enough regular exercise.


The coat of a Boxer is short and tight and needs little grooming. An occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is all it takes. Baths are only needed when absolutely necessary to make sure that natural oils remain in their skin. This is generally a clean breed and they groom themselves. They do have some major health issues like hip dysplasia, sub-aortic stenosis, and cardiomyopathy. They may also have problems with allergies, tumors, skin problems, and epilepsy. A proper diet is vital because they have sensitive stomachs and are prone to excessive flatulence. Boxers are indoor pets because their short coats won’t protect them in colder climates.


Boxers are strong, lively and very loyal. They have an extremely high energy level, and have a proud stance. However, they’re never arrogant. Their stance is stoic, and they make loving, delightful and intelligent companions.


Boxers have short haired coats, which is smooth shiny and fits snugly to their bodies. The color of their coats are red, fawn, and brindle with white markings on their bellies, chests, and all of their feet. This is an average shedding breed.


Boxers are dignified, self-assured and patient. They show curiosity but aren’t warm with strangers. This is a courageous and fearless breed if they’re threatened. They’re also very alert with an acute sense of hearing. This makes them ideal guard dogs. Boxers love children and other pets they’ve been raised with. They have a great need for human companionship and don’t like being alone for a long time. They’re not suited for a two career family. If they don’t get enough attention, they’ll act out in trying to be noticed.


Clever and fast to learn, the Boxer must have obedience training. They need a dominant owner that can control them. They don’t’ respond positively to harsh treatment. Training must be conducted with consistency, firmness and fairness. Boxers thrive in competitive obedience and love learning and performing tricks.