The Boxer is a bit of a superstar. Don’t be put off by the name – some say it’s been earned not by a tendency for seeking out fisticuffs, but by this breed’s tendency to use its paws playfully for exploring new objects. A whip-smart, feisty and devoted companion, the Boxer is a popular guide dog for the blind, makes a great guard dog, and is favoured for military and police work. If that last bit sounds intimidating, don’t worry – this breed of dog is equally at home snuggling up with the family on the sofa.
The Boxer is believed to have originated in Germany in the 1800s, with elements of the Great Dane and the Bulldog in its background. The name may have been derived from the German word ‘Bullenbeisser’ (bull biter). Sounds like a stretch? We think so too. Long live those playful paws!
You can expect your Boxer to live for between 10-14 years.
In terms of health, Boxers are prone to heart conditions, allergies, cancer, epilepsy, arthritis, back, hip and knee problems and thyroid issues. They’re highly prone to mast cell tumours. Avoid feeding your Boxer anything that isn’t dog food unless you’re prepared to deal with a powerful bout of flatulence!”
The energetic funster
Boxers are fast learners and make great pets for active families. They love nothing more than a hefty session of games and playtime and a good romp in the park. Even better, the Boxer’s short coat allows for a speedy the post-romp cleanup. Boxers need a fair bit of exercise and definitely aren’t recommended as indoor dogs.
The characteristics of a Boxer that make them brilliant guide dogs, police dogs and guard dogs also make this breed a loyal and loving companion.
If you’ve considering a Boxer, bear in mind that they’re known snorers, pretty gassy, and can err on the side of drooly.
The Boxer’s natural exuberance and will need adequate training to bring out the best in this breed. An untrained Boxer will instinctively jump up at people (though not aggressively). Unless provoked, Boxers take a neutral attitude towards strangers and unknown dogs.
Boxers aren’t necessarily difficult to housebreak. However, as a highly intelligent breed, they get bored easily, so it’s a good idea to make training fun for them. Be patient and give plenty of enthusiastic praise when training goes well.
Where to find the Boxer
Keen to meet and swap stories with fellow Boxer fanatics? Find a Boxer breed group below.
London and Home Counties Boxer Club
The Scottish Boxer Club
Boxer Dogs UK
The Northern Boxer Club
The British Boxer Club
Boxer Breed Council
The Merseyside Boxer Club
South Western Boxer Club
Adopt a Boxer
Want to adopt a Boxer in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Can’t wait to take your Boxer for a runaround in the woods? Find an approved Boxer breeder.