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Boxer - Breed Profile:

Origin: Germany
Colors: Fawn or brindle, sometimes with white markings
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Not a barker

Breed video: Boxer

Physical characteristics

The Boxer belongs to the Mastiff family, so it has a compact and powerful body with developed muscles and square proportions. The shape of the muzzle is very important for this breed: it must be wide, blunt, and in absolute proportion to the head, which is 1:3. The top of the skull must be slightly arched. Also, the head should not be round as in the Bulldog. The lower jaw should protrude beyond the upper one slightly, and bend upwards a bit. Wrinkles appear on the forehead when the ears are erect. The nose is wide and black, the eyes are dark brown. Boxers have broad deep chest, and a short straight back. The tail and ears are customarily docked.
The height ranges from 21 to 25 inches, the weight is 60 to 70 pounds on average. Females tend to be smaller.

Temperament

The Boxer is amazingly exuberant, intelligent, and energetic breed. You can easily spot that even by the way they walk: the elegant Boxer has a free, elastic gait, and carries itself proudly. They love to play, and are awesome at training, which makes them perfect obedience dogs that are good for novice owners. They are alert and protective, but never bark without reason. Usually reserved with strangers, they are very affectionate and devoted to family. They do need people a lot, and can mope if you do not give it enough attention and exercise (daily walks and active games are necessary). Boxers are also good with other pets, but sometimes can be slightly dominant with other dogs of the same sex. They are not combative unless provoked.
Boxer puppies by MikQuattro

Coat and grooming

Boxers are short-haired dogs with a very sleek coat that comes in fawn and brindle colours mixed with white sometimes (most often on the belly, legs, and face). It is easy to take care of: occasional brushing should be fine. Boxers are average shedders.

Health

Boxers are prone to obesity, so be cautious with the diet and do not overfeed your dog. Also, the common health problems include cancer, heart conditions, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, and epilepsy. Sometimes, Boxers can droll a little and snore. Nonetheless, they are known to be clean and odorless dogs.
The lifespan of Boxers is 10 to 12 years.