The Boxer is one of America’s most iconic dogs. While not the most common breed, their owners make up for this with their enthusiasm for them. One thing is for sure – Boxers are one of the most beloved breed of dog. However, it is important to fully understand boxers before jumping into adoption. While the breed is a great candidate for adoption, they are not a one-size-fits-all breed. So today, we’ll give you all the boxer dog breed info you’ll need!
Physical Characteristics of Boxers
Weight: 65 – 80 pounds in males, 55-65 pounds in females
Height: 24 inches for males, 22 inches for females.
Coat: Short, brown coat with a black “mask” on their face, with occasional white patches on the face.
Boxers are a stocky and muscular dog breed. Bred as a working dog, Boxers will have plenty of power behind their frame. While males are definitely more muscular, female boxers will also have this muscular frame.
Temperament of a Boxer
As many owners can confirm, it is truly the Boxer’s personality that you will fall in love with! When talking about the temperament of a boxer, there are many positive things to be said. Boxers are described as:
Boxers are a unique breed that comes with limitless devotion and ability to play. For the most part, boxers will get along with new people or even other dogs, although there is a slightly higher chance of male-on-male aggression if your boxer is not neutered.
In addition, Boxer’s will be ready for any adventure the two of you go on. With this breed’s muscular build also comes a ton of energy. Because of this, Boxer’s will constantly be ready to play a game of fetch or go for a run. This, mixed with their fearless but playful nature makes them a perfect dog for an active person.
Exercise Needs of Boxers
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to adopt a boxer, knowing if you can keep up with their exercise needs is important to know. As mentioned before, Boxers are great for active people, and this is because Boxers are an active breed. Not only do they enjoy physical activity, they will need it to stay healthy.
Boxer’s require about 2 hours of exercise daily. Because the breed is so muscular, this exercise should be intense. While walking your dog is exercise, it will not be enough to keep a Boxer healthy. Instead, they will need to run for the majority of their exercise. Boxers will happily play fetch with you, or accompany you on a run of your own.
However you decide to exercise your boxer, it is vital that they do exercise. If you want a more “Inside dog”, then a boxer is not for you. In addition, if you do not have the time to exercise your Boxer, you may want to consider a different breed.
Health and Food Requirements
One of the most essential pieces of boxer dog breed info is their nutritional requirements. Ideally, you will want to feed your Boxer high-quality food from the minute you adopt them, especially if you adopt them as puppies. A high quality Boxer dog food is important to feed your Boxer’s powerful body.
When shopping for dog food, look for brands that are high in protein. For the most part, any brand that is high protein will advertise this on the front of the bag. In addition, dog food that uses meat as its first ingredient are preferred over brands that use corn or other grains.
For many breeds, a high-quality dog food is important. For a Boxer, however, it is vital. To keep their powerful bodies running, they will need proper nutrition. Without it, your Boxer will almost certainly get sick, and can develop physical and mental health conditions long-term. So, be sure to research a dog food brand before buying it!
Now that you know a bit about the characteristics of the breed, let’s move on to some specifics! Below, I’ve included a list of some of the most popular questions we receive about Boxers, as well as a couple things that you should know before making the decision to adopt.
Do Boxers Like Kids / Other dogs?
In general, Boxers are a kind and friendly dog breed. When it comes to kids, a Boxer is able to keep their cool and not get too rough. They will, however, not be afraid to let a child know if they are pulling their fur. While these are almost never aggressive acts, they can scare a small child that doesn’t know better.
Boxers get along well with most humans, but can have problems when it comes to other dogs. This is especially true if you have a male Boxer that runs into another male dog. While this issue is less severe if your Boxer is neutered, they may still be some hostility and battles over turf. Proper training and caution will help to prevent this problem.
Do Boxers Bark a Lot?
Boxers are not known to bark too much. Because of the Boxer’s intelligence level, they will generally only bark if they see something that they think you should know about. In addition, Boxers are an easy breed to get to stop barking, either by calling their name or petting them, depending on what it is that is causing the barking.
Boxers are, however, a vocal breed. They will typically make a low chattering noise that sounds similar to a growl, but is still noticeably different. This is simply a way of communicating with you or other dogs, and will be most common when the two of you are playing.
Where Should I Buy a Boxer From?
Boxers are a particular breed of dog, and so you will want to be careful who you buy a boxer from. Even well-meaning breeders can end up harming the long-term health of the boxer by simply not knowing enough about how to raise them. Because of this, you really cannot trust the breeder – You will need to do research before thinking of buying from a particular breeder.
In addition to research, knowing what to look for when adopting a Boxer is important. You should ask the breeder several questions about how your Boxer was raised, such as:
- What type of food do you feed the pups? (Don’t be afraid to ask to see the bag if the breeder doesn’t give you an immediate answer!)
- How often the pups are socialized/played with
- About the space the pups are raised in (Again, you should ask to see this space).
If you are dealing with a reputable breeder, they will have no trouble answering your questions honestly. If your breeder gives you vague answers, or refuses to give you proof without a very good reason, they are probably not a good breeder.
It should be noted that a responsible breeder will understand that you are just doing your due diligent by asking these questions. Professional breeders understand that this is a business, and part of business is getting as much information as possible. A good breeder doesn’t have anything to hide, and will be happy to answer your questions!
What Are Some Boxer Color Varieties?
Unlike some other breeds, Boxers can vary considerably when it comes to their coat color. While a Boxer’s coat is generally a shade of light brown, Boxers can have varying amounts of white in their fur as well. In fact, some boxers are born with a completely white coat, as opposed to the traditional brown coat.
In recent years, many breeders have been advertising “Black boxers”. If you see a breeder with this listing, avoid them at all cost! According to the AKC, a black coat is genetically impossible for Boxers. So, if a breeder has a listing for a black boxer, they are lying flat-out lying to you or they do not know the breed well enough, because black Boxers do not exist!
So… Should You Adopt A Boxer?
At the end of the day, the decision of whether or not to adopt a Boxer comes down to your compatibility with Boxers. Now that you have a basic amount of boxer dog breed info, you now have to weigh the pros and cons of adoption. It’s important to keep in mind that:
- Boxers require about 2 hours of exercise daily. This will be your biggest single time commitment to your dog.
- Because the breed has minimal grooming needs, you will not have to worry as much about this area of your Boxer’s care.
- A high-protein, high-nutrient dog food is a must. If you are unwilling or unable to provide this food, you may want to reconsider adopting a Boxer.
At the end of the day, research is the most important key to deciding if you should adopt or not. By doing proper research, you can ensure that there are no surprises after you adopt your dog. After your research, you can sleep soundly knowing that you know what to expect from your dog as well as knowing that you and your dog will have compatible lifestyles!