The Boxer has a powerful and compact build. It is recognisable by its muzzle which is short and blunt with a distinct stop. The head is the most distinctive feature of the Boxer and should be in proportion to the body. The nose is large with very open nostrils and the jaw has an under-bite. The ears are set high. The Boxer, which originated in Germany, was derived from two mastiff type dogs used as hunting dogs. These breeds were crossed with the Bulldog and the Boxer was created. It is a relatively popular breed across the world for use as a house pet and guard dog.


Boxer dogs are a breed of average intelligence and respond to training quite well. They do require a firm hand when being trained as they can be quite willful dogs. They can pick up bad habits just as easily as they pick up good ones. Despite its appearance and strength, the Boxer is not an aggressive breed but, like all dogs, requires socialization with small children and other dogs and animals from a young age. Boxers are energetic, playful and tend to be very good with children which make them great family pets. Wary of strangers, the Boxer makes a good guard dog.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 22-25 inches (57-63cm) Bitches 21-23 inches (53-59cm)

    Weight: Dogs 66-71 pounds (30-32kg) Bitches 55-60 pounds (25-27kg)

  • Health Problems

    The Boxer breed more commonly suffers from lymphoma, heart murmurs and inherited epithelial dysplasia. Boxers are also prone to tumors and deafness has also been associated with the breed.

  • Living Conditions

    If exercised on a regular basis, Boxer dogs do quite well in apartments. They are quite active indoors but also enjoy a small yard or garden to run around in. They are very sensitive to temperature, heating up and chilling very quickly.

  • Exercise

    The Boxer is an athletic and energetic dog and, because of this, requires plenty of exercise. Owners should take the Boxer on long and brisk walks daily and integrate some play into their exercise as well.

  • Life Expectancy

    Boxers tend to live between 11 and 14 years.

  • Litter Size

    2 - 10 puppies. On average, the Boxer will have 6 puppies.

  • Grooming

    With a smooth and short-haired coat, Boxers are very easy to groom and require very little maintenance. Brush the coat from time to time to keep it in top condition and bathe it only when necessary. The breed is only an average shedder.

  • Group

    Mastiff, AKC Working

  • Recognition


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