The Boxer is a sturdy, muscular dog with a distinct short-muzzled, wrinkly face. It was bred in Germany in the late 1800s as a hunting dog and has been popular in Europe since the early 1900s.
Standing 53 to 63 cm at the withers, the Boxer is a medium-sized dog whose weight ranges from 25 to 32 kg. Its short, smooth coat comes in various shades of fawn, brindle and mahogany, as well as solid white. Some Boxers have white markings. Its short coat and clean habits make the Boxer an ideal indoor dog.
With its powerful appearance, the fearless Boxer is actually a calm, even-tempered dog that has all the qualities of a loving family pet. This dog is highly tolerant of children and will protect them at all costs. Its eagerness to protect its family and territory, combined with its distrust of strangers, makes the Boxer a good guard dog.
Boxers are confident dogs with stable temperaments and great stamina. They are unlikely to pick a fight but will defend themselves when needed. Boxers are very suited to live in a household with other pets.
This is a loyal dog that thrives on human companionship. It loves to play and will continue to behave somewhat like a puppy throughout most of its life. The Boxer needs lots of exercise and can become destructive if left alone for long periods of time.
An intelligent and generally obedient dog, the Boxer is quick to learn but needs to be really dominated when you train it. It is playful and boisterous, which can make it prone to accidents.
As a breed, the Boxer is tough but seems susceptible to a variety of health problems, which you should research and discuss with your breeder.
Boxers generally do not have a very long lifespan, living up to 10 years old on average.