The Boxer's body is compact and powerful. The head is in proportion with the body. . The nose is large and black with very open nostrils. The jaw has an under bite. The eyes are dark brown. The ears are set high. When cropped they are trained to stand up on the head, tapering to a point. When left natural the ears are thin, falling forward, laying close to the head. The neck is round, strong, and muscular, a without dewlap. The muscular, front legs are straight and parallel when viewed from the front. The back legs are well muscled. The tail is set high and usually docked.
11 to 14 years
21 to 25 inches
53 to 110 pounds
All boxer dogs do share some personality characteristics:
• Boxers are boisterous and playful. They are animated and excited when playing, and they love to run around and be active. A large part of boxer temperament is that they are, as many boxer owners describe, ‘full of life.’
• Boxers mature rather slowly, i-e they tend to stay puppy like for several years, unlike many dog breeds. They do start to settle down more once they reach age 3 or 4; however, they still tend to act rather playful and lively for pretty much all of their lives.
• These dogs are people dogs. Boxers need to be around people they are happiest when they are with their human ‘family.’ When a boxer doesn’t get enough attention and affection, he can start to develop behavior problems. Boxers must have human companionship for a good part of every day in order to be content.
• Boxer dogs need to be house dogs. This is because of their constant need for attention and companions
The Boxer is patient, dignified and self-assured. They exhibit curiosity but are wary of strangers. This breed is fearless and courageous if threatened. They are keenly alert and have heightened sense of hearing, which make them excellent guard dogs. The Boxer adores children and other pets they hv been raised with.
Protective. Boxers are invaluable guardians over you, your home and your children. Always alert they are aware of their surroundings they will let you know if they hear or see something unusual. They are reserved with strangers that come to the house and will warm up to them as long as things are normal.
The Boxer's smooth, short haired coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary, for it removes the natural oils from the skin. Some Boxers try and keep themselves clean, grooming themselves like a cat, although some cannot resist rolling in another animals poop, which calls for a bath.
Boxers will do okay in apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and do best with at least an average sized yard.
The Boxer is very clever and quick to learn. Obedience training is essential. They require a dominant owner capable of controlling them. They don’t respond well to very harsh treatment. Training must consist of fairness, firmness, and consistency.