Boxer Dog

Also known as: German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
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General description

Boxers are suitable to live in apartments. A breed that does not tolerate being on its own nor overly hot or cold climates. The Boxer loves playing with family and children, and it doesn't shed much. General health is quite good but it must be closely monitored. A Boxer doesn't have a tendency to gain weight and it's a loyal breed throughout its life. A type of dog with high energy levels and a need for daily exercise. Maintenance cost for your Boxer are within range.

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Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: red, fawn, black
  • Hair: wiry, short
  • Coats: double color, brindled

The size of the Boxer falls within range. This breed features rather long front legs reaching the body measurements and a unique positioning of the back legs which give the idea that a Boxer standing up is always ready to take off. The tail is straight and quite elongated. The head is quite peculiar, well proportioned with the size of the neck and featuring a flat and quite square-shaped muzzle.

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Costs and maintenance

Maintaining a Boxer requires special focus on a few important aspects. This breed tends to ingest large amounts of food and must be closely monitored in this regard. The Boxer is quite healthy however it needs to be regularly checked to avoid experiencing rather challenging issues. This is when the opinion of a reliable expert becomes essential. Boxers have no particular issues relating to cleanliness which should nevertheless include regular grooming.

Average purchase and maintenance cost

Characteristics Summary


Suitability to apartment life

The ability of the Boxer to adjust to life in an apartment is connected to important factors of this breed's everyday life. A house that enables a Boxer to enjoy some sort of outdoor space immediately adjacent the unit is ideal. The breed is fairly active in this regard and, through a daily walk nearby, maybe even in a very large park, life in apartment will be made easier and more enjoyable for such an active and dynamic type of dog.

Very suitable for apartment life

Tolerance for solitude

When talking about a Boxer's ability to being alone we shouldn't look at it as the dog's sensitivity to this condition but rather the possibility of dangerous consequences to delicate ornaments around the house. Leaving a Boxer on its own for too long is absolutely not recommended as this type of dog has a tendency of being active within the different household environments. This kind of necessity is strictly connected to the opportunity a Boxer will have to move around in safer spaces on a daily basis. Best not to leave your Boxer pooch alone for more than just a few hours, especially if it is left in the house.

Very low tolerance for solitude

Suitable as first pet

Ideal average. Boxers can be seen as the right compromise between the owner's expectations and a dog's needs. Once we've understood the Boxer's physical features, we can focus on the breed's behavioral traits. Boxers are always capable of remaining fairly calm in specific situations and fairly crowded environments. This inclination can be very handy in certain contexts but obviously it must be the response to a certain training method. By correcting the most unwanted behaviors.

Boxers are moderately suitable as first pets


Boxers are quite proud dogs from this point of view. This specific tendency can become a benefit but it may also have certain downsides. The benefit of a breed with similar temperament is that a Boxer can display a unique attitude when exposed to chaotic situations. Boxers can adequately adjust in this sense however, although being very responsive to the owner they may modify their reaction if the command is to harsh.

A moderately tolerant breed

Tolerance for cold temperatures

Despite the robust muscular structure in a Boxer, this type of dog is quite challenged by cold temperatures. A short fur and inclination to enjoy time outdoors during the day are not helpful in this regard. Boxer owners will need to asses the more suitable time to walk their dog, trying to avoid inappropriate situations that will force their pooch to stand still in overly cold environments.

Low tolerance for cold temperatures

Tolerance for high temperatures

As far as this breed's resistance in warm climates, the downside is the same as for other types of dog. Boxers have a unique face displaying a flat and less elongated muzzle. Breathing channels are shorter and the air going through them on its way to a Boxer's lungs is unable to cool down properly. Needless to say how this can cause cardiac distress for the Boxer. We recommend paying close attention to your pet during the warmest and more humid days.

Very low tolerance for warm temperatures

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

Boxers are at their happiest while interacting with all family members. Being able to communicate with them is pure joy for a Boxer and it will show this through displays of affection. This is also a way to enable a development of your pet's protective instinct towards the pack which can be then put into action when necessary.

Absolute affection towards the family

Friendly towards children

Boxers are very friendly with children and this inclination is showcased because of this breed's sense of responsibility towards them. The Boxer is fully aware of the level of interaction it can reach around kids although this disposition must always be supervised by an adult. This is a principle that applies in any case of dogs and children playing, especially when very young kids are involved.

Very friendly towards children

Relationship with strangers

A perfectly trained Boxer is the calmest pooch in the world. This is the main feature that Boxer owners should always consider. Based on the context, a Boxer can respond differently to strangers. If a stranger is approaching the house, a Boxer will step up and alert the owner however, this type of dog is capable of controlling any unwanted behavior in public even amongst people that may be wary around certain breeds.

High level of tolerance for strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

Assessing this breed's ability to interact with other dogs is not always easy. Boxers don't engage in particularly involved interactions with dogs that may be disturbing their daily routine or even approaching them in an aggressive way. These inclinations should always be considered in connection with your Boxer's socialization skills and methods. A dog that is exposed to other breeds as a young puppy will be capable of better relating to them than a pooch that was never trained in this regard.

Moderately friendly towards other dogs

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

One of the greatest benefits of owning this breed, especially for those living in a unit and more specifically in an apartment block, is that the Boxer doesn't shed much. Boxers have a short coat which is surprisingly resistant. Quite often, Boxer owners feel excused to neglect taking regular care of their pet's fur. This type of behavior should never develop amongst those owning a Boxer despite the unique features of the breed.

Minimum moulting

Salivation and drooling restraint level

A breed that features such responsiveness can only display quite the inclination in this regard. The ability of a Boxer in containing the amount of saliva is connected to the environmental conditions in which it finds itself. A fairly warm place may cause an increase in dribbling as well as certain and specific times of the day. Anyway, these features are common amongst other breeds even though may be slightly more highlighted in the Boxer.

Low ability to restrain drooling

Easiness to clean

The long-standing debate regarding the need for cleanliness in a dog depends on the breed's features and daily routine. Boxers can count on an easy daily grooming thanks to its very short fur. An advantage as far as the time dedicated by the owner to the pooch's regular grooming. A feature that finds its downside in the Boxer's fondness of playing outdoors. Monitoring of areas such as the mouth and tail is essential when owning a Boxer.

Quite easy to clean

Health and diseases

The great muscularity of the breed hides a rather vulnerable health. Boxers will be quite healthy if the breeder has paid close attention to genetic parameters during the mating phase. This breed can be subject to diseases such as dysplasia and hypothyroidism although its worst enemy is cancer. Boxers featuring an excessively light-colored coat are more inclined to develop skin and ear tumors. Some Boxers may even develop brain tumors. For this reason, you should only purchase this breed from reliable breeders.

A healthy breed if adequately monitored

Tendency to gain weight

It's important to mention that it takes some effort to "ruin" the physique of a Boxer. This breed is genetically gifted with the potential of an athlete. This trait perfectly displays in the muscular structure of the Boxer's legs, especially the back ones which are capable of providing a decent drive. This breed can only experience weight issues if it maintains an inactive lifestyle with little exercise, especially because Boxers can ingest decent amounts of food if not adequately monitored.

Low inclination to gain weight

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

A Boxer's intelligence shines in the ability to engage in multiple and varied activities during the day. This type of dog is capable of remaining extremely focused on the master during training. Boxers are not stubborn however they should be guided during this phase of their life. This breed has a great sense of responsibility and shows it off whenever possible. It is safe to say that the Boxer is a highly intelligent breed under numerous circumstances.

High level of intelligence displayed during training

Loyalty and inclination to escape

Within a perfect average. Different factors may play a role in enabling this but nonetheless remain linked to the pet's ability to understand which behaviors are accepted and which are undesirable. When owning this breed, a well planted medium-height fence may not be sufficient. Boxers can jump and climb quite well. This is when the owner plays an important role in this breed's inclination to run away. Nevertheless, it is generally proven that Boxers are absolutely loyal once they become part of the family.

Loyalty and inclination to escape within average

Inclination to bite

A Boxer's dislike for other dogs may play a role in this regard. Obviously, a dog's tendency to bite depends on the context in which it finds itself. The presence of a dog that like the Boxer is quite focused may bring unwanted consequences. Different situations such as the interaction with the owner or family members are absolutely calm. Clearly, all of these traits must be assessed whilst training your Boxer.

Self-control and tendency to nip within average

Hunt drive

The predator instinct or inclination to chase in Boxers is connected to their curiosity and dynamic temperament. These two factors may develop an inappropriate response in the house and outside. As for many other breeds, early socialization with other animals could help improve the Boxer's behavioral skills in understanding how to interact with certain small or large pets within different contexts.

Average hunting drive

Inclination to bark or howl

Using dialogue to interact as much as to communicate with the owner is typical of all breeds. The Boxer fits perfectly in the middle in this regard. This breed doesn't engage in loud vocalizations neither in the house or public spaces where other people or animals may be. Boxers will bark or howl in certain situations to alert the owner of a presence near the house or in response to other dogs that are as curious about their presence.

Average disposition to bark or howl

Exercise requirements

Energy level

If there is one breed capable of displaying high energy levels simply through their looks, well that is the Boxer. This athletic type of dog was born to amaze people interacting with it. Running, jumping and reactivity are the Boxer's main qualities. All of these activities are taken on as part of a competition. This is why, Boxers are often used in these events as their energy levels and flexibility make them almost invincible.

Extremely high energy levels


Nothing more than what you see. The Boxer is a very powerful breed which can first of all be seen as proof of physical strength in any task it performs. This strength can be a concern within the home environment. A reason why Boxer owners won't forget to monitor their pooch in certain contexts and use a fairly resistant leash in crowded places.

High degree of strength

Exercise requirements

A Boxer that spends its days in inactive household contexts will be unhappy. Boxers need daily exercise and regular activity in order to grow and be healthy. These requirements must be met with at least a few hours of daily exercise, split into two sessions. A good way to keep you Boxer in shape and avoid the arising of any behavioral issues that could be irreversible.

Strong need for daily exercise

Tendency to play

The activities you can entertain with your Boxer are many and varied. This breed is fond of chasing, jumping, playing with objects and people. Boxers have a fairly slow weaning if we consider they reach adulthood around their third year. This trait helps understand certain inclinations of the breed. A puppy that grows in size without giving up on fun and games. This is why a responsible and caring owner is essential during certain times of day.

Maximum drive to play

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