Pet Profile: Boxers

By Valdette Muller| February 28, 2018 | Blog

The Boxer is an iconic breed of dog known to many, But why the name “Boxer”?

Nobody really knows how the name “Boxer” came to be associated with the breed. One of theories is that the name comes from the breed’s tendency to play by standing on it’s hind legs and “boxing” with its front paws.

Bullenbeisser

Origins: The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser which became extinct by crossbreeding.

George Alt, who lived in Munich, imported a brindle bullenbeisser named Flora from France. Her offspring became the foundation of the Boxer breed.

The Boxer was developed as a working breed in Germany in the 1880s, trained for police work, and they were also used as some of the earliest guide dogs and served in the German military during World War I as messengers and scouts.

The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed which is related to a family of bull breeds which include the Bulldog, Bull Terrier and Dogue de Bordeaux.

It was not until the 1940s and 50s that the boxer breed became popular internationally.

Temperament and Personality

It is no surprise that the Boxer is one of most popular dog breeds in the world. They have a joyful personality and temperment about them that they show towards the people they love.

They have a streak of mischief in their makeup. You will need a sense of humour if you want to live with one.

The breed makes for good family dogs as they are loyal as companions who truly bond with their human families.

A well bred and well socialised Boxer can be an asset and a very friendly companion to children and people they know.

They are known to be non-aggressive, but please be wary as they can become suspicious and alert around strangers. Boxers are lovers, not fighters, but can be known to stand their ground and not back away from a showdown if another dog starts something.

The Boxer is willing and able to participate in almost any organised activity you attempt, which can include agility and obedience training.

Stubbornness and independence are a few of the attributes Boxers have. They are intelligent and respond well to firm but fun training. They do not like to be bossed around and do not respond well to harsh treatment.

Health and care

The Boxer is an athletic breed and can excel in sporting activities, so make sure to give your boxer plenty of exercise to keep them in high spirits.

The Boxer is a slightly big dog and this can result in a lot of damage to the house or garden if they become bored or lonely.

Like all dogs, Boxers come with a few health issues that they start to experience later on in life.

Boxers can suffer heart issues such as Cardiomyopathy. This heart condition is when a narrowing starts to happen on the aortic valve or the area just below the valve, usually caused by a fibrous ring of tissue. It is usually a genetic disorder, and only manifests during their later years.

Boxers are usually at increased risk of diseases including allergies, skin problems and cancer.

For the Boxer not every problem is a genetic one. Boxers are a physical breed. As young to middle age dogs, they play hard and can incur soft-tissue injuries as a result. Lacerations, scrapes and abrasions are not unusual which then become prevalent in later years.

Appearance

The Boxer’s face has a wrinkled and worried-looking expression, It is a distinctive feature for the breed. This expression is accentuated by a square-like jaw, noble head and jaunty walk.

A male Boxer can weigh between 30 and 36 kilograms, females tend to be quite a bit smaller than males, weighing between 22 and 30 kilograms.

The Boxer’s coat is short and sheds moderately. Some boxers are a rich, fawn colour and others are brindle. Their face or mask is usually black, but many have white face markings and white on their chest and paws. White Boxers are not albinos and their colouration is not the result of a genetic mutation. In Boxers, white is just a colour.

The Boxer is an easy-care dog when it comes to grooming.

Sources: https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/dog-breeds/boxer

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