Boxer

Description:
One of the most outstanding things about the boxer is its chiseled head, which is always in perfect proportion with its body that is medium sized and square. The nose of the boxer is wide and flat but harmonizes well with the shape of its head. The style of the boxer defines the breed and it is considered an elegant dog. It's square and has a short back, powerful legs, and a shiny coat that covers it muscular body. It also has a very intelligent looking expression that stands out. The chest of the boxer is pretty wide, well dined and the torso is short, straight and creates a union between the wichers and the front legs. The lumbar zone is short and muscular. The inferior line is lightly retracted but it always forms as soft curve. Its shoulders are loose and do not look heavy. The angle of the front legs is in balance with the hinds ones and should not look too angled or too straight. The wrists of this dog are low and slightly angled. The color of a boxer is usually tigered and it seems to have a black mask on its face with a little white as well, although the white color on its body should not be more than one third of its body. A male boxers height is around fifty-seven centimeters to sixty-three centimeters and the female from fifty three to fifty nine centimeters. It weighs anywhere from twenty-five to thirty kilograms. Proportion and balance are the most important aspect to look for in this dog.

Ideal owner:
Boxers get really close to their owners and they are known to be very affectionate and devoted. It is a playful family dog with a lot of energy and is an excellent guardian. Although they have a very loud bark and are quite large, they are not good guard dogs because it's under the habit of licking intruders and wanting to play, it's a friendly dog, not a fighter. In the United States owners and breeders make sure this dog has a controlled character and that it does not drool too much. This dog is so childlike that they are an excellent choice for people that do not have children and they are great companions for kids.

Growth:
There are distinct differences in the lines of puppies. Most puppies are born with a weight of around 280 grams to half a kilogram. Some of them grow little by little and consistently, while there are others that having some very fast growing spurts, these differences in growth should not be considered a problem though. At eight weeks a puppy should weigh around four to six kilograms. The tail is amputated at three to seven days of birth. Nipping the ears is optional although this is usually done at eight weeks of life. Find out about the rules on nipping, as it is illegal in some places. They are able to reach full physical maturity at the age of one year, or eighteen months, and on some occasions even more. The males generally acquire more body mass once they have reached their full height. During adolescence they have a lot of energy and they devour their food. During this time the boxer needs more exercise and play time. Obedience training is highly suggested to help it be more sociable and obedient. A boxer that is well taken care of will turn into an excellent companion. It is known for its intelligence and its ability to think before acting. Contrary to popular belief, a boxer is perfectly capable of living with other dogs in the house as long as it is well trained.

General health:
On most part, boxers are easy companions to care after. The amounts of care they require are minimal; one of the important things to look after is their coat, which needs brushing. A lot has been said about boxer's health and research has shown that despite the problems they can have, it is in general a very healthy dog. There have been incidences of tumors in some both malignant and benign. There have also been cases of lymphomas, heart and lung tumors, hereditary epithelial dysphasia, thyroid, and testicular cancer etc. Stomach problems are also a concern. Sometimes they get little pimple looking spots on their noses but it can be treated with antibiotics. During youth the boxer lives a very active life but with age it declines quickly. The normal life span of this dog is approximately eight to nine years but there are some that live up to thirteen or more.

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