BOXER Dog Information

Elegance and good substance are combined to make the Boxer dog a well done, harmonious and stylish dog.    
  
The Boxer seal is its beautiful chiseled head, always perfectly in proportion with the body, which is medium sized and square. The muzzle should be wide and snub, but in harmony with the head’s shape and balance. The Boxer style defines the breed, and this dog is elegant and well rounded. It is square, with a short back, potent limb, and displays a shiny coat that lines its muscular shapes. With an intelligent and elegant expression, the Boxer has a fairly wide chest, well defined at the front; the back is short, straight, forming a straight bond between the withers and the back; the lumbar area is short and muscular; the inferior outline, slightly tucked in, but always forming a soft curve; the metacarpus, slightly oblique; the shoulders, not loose or loaded. The angulations in the hindquarters in balance with the forequarters, not straight or too angled; the thighs, strong and well developed, not light or too heavy; the hocks, well let down, and not too angled. This build is essential for a dog that should move with potency and efficiency. The Boxer color is fawn or bristle, with a black mask, and some white to embellish its appearance, never over a third of the body and some national associations admit the white Boxer origins in their websites. The male should be no less than 57 cm to 63 cm; the female, 53 cm to 59 cm; its weight is between 25 and 30 kg; proportion and balance is the most important.
 
BOXER Dog Owner               
Boxers born in England have dropped, natural ears, not cropped as the trend in the US.
A Boxer is a dog who is fond of its people, and the affection and devotion towards them are its whole being. It is a playful family dog, with a lot of energy, and a great guardian. Despite its size, strength and bark, which makes anyone nervous, the Boxer is no good as a watch dog, since it would lick the intruders or invite them in with its Frisbee™ in the mouth. Although its name doesn’t match, the Boxer is a friend, bit a fighter. In the US their balanced character and excessive balance is controlled. They are so “childish” that they are excellent for childless couples, or are great play partners for homes with kids!
 
Raising a BOXER Dog               
White patches in a show puppy are considered striking in the US, especially if they are offspring of international champions from the most famous Boxer breeding house in the US, Jacquet Boxers. There is a considerable difference between different breeding lines. Puppies are between 280 g and 500 g. Some grow gradually and consistently, while others have fast growth phases, which should not be a problem if proper nutrition is kept. An eight week puppy weighs between 4 and 6 kg. The tail is docked after three to seven days. Ear cropping, optional, is usually performed after eight weeks. This requires considerable post surgical care, and the owner should be informed about it by the breeder. Germany, the breed’s original country (VHD), has modified its standard banning cropping and docking; no inscriptions of dogs born from 1988 are accepted, offspring of specimens with cropped ears and/or docked tail. Physical maturity can be reached very soon, after a year, or after 18 or more months. Especially males continue gaining substance once their maximum height is reached. The adolescent Boxer has plenty of energy and usually devours its meals. A delicate specimen should be coerced adding meat (fresh or canned) to its portions. During this time more exercise and play is necessary, and the Boxer is enormously benefitted by obedience training. A well kept and socialized Boxer will be a fantastic partner, and guardian. It is famous for its intelligence and ability to think before acting. Unlike popular opinion, a well socialized Boxer can perfectly coexist with other dogs at home.
 
BOXER Dog HEALTH
If properly socialized from early age, the Boxer can be one of the most balanced, affectionate and protective breeds.

The Boxer is an easy to care for partner. Care is minimal, except for a regular brushing. A lot has been said about the Boxer’s health, and research has shown that, despite the many problems reported, the breed is healthy and resistant in general. The Boxer has displayed high incidence in tumors, benign as well as malign. Lymphoma, heart and lung tumors, heart murmur, sub aortic stenosis, hyperadrenocortisism, hereditary epithelial dysplasia, thyroid and testicle cancer as well as osteosarcoma cases have been documented, and some lines display more predisposition than others. Monorchidism is a concern, as well as gastric torsion. Cases of hypothyroidism and intervertebral disk degeneration are reported, and an unusual anomaly called ulcerative keratitis (characterized by corneal erosion) is considered typical to the Boxer, although not frequent. Muzzle pyrodema (pimples on the muzzle) can be treated with antibiotics. The Boxer can live to the fullest, but quickly decays with old age. Its longevity is usually between eight and nine years, but many specimens live to 13 or even more. An anomaly called Boxer cardiomiopathy can affect some old specimens; it is characterized by the degeneration of the cardiac muscle.