Meet the Boxer
The Boxer is a mixed breed that consists of Mastiff, Bulldog, and Great Dane. It has his origin in Germany where they were bred as fighting dogs. They were originally used for hunting but were later used as a watchdog, search and rescue dogs and as Police K-9 dogs due to their lively and loyal nature. Boxer was introduced to North America after the First World War and became a very famous dog breed.
Basic characteristics of Boxer, coat, color
They are energetic, alert, smart, loyal, and playful and they make a great family pet. Boxers are considered to be the average size, they are very muscular and strong. They have broad noses with little pushed in faces and jowls. They have short hair and come in brindle, fawn and white color. In fact, there are only two colors that are accepted coat colors for the breed.
The first coat color is the “fawn”, which range from light tan to dark red, almost mahogany color. The second coat color is the brindle. Brindle coats have a striped pattern with black stripes covering the base of the fawn color. The striping on a brindle covered boxer can be so thick that the fawn color is almost invisible. For this reason, the color is often referred to as “reverse” or “black” brindle, although the dog may seem almost completely black, it is still considered a brindle, but a pure boxer does not have the required gene for a truly all-black coat.
Boxers are a very dominant breed and may turn out to be a handful as a pet for a first-time dog owner. With this dominance in their genes, they can be fun to be with, but only if you let them know that you are the boss. But if you let him run things the way he likes as the boss, your boxer will become a badly behaved dog. Fortunately, most boxer owners know this and that is the reason you don’t see a lot of badly behaved Boxers.
They are smart and physically active. Boxers learn new things easily and need a lot of attention and stimulation. If you want to buy a puppy, take your time to understand the boxer temperament before deciding if you think you are up to the task of owning one.
Health issues and lifespan
Generally, boxers are healthy dogs. But, this does not mean that they don’t have any health problems. Hip dysplasia, Cancer, allergies, deafness, and hypothyroidism are some of the most common health problems related to Boxers. If you’re looking to buy a Boxer puppy, make sure you get one from a reputable breeder to significantly reduce the risk of health problems for your puppy!
In terms of size, they can be anywhere from one foot, nine inches to two feet, one inch tall around the shoulders. Their weight depends on their size, but they usually weigh around sixty and seventy pounds. The sad news is that they don’t live as long as other dogs, they have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
A lot of people are afraid of dogs because of their painful experiences in the past. This is the mistake of careless dog owners who don’t take the time to train their dogs. Bigger dogs are usually associated with aggressive behavior because they are muscular and huge and often appear frightening. The Boxer breed that people usually have an irrational fear of can be a gentle and affectionate pet. With proper knowledge of this breed and good training, tragedy can be avoided and fear can be completely extinguished.
To control and tame your boxer, you must start the training process when the dog is still young. Spend enough time with your boxer to develop a strong bond. They have a very sociable personality and will fall in love quickly if you show them affection. Take advantage of their loyalty, but don’t let them walk all over you. If you allow them to do what they want, they will become a real nuisance.
Boxers are clean dogs and their coat requires minimum grooming. They can shed quite a bit, but brushing them weekly with a bristle brush will help keep your dog’s fur under control. You can improve the natural gloss of your Boxer’s fur by rubbing it from time to time with a chamois cloth. When using a shedding blade, you need to be cautious of using it around your Boxer’s legs so as not to hurt them. Additional grooming needs consist of dental hygiene and nail care. Make sure you brush your dog’s teeth many times a week to get rid of bacteria and tartar. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is the best if you want to prevent gum disease.
Trim your dog’s nails two times a month if your dog does not wear them down naturally. If you can hear your dog clicking nail on the ground, it means your dog’s nails are too long. Carefully cut the nails to keep its feet in good condition. Make grooming a positive experience full of praise and reward, and lay the foundation for a simple and easy veterinary exam when they are adult.
The best environment and activities
Due to their short noses, many boxers don’t do well in severe heat. This is because the pooches cool itself through panting. Boxers also have short coats, which makes them unsuitable for cold environments. They are lively and energetic dog breed. Without the right training, they are unsuitable for homes with young children. They are suitable for many homes, due to their happy nature. With the right training, socialization, and exercise, Boxers are perfect for most active homes.
Is it good with children?
Boxers love children and are great playmates for older kids. However, they can be too boisterous for toddlers and may mistakenly knock them down during play. Always explain to your children how to approach and touch dogs, especially when they are sleeping or eating. Supervise all interactions between dogs and toddlers to avoid tail and ear pulling or biting from any of the party. No dog should be left unsupervised with a child.
For all types of people, Boxer would be the best pet
Boxer dog is affectionate, fun-loving, silly, and sometimes stubborn breed. They are what they are. Don’t think that you can change him to a dog that fits your lifestyle. Trying to do that can break the spirit of this amazing breed. You should carefully consider the decision to adopt a Boxer because they are not a breed for everyone. In fact, they can be a nightmare for some people.