Boxers are a wonderful for any energetic individual or household. Boxers are a very devoted, energetic, inquisitive and social breed. This loyalty makes them great security dogs.
They may be wilful, resulting in more difficult training than for other breeds. To resolve this obedience training is especially key. For this reason London dog sitters are often asked to help Boxers respond better to positive reinforcement tools such as clicker training. Whilst a loving and protective dog, Boxers are powerful so supervise carefully with kids. They are likely to separation anxiety and are easily bored, combined with requiring a lot of exercise, results Boxers in not being a good choice if you cannot give them the time they need.
The Boxer were bred from an ancient fighting breed called the Assyrian Molossian, that was fought in battles. This breed reached Germany in the 18th century this was known as the Bullenbeisser and used for its power, even in bear and boar hunting. It further developed into a general utility dog. When the Bullenbeisser and English Bulldog in the 1900s this union resulted in the Boxer. The name Boxer was believed to have been given of the way they pawed at the ground or air whilst playing.
Boxers are an exceptionally popular dog, appearing in the top ten dogs in all countries.
Boxers are strongly built and are 70 centimetres (twenty four inches) at the withers and weigh on average thirty-thirty five kgs (sixty-eighty pounds). As a breed Boxers are part of the Working dog group.
Their heads are very distinctive, with short broad skulls with a square muzzle and very powerful jaws. The lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw. Boxers were often docked and cropped, this has now been banned in most countries. In the UK there is a naturally short tailed (bobtail) version that has been bred, accepted by the Kennel club in the UK, this characteristic is often a disqualifier in other countries.
Boxers are uncomplicated to groom with their relatively short hair and that they shed little, resulting in the requirement for brushing only a couple of times a week. The [normal~ typical] colours are fawn and brindle, with a paler or white underbelly and the front feet, which can extend to all four feet and the neck or face. White Boxers are those with more than a third white coverage. White boxers are about a quarter of all births. These Boxers are not albinos, but these Boxers do have an increased risk of sunburn and related skin cancers. Regularly checking the condition of the dog, the faeces and skin is important dog care. The white marking gene, extreme piebald, also leads to deafness, with 18 percent of white boxers suffering from deafness. Boxer clubs have banned white boxers from being shown and breeding.
Boxers have a life expectancy of ten to twelve years on average.
Boxers suffer from heart and hip related hereditary problems. In addition they have a far higher likelihood to suffer from cancer than other breeds, with a UK survey showing that nearly forty % of Boxer deaths were due to cancer.
They are a superb breed so if you have the time and energy for them, go get one!