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Boxer

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Boxer

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Dog Group Kennel Club Working
Breed Classification The boxer was originally used for bull baiting and as a guard dog, today they are mainly companions and are popular show dogs.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
The boxer is not really a greedy dog.When feeding a boxer it is better that they are fed twice a day as they are very active, always on the go looking for their next adventure. Some boxers have sensitive digestive systems, this will mean that they have to stick to a strict diet, with no treats. A dry food is often favoured for this breed. It is also fairly common for a boxer to appear thin when it is an adolescent, so do not overfeed to compensate.
Other Expenses
The average cost of a puppy is between £500 - £600. After the initial outlay of buying a boxer, the weekly expense is around £5. However it is a very good idea to have your boxer insured as they can be quite prone to accidents because of their boisterous nature, and they have quite a few breed specific ailments.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
6
General Physical Description
The boxer is a medium sized dog, very muscular, sturdy and deep chested. They have a short muzzle and a slightly upturned chin. The head and muzzle have wrinkly skin, which gives the boxer its unique appearance. When this dog moves it covers the ground quickly. The gait makes it look very noble, and the movement shows great energy in the powerful looking legs. The boxer is built to cover many types of ground.
Height Min Max
Bitch 53cm 59cm
Dog 57cm 63cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 25kg 27kg
Dog 30kg 32kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range The average height of dogs, to the withers is 57-63cms, and weight is 30-32kgs. Bitches ideally stand at 53-59cms and weigh approximately 25-27kgs.
Ailments Although the Boxer seems susceptible to many health problems, research shows that the Boxer is, in general, a healthy and sturdy dog. When purchasing a Boxer discuss any concerns with the breeder and research the breeding lines.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History The boxer was derived from two mastiff type dogs used as hunting dogs in the middle ages in Germany. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bear and deer. These ancestors of the Boxer were also used for bull-baiting when this became a sport. In the 19th century these breeds were crossed with the Bulldog and the Boxer was created. The breed has been very popular in Europe since early this century, however the first Boxer to be registered with the Kennel Club in Britain was in 1933.
Intelligence As the Boxer is an intelligent breed he needs to be dominated when being trained. They are quick to learn good habits as well as the not so good ones. They need to know that their owner knows best as they can be quite willful.
Show Characteristics This dog is of square build, with strong bone and obvious well developed muscles. The muzzle and the skull should be in proportion, a powerful muzzle, never small in comparison with the skull. They have an undershot jaw, that is the lower jaw protrudes moderately beyond the upper jaw and bends slightly upward. The eyes should be dark brown, showing a lively and intelligent expression. The rim of the eyes should be dark, fully pigmented, and not be showing any haw. The ears are set wide apart at the highest part of the skull and lying close to the cheek, they should have a crease when dog is alert. The neck is muscular and strong, and it should have a distinct clean outline down to the withers. The chest should be deep, reaching down to the elbows, ribs well sprung and not barrel shaped. The back should be short, straight, and slightly sloping. The feet should be small and cat like with well arched toes, the hind feet are slightly longer than the front. If docked, the tail should be set on high and carried upward. If undocked, again it should be set on high and carried gaily but not curled over the back. It should be of moderate thicknedd and in overall balance to the rest of the dog. The preferred colours for the show ring are shades of red through to light fawn or brindle with or without white. Solid white is not desirable.
Country Of Origin Germany
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Characteristics
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Energy High
Overall Exercise > 2 hours
Distress Caused if Left Alone High
Personal Protection High
Suitability As Guard Dog High
Risk of Sheep Worrying High
Tendency to Bark Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Medium
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament As a breed these dogs are very lively, strong and very loyal. Temperament wise they are fearless and very self-assured. They make great pets for all the family, adults and children alike. The boxer is a hardy dog full of stamina, not quick to pick a fight, but more than able to defend themselves if they have to. They remain puppy like throughout their lives, making them quite a handful, and unintentionally creating havoc where they go. They can be very destructive if they are left alone at home for long periods of time. They love busy households and are commonly found in hotels and guest houses, where there is a lot going on around them.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement < Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming The coat of the boxer is easily kept as it is very short. A rubber grooming mitt used once or twice weekly will keep the coat in good condition.
Colour The colour ranges from red to fawn, through varoius shades of brindle, usually with some limited white markings, they can also be totally white in colour.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies True
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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