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Boxer Overview

The Boxer is popular and undeniably good looking. An all-around complete package, these dogs are known for their intelligence, loyalty, affection and work ethic. Boxers have an upbeat and playful demeanour, plus a protective nature that makes them a great family dog. A medium-size, short-haired dog, male Boxers can stand as high as 25 inches at the shoulder, with females running slightly smaller. Their tight-fitting coat is typically a fawn or brindle colour with white markings, and the breed is known for their distinctive wrinkled foreheads, worried expressions and dark brown eyes.

Boxers definitely aren’t shy, and do their best when socialized to many people and other animals early in life. The dogs are typically patient, athletic and brave. Sought after for their all-around balanced temperament and personality, Boxers are the ninth-most popular dog breed by registrations worldwide. Though potentially overwhelming to some children, the Boxer’s suspicion of strangers, alertness and protectiveness make them reliable and loyal guard dogs. Boxers aren’t exactly known as a quieter breed, and—thanks to the shape of their head and face—will frequently grunt, snore and whine. Separation anxiety can occur in Boxers if they are left alone and to their own devices for too long. An active and involved owner is therefore ideal for these pups.

Did you know?

Boxers aren’t always tolerant of other dogs of the same sex, and most Boxers of opposite sexes enjoy each other’s company.

Boxer Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
21.5-25 in / 50-80 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-12 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

4-6 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Bathe every few months

Dog Food

Feeding your Boxer

Like any healthy and active canine, the Boxer should enjoy meals of a high-quality dog food twice a day—either store-bought or homemade and vet-approved—that is appropriate to their age (puppy, adult or senior), size and activity level. Typically, four to six cups of kibble per day is sufficient. As some Boxers are prone to packing on the pounds, being mindful of your dog’s calorie consumption and weight levels are important—as is avoiding too many treats. It goes without saying that clean, fresh water should be available for this active dog all the time.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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