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.
Daily kibble serving
Bathe every few months
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.