Facts about Boxer Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Boxer puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



History of Boxer Dogs

The breed, developed in Germany, belongs to the Molosser dog group, a group of old fighting dogs from Tibet. Its ancestors have existed in Europe for more than 500 years but only in the last 200 years has the breed been perfected.

The Boxer was developed from the Bullenbeisser, a Mastiff-like breed that is now extinct. It also came from the  English Bulldog, and is closely related to all Bulldog-type breeds.

The breed got its name because of its use of front paws in a lot of its daily activities.

After its creation, the breed was a lot more ferocious than it is today. It was used primarily for hunting, bull baiting, and dog fighting.

Today, it's used in police and military work, guarding, and search and rescue. It's also a very popular family pet and companion.

Physical Characteristics of Boxer Puppies

  Boxer Dog Pictures  

This is a medium-size dog.

It has a square, muscular body with a deep chest. The muzzle is blunt and Bulldog-like, with thick upper lips. The drop ears can be cropped erect or left natural. The eyes are brown and the nose is black. The tail is usually docked and set high.

The coat is short and smooth, and comes in fawn or brindle, sometimes with white markings. There is also a black face mask.

In some countries, including Germany, the practice of cropping the ears and docking the tail came under criticism and some breeders are leaving their puppies natural.

This breed tends to drool.

    Height Weight
  Male 23 - 25 inches 60 - 80 pounds
  Female 21 - 23 inches 50 - 65 pounds


This is an intelligent, energetic, and playful dog.

Unlike its ancestors, today's Boxer dog is a very gentle animal. It's loyal and affectionate with its family, loves children, and though it may be wary of strangers, makes friends easily.

Boxer dogs like to jump up at people. Visit dog jumping on people to learn more about this behavior and how to put an end to it.

Without proper training, they may be hyperactive and difficult to control, but overall, they make excellent family pets.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This breed requires a firm and dominant owner willing to teach his or her pet that every family member is higher up in the pack order than the dog.

Some Boxer breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Boxer Dog Pictures
Boxer Dog Pictures

Activity and Exercise

The Boxer is a very energetic breed and needs plenty of exercise. Without enough exercise, it may become hyperactive and unruly.

Being a fun-loving dog, it loves to play fetch. Incorporate this, or any other fun activity you can think of, into your pet's exercise routine.

At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.

With plenty of exercise, this breed can adjust to an apartment lifestyle.


These dogs are average shedders and don't require a lot of grooming.

Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Boxer is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include hip dysplasia, heart problems, breathing problems, thyroid disease, and cancer. Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Boxer breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Boxer dog is between 10 and 14 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Boxer rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Boxer Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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