The Boxer is a medium-sized, muscular, robust, and broad-chested dog. It has a short snout and a slightly upturned chin. The short coat color can be brown and brindle, usually with some white markings; it can also be totally white. The average height of adult males is 57 to 63 cm and their weight ranges between 30 and 32 kg. Adult females reach 53-59 cm and have an approximate weight of between 25 and 27 kg.
The boxer comes from two mastiff-type dogs used as hunting dogs during the Middle Ages in Germany. These dogs were used to hunt wild boar, bears, and deer. The ancestors of the boxer were also used in bullfighting when this activity became a sport. In the 19th century, these breeds were crossed with the bulldog and thus the boxer was created.
Boxers tend to behave like puppies throughout their lives, which is why they are quite a fight. Active, strong, and loyal, they make great pets for the whole family, both adults and children, but they can be boisterous, so they are not recommended in homes with very young children. They are brave and self-confident, they do not get into fights easily, but they are more than capable of defending themselves if forced. They can be very destructive if left home alone for long periods of time.
Boxers are predisposed to different potentially serious diseases, especially heart problems and cancers. Checking that dogs from lines that have not suffered from these specific health problems will help reduce the likelihood of them suffering from these disorders.
The Boxer is a breed with a high energy level, so it requires a lot of exercises: it loves to run in open spaces, chase after a ball or frisbees. It is recommended that they exercise for two hours or more a day.
Large breed dogs, in addition to having a large appetite, require a different balance of nutrients, including minerals and vitamins, then smaller dogs. Boxers are prone to bloating and other stomach problems; smaller and more frequent meals may minimize risk.
Since it is very short, it is easy to keep the boxer coat clean. You can use a rubber mitten to brush it occasionally to keep its coat in good condition.
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Although many dogs are traditionally believed to be good with children, all dogs and children need to be taught to get along and respect each other to be safe. Still, dogs and young children should never be left alone, and adults should supervise all interactions between them.