Traditionally used for bear and bull baiting, the Boxer we recognise today is a direct descendent of the now extinct Bullenbeisser. The Boxer was developed in Germany and introduced across Europe during the 19th century, reputedly originating from interbreeding between the Mastiff and the Bulldog. When the practice of baiting was finally dispensed with, the traditional Boxer became a protection dog, appearing later in the theatre and circus. Its intelligent, eager and vigilant nature was utilised during WWI, employing it in versatile military work, as a pack-carrier, guard and messenger dog. Nowadays, the Boxer breed is widely applied in police work, search and rescue, competitive obedience and as an effective watch and guard dog. The Boxer was first exhibited in Munich in 1895 at a dog show intended for St. Bernards.
Boasting an athletic and muscular stature, the Boxer is typically recognised for its proportioned body, head and limbs, high-set ears that are either cropped or natural, and a short, smooth coat in colour variations of fawn, tan, brindle, black and mahogany, usually with white markings. The Boxer possesses distinctive facial features, including open nostrils and an under-biting jaw. Characteristic traits, such as the dog's tendency to stand on its hind legs and 'box' with its front paws, derive the breed's name. A popular family dog, the Boxer is notorious for mirroring its owner's mood and expressions, and has an easy, affectionate temperament that accounts for its wide employment as a therapy, service and guide dog for the blind. The breed is known to be temperature sensitive.
Profoundly protective of children, the breed is vigilant to change and threat, comfortable and relaxed when faced with new situations and people, and curious in everyday life. Despite its early usage in the baiting ring, these aggressive traits have since been bred out, developing a breed that is docile and gentle, whilst retaining its natural vigilance to threat and danger. Regular exercise and mental stimulation are essential for this breed, helping to keep it calm and prevent it from becoming boisterous or highly strung. Unsuited to living outdoors away from its family, the Boxer thrives with human company and is compatible with other house pets when introduced to them gradually. The average Boxer will weigh 28-35 kg, depending on its gender, with a life expectancy of 10-15 years when shown appropriate care.
Despite being generally robust and healthy, the Boxer is susceptible to a number of breed-specific ailments, including cardiac complaints and weaknesses, arthritis and epilepsy. Additionally, the breed is particularly prone to cancer and mast-cell tumours, deafness and allergy-related illness.
We have two boxers, almost four years old now. They are sisters, from a litter of 9!. We had a white boxer called Keiko, who had to be put down at the age of 10 after getting a large tumor on her back leg, we lasted only a few months before we got Bella and Keo our current boxers, as we could not be without a boxer in the house. They are so lovable, loyal, funny, smelly and you really do not need a t.v. with a boxer in your home.
I would advise anyone who is looking to get a boxer to make sure they go to puppy classes and keep on with the training. Our two boxers, do pull a bit on the lead, but are generally well behaved. They travel really well and love going out and about in the car. You must also clean their ears and eyes regularly to avoid any problems (we find the best cleaner is CleanAural for the ears and CleanOcular for the eyes).
Just look at the photographs - how could anyone not want a boxer??
we have two Boxers - Bella & Keo - sisters who are nearly four year old. We used to have a white Boxer called Keiko but she developed a tumour on her back leg and we had to have her put to sleep when she was ten. We lasted a few months without having a four legged friend, but the house was not the same without a Boxer in it, so we got Bella and Keo
Boxers are loyal, friendly, full of character, smelly and so funny - you really don't need a t.v. when you've got a Boxer!
They are always playful and full of energy. I would advise anyone who gets a puppy to join a puppy club and continue with the training. Bella and Keo do pull a bit on the lead (with two of them it can be quite a handful at times) but generally they are very well behaved. They love travelling in the car - generally they would go anywhere as long as they're with you.
I wouldn't be without a Boxer
my family are the proud owner of 2 white boxers. Buster who is 7 and Rocky who is 8 months. Our lives would be empty without them in it
We have three boxers, two boys and a girl.the boys are brindle, Harley and Bow.The girl is fawn, Bumble. Never owned boxers before,but always wanted one, but couldn't see our life without one now.x
I have had boxers all my life, grew up with them, and absolutely love them ta bits. They are very loyal, fantastic with children, excellent guard dogs, very intelligent, and keep you warm at night. I wouldn't be without a boxer in my life, the two I have now are from a rescue, and I would definitely recommend a boxer as a all round , caring, loyal, intelligent member of the family.
We have one red and white boxer who is 3. He is the first dog I've had and he is great..I have never herd anyone say they don't like the breed!
He loves playing with other boxers and goes on regular boxer dog meets which are set up through the facebook group 'boxer dog play dates uk' loads of members on here from all over the country.
Hi Julie Laverick :)
I have 3 Boxers and one that shrunk in the wash! He's a little black pug but I'm not sure he knows that. They eat together, sleep together and play together. Boxers love children and always watch over them. Both Buddy and The Pug and Tia, my beautiful deaf white girl and Mercedes are rescues from the Lincolnshire Essex and Trent Boxer rescue. The same rescue as Julie's Boxers are from. All my Boxers have come through the same rescue for the last 25+ years. What can I say.. I was smitten by the breeds clever, comical and caring personality and also their real love of being close to me :)
I used to have 2 Boxers, a male and a female, both lived to be 13 years old and were typically boisterous and very loyal. I now have two more Boxers, a male called Bob and a female called Cassie; Cassie is 18 months younger than Bob. They're quite different in build and nature - Bob is slim, muscular and very excitable, whereas Cassie is bigger built, although she's not fat, and I think that in a previous life she was probably a black bear!! She's a very dark brindle, has huge paws and ambles around much like a bear does, although she can keep up with the athletic Bob when they're racing around. In my experience Boxers are enthusiastic, often very lively, mostly keen to learn, incredibly loyal, and an absolute delight to have around.
Boxers are a unique breed who bring nothing but fun and laughter. Being a first time boxer owner I had my doubts but they were quickly quashed by that gorgeous squishy face. Undoubtedly there a handful and choosing a boxer to bring into your home is a decision not to be made lightly... but if you can love a giant slobbery clumsy ball of fun then give that boxer some love
Bronson is out 3rd boxer. He is stunning to look at and he is my 2 year old grandsons best friend. It was instant love with them both. Bronson is only 4 months old and spoilt rotten
I had my first Boxer, Miki, when I was 18. I am now retired and have Maple, with Major, Measles, Merlin and Midge in between.
As far as I am concerned there is no other breed that comes near for character, temperament and devotion. As a breed they adore children and their human family. As long as they are included they are clean happy and content. They are the only breed I know that set out to make you laugh
I have a white female boxer called Bailey and she is the most loyal and is my best friend she is 9yrs old now and still acts like a puppy I would be lost without her❤
I have had boxers for the last 23 years of my life. I cannot imagine my life without a boxer companion, wouldn't have any other breed... (sorry)
They are very bouncy and energetic dogs, so they need good exercise. No matter what age they are they think they are still a puppy and would try to get on your lap.
Very intelligent and loyal, very strong as well, great with kids.
Might be destructive at home... my 2 out of 4 were...
Quite poor health, prone to cancer, heart issues, eye ulcers, thyroid problems but their will to live and fight is amazing
I had my first boxer from a pup, then rescued 3 boxers (not at once)
They slobber, break wind and snore but I would not want any other breed.
Boxers give you so much joy, make you laugh. Great personalities
We wouldn’t be without boxers, altogether we have had 4. A beautiful white boy, Dempsey, whom we lost almost 3 months ago at the age of 8 (2 weeks after his birthday) due to lymphoma; a ten year old red boy, Max, a six year old brindle boy, Preston and our new baby, a white girl called Darcey. They are an amazing breed, fantastic with children and an absolutely brilliant soul mate.
Our Hudson came from Binfield rescue centre in Wokingham Berkshire. We only went to exercise a dog and donate my long deceased chocolate Labrador’s doggy paraphernalia . We came back with him that day. He was 4 years old and now 7. Apart from the slobber and to realise he loves his food as much as my choccie lab did he is an amazing affectionate and loveable woof. At home he loves to be near you so he sleeps in our room.
I feed him on a combination of skinners sensitive dried complete and wet nature diet. Once or twice a week he has raw minced dog food which includes bits of bone . This combination seems to help create solid poos and no skin allergies so far. It also helped bring back bald patches that were on either side of his legs when we first rescued him; though this may have been trauma from having to move homes.
Outside in the woodshe loves to chase everything and does disappear for several minutes if we don’t keep an eye on his movements. However he does amazing headers with a cheap light football or small plastic kiddies ball bought from Aldi’s. This keeps him amused for ages on a field.
He socialises well with all dogs and does not retaliate. This is probably down to our dog walkers and all the different breeds he meets.
Like a Labrador he loves to lean and sit on your feet to get attention.mHe is great in pubs and restaurants. He loves to sit and people watch.
He was diagnosed last year with spondylitis so is on a regular anti inflammatory Rimadyl.
He also has hyperplasia where the gums have grown over the teeth and his canines are worn right down. It doesn’t stop him dragging and chewing branches. The vet said not too worry as most boxers have terrible teeth. If you get one from a pup I would suggest regularly cleaning them. We tried but found it a trial with him.
Despite some of his medical probs I say get a boxer . We are constantly stopping to say how handsome he is and well behaved. Some say he should even be signed up for a football team when seeing him play with his ball.
My Boxer is an energetic loving intelligent entertaining scallywag... he certainly cheers us up after a hard day in the office.🤓
my boy is me and my shadow not really a boxer shape but his parents were both boxers my partner says he has part mastiff such large paws so gentle and loyle 10 years old now and showing it .hes so good with children and loves it when anyone comes to visit
Kaos is our 2nd boxer and he is a long-term foster with us from NAYBR (Notts & Yorkshire Boxer rescue). His date of birth is an estimation. We have had him since 18.2.17. Our first boxer was Jack who we had from a puppy. He passed away on 14.2.17 at the grand age of 13. Yes, there was 4 days between Jack crossing the rainbow bridge & Kaos coming to live with us!! Kaos had just been rescued from a farm where he was about to be shot. He was living in a rat-infested barn in a cage that he was unable to stand or turn around in. He was only 21kg & had muscle wastage. We had to gradually walk him & on grass as his pads were soft because his bedding had been soaked in urine. We took him on as the rescue had put out a plea as he was struggling in kennels & he was depressed & they wanted his last days to be in a loving home. Well, we gave him so much love that he is like a different dog now & he is far too busy enjoying life. He has lots of doggy friends & he has been an amazing boy. He helped us at a time when we had a massive hole in our hearts & home & he helped us to get through the pain of losing our beloved Jack. It was the best thing we could have done & it was the best outcome for Kaos too. Boxers are clever, lovable, cheeky, funny dogs & they are true family dogs. I would recommend that you do your research before taking on a boxer especially a pup but I doubt I would have another pup as there are so many boxers that come into rescue for different reasons that need a loving home. They like to be part of the family & are very sociable so like to go out with you. They tend to not like being left for long periods and can be destructive if they get bored. Other than that they are clowns & will bring you much laughter & love. For me, this is the only breed that I would have now.