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The Boxer originates from...

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.

The Boxer is characterised by...

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.

The average Boxer...

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.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

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.


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Our Boxer owners' thoughts

29th Jul 2013
Jan Burdett
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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??

29th Jul 2013
Jan Burdett
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Hi there,

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

Jan Burdett

31st Dec 2014
Shauna McAlary

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

31st Dec 2014

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

17th May 2015
Julie Laverick
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2015
  • From: Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

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.

31st May 2015
Amanda Hendrey
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

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.

9th Feb 2016
Lynne Holbrook
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: West yorkshire, United Kingdom

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 :)

1st Apr 2016
Janice Corbett
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 2013
  • From: Worcestershire, United Kingdom

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.

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