Boxer Information and Pictures - Big Paws Only
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About the Boxer
The Boxer was used in Germany beginning in the 1850's guarding dog and hunter of both deer and boar.
Today the Boxer is used solely as a companion dog.
The Boxer and Intelligence
Lifelong puppy behavior is what best describes a Boxer's personality. They are fun loving, playful, energetic and very happy dogs. They are very intelligent and learn quickly though they can be stubborn and sometimes devious. They are very loyal to their owners and are excellent with children. Male dogs are more laid back than females. The female will often try to assert her dominance in situations with other dogs. Boxers love to use their front paws to “box” with other dogs. They will gladly welcome visitors into the home but will not hesisitate to protect their family when it is necessary. They are very people oriented and crave companionship. They love to jump on things so training should begin at an early age.
Boxer's muscular form and beautiful features are unique to this breed. Their muzzle is 1/3 the length of the head and 2/3 the width of the skull. The forehead contains wrinkles when the ears are erect and are always present on the sides of the muzzle. They have dark brown eyes which are in the front of their face with pigmented eye rims. The ears are set on the highest points on the skull and are usually cropped. If they aren't cropped then the thin ears fall forward close to the cheeks. They have a black nose which is very broad and sits atop a broad upper jaw and under shot lower jaw. The upper jaw has thick lips which are well padded and hang down below the lower jaw. The lower jaw fits nicely in between the lips and creates the illusion of a square jaw. Their chest contain well defined muscled that are visible from any angle. The lower stomach is tucked up and blends nicely in to the rear. The tail is set high and is docked. Their strong, muscular legs have compact paws with well arched toes. Their short, shiny coat comes in a variety of fawn shades from light tan to mahogany, and there are some brindles. White markings are acceptable and should enhance the markings already on the dog. White may take the place of the black mask and it may extend as far up as the forehead.
Boxer Health Concerns
This breed has a lot of health problems which need to be taken into account before purchasing one. Some common problems are dysplasia, allergies, heart problems, tumors, deafness, and epilepsy. They tend to get cold easily and when hot take a long time to cool off.
Choosing a Boxer
Boxers do best in a family environment with a large yard where they can get plenty of exercise. They require long periods of exercise or they can become agitated. These dogs tend to drool and snore so if cleanliness and quite are what you are looking for, this is not the dog for you.
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