Best Dog Diet

What’s the ideal diet for your dog?

 

Discover more about the history of your dog’s breed, its temperament, appearance and diet

Border Terrier Diet

Bull Terrier Diet

Bulldog Diet

Boxer Diet

Cavalier Spaniel Diet

Cocker Spaniel Diet

German Shepherd Diet

Golden Retriever Diet

Labrador Retriever Diet

Lhasa Apso Diet

Miniature Schnauzer Diet

Pug Diet

Shih Tzu Diet

Springer Spaniel Diet

Staffie Diet

Westie Diet

Whippet Diet

YorkshireTerrier Diet

 

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Boxer Diet

 

Boxers were bred in Germany as a hunting dog for pursuit of bear, wild boar and deer amongst other small mammals. It’s job was to seize the prey and hold it until the hunter arrived. It’s natural diet would have included meat and bones from this prey.

 

The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced diet is recommended to include raw meaty bones. The Boxer was bred specifically for hunting its diet would have been lean.

 

Boxer Temperament

 

Boxers are bright and affectionate dogs that require considerable exercise. Lack of exercise can cause behaviour-related issues such as chewing and digging.  They are of average intelligence although some trainers argue they are of high intelligence when using a reward based training approach.  They are not aggressive, but need to be socialised to realise their potential.

 

Boxers display considerable loyalty to their owner and can be distrustful of strangers. They are obedient and friendly at play which makes them generally regarded as an ideal family pet.

 

Boxer Appearance

 

The Boxer has a distinctive head which is expected to be in perfect proportion to the overall body. The length of the muzzle should be one third of the length of the head. There should be folds of skin from the root of the nose running down both sides of the muzzle. The lower jaw should protrude slightly beyond the upper jaw and bend slightly upwards in what is known as an ‘underbite’.

 

A Boxer’s ideal height is 56-63 cms for a male and 53-60 cms for a female. Weight from 25-32 kgs.

 

The Boxer’s coat is short-haired, glossy and smooth lying close to the body. Fawn or brindle are the classic colours with white markings. Their hind quarters should be muscular with broad thighs. Historically a Boxer’s tail was docked. Nowadays the tail is kept and of moderate thickness in proportion to the overall size of the dog.  

 

A Boxer should exude power from its lean muscular body through to its distinctively shaped head.

 

 

Boxer Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boxer History

 

Boxers originated from Germany in the late 1800s and were bred from the British Bulldog and German Bullenbeisser (Mastiff descent). They were bred specifically as a smaller and faster hunting dog to chase down bear, wild boar and deer.

 

The breed name is most likely to have come from the German name for the smaller Bullenbeissen ‘Boxl’, however, other theories abound including the pugilist stance they take when playing.

 

Boxer Known Disorders

 

Boxers are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia, eye problems and heart problems.   

 

UK Kennel Club  Class.

Working

Est. Reg. Number in UK

88,000

Average Lifespan

12 Years

Average Size

53-63 cm

Exercise Requirement

High

Grooming Requirement

Moderate

Hereditary Disorders

Yes