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