Boxers are always moving and curious. He is intelligent active and energetic and alert. Because Boxers are strong and muscular, early obedience training with firmness is necessary for control. The name Boxer comes from the way they use their front paws to ‘box’ and to carry things.
He’s protective and patient with kids and makes an ideal family dog. Boxers have regal, distinctly shaped square heads. Their jaw is undershot and the muzzle blunt. They have a broad, deep chest and a relatively short, strong back. Boxer’s ears fold over naturally, but traditionally, their ears have been cropped to stand erect. Their tails generally are docked and carried high. Their feet are compact and the toes are arched.
The boxer’s coat is short and sheds moderately. Some boxers are a rich, fawn color and others are brindle. Their face or mask is usually black, but many have white face markings and white on the chest and paws.
Few boxers bark excessively. If a boxer barks, chances are there is a good reason. Many boxers are vocal, however, and make a growling noise that’s really just the dog’s way of talking.
Along with their cousins, the Bulldog and Mastiff, that can be traced to the ancient Assyrians, as long ago as 2000 B.C. They were powerful, brave dogs, often used in war. Centuries later, these dogs were named for the ancient city of Molossis, in what is now Albania.
Boxers were not imported to the United States until after World War I. After 1940 the breed rose to become among the most popular in America.
Boxers are good with children if raised with them. Normally they are cordial to other pets in the family. Boxers are protective of what they perceive as theirs – family, yard, and toys. It will be important to teach your Boxer what can and cannot be used as toys.
Boxers are intolerant of hot weather, and care must be taken to prevent them from getting overheated. They also need protection from the cold since they are short-coated.
A securely fenced yard with plenty of room to run will keep Boxers happy, but they cannot be outdoors for long periods due to sensitivity to heat and cold. Boxers love to run and play so walking your new dog is key to his mental health.
House training and feeding your Boxer the right way will suddenly become easy and fun. You will need learn to lead and think like a pack dog (crucial for Boxers) – understanding new insights from modern dog psychology is especially powerful here.
When excited, which is every time they greet a beloved human, they are known for jumping up and down in exuberance and leaping about. “Down” may be the first command to teach them.
Boxers are often used as guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs for shut-ins, and even as alert dogs for people who suffer from epilepsy, alerting them to an imminent seizure.
Remember to follow “how to care for your new puppy” which you will find in my blog posts too.
Taking good care of your pet will result in your pet being happy and you will also be happy. He can be a great pet if trained and helped along the way.
Your Boxer is a great show dog too. Here is more interesting info on your boxer:
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were both dog lovers. They received their first Boxer, Harvey, as a wedding gift, and he appeared in many of their publicity photos. They acquired two more Boxers, Baby and George, as well.