Dog Breeds > Boxer



Alternate Names
GroupPinschers, Schnauzers, Molossers and Swiss Mountain Dogs

Boxer Profile

Robust (Health)
Supports Loneliness
Need Exercise
Easy To Maintain
Easy to Train
Nice Child
Agreement with Animals
First Dog
Able to Guard

Physical Characteristics

Varieties: a) fawn; b) brindle.

The Boxer is medium sized and robust, but harmonious and elegant. The head is square with a short snout compared to the skull: the proportion is 1/2. It is a prognathous dog, with a mandible that is slightly more projected than the jaw. This type of teeth is a fault in most breeds, but it is prescribed in the standard of the Boxer. The eyes are very dark. The ears can be cut to a point or left whole: in the latter case, they fall forward with a slight bend. The tail is set high, cut short and erect or left natural.

Fur: short, hard, shiny and tight against the body.

Color: fawn (in different shades) or brindled. White spots are admitted if they represent less than a third of the primary color.

Size: 57 to 63 cm for the males and 53 to 59 cm for the females.

Weight: 30 to 38 kg for the males 24 to 32 kg for the females.

Origins and History

The breed comes from the old “Bullenbeisser” (ox-catchers) and especially from the Brabant Bullenbeisser, which is less stocky and more flexible than the average Bullenbeisser. The contemporary breed has been participating in shows since the end of the 19th century.

Character and Abilities

It is one of the most well-balanced dogs with one of the best characters. The Boxer is very gentle with kids – in fact, it loves them so much that it could win the prize of the best four-legged babysitter. It is a happy, playful dog that is friendly with everyone, except if someone is looking to harm its owner or its possessions. In this case, it turns into a great opponent. Hard to train for an amateur, it, however, yields great results in expert hands. Even untrained, it spontaneously knows to act as a guard and defense dog, especially when it needs to protect children. It is still a very sociable and playful dog when older.

Living Conditions

With appropriate shelter, the Boxer can live outside even in winter. However, it prefers to live inside due to its very sociable character. It should never be left alone in a car parked in the sun, nor in a garden without shade. Inside, it won’t lose hair, but it will drool quite a bit.


Like all short-snouted dogs, it can have respiratory problems if left in excessive heat.

Average life expectancy: about 10 years.

Information and Tips

As it is a popular dog, it is quite easy to find puppies. They are, however, not always well selected, and this could result in health issues and other problems. It is always recommended to go to a recognized breeding farm. If drooling indoors is a problem for you, go for a female, as they tend to drool less.

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