The Loveable Boxer
Deutscher Boxer

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Deutscher Boxer
Weight: 65 — 80 lbs
Height: 21” — 25”
AKC Rank 2008 #6
Life Span: 9—11 yrs
Group Working
Origin Germany

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Dog Breed Info - The Boxer

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Breed Overview

This is a medium size dog with plenty of energy but needing only moderate exercise.

They were were originally used as German Police dogs. They also found their way into dog fighting arenas which is hard to imagine, knowing their temperament.

This breed is a very friendly dog that loves to be with people. They love affection, give affection, can be downright silly and love to play. They aren't that fond of other dogs but they are not really aggressive either. The dog will protect it's family.

They are playful, exuberant, inquisitive, attentive, demonstrative, devoted and outgoing.

He is a perfect companion for an active family. Common color is the brown and white and fawn and white.

"How To Train Your Boxer" is a 96 page hardcover book that goes from getting the dog to caring for it and training the dog in basic commands. The book is ideal for anyone considering a Boxer.

How to Train Your Boxer (How To...(T.F.H. Publications))


Obedience training is necessary. The breed is intelligent and trains rather well. Untrained, they tend to bark too much, eat shoes and furniture legs. This breed responds well to clicker training. Pick up a $3 clicker at a pet store and use it. They are simple to use and dogs respond to the positive reinforcement training very well.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your puppy? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

Most Boxers and puppies are fairly easy to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

Happy Boxer
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Laid back, loves to play. Can be wary, even aggressive if necessary. I’ve seen some pretty agitated ones.

If you happen to get a Boxer with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Sort of. They are guarded but not aggressive. Cautious, not friendly.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Yes. Introduce them, let them get used to each other slowly.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Boxers remain somewhat guarded toward strangers. Not aggressive, but cautious.


Yes, very playful.


Friendly, affectionate fiercely loyal dogs.

Good with children

They tolerate kids nicely. Due to their size and weight, very small kids should be supervised closely. “Closely” means stand over the child of 2 years age or so, not 15 feet away. Heavy dogs can inflict damage quickly with one giant leap.

Good with seniors over 65?

Yes. If you are able to get out and walk and drive a car, the Boxer will be a comforting friend for you. You do need to be in pretty good shape to pick up after her and get her to the vet once a year but you will have a great, loving companion if you can manage that.

Living environment

An apartment is OK for eating and sleep. I’ve also seen them on a farm and in the city. MUST stay in out of the heat and humidity of summer. This is not an outdoor dog, other than play time and walks.

A small to medium size backyard is okay.

Energy level

High energy.

Exercise needs, daily

As long as s/he can get out for two walks per day and maybe a little “fetch” time somewhere your Boxer will do just fine. She MUST have her exercise though. SHE LOVES TO GO JOGGING!


Yes, does pretty well. Will usually announce strangers.

Guard dog

Yes. Excellent guard dog.




Brush your Boxer weekly if you want. She'll appreciate the extra attention.


Suggested Reading - The Boxer
Click on the cover photos for more book info including editor reviews.

  • The book on the left is dog training for assistance and therapy work which will give your dog the best possible manners everywhere you go. It goes way beyond ordinary obedience training!

  • The book on the right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog emergencies, illnesses and injuries. It is a valuable reference book for all dog owners and I keep a copy close at hand.

Boxer Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for Boxer puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training. It's not often that Boxer puppies turn up in dog pounds and shelters but you might check anyway as sometimes they are rescued from breeders.
Boxer Breeders with puppies for sale.

Boxer Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of a Boxer and are looking for a Boxer rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Dog Rescue - (Nationwide)
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site that may give you some ideas.

This is Kerri and Blizzard. Blizzard is the WHITE BOXER
who has a website all to himself!
He moved to Pennsylvania, (USA)
a few years ago and is one of
the great loves in Kerrie's life, besides her family.

Dog Health Issues For The Boxer
Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the Boxer by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

  • Gastric Torsion—Sometimes called Dog Bloat or “Twisted stomach.” Mainly in larger, deep-cheated dogs. Here's brief description of the problem. Symptoms include excessive drooling, nervous pacing, agitation, weakness, attempt to vomit, bulging stomach area, heavy breathing, retching and gagging, shock or total collapse.

  • Hypothyroidism—An underactive thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone which reduces the dog's metabolism level. Hypothyroidism stems from the Boxer’s immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. Bottom line is the dog becomes symptomatic. The cause can be a predisposition for thyroid problems, air pollution and allergies. A FEW symptoms of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, skin infections, dry skin, hair loss, slow heart rate, ear infections, depression. See your set right away.

  • Dermoid sinus—Hereditary—An infection and inflammation noticed at birth in the sinus or tubes running along the spine from the rear end to the neck. These are a thick-walled tubes with skin cells, fiber tissue, hair and oils. When the sinus becomes infected with bacteria and inflamed, it can cause swelling and infection in the spinal cord which causes encephalitis and abscesses. Surgery is the remedy.

  • Corneal erosion—Disease of the cornea. Can be serious and blinding.

  • Corneal ulcer—Caused by eye injury and common to dogs whose eyes are prominent. Corneal ulcers can easily become infected. Keep all dogs with prominent eyes like Pugs and Boston's away from dirty, polluted, dusty areas. Infections are very hard to treat.

  • Intervertebral disc disease—Biochemical changes in a young dog of certain breeds can cause at least one diseased or mineralized disc in the spine of the Boxer. A disc that is not functioning properly will cause pain, problems walking, stumbling, severe neck pain and even paralysis. Treatments can go from non-invasive doses of anti-inflammatory steroids, muscle relaxants and bed-rest to surgery. Pain meds are also given as needed. Mess with the spine and you have a serious situation and it’s tough on the dog!

  • Corneal Dystrophy—An inherited disease of the eye. A fluid buildup causing the outer part of the cornea to appear white and moving inward. A very painful and difficult to treat ulcer will develop.

  • Tricuspid valve dysplasia—Hereditary. Malformation of the tricuspid valve in the heart allowing a backflow of blood, or “tricuspid regurgitation. Narrowing of the valve is also possible. The heart is working inefficiently. The Boxer may have cold limbs, no tolerance for exercise and a distended abdomen as the liver enlarges and may collapse. In severe cases, the dog may develop right-sided heart failure. The disease is more common in males than females. Mainly a problem for the breeder.

  • Entropion—Eye irritation caused by the eyelids and lashes rolling inward. The problem is usually inherited and found in young, adult dogs. It can come from an eyelid spasm. Affected eyes will be held partially shut and tear excessively. Both eyes will usually be affected the same. Treatment for the condition requires eye surgery.

  • Ectropion—Eye problem - A hereditary medical problem. The lower eyelid grows outward leaving a gap between the eye and the eyelid. Excessive tearing and conjunctivitis are common signs of the disease but some dogs will have no symptoms. Blunt trauma and/or nerve damage can also cause the problem. If the cornea becomes damaged or if the conjunctivitis becomes chronic, surgery will be necessary.

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy—A serious heart disease. The muscle of the heart loses it’s ability to pump blood properly causing a backup of blood, an enlarged heart, and an improperly functioning heart. Prognosis is generally 4 weeks to 2 years, depending on the dog and how advanced the problem is. The vet may try medications to alter the heart function, but this one is a killer.

  • Colitis—Large bowel inflammation with chronic diarrhea.

  • Cushing’s disease—Too much glucocorticoid is produced by the adrenal or pituitary glands at which time symptoms occur such as hair loss, increased drinking and urination, increased appetite and enlarged abdomen. The disease progresses slowly and the dog can be sick 1 to 6 years without anyone noticing any symptoms. Some dogs may have just one symptom, usually hair loss and owners often contribute the dog's condition to “old age.” This is not a young dog’s illness. There are several treatments available including surgery which might save the dog’s life depending on the existence of cancerous tumors.

  • Degenerative myelopathy—Is common to German Shepherds, Boxers and Welsh Corgis. There is no cure for this chronic disease that destroys the sheathing around the dog’s lower spinal column. This forces a loss of sensation and the use of the hind legs. There are some treatments for this crippling problem, but no cure.

  • Cardiomyopathy—Disease of the heart muscle causing the heart to enlarge and not function properly. Cause is unknown. Older, bigger dogs , 4 to 10 years are usually affected. The prognosis is generally about 6 months to 2 years for a dog with this form of heart failure and only a matter of weeks for some severe cases.

  • Interdigital dermatitis - An infection occurs between the "toes" of the dog and sacs fill with pus which bothers the dog. She licks and bites at the bothersome infections and after a few days, they break open and drain, giving relief to the dog. All you will see is the dog limping around. Clean and cleanse the infected feet well, see a vet for medication to prevent returning infections and that should do it.

  • Hip dysplasia - Hind end limping, back leg acts lame. Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain and difficulty walking, significant rear lameness. You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

  • Degenerative myelopathy—Is common to Boxers, German Shepherds and Welsh Corgis. There is no cure for this chronic disease that destroys the sheathing around the dog’s lower spinal colu8mn. This forces a loss of sensation and the use of the hind legs. There are some treatments for this crippling problem, but no cure.

  • Aortic stenosis—Hereditary heart defect. A narrowing of the aorta inhibiting blood flow in the heart, causing the heart to work harder If the condition is mild, the dog may never show symptoms and live a long life. If severe, the dog will object to exercise, possibly faint at times or experience sudden death. In 90% of the affected dogs, the condition of the heart would not change from around 1 to 2 years on through it’s life. The dog’s most affected by this condition are the Newfoundland, Rottweiler, Boxer, and Golden Retriever.

  • Mast Cell Tumors—Mast cells are found throughout the body and help maintain the dog’s normal immune response, health and body functions. The tumors in question are CANCEROUS and spread through the body. There is no known cause for mast cell cancer and no cure, other than surgery for early-detected, low degree tumors that haven't spread too far. The best formula is to keep the dog as healthy as possible and be aware of any signs of tumors or poor health. Whether the Boxer survives or not depends on how advanced and fast moving the malignant tumor is.Mast Cell tumors are nothing to fool with.

  • Hypertrophic osteodystrophy—Orthopedic bone disease in large dogs, 2 to 6 months old. Very painful and possibly caused by poor nutrition. There will be pain and swelling in the affected legs. Look for lameness or a desire not to move at all, and loss of appetite plus a high fever may also occur. Medication, bed rest and a special diet are usually given. The disease can be fatal.

  • Epilepsy - Serious seizure disorder, showing up around the ages 2 to 4 or 3 years of age in dogs.

  • Insulinoma - Cancerous tumor of the pancreas that secretes excessive amounts of insulin. The dog feels lightheaded and faint due to a lack of sugar in the system. The dog becomes hypoglycemic. Diagnosis is made by blood glucose testing so get to your vet.

  • Cutaneous asthenia—Hereditary, rare disease. Abnormally stretchy, fragile skin that tears, easily. Tearing comes easily such as the dog stretching. Little bleeding results and the torn areas heals with irregular scars resulting. Infrequently, lens luxation and loose joints may be found along with the white scaring. A skin biopsy is used for diagnosis. Your vet will advise what can be done, if anything, depending on the individual case.

  • Cherry eye—One of a dog’s tear glands is in the third eyelid. The gland contributes a significant amount of fluid to lubricate the eye so it can not be removed. A congenital defect, breed related, allows the gland to bulge out because it is not held strongly in place. Thus, the gland prolapses out to a visible position as a reddish mass. Out of position, the gland does not move blood properly and so may swell. Since the gland is needed for lubrication in the eye, vets now do a “tuck and stitch” procedure that pouts the gland back in place and preserves the original function of tear production.

  • Pyloric stenosis—Hereditary. A narrowing of the opening into the small intestine. The dog will vomit food and water after eating. Usually seen in puppies. Generally a problem for the breeder. Found in most often in Boxers, Boston Terriers,

  • Deafness—Rare in the Boxer. Hereditary or caused by: Excessive loud noise, Intolerance to anesthesia, drug toxicity, and Otitis (middle ear infection). In some cases, one ear can have no hearing from birth and the other ear can be losing the ability to hear over time, undetected, then suddenly one morning the hearing is totally gone. There is no reversing once that happens.

  • Sick sinus syndrome—A disturbance in the rhythm of the heart. Common visible symptoms are weakness and fainting. Treatment can be by medicine but that is often only temporary. More likely will be a pacemaker if the condition is chronic and severe. Implanted pacemaker prognosis is good. This procedure is not inexpensive. Common to Miniature Schnauzers, Boxers, Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds and Pomeranians.

  • Atrial septal defect (ASD - Hereditary. A hole between the right and left of the atria, or separation, of two of the heart chambers. Obviously, not a good thing to have for the Boxer. Causes abnormal blood flow. A tiny hole will not affect the dog. A larger hole can lead to right-sided heart failure. Breathing problems, fainting, inability to tolerate exercise and even sudden death can follow. Treatment includes medication, diet and sometimes surgery.

Other health problems could occur with your Boxer. If you notice any problems with your pet, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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