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Boxer Dog Facts
The Boxer dogs origin dates back centuries. The ancestors of the Boxer dog can be traced back to ancient times, though Boxer dogs as we know them today were bred recognizably over the past couple hundred years. The breed originated from large Mastiff type dogs from as far back as 2500 BC. However, the modern Boxer dog is more closely related to the Bullenbeisser breed known for running down large game. Many of the unmistakable Boxer dog characteristics, physical and personality, come from the Boxers storied origins.
The Boxer dog was designed to be a hunting partner. Boxers of old would track, run down, and bite into large prey. Their goal was to hold the prey until the hunter could catch up and kill the subdued animal. Boxers needed incredible speed, strength, bite power, and stamina to achieve this goal. Those characteristics have carried over to the modern Boxer dog, though the disposition of the breed is quite the opposite of the ruthless hunter portrayed in history. The Boxer is a playful, exuberant, stoic, and intelligent breed that would make a great addition to any household.
Boxer Dog Size
According to the American Kennel Club, the male Boxer Dog should stand 23-25 inches tall and weight between 65 and 85 pounds at maturity. Compared to its Mastiff ancestors, the modern Boxer is slightly smaller, but equally as capable. Boxers are surprisingly powerful for their size and exhibit powerful front legs. Some speculate that this power led them to receive their name. However, it is more likely that Boxer came from a misinterpretation or pronunciation of the “beisser” portion of the Bullenbeisser ancestor.
Boxer Dog Temperament
If ever a dog had a “spring” in its step, the Boxer would be it. Like a compressed spring, the Boxer is full of energy just waiting to bounce. The Boxer breed is well known for being rambunctious and playful. Though well meaning, Boxers can often be overwhelming for the elderly and young. The breed does calm down with age, but proper training is crucial to having a balanced temperament as a puppy.
A balanced temperament is especially important if the Boxer will live with other male dogs, regardless of the breed. The Boxer dog, if no properly socialized, will exhibit aggression towards other dogs, especially males. This is not to say that Boxers cannot live with, or interact with, other dogs respectfully. It simply means more attention needs to be given to training and socialization than other breeds.
Boxer Dog Personality
There are variations in the Boxer dog personality, but whether the Boxer is calm or rambunctious, anything less than an energetic and inquisitive Boxer puppy should be a red flag. Boxers by nature are high energy, fun-loving, and fast paced. Their spirit is equally matched by their love for family. Boxers are well known for their stoic, tolerant disposition with children. The breed is passionate and protective of its humans, especially the littlest members of their pack. They are suspicious of strangers and can “sniff out” false friendliness. Expect hearty laughs and unexpected antics from Boxers on a regular basis, if not daily.
Do Boxers Shed?
Boxers do shed. Don’t be fooled by the short coat of the Boxer dog, they still require grooming. Like many other breeds, they shed their coat twice a year. Keeping all those short hairs off furniture and floors is simple. As often as possible, Boxers should be brushed with a rubber grooming glove. Boxer grooming is as simple as that. Baths should mostly be avoided so the natural oils of the coat are preserved. Boxers should only be bathed when absolutely necessary, when soil and smell cannot be removed by any other means.
Boxer Dog Training
The Boxer dog obedience training is fundamental to a good ownership experience. Many dogs, not just Boxers, find their way into kennels because of undesirable behavior. These issues could have been avoided with proper training. Consistency and a firm but gentle approach is the best way to train a Boxer. It’s important to harness the energy and power of a Boxer, teaching them the right time and place to unleash.
We always strongly recommend puppy socialization for any breed, but the we can’t overstress the importance of socializing Boxer dogs. The Boxer has a natural tendency to be aggressive with other breeds, especially males. As mentioned earlier in this article, this does not have to be the rule. Proper socialization and training will ensure a well adjusted, friendly, and social Boxer.
The Boxer dogs usefulness as a hunters companion led to the powerful and passionate modern dog we know today. The Boxer dog has transformed into a family companion, now applying its unbreakable spirit to the love of its family. The breed makes a wonderful addition to any household, forming unbreakable bonds with children, and often being as entertaining as they are lovable. At The Fancy Puppy, we get our Boxer puppies from the best breeders in the nation. We are so confident in the health and happiness of our puppies, we offer a 10 year puppy guarantee. Contact us today to find out what boxer puppies for sale in Los Angeles are available at this time.