Size: Medium Height: 53 - 61 cm (21 - 24 inches) Weight: 28 - 30 kg (62 - 66 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Easy Exercise: Demanding Feeding: Medium Temperament: Fearless & energetic Country of Origin: Germany AKC Group: Working
Temperament: The Boxer is intelligent, alert, fearless, loyal and self-assured. Boxers are very extroverted with high levels of energy and they are often boisterous. This breed are bright and friendly when playing and are determined and brave when aroused. Boxers can be distrustful of strangers and make good watchdogs and guard dogs. They respond well to firm consistent discipline and training. Boxers make excellent companions for adults and children.
Grooming: The coat of a Boxer is easily cared for and regular brushing will eliminate moulting.
Exercise: Boxers require substantial exercise. They enjoy playing and romping with other dogs and will happily play with a ball with their owner. When they're adult dogs you can let them run beside a cycle, as a form of exercise. A Boxers concept of exercise is that life is to be lived at speed.
Feeding: Boxers are not particularly greedy dogs, but their appetites need to be controlled to prevent them becoming overweight.
History: The Boxer originated from Tibetan Mollossus and European mastiff family. They were originally used in Germany for bear and bull baiting. In 19th century, breed reached a certain amount of conformity following selective crosses between Great Danes and English Bulldogs. The origins of name "Boxer" is unclear. Some believe it is a corruption of German word "Beiszer" meaning biter of bulls, while others state it comes from word "boxl", an alternate name for now extinct Brabanter dog.