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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Boxer Temperament, Personality, Pictures and Breed Guide


Boxer Breed Information and Notes

Boxer Temperament

One look at our Boxer pictures show that despite their quite menacing initial appearance, this is actually a very playful loving dog with an enthusiastic personality.

Perhaps a little too playful sometimes! As this breed can take up to 3 years to grow out of puppyish behaviour and coupled with their large size can make training quite difficult. (although they do calm down as they get older.) This is a breed more suited to experienced owners.

Though many people think of them as fierce guard dogs that shouldn't be allowed around children, they aboxer temperamentre actually very loving animals who make truly wonderful family pets

These dogs tend to be fiercely loyal to the families that own them, but at the same time are usually gentle with a fun-loving personality which relish any affection that the family gives them. They are in the top 10 of the U.S.A.'s most popular dog breeds

BoxerChildren:  The Boxer temperament is very enthusiastic and one of the best dog breeds for children. They can be a great playmate, protective and devoted but probably too boisterous for very young children though.

Exercise: These are large dogs that can certainly benefit from at least an hour of good exercise every day. Joggers will find them perfect workout companions - walks aren't usually quite enough and they need them every day without fail.

They do best when allowed to run around in a rural environment, though many Boxer faceurban owners are able to successfully keep them in small spaces if there's a large park nearby.

Protection level:Has a guarding instinct, deep bark , size and visual appearance may deter intruders. suspicious of strangers

The Boxer was developed during the 1930s by German hunters who were trying to create a new breed by crossing their mastiff-like bull baiting dogs with terriers, in this way they hoped to create something with both size and tenacity. The resultant Boxer was tough and agile, with a streamlined body and a strong grip.

When bull baiting was outlawed in Germany these dogs generally  became butcher dogs, dogs that controlled cattle in slaughter yards and it is believed their name derives from this time as the slaughterhouse dogs were known as boxl. By 1895 the original breed had evolved almost completely into the breed we know today having been crossed with the English Bulldog.

The Boxer Temperament Is Playful,Exuberant,Inquisitive And Devoted

Inquisitive And Devoted

Group: Working

Size: Large

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height: 21-25”  

Avg Weight: 55-70 lbs

Life span: 9-12 yrs

 Coat Type: Short shiny sleek and easy to take care of.

Colouration: Fawn, Brindle White

boxerOther Animals: Though courteous to other animals in your home that they're brought up with, they have a tendency to chase after cats and other small animals so care and proper training is necessary

Grooming: The Breed's smooth and short-haired coat is easy to maintain and requires very little grooming to keep in good order

Health Concerns The breed is prone to quite a few disorders. They have been inbred for over 100 years and in order to keep their appearance so there are several associated problems. The breed also has one particular congenital defect related to coat colour.

Deafness: Somewhere between 20-40% of white puppies will be deaf in one or both ears. Such dogs were once put down to keep the trait from spreading, as long as there's white in the breed, 1/4 of the pups will come out white when normal dogs are bred.

Heat disorders: Aortic Stenosis and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy are both congenital defects that manifest when your Boxer is older.

boxer puppyMetabolic disorders: Hypothyroidism, Bloat and intestinal problems are all somewhat common in Boxers. Very careful Diet maintenance, including several small feedings per day, can help keep the instance of these conditions down.

Allergies: These are often diet related and can often be mitigated that way.

Physical deformities: Sometimes puppies have eyelids that are deformed. This condition, called Entropion, can be corrected by surgery.

Finding  a reputable breeder , sourcing puppies with a good lineage, never going to a backyard breeder and ensuring that you understand why pet insurance is so important will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Ideal Boxer Owner's Are experienced, active and affectionate families with the time to develop and train this exuberant dog.  As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

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“The Boxer’s demand for attention may not suit people who prefer a more aloof pet. Although these dogs are strong and courageous to take on a foe, their happy wiggle gives them away for the softies they are.”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match