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It’s very possible you’ve met a Boxer in your lifetime. Since the 1950s, they’ve been one of America’s most popular dog breeds. What we know as the Boxer today was first bred at the turn of the 20th century in Germany. The main component breeds were a series of smaller English mastiffs and a now-extinct German breed called the Bullenbeisser. The name Boxer refers to the grace of their movement and the way they spar with their front paws, usually during playtime or as a defensive move. They’ve won millions of hearts as family dogs, working dogs, and service dogs.
Boxers are usually either brindle or fawn with white or black markings. Many have a recognizable black “mask” on their faces. Since they have very short, smooth coats, they will need minimal grooming attention. Use a curry brush or gentle grooming glove all over once or twice a week. You should only need to bathe your Boxer when they get stinky. It is important to brush their teeth daily, if possible.
A High Energy Dog
The Boxer is a very playful and high-energy breed. If you commit to a Boxer, make sure you can give them exercise every day. Make sure you walk them on leash only, unless in a very secure area. They tend to jump and leap often as puppies, which is a behavior you may want to address during training.
Boxers are also highly intelligent. They do best with a task, and a way to reign in some of their boundless energy. Many Boxers have excelled in canine sports like agility, and in tasks which require problem solving.
When socialized properly, a Boxer gets along with everybody. They’re classically great with kids, making them wonderful family dogs. They’ll also be very affectionate with their family. They’re friendly with strangers. While there may be friction between them and dogs of the same sex, they get along just fine with dogs of the opposite sex. It may take some socialization, but a Boxer can also get along with cats.
To truly understand this breed you can look at some of these photos of the dog from a puppy right through to a senior dog. Click on any of the links and you will discover some of the very best Instagram accounts to follow. As you will see from the photos this is a breed you will quickly fall in love with.
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