The Boxer: A Complete Guide

If you are looking for a dog that is loving, loyal, active, and great as a child protector, the Boxer might be just the breed you were looking for.

But, you need to know that they will be very happy when you come back home after a long day at work and jump like mountain goats on you.

This behavior can also be displayed when meeting your friends as well.

But, except their jumping-happiness, the Boxers are known as caring dogs that will live to please you.

However, finding a Boxer puppy that is both healthy and from a bloodline that carries good genes, can be complicated and tricky if you don’t know what to pay attention to.

This is why we decided to write this in-depth guide and give you a wide insight into all the important facts regarding this breed and living with it.

Let’s start with the Boxer puppies and what to keep an eye on before and when buying one.

The Boxer Puppies – Before You Buy…

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Boxers are devoted to their family.

Before getting to the point where you are on your way home with the puppy, there are some things you should be aware. You can’t act on an impulse and buy a puppy from the first breeder you find.

One of the signs that you might be dealing with a good breeder and a healthy litter, is the price per puppy. In most cases, the higher the price, the better the puppy quality.

Therefore, let’s see what price range to expect so that you can do the math and see what range your budget allows.

What price are the Boxer puppies?

The current market price range for a Boxer puppy that comes from a reputable, AKC recognized breeder, with both parents being health-tested, goes from some $800 to $2000.

Of course, the higher the quality and the more medals and trophies from parents and grandparents, the higher the price.

But, if you are looking for a Boxer that will just be a healthy companion with a family oriented temperament, you should expect a price-tag of around $1K.

How to find reputable Boxer breeders?

Though extremely important, choosing a reputable breeder doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to know what to pay attention to and which questions to ask.

For example, if you notice that a certain breeder has many available litters pretty much the entire year, it is definitely a puppy mill.

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You should avoid buying a puppy from such places because they are born and raised in horrible conditions without proper physical and health care.

These pups are in most cases unhealthy, and with a plethora of negative genetic heritage. You will spend more time at the vets than playing with the pup in your home.

Another hint that you are not dealing with an experienced breeder that stands behind his dogs is when the “breeder” doesn’t know much about the breed.

Or, when he doesn’t know the answers to your questions about puppy care and diet.

Those are most likely backyard breeders that just want to make some profit of their female Boxer.

And, in most cases, they lack the necessary breeding experience and tend to use low-quality food for the pups.

On the other hand, if you visit a reputable breeder, you will immediately notice his knowledge and love towards the breed.

Also, the first thing he will do is show you the medical history of the entire litter, and the parents and grandparents.

Furthermore, a reputable breeder is focused on keeping the breed healthy, and that includes finding a suitable home for his pups.

So, you can expect questions regarding your personal lifestyle, just so that you are both sure the temperament of the pup you want to take, is a perfect match.

And, the best way to have a good idea of how your puppy will behave is to meet both parents. This shouldn’t be a problem if you are talking to the right breeder.

3 Little-known facts about the Boxer puppies

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A Boxer needs a lot of time outdoors and after that, he can sleep in an apartment.

Once you’ve made sure that you found a reputable breeder with high-quality puppies and that his price fits your budget, it’s time to see if you are ready to live with a Boxer puppy.

To “open your eyes” even more, we’ve prepared some little-known facts about Boxer pups.

  • White Boxer pups are likely going to lose their hearing as they age

The boxers come in 3 colors: Brindle, Fawn, and White and they are all recognized by the AKC.

However, the percentage of hearing loss with white Boxers is alarmingly higher than with the other two colors.

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The lack of pigmentation in their inner ear causes deafness in nearly 20% of all the White Boxers in the world.

Therefore, if this sounds like something you wouldn’t want to deal with, you might be better off choosing another color.

  • The Boxer is the Peter Pan of the dog world!

Boxers are the breed that needs the longest time to mature. Believe it or not, your Boxer will be pretty much a puppy until he is 3 years old.

  • They need their wrinkles clean

Boxers were bred for hunting. So, their famous face wrinkles are there because they needed canals to take off the blood pressure of the eyes, while they hold on to the prey.

Naturally, Boxers are not so active when it comes to hunting, but the wrinkles are still there and they need regular cleaning.

You will prevent the infection by cleaning them with a damp cloth once in a few days.

Physical Traits of the Boxer

Now, it’s time to get more familiar with the physical traits of this magnificent breed.

You will find out how big your Boxer will be when he grows up, and what is the average life expectancy of this breed.

How big is a full-grown Boxer?

When it comes to an average height range, according to AKC, Boxer males should have a height of around 24 inches, while the females are slightly smaller and usually grow up to 22 inches of height.

As for the weight, assuming that you are feeding your Boxer with a proper diet and that he/she has optimal levels of exercise, you can expect a weight range that goes from 65 to 80 pounds for males, and from 50 to 65 pounds for females.

What is the life expectancy of the Boxer?

If you are wondering if this breed has a short life, don’t worry, they don’t.

However, they are also not long distance runners like, for example, toy breeds.

So, the average lifespan you can expect for a Boxer that has proper care and plenty of love from the family is from 8 to 10 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Boxer

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A Boxer can be so funny.

A boxer that has a proper training and enough exercise during the day to keep him relaxed when home, can be a great pet for any type of household.

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A Boxer will be happiest if the whole family has time to play with him, and if there’s a huge yard where he can run and jump.

But, that doesn’t mean he can’t live in an apartment! On the contrary, given enough outdoor time, the Boxer will be a role model tenant.

While they are growing puppies, the Boxers will be playful and cute little clowns. And, they will love to romp and stomp through the home.

But, once they exit teen years and enter adulthood, they become calmer and devoted to their family.

Due to their lively, high-energy spirit, Boxers, in general, need quite an amount of exercise.

But, like people, they also come with different needs.

Meaning, you can see Boxers getting satisfied with one or two daily walks, without spending too much additional time and energy on running around the park.

But, you also have Boxers that are in the full-on “Royal Rumble” both in the dog park and in the home.

Therefore, when buying a puppy, you need to make sure with the breeder that your personalities match.

Furthermore, this is a breed that can get along with different species pets, cats included.

But, there are cases when they simply can’t tolerate the same-sex dog, regardless of the breed, and some will always chase cats.

Having in mind that this is a working dog breed, it’s no wonder why they need a strong, consistent leader.

But, such a leader needs to be able to handle a boxer in a persuasive, positive way. They are stubborn, and at the same time very sensitive, so they can get their feelings hurt quite easily.

Still, they are excellent guard dogs and their alertness allows them to spot everything and everyone, so you can relax while the Boxer is on watch… And he is always on watch.

However, if you don’t want your dog barking like it’s the end of the world on the slightest sound or movement, you need to start the training and socialization from the first days of your life together.

By doing so, you are making sure that your boxer displays his best traits, which is why you fell in love with this breed in the first place.

A stable, positive, happy dog that loves his family and is good with the neighbors, but turns into a real bodyguard if needed.

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Boxer Diet

When it comes to your Boxer’s diet, your choices come down to two – home-cooked or commercial dog food.

Home cooked food

If you decide to feed your Boxer with the food you are preparing yourself, here is what you need to keep in mind.

  1. Less expensive than commercial food
  2. Most of the ingredients are the ones you are already buying for your family
  3. You actually can be certain what you are feeding your dog with

As for what your Boxer needs, here is a list of ingredients that will guarantee proper development and great health.

Meat (around 40% of each meal)

  • Chicken breast meat
  • Lean
  • Lamb
  • Fish
  • Turkey
  • Veal

Vegetables (around 35% of each meal)

  • String beans
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

The remaining percentage should be rice or pasta, as they are great for the Boxer’s high-level energy demands.

Commercial dog food

If you chose commercial dog food, you should avoid the cheapest brands. Those are usually mostly made of fillers that will just fill your dog’s stomach without providing the essential calories and nutrients.

The higher the price, in most cases, the higher the quality of ingredients. Your dog needs meat, and best dog food brands include high-quality meat, which you can check on the label.

Usually, you can find high-quality commercial dog food in pet stores, while the one you can find in supermarkets are low-quality.

How much Exercise does a Boxer need?

Boxers are, as we mentioned earlier, highly active dogs. Of course, some are less active some are more, but in general, you will need to take him out for a walk at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and in the evening.

Besides the 40 minute walk, your Boxer will also need real exercise in the form of training and run sessions with other dogs in the park, or while playing fetch.

For the more active Boxers, some 40 minutes will be enough, while those more relaxed Boxers will do just fine with some 20 to 30 minutes running sessions.

But, regardless of the activity level type, you must remember that you can’t take him out if it’s too hot and humid outside.

Because of their short snout, they are highly susceptible to overheating and suffering from a heatstroke.

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The Boxer Health and Conditions

Unfortunately, due to a widespread, unprofessional breeding all over the world, this breed started losing the overall health and more and more defective genes started spreading.

Therefore, their lifespan is shorter than it was in the beginning, and they are susceptible to heart diseases and cancer.

Also, they can suffer from health issues such as hypothyroidism, ulcerative colitis, corneal ulcers, itchy allergies, and more conditions you should talk about with both the breeder you bought the puppy from and the vet.

My final thoughts on the Boxer

With the health and conditions, we have reached the end of our guide.

By now, you must have gained a much better knowledge about the breed and how it feels to live with a Boxer from his puppy days.

But, to make sure you have made the right choice, here is one quick “questionnaire” that will help you make the final, well-informed decision.

The Boxer is a dog for you if you are looking for:

  • Muscle-bound, medium to large, rugged pet
  • As little as possible grooming
  • An energetic pet that loves to romp and stomp
  • A pet dog that is friendly with most of the people
  • Great home protector

The Boxer is not for you if you don’t want a dog that:

  • Jumps like crazy in his first 3 years every time he sees you
  • Is sometimes aggressive with other dogs of the same sex
  • Is stubborn and needs regular reminding that he can’t do everything the way he wants
  • Snores, wheezes, and snorts
  • Has gasses
  • Has a shorter lifespan

Thank you for reading the entire guide and we hope that it was useful. And, we also hope that now you are armed with all the knowledge you need to find, buy, and take care of a Boxer.

Of course, if you think that other people should fall in love with this amazing breed as you did, feel free to share this guide on social media.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

5.5
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
8.5
Family Safety
7.5
Friendliness
4
Health Concerns
5
Life Span
4.5
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6 / 10

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