Boxer: A Great Family Pet

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Boxer in grassThe Boxer dog is known for its squishy face and playful personality. According to the American Kennel Club, the Boxer is the 10th most popular breed. Why is this dog such a popular companion?

Below we’ll go over the Boxer’s history, personality, physical attributes and more. Find out if this breed should be in your household!

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History Of The Boxer Breed

The Boxer was one of the first breeds in Germany used for police training. Boxers came from a line of dogs known throughout Europe since the 16th century. Evidence shows the Boxer as one of the descendants of the old fighting dogs of Tibet. Boxers are cousins to practically every type of bulldog and were used for dog fighting and bull baiting before it was outlawed.

Did You Know…

In 1904, the Boxer was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.


Boxer laying downThe Boxer is a medium-sized, square-built breed. Boxers have a short back, strong limbs and their muscles are well-developed and appear smooth under the skin. The skull is slightly arched and wrinkles appear on the forehead when the ears are erect and are always present around the muzzle.

The muzzle is 1/3 the length of the head and 2/3 the width of the skull. The ears are at the highest point of the skull, cropped, long and tapered. If the ears are uncropped, the ears should be thin, lying flat and close to the cheeks. The chest is fair width and the forechest is well defined. The pelvis is long and in females it is broad. Boxers have dark brown eyes and the tail is set high, docked and sticks straight up. Males are generally 25″ tall at the shoulders and females are a little shorter.

The Coat

Boxers’ coats are short and tight-fitting. It is fawn (tan to mahogany-red) or brindle (similar to tiger stripes), with white markings. The fur is shiny and lies smooth and tight to the body, which helps show off the dog’s muscles. Boxers require little grooming and it’s easy to keep clean with regular brushings with a soft bristle brush.


Boxers are a generally healthy breed. Cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism are potential risks for Boxers. However, the majority of Boxers are happy, healthy dogs.


Brown and White Boxer DogBoxers are steadfast and not easy to influence. They are active, bright, fun-loving and loyal. Boxers desire human affection and love children, which is why they are great with families. Boxers are patient and can be protective. They like to jump and leap, which will definitely put a smile on your face.

Exercise Requirements

Boxers are high energy dogs that are very active. They are strong, quick and like to keep busy. It’s important that Boxers get plenty of exercise since they like to run around and explore. They enjoy physical and mental challenges, so playing games and going on adventures is fun for them.


Boxers are highly intelligent and love a challenge. They can be trained but they do not like repetitious commands that they find boring. They have minds of their own and are not afraid to “say” no when they don’t want to do something. As long as you make training enjoyable for them and don’t spend too long on training segments, your Boxer will enjoy it.

Video: Funny Boxers

The video below shows some of the funny things Boxers do that keep their parents laughing hard.

Is A Boxer The Right Breed For You?

Choosing the right breed for you is extremely important. You don’t want to get a dog who can’t go on long runs with you if that’s what you hope to do. We suggest making a list of things you want to do with your dog and what characteristics you want in a dog before adopting. If you want a dog who is great with kids, enjoys being active and enjoys being challenged, the Boxer may be a great breed for you.

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About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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