The Boxer: The Powerful Playmate

Boxer History

Boxers are directly descended from Bullenbeissers. Known for their vigilance and unshakable bravery as defenders, Boxers were originally bred by huntsmen to catch wild game. Today’s Boxers made their debut during the turn of the 20th century in some of the first motion pictures—one might even say that this exuberant breed was the first animal viral video star!

After being recognized by the AKC in 1904, the expressive and lively Boxer is now the sixth most registered breed with the AKC.

A Curious Comrade

Boxers are true working group dogs. Owners may think that this breed’s energy knows no bounds. As descendants of game-chasers, these dogs are high energy and need a fair amount of exercise to stay out of trouble. Taking Boxers for daily walks and playing games like fetch should help keep their energy in check. Boxers are known for their intelligent and curious nature, so owners must be prepared to keep them from getting bored. However, their playful temperament and patience with children make them ideal for families.

Boxers will do best in a big yard where there is plenty of space to run, jump and play.

Boxer Well-Being

The Boxer’s distinct muzzle, while charming, can be a health obstacle. Owners should be prepared to clean their folds in order to help keep their skin healthy. Because of their compact noses, these dogs often struggle to breathe in hot weather, so they shouldn’t be overworked or exercised during extreme temperatures. Their shortened muzzles can also present some issues with eating, so it’s important to choose a kibble that makes it easier for the dog to grab and chew, like ROYAL CANIN® BREED HEALTH NUTRITION® Boxer formula.

Banfield Pet Hospital lists the following more common health conditions for Boxers:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Cancer

Because these conditions can be hard to detect by observation alone, it’s important for owners to take their Boxers to the vet at least twice a year.