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Things start to get a bit interesting when it comes
to the heritage/history of the Boxer...
The Boxer belongs to a breed of dogs known as Molosser;
a new class/breed of dogs (at the time) that derived
from Germany during the latter part of the 19th century.
This group of dogs included the Bullenbeisser (now extinct)
and the Bulldog.
If you've ever been curious as to why the breed has
been named the "Boxer" it's because of the dog's tendency
to stand on its hind legs while moving its front legs
in a "boxing" motion.
Boxers are considered to be close relatives to nearly
all dogs that fall within the class of Olde English
bulldogs as they were bread during the 16th-century
era throughout all of Europe. Boxers are known as the
breed of dogs that have a tremendous amount of energy,
stamina, and courage and tend to be quite friendly and
rambunctious (especially during the puppy stages).
Coming from a current owner of 2 Boxers, I can tell
you that they're a wonderful breed to own although there
are some characteristics of the Boxer that you'll want
to learn about prior to becoming an owner of this fun-loving
Boxer Breed Personality
In my opinion, the Boxers personality is probably the
most diverse of any other breed in that they're confident,
friendly, energetic, loyal and fearless all at the same
These are the traits that made getting a Boxer such
an easy choice for me.
During the younger stages of a Boxer’s life, it’s to
be expected of them to be quite energetic and very friendly
in nature and their friendliness will continue throughout
its life while the energetic part of its personality
will begin to tone down.
However, Boxers do require a lot of exercise and it’s
vital for both their health and growth that they’re
able to get in an adequate amount of time of physical
Taking your boxer on daily 30-minute walks is a great
way for them to burn off that excess energy that so
many of them have while also allowing them to “explore”
which they love to do.
Many owners of such dogs face prejudice and may be the
target of physical and even verbal attacks and campaigns
on social media.
Average Weight & Height of a Boxer
The weight and size will vary from Boxer to Boxer as
it's dependent on both the age and sex. Typically, an
adult Female Boxer will weigh between 55-64 pounds while
a fully grown Male Boxer tends to weigh somewhere between
The last time I took my 8-year-old Male Boxer to the
veterinarian he weighed 69 pounds which in-part is due
to his age and gender but also because of the specialty
diet that I currently have him on.
Best Diet for a Boxer
Boxers are a special breed of dogs in the sense that
they're a high-energy breed and should be on a special
diet that will help to support their growth and energy
levels. This comes as a surprise to many but Boxers
can quite easily consume 1,500 calories per day which
is equivalent to the daily calorie intake of a person.
Boxers are muscular with enough energy to outlast most
other dogs in the dog park which is why I recommend
getting dog food for Boxer's that are made with high-quality
ingredients (primarily protein).
If you currently have a Boxer on regular (standard)
dog food diet and are wanting to switch over to a high-protein
diet, do slow at a slow pace as making a quick transition
to a food much higher in protein can cause issues with
the Boxer's digestive tract.
Also, be sure that the dog food you purchase is grain-free
to help reduce the chance of your Boxer having some
sort of an allergic reaction.
Expectancy of a Boxer
average life expectancy of a Boxer is 10-12 years although
this will be dependent on some factors including the
diet that Boxer has been on throughout its life and
My oldest Boxer from years ago lived to see 14 years
old which is a great lifespan and above the average
for a Boxer.
Seek routine visits to the Veterinarian to ensure no
health concerns are present, provide your Boxer with
a healthy diet and involve your best friend in regular
physical activities to keep him/her healthy and happy
for years to come.