|Question: WHAT'S A BOXER LIKE?
Answer: The Boxer is a medium-sized dog,
of good substance with a short back, strong limbs and a tight-fitting coat.
They have well developed muscles. They should have a broad, blunt muzzle
and an expresion of alertness. Adult males are 22 1/2 to 25 inches; females
21 to 23 1/2 inches at the withers. Their weight is usually between 55-75
pounds. The Boxer likes people and adapts well to children. Their hearing
is keen so they often are seen as alert, dignified and self-assured. Their
energy is high, so they need a fenced yard in which to have a daily run.
With family and friends, their temperament is playful, yet patient and
social with children. They are deliberate and wary with strangers, will
exhibit curiosity, but most importantly, have fearless courage if threatened.
Question: WHAT'S THE BEST COLOR?
Answer: Boxers are either fawn or brindle.
There are various shades of fawn, from tan to mahogany. Brindles have clearly
defined blackish stripes on a fawn background. If there are white markings,
they should be distributed so they enhance the boxers apperance but
should not exceed one-third of the entire coat. Boxers with nicely appointed
white markings are often called " flashy". Boxers with very little white
markings are often called "classic".
Question: WHAT ABOUT WHITE BOXERS?
Answer: Almost every litter will have
a white Boxer. The white Boxer has all the attributes of its fawn and brindle
littermates. White Boxers do not qualify as show dogs since more than one-third
of their coat is white but they still make wonderful pets. Some people
try to charge more for white Boxers because they are rare. WHITE BOXERS
ARE NOT RARE OR UNUSUAL SO DON'T BE FOOLED. Most breeders will charge less
for white Boxers.....not more!
Question: WHERE DOES THE BOXER GET
Answer: Boxers are very playful and fun
to be with. They will stand up on their hind legs and use their front paws
to punch (as if they were fighting), hence the name Boxer was given.
Question: WHAT ARE THE HEALTH CONCERNS?
Answer: Like any purebred dog, there
are health concerns. The Boxer is susceptible to hip dysplasia, cancer
(tumors in older dogs), allergies and heart problems. Before purchasing
a Boxer, the buyer should inquire as to the health history of the sire
and dam. Most reputable breeders will offer a health guarantee.
Question: HOW LONG DO THEY LIVE?
Answer: The Boxers life expectancy is
10-12 years, however, some live longer.
Question: WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT
IS BEST FOR THE BOXER?
Answer: Boxers are full of energy and
are perfect companions for active families. They require mental and physical
exertion and are not recommended for people who are easy going and slow
moving . The best owner for a Boxer is someone who is strong, confident,
an active leader with time to train and work with the Boxer. Boxers
are sensitive to both hot and cold weather. So it's best to divide their
time between house and yard. Boxers make wonderful house pets!
Question: ARE THEY HARD TO CARE FOR
Answer: Boxers are low maintenance for
grooming. Their nails need regular attention. They do need lots of exercise
so a well-fenced yard is best. Their learning rate is high. Training can
be a challenge due to their high intelligence and dynamic nature. They
require a patient owner willing to spend extra time and energy on their
Question: WHAT ABOUT CRATE TRAINING?
Answer: We highly recommend it. To learn
more about this, go to http://www.showboxers.com/articles/crate_training.htm
Question: ARE THEY GOOD WITH CHILDREN?
Answer: Boxers are usually good with
children. However, there should be no roughhousing, chasing or wrestling
because the Boxer will interpret this as having fun and can mistakenly
knock down a small child. Boxers are protective and were originally used
in Germany for protection.
Question: WHERE DID THE BOXER ORIGINATE?
Answer: They were originally bred in
Germany during the mid-nineteenth century. History has it that a small
Bullenbeisser (mastiff-type of breed) female was mated to a local dog that
produced a female who was then mated to an English bulldog (although these
English bulldogs didn't look like those of today).
Question: WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT
Answer: We recommend the American Kennel
Club at www.AKC.org and
the American Boxer Club at www.americanboxerclub.org