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Origin: The Boxer was developed in Germany . The Boxer's ancestors were two German mastiff type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer. They were later crossed with Mastiff and Bulldog. Early Boxers were used for dog fighting, bull baiting, cart pulling, as cattle dogs, to round up livestock and to catch and pin wild boar and bison until hunters could arrive. They later became popular theater and circus dogs.
Life Expectancy: 11-14
Health Problems: cardiomyopathy and other heart problems, sub-aortic stenosis and thyroid. Can be prone to skin and other allergies. Sometimes prone to epilepsy. From age eight on they are more likely to get tumors than other breeds. Prone to cancer. Boxers are highly prone to mast cell tumors. Prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia, back and knee issues. Some white Boxers are prone to deafness.
Grooming: This Breed requires very little grooming but when being groomed a firm bristled brush should be used. They are moderate shedders
Temperament: Energetic, Playful, Loyal, and eager to please. This breed if well socialized from the time they are pups will get along with animals of all sizes. Also great with children.
Height: Males 22 - 25 inches (56 - 63 cm) Females 21 - 24 inches (53 - 61 cm)
Weight: Males 60 - 70 pounds (27 - 32 kg) Females 53 - 65 pounds (24 - 29 kg)
Exercise & Living Conditions: an active and athletic breed, should be exercised daily. Can deal with living in an apartment but should have a fairly large yard to run in.
Group & Organization Recognition:, in the Mastiff & AKC Working
ACA = American Canine Association Inc
ACR = American Canine Registry
AKC = American Kennel Club
ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
FCI = Federation Cynologique Internationale
CCR = Canadian Canine Registry
CKC = Canadian Kennel Club
CKC = Continental Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
NKC = National Kennel Club
NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club
UKC = United Kennel Club