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Origin: Germany

AKC Group: Working

Height: 21.5 - 25 inches (55-64 cm) (Male)

Weight: 53 - 70 pounds (24-32 kg) (Male)

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Male height: 
21.5 - 25 inches (55-64 cm)
Male weight: 
53 - 70 pounds (24-32 kg)
Short and smooth.
Fawn, brindle or white, with various shades of red and with white points. Some Boxers are completely white but cannot be registered with some kennel clubs.

The Boxer traces his roots to the German Bullenbeisser (bull-biter) and probably has some Mastiff and Bulldog in him, too. His original purpose was to bait bulls, hunt and pull carts, although he evolved into a do-most-anything breed, working as a guardian, herder and even a trick dog. The Boxer as we know him was refined by three Germans: Friedrich Robert, Elard Konig and R. Hopner, who began showing him in earnest in the late 1800s. He was brought to America after World War I and has been popular ever since. Today's Boxer is handsome, athletic and tractable, excelling in everything from service work to competitive obedience.

The Boxer's short muzzle and broad skull give him a curious expression that is instantly recognizable the world over. He is dignified and self-confident yet playful, curious, energetic and high-spirited. He is a smart-looking and smart-acting companion who worships his family and will defend them if necessary.
At home: 
Never trust your Boxer off leash except in safely confined areas - his high drive can lead to trouble if you do not take care to secure him. It is necessary to keep your Boxer from becoming bored at home, or his high intelligence and problem-solving abilities might be channeled into "redecorating" your home or escaping the backyard.
The Boxer is a high-energy dog who needs daily walks and activities that include bursts of energy and athleticism. If his energy needs are not met, they can be directed into undesirable behaviors.
A large, active dog like the Boxer needs a high-quality diet. Free feeding (leaving food out all day) is less preferable than scheduled feeding (preferably twice a day). Scheduled feeding helps control your Boxer's intake of food better, which in turn helps you control his weight.
The Boxer's strength and stamina can make him difficult to manage.Training is a necessity with this breed, and Boxers enjoy - and in fact thrive - with obedience training. Eager to please and quick to learn, both he and his owners will enjoy escalating challenges and becoming involved in sports and other activities.
Early socialization brings out the best in the Boxer. While many can be wonderful with children, not every Boxer will put up with the antics of little ones - so make sure that the children in your home know how to properly handle and play with dogs. The Boxer is suspicious of those he doesn't know and will be protective of his family. Boxers must be introduced properly and socialized well with other dogs and pets.
The average life expectancy of the Boxer is 11 to 14 years. Breed health concerns include the heart conditions cardiomyopathy and subaortic stenosis (SAS). Boxers also suffer from hip dysplasia and are prone to epilepsy and allergies. White Boxers are prone to deafness.
Fun fact: 

"Boxer" is an English word that describes a style of fighting apt for this dog - when he plays with other dogs or people, he "puts up his dukes" and appears to box his playmate.

Grooming blurb: 
The Boxer's short, smooth, and sleek coat is easy to keep clean and neat with a simple rubdown and soft bristle brush. His face needs extra attention to keep the wrinkles and flews free of dirt and debris.
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