The German Boxer is an established dog breed that enjoys great popularity, especially in Germany. The Boxer has a medium size, short coat and a strong stature. At the same time, his nature is balanced and calm. Today, he is kept as a typical family dog or is used as a guard or companion dog.
The German Boxer belongs to the group of Pinscher and Schnauzer. Males can reach a size of 57 to 63 cm. Bitches usually measure between 53 and 60 cm. Thereby males reach a weight over 30 kg and bitches a weight of about 28 kg. Coat colors are either yellow, brindle, black or white and piebald.
The German Boxer has a stocky build and strong bone structure. He has a short, smooth coat and a muscular, massive appearance. In the past, both the ears and the tail have been copied. Nowadays, this is prohibited in Europe. The ears are small and close to the head. The eyes are dark and the muzzle is very wide.
Typical for the appearance of the German Boxer is the protruding lower jaw. Another typical characteristic of the Boxer is drooling. Partly the Boxer has white markings or a black mask.
The Boxer is unfortunately quite susceptible to various diseases. So he tends to a Hip joint dysplasia as well as to Heart disease and Arthroses. Also Tumor diseases are diagnosed comparatively frequently. In addition, diseases such as OCD or Gingival hyperplasia determined as well as Brachycephalywhich manifest themselves in breathing difficulties.
The German Boxer is a very lively animal with a pronounced temperament. If you keep a German Boxer, then in any case you must ensure that he is sufficiently occupied. This includes long walks in nature as well as outdoor games to exhaust and also challenge the animal.
However, the German Boxer is also known as a family dog, as he is very fond of children and has a peaceful nature. Particularly noteworthy are his Protective instinct and its patience,. He is also very balanced and has a strong self-awareness. Towards their masters, these dogs are very loyal and even devoted and sometimes very sensitive.
The boxer is also very masters and strong nerves. Therefore it is also very suitable as Awake- or Rescue Dog. He is rather suspicious of strangers.
With proper management and training, he is very compatible with his peers as well as with other pets.
The right food
The diet of the German Boxer is usually quite uncomplicated. You can use ready-made food without any problems. You can either use dry or wet food.
If the Boxer is still a puppy, then you should in any case on special puppy food fall back. Since this is better tolerated and contains the necessary ingredients that the young animal needs for its optimal development. You should also divide the meals into smaller portions, since his stomach still has a small capacity. His metabolism also works very fast at this stage of life. The guideline is 4-5 meals per day.
At adult animals it is important that you additionally Sufficient nutrient supply you pay attention to. This is mainly due to the high muscle content and strong bone structure. Also, the German Boxer can quickly suffer from gastrointestinal disorders.
You must adjust the food accordingly to prevent diseases and keep the dog healthy. Sometimes it may be necessary to feed a special diet food. Important ingredients can be Taurine or L-Carnitine be. This protects against heart disease in particular.
The main component of the diet should in any case be meat. Dry food usually has a higher energy value. The amount of food depends mainly on the activity of the dog. Puppies and older dogs generally have a lower energy requirement. An adult dog should be fed about twice a day -. best in the morning and evening.
In general, dry food is cheaper. It has a longer shelf life and you can also use it as a treat. Older animals may have problems chewing. Wet food tastes better and contains a larger amount of water. However, it often has an intense smell and the dog has to defecate more often.
German Boxer Care
Since the German Boxer has a short and smooth coat, he is Comparatively easy to clean. It's enough if you put the coat one to brush through once or twice a week. This is important to remove dead hairs and dirt. In addition, brushing is a welcome massage for the dog.
Also the Paws require regular care, as dirt and stones can collect in the spaces between them. Also, when you check their paws, you may notice small injuries that could become infected. You should apply cream to the paw pads from time to time to keep the skin supple.
The eyes of the German Boxer should be wiped with a soft, damp cloth in the morning to remove incrustations caused by tear fluid. Bathing should not be scheduled too often - unless the animal is very dirty. Use a special, mild dog shampoo for this purpose.
You should also give special care to the Teeth to the dog. Here you can either brush the boxer's teeth regularly or give him chewing bones and dental care toys. So that the teeth are cleaned and tartar is removed.
For the claws The most important thing to remember about your dog's claws is that they usually wear off during walks on hard ground. If this is not the case, you must trim the claws. Ask your veterinarian about the correct handling so that you do not injure the animal.
For keeping a German Boxer you need some accessories. Basically belong to the dog keeping utensils such as a sturdy dog collar respectively Tableware and a tear resistant leash. Additionally you can add a Flea collar get to protect your dog from annoying flea infestation.
The dog should also have its own Basket where he can sleep. If you take him in the car, make sure you have a Trunk barrier and a Seat belt, so that the dog rides safely.
To keep the German Boxer busy, get yourself various toy such as balls, Frisbees or a rope. Also the own food and water bowl belong to the necessary accessories. In addition, you should get utensils for the care. This includes things like a Brush, a flea comb, tick and claw pliers. A Toothbrush and Toothpaste as well as a Dog shampoo and a greasy cream for bunion care.
Origin & History
The German Boxer was bred in the times of the Middle Ages. At the princely courts of Europe, so-called bull biters were used to hunt wild animals such as bears or wild boars. The Brabant bullbiter is considered the closest relative of the German Boxer. After firearms came into circulation and did the work of the Bullenbeisser, the breed was no longer in such high demand.
One crossed the Bulldog and named the German Boxer after the term "beer boxer". In 1895, the Boxer-Klub e.V. was founded in Munich.
The standards first established in 1904 have been maintained ever since. In 1924, the German Boxer was accepted as a service dog breed for the first time.
Today's boxers all originate from the breeding of Friederun Stockmann. Boxer clubs became more and more popular and grew out of the ground worldwide. Various shows and performance tests have since been initiated by the various clubs. In addition, there are both national championships and world championships.