Boxer

Working Group

Boxer dog rolling over on back in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 21.5-23.5 in, Males 23-25 in

Weight

Females 50-65 lbs, Males 65-80 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Boxer originated in Germany in the late 1800's, bred down from the larger Bullenbeisser, or "bull biter". Bullenbeissers were used by noblemen to hunt bear, bison, deer, and wild boar. When the estates were being broken up in the early 1800's and bear hunting was becoming less popular, they were bred with smaller, mastiff-like dogs to produce the modern Boxer. Since then, the Boxer has taken on many jobs, including police dog, war dog, and seeing eye dog.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Boxers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Goofy, fun-loving, and mischievous

Big-time droolers and snoorers

Enthusiastic and very high energy

Mature slowly, taking a few years to grow out of "puppyhood"

Require lots of affection and can be destructive if left alone for long

Intelligent and somewhat independent- training needs to fun and non-repetitive to hold their interest