History: Boxers originated in Germany and have been found in Europe since the 16th century. They were originally bred as hunting dogs but are also believed to be descendants of the Tibetan fighting dogs and cousins of the bulldogs. This breed is the ancestor of the Bullbenbeiszer, the Barenbeiszer and two different German Mastiff breeds. They were later crossed with the Bulldog and Mastiff breeds. Boxers have been used in works such as military and police dogs as well as companions. Their name comes from their inclination to use their forelegs when fighting.
Temperament: The Boxer is a playful dog who is fun-loving and loyal with family! They typically have a high energy level but will do well with a family willing to give them the proper exercise, training, and attention. They need a strong willed owner who is willing to put in the work to give them the mental and physical exercise they need. Without guidance, they tend to pull on leash, jump and bark. Some may be cautious when initially meeting new people but generally make friends easily with proper socialization.
Health/Grooming: Boxers have a short, smooth coat that is easy to groom. These dogs are an average shedder and only requires a bath as necessary. The breed may be more susceptible to breathing problems, cardiac problems, hip dysplasia, or thyroid disease. They can be more prone to skin allergies and as they get older, they are more likely to develop tumors compared to other breeds.