Every month, we will highlight a popular dog breed at risk for arthritis. This month, we are focusing on the Boxer, the 11th most popular dog breed. Learn more about this fun-loving dog, why we love them and how to keep them healthy.
Despite their name, Boxers are more lovers than fighters. These beautiful dogs are usually happiest when surrounded by their family. If you think Boxers are a fighting dogs, think again. Boxers are agile, athletic and active as a dog breed.
If you search for “Boxer” in your browser, you may get a variety of boxing moves or professional boxers that come up. Boxer as a dog breed is quite different. Which might make you wonder how Boxer dogs got their name. Some say the name Boxer came from the breed’s tendency to play by standing on his hind legs and “box” with his front paws. There are other theories, but what we do know is the Boxer breed is one of the best ones out there. Ranked as the 11th most popular dog breed, it is clear there is something magical about these beautiful creatures. Read on to find out more about the beautiful Boxer!
History of the Boxer
The Boxer’s ancestors have been traced back war dogs in the Assyrian empire around 2,500 B.C. Today’s Boxer as we know it, were bred in 19th century Germany as a cross between an English Bulldog and the now-extinct larger, heavier breed called the Bullenbeiser. In medieval times the Bullenbeiser was Germany’s premier big-game hunter, used to take down large animals such as the bear, bison and wild boar. As times changed in Germany during the 1800s, these lavish hunting excursions came to an end and a dog this size was no longer needed.
From there, the large Bullenbeiser was crossed with a smaller, Mastiff-like breed from England. After many trials, by the late 1800s, the modern Boxer emerged as the sleeker and more attractive dog breed we know today. Over the years, Boxers have done many jobs: cattle dogs, war dogs, police dogs and guide dogs.
The AKC registered their first Boxer in 1904. However, the breed didn’t truly flourish until after 1951, when the Westminster Best of Show Winner was a Boxer named “Bang Away.” The dog became a national celebrity with an interesting breeder story behind him, who some say were the reason Bang Away was “the greatest Boxer to ever step paw in an American show ring.”
Here are 5 Reasons We Love Boxers
- Boxer PUPPIES!
All puppies are cute, but check out these Boxer puppies. So sweet!
- Terrific Temperament.
Boxers are surprisingly loving. Many think they may be better at fighting, given their name. Today’s Boxer is known for being good with families and children. These dogs are high-energy and easily trainable. Do your best to keep your Boxer active mentally and physically.
- Working Dogs that Love Working.. and Playing.
Boxers were bred to work. Because of this instinct to work, they love having an active lifestyle that includes activities with their pet parent. No matter the task, a Boxer is smart and hard-working at heart.
- Easy to Care for.
Because Boxers have short hair coats, their grooming needs are simple. This makes them easy to care for, which is an advantage to any home adding a dog. Simply bath and brush them occasionally and you have a healthy dog!
- Variety of Boxers
There are many different colorisations of Boxers. The main ones are Fawn, which is a variety of tones from light to dark. Or Brindle, with is tow or more tone color patterns. The trademark mask standards are Black, black and white markings and some with white markings. These masks add to their playfulness and extreme expressions they offer.
The Boxer is loyal, smart and with a strong work ethic thanks to years of breeding. Boxers have skyrocked in popularity, almost making it into the Top 10 dog breeds:
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 11 out of 196
- Weight: 65-80 lbs. (male), 50-65 lbs. (female)
- Height: 23-25 in. (male), 21.5 – 23.5 inches (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Group: Working Group
Top Health Problems of Boxers
It is very important to be sure that you keep your Boxer as healthy as possible with key preventative measures. But first, here are the key health problems to know about when it comes to your Boxer:
Cancer. Boxers are prone to several types of cancer such as lymphoma, skin cancer and tumors.
Canine Hip & Elbow Dysplasia. Active, agile dogs often have issues as they age within their joints. It is important to keep regularly monitoring their mobility and be on the look out for changes in the way they do common activities and willingness to move.
Osteoarthritis, or arthritis in dogs. Because of the joint problems already mentioned, Boxers are at very high risk for osteoarthritis. It is important to make regular assessments of your dog’s mobility.
An easy way to check in on your dog’s mobility is to take the Arthritis Quiz every 6 months to help prompt you what you should be looking for. It is always a good idea to use joint supplements for Boxers as a preventative measure to keep their joints in good health for as long as possible.
Arthritis is as painful for dogs as it is for humans. And just like humans, there is something you can do about it. Learn more about arthritis in dogs and check out all the risk factors.
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Preventative treatment for your lovable Boxer is a great way to keep them happy and healthy longer in life. We love our Boxers! What do you love about them? Let us know on our Facebook page!