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Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Dogfighting and running down and holding large game such as wild boar and bison until the hunter could arrive.
AKC recognized: 1904
AKC group: Working
Height: males 23 to 25 inches;
females 21½ to 23½ inches
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Fawn and brindle, with or without white markings.
10 to 12 years.
The Boxer is alert, dignified, self-assured, intelligent, and loyal. One of the most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. They are a popular choice for families due to their gentleness and patience with of children. They are also naturally protective, possessing an uncanny ability to distinguish between friend and foe. Because of their brachycephalic head, they tend not to tolerate high heat or humidity and must be protected from such conditions.
Good with children?
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Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
obedience, agility, therapy, search and rescue, narcotics detection, police work, guide dog
Daily walks and/or play sessions.
Boxers are generally clean dogs and only require occasional grooming and bathing as needed.
Known health problems:
Aortic stenosis, cardiomyopathy, cancer, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, hypothyroidism, gastric dilatation volvulus, allergies.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
American Boxer Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Boxer Club Rescue