This dog is a great, playful companion for a family. It does not do well in extreme hot or cold weather.

Breed Overview

This fun-loving family pet originated in Germany in the 1800s as a cross between the Bulldog and Mastiff. They were originally kept as butcher's dogs to control cattle, and were one of the first breeds to be used as police and military dogs in Germany. Boxers are playful and outgoing, but require lots of attention. They make great family pets and do best in moderate temperatures as they are sensitive to heat and cold. Boxers require a long walk or a daily run to fulfill their exercise needs. Their short coat needs only the occasional brushing to remove dead hair.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 22.5-25"; Female: 21-23.5"
Weight: Male: 65-80 lb; Female: 50-65 lb
Lifespan: 8-10 years

Breed Traits

Affectionate, Playful, Working group,

Similar Breeds

Bull Terrier


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