The Boxer is a magnificent dog. Its athletic appearance and silly look give the Boxer an endearing style. A Boxer dog can be found very easily. However, because of its ancestors’ aggressive behaviour, it is important to carefully select the puppy in order to avoid surprises.

53 to 63 cm
25 to 32 kg
Life expectancy
10 to 12 years
Hair loss
Need for exercise
Very high

Quick overview of the Boxer


  • Strong bone structure
  • Robust and elegant
  • Noble and proud appearance
  • Shiny, coarse, rough and short hair


  • Affectionnate and calm
  • Wary with strangers
  • Loves to play and large areas of open space
  • Good character


Overall quite a healthy dog but it is not immune to problems such as heart and glandular disease, digestive disorders and joint problems.


Boxer's appearance


The Boxer has a strong bone structure and stocky build.

This is an elegant and very robust dog. It has a protruding lower jaw (prognathic mouth) and this is actually dictated by the breed standard. Very muscular, the Boxer is a medium sized dog has a noble appearance.

Height: Between 57 and 63 cm (22 to 25 inches) for the male.
Between 53 and 59 cm (21 to 23 inches) for the female.
Weight: Between 27 and 32 kg (60 à 71 pounds) for the male.
Between 25 and 29 kg (55 à 64 pounds) for the female.
Color: The coat colors are fawn and brindle with white markings and a black mask on the muzzle.
Hair: Coat hair is shiny, coarse, tight and short.
Morphology: The Boxer has a large head but it is in proportion with the body. The eyes are very dark, not too small nor too big and fits well with the skull. The ears are set high on the head and hang along the cheeks when at rest. Its nose is black. Its natural tail is set high.

The boxer, according to the FCI breeds nomenclature, belongs to group 2, section 1 and is #144.

Temperament of the Boxer

This tender-hearted Molloser dog is very calm and affectionate. Even though it is quite wary with strangers, the Boxer is extremely docile with its owners and children. It is very affectionate and gentle even though it can become fearsome towards strangers if they are threatening to its family.

It loves playing and spending time in large areas of open space. It is not a lone wolf and needs the presence and attentiveness of its family to be happy. This sell-balanced dog has an excellent character. It is an outstanding friend and companion.

Even though it is very docile, it is important to train the dog at a young age and to clearly establish who it the owner. Its training is not easy and the dog must learn at an early age that it cannot disobey. Otherwise, it will have a tendency to be stubborn.


Characteristics of the Boxer

Does this dog fit your lifestyle?

Every dog breed has these characteristics. However, the temperament of a dog can vary from one individual to the next among the same breed.

Life in an apartment 4 /5
Good first dog 3 /5
Tolerates solitude 1 /5
Tolerates cold temperatures 2 /5
Tolerates hot weather 1 /5
Affectionate 5 /5
Friendly with children 4 /5
Friendly with strangers 4 /5
Friendly with other animals 3 /5
Hair loss 4 /5
Drooling level 2 /5
Easy to care for 5 /5
Robust health 2 /5
Easy to train 4 /5
Intelligent 4 /5
Tendency to bark 3 /5
Tendency to nibble 2 /5
Protective 5 /5
Instinct to hunt 3 /5
Adventurous spirit 3 /5
Energy level 5 /5
Level of intensity 5 /5
Need for exercise 5 /5
Playful 5 /5

Characteristics are evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5
where 5 signifies that the characteristic is very present for this breed.

Adopting a Boxer

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Help us recommend breeders that are conscientious and respectful of the breed for people wanting to adopt a Boxer in your region.

Finding a good breeder to adopt from is not always easy. Classified ads are often the haven of puppy mills. This is why, in addition to our research and verifications, we also consider the personal experiences of our users with the breeders listed here.

Pictures of the Boxer

Tips about the Boxer

Points to consider before adopting a Boxer

  • If the dog has a shelter adapted to its needs, it can live in the backyard in the summer as well as the winter. Considering it loves the presence of humans, it will be happier living in a cozy home among its family members.

  • It adores exercise and cool temperatures. It will display great endurance under adequate weather but its resistance will lessen under hot weather. As a result, you should be cautious while exercising and ensure the dog is properly hydrated.

  • This dog has a wonderful character but must nonetheless be properly trained to ensure it develops into a kind family companion. This intimidating and warm-hearted dog can adapt well to all situations as long as it can count on the presence of its family.

Health of the Boxer

Due to its physical appearance including its flat nostrils and short nasal cavities, the Boxer struggles on hot days. It is preferable not to leave it inside a car or to make it run in hot weather because respiratory problems may occur.

It may be plagued by hip dysplasia. Even though it is not all puppies that are affected by this condition, it is preferable to inquire about the dog’s parents’ genes when adopting. Joint problems like osteoarthritis and spondylosis may also be encountered.

Boxers can also suffer from heart disease. Aortic stenosis and cardiomyopathy are the main cardiac problems encountered. The Boxer is not immune to digestive disorders and skin problems. Sunburns must be avoided at all costs.

Thyroid disease affects the Boxer more frequently than other breeds. Hypothyroidism is the most recurrent glandular disease for this breed.

Caring for this dog

The Boxer does not require particular care. Its short coat makes it easy to care for a Boxer. It does not shed much but has a tendency to drool (especially the male).

History of the Boxer

Belonging to the molosser category, the Boxer originated in Germany and is quite a young breed. Emerging about a century ago, the boxer is the result of many crosses. It is only around the year 1895 that the breed was officially recognized and listed on the "Livre des origines Français". Except in Germany, this breed has long been little known and this even after the Second World War.

The Boxer’s ancestor is the German Bulldog which became known as the Bierboxer as a result of numerous crosses. The Boxer itself is a cross between an English Bulldog and a German Bierboxer. The German Bierboxer having become very aggressive, the cross with an English Bulldog resulted in a more gentle and stable breed. At the time, the English Bulldog was hard working and less lazy than it is nowadays. As a result, today’s Boxer is sharp and agile. It combines the affectionate characteristics of the English Bulldog and its lazy attitude.

Thanks to its great muscular strength and agility, the Boxer was long used in dog fights and bear hunting. Today, the Boxer has maintained its strength and musculature and has become a gentle and loyal companion appreciated for its good character.