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Boxers have long been famed for their devotion and loyalty to their family, as well as their vigilance and unshakable bravery as defenders.
Boxer adult standing in black and white

About the Boxer

Boxers are fearless, self-assured, calm and well-balanced. Although they pose no threat to their family, they are often suspicious of strangers and know no fear when riled.

Boxers are obedient, making them easy to train. Undemanding, clean and loyal, they are just as suited to the role of family and companion dog as that of defense and utility dog.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed Specifics

Size category: Large
Avg life expectancy: 9-10 years
Alert / Confident / Enthusiastic / Even-tempered / Friendly / Independent / Loyal / Lively / Protective

Key facts

Makes a great guard dog
Needs moderate training
Needs a lot of exercise

A Boxer's life story

Find out more about the confident Boxer in each stage of their life.
Up to 15 months

Boxer puppy

These lively puppies make excellent family pets who should be given plenty of training and socialization to ensure they become well-rounded adult dogs.
From 12 months

Boxer adult

Undemanding, loyal and clean, Boxers are as suited to the role of family and companion dog as that of defense and utility dog.

Adult Boxers were one of the first breeds selected by the German police and have forged a reputation as keen, enthusiastic working dogs.

Boxer health and aging

Boxers are considered to be senior when they reach eight years old. With age, your Boxer may experience some hearing loss and vision impairment. This is common in older dogs but will impact their lifestyle and how much they are able to do.

You may also notice reduced motivation to exercise, often due to stiffer joints, so it is important to make sure your aging dog is kept comfortable to ease any joint pains.

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