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Boxers have long been famed for their devotion and loyalty to their family, as well as their vigilance and unshakeable bravery as defenders.

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

FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Size category
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.
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Temperament is key in Boxer puppies and must be given close attention to positively reinforce appropriate behaviors. Ensuring your dog is well-socialized and understands the basic rules of life from a young age will significantly impact their well-being in adult life.

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.
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Exercise and working Boxers

Boxers maintain their high energy levels into adult life. As such, they require over two hours of exercise per day, preferably separated into two, hour-long walks – including plenty of interactive games to keep them mentally stimulated. 

Adult Boxers are skilled guard and watchdogs. Since the 19th century Boxers have been used for, and excelled in, such roles across the world.
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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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Health condition

Boxers belong to the brachycephalic family that have physical features such as a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to acquire from a responsible breeder or shelter and to seek advice from your veterinarian as needed.

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A healthy start to life

Puppyhood is a time of massive physical and behavioral change, and a steep learning curve for new owners. Find out how you can provide your puppy with the best start to life so they develop into strong, healthy dogs.

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Lifetime of health

Get advice and information on how to provide the best care for your dog at every stage of life.

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