Boxers Are My Buddies
Lifespan: 11 to 13 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Intelligent, Protective, Affectionate, Loyal
Information / Facts: The Boxer is a medium-sized breed of dog that is comprised of a stocky, muscular build. Boxers usually range in size from 50 to 70 pounds. The dog was first bred in the late 1800s in Germany, from an Old English Bulldog and a Bullenbeisser, the latter of which is now extinct. Boxers have a smooth, short coat that doesn't shed badly. They are also known for their "blocky" head with underbite on the bottom jaw. Boxers are loving and friendly, and a popular breed among families with children due to their loyalty and caring instincts. Boxers are highly intelligent and easy to train, as they pick up on new concepts with ease.
Pros: If you have children, the Boxer is a wonderful choice for your family. Boxers love children and are very gentle with little ones. Likewise, if you lead a very active lifestyle and would like a dog that can be by your side when you are out and about, the Boxer's boundless energy makes it a great companion. The Boxer is not an aggressive breed by nature, but this breed of dog is highly pack-oriented and protective of the human and canine members of the pack. As a result, they are a good choice if you would like a dog that can alert you to problems and deter intruders.
Cons: Boxers have high energy levels and need to stay occupied both physically and mentally. You'll need to walk your Boxer at least once per day to keep your dog from turning to destructive behaviors such as chewing and exploring without your permission. The major health issues that Boxers experience are bloat, which can be deadly, and other intestinal issues. It is important to keep an eye on your Boxer and immediately alert your vet of any issues.