Boxers are very active and need daily exercise.
One of the breed's most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. Boxers are patient and spirited with children, but also protective, making them a popular choice for families. The Boxer's sleek, short coat is easy to keep clean with regular brushing,
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Boxer is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
A soft bristle brush will help keep the coat in good condition. An occasional bath, especially if they are dirty from romping in the outdoors will also keep them looking their best. Their strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Boxers are upbeat and playful. Their patience and protective nature have earned them a reputation as a great dog for children. Employed for hundreds of years as watchdogs and family guardians, they take their job seriously and will meet threats fearlessly. They might be suspicious of strangers but aren’t against making new friends. Boxers do best when they’re exposed to lots of people and other animals in early puppyhood. Loyalty, affection, intelligence, work ethic, and good looks: Boxers are the whole doggy package.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues like cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Boxers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Boxers can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.