The boxer hails most recently from Germany and is related to the British bulldog and German mastiff breeds. Boxers make excellent watchdogs. They have served as guard dogs in times of war because of their obedience and keen sense of hearing.
Don't hesitate to choose a boxer if you have children. These warm, loyal dogs are very protective of children and love to play.2
Select a boxer if you are looking for a friendly, obedient dog. Boxers, while very playful at times, can also settle down with their owners for several hours of quiet time.3
Consider a boxer if you are a city dweller or live in an apartment. Boxers do not do well in extreme cold or in hot, humid environments and are generally happy to stay indoors as long as they get a vigorous walk each day.4
Learn about the individual dog's personality. Let signs of hyperactivity, aggression or shyness serve as warnings of trouble to come. The ideal boxer is calm but alert, with spirit and courage.5
Look at a boxer's features. A good boxer will be medium-sized and squarely built, with a short back. He will have strong legs and a short coat. He'll be full of energy but not hyperactive, with an air of confidence. A boxer's head should be proportional to his body. The coat may be fawn (yellow-brown), brindle (gray or tawny with darker streaks), all white or white with patches of fawn or brindle. The white area on a fawn or brindle boxer should cover no more than one-third of the coat.6
Expect a full-grown male to reach 22 to 25 inches and to weigh between 60 and 70 lbs. Females will reach 21 to 24 inches and will weigh between 55 and 65 lbs.7
Check out potential breeders very carefully; ask if they are members of breed, specialty or obedience clubs. You can check references through clubs to make sure the breeder does not run a puppy mill (a place where puppies are constantly bred for financial gain - without consideration of the integrity of the breed) and that he or she carefully screens for health problems before breeding.8
Think about adopting a boxer from an animal shelter or a boxer rescue organization. But be aware that rescued boxers may have disciplinary problems and may have been neglected or abused. Be prepared to spend a lot of time training your puppy or dog.9
Note that you will probably pay between $300 and $1,500 for a boxer.10
Be prepared to enjoy a full 9 to 12 years with your boxer, as this is the boxer's average life expectancy.