Although the Boxer is a loyal and intelligent family companion, his somewhat stubborn and self-confident character and high prey drive require careful consideration. He must be obedience-trained to control his exuberance and guide his mettle into acceptable channels. His is, after all, a big strong, dog.
He is also good-natured, suffering the pokes and prods of children with stoicism, accepting friendly strangers, and always ready for a romp or a game. Left to his own devises, he can get into trouble. We suggest crate training when you are not able to watch your boxer.
Above all, a Boxer should be even-tempered, dignified but with a touch of impish spirit, and full of courage. Aggression, extreme shyness (not to be confused with independence) and hyperactivity are unacceptable in the breed.
Although the Boxer needs exercise and play to stay in shape and satisfy his nature, he can do well in an apartment with daily walks and a frolic in the park several times a week.
His short, hard coat does shed and needs some grooming with a soft brush. His coat's natural sheen can be enchanced with occasional rubdowns with a chamois cloth. His short coat all but requires that he be a house dog in cool or cold climates and his shortened muzzle makes hot humid weather uncomfortable for him.
With proper care and love, your Boxer will give you years of enjoyment. The average life span of a Boxer is 8-10 years of age; however, some boxers have been reported to live 15 or more years.
The Boxer is a muscular, short-coated, square-headed dog with tight skin and a docked tail. Males stand 22.5-25 inches at the withers and weighs about 70 pounds. Females are a bit smaller at 21-23.5 inches and about 55-60 pounds.
The Boxer's nose is broad, and the top of the muzzle appears slightly pushed in, leaving the jaw a bit undershot -- the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw and curves slightly upward. The blunt muzzle leaves him susceptible to hot stuffy conditions and can cause wheezing and snorting.