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American, German, English and mixed-breed Boxers are the perfect fit for pet parents with active lifestyles.

Given their dapper looks and loyal demeanor, it’s no surprise that Boxers are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S.  

“Boxers are loving, playful, high-energy, silly, smart and brave,” according to Dr. Laura Robinson, DVM, a vet at Antonio Animal Hospital. Is your trusty companion a member of the Boxer breed (Boxer mixes included)? Then you’ll love learning more fun facts about them. 

What is the temperament of Boxers? 

Given their intelligence, Boxers are eager to train and enjoy the mental stimulation of learning new tricks. When they’re not busy exercising their minds, the energetic breed will likely seek a friend for play and socialization.  

Boxers thrive in homes with active pet parents and would love a backyard or nearby park to romp around in. With early socialization, especially when puppies, this breed readily takes to life with children and other pets.

“Because they’re pretty social, Boxers sometimes don’t do well being alone for long periods,” Dr. Robinson added.

Do Boxers shed?

Boxers have a short, thin coat of fur that are easy to groom and care for, Dr. Robinson said — but they do shed their short hairs year-round. 

The short coat doesn’t provide much insulation in the cold. So, if you and your pup live in a chilly to cold climate, consider adding doggy jackets and coats to their wardrobe. 

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Common health conditions that affect Boxers

The lifespan of a Boxer is around 10 to 12 years. During their lifetime, Boxers are prone to developing certain conditions.  

“Some heart issues, hip and elbow dysplasia, seizures and epilepsy, hypothyroidism and certain types of cancers, such as skin cancer, can be common,” Dr. Robinson said. If adopting a Boxer from puppyhood, ask your vet about specific health testing measures during your first check-up.    

Boxers are part of the short-muzzled family of dogs — known as brachycephalic breeds. Just like Bulldogs, they have short snouts and small airways, which can lead to overheating.

What types of Boxers are there?

There are three types of Boxers: American, German and English — plus, Boxer mixes, of course. Most Boxers sport a broad, black face and floppy ears, with slight differences in build and skin type. 

An American Boxer can be recognized by smoother, less wrinkled skin and a larger nose and muzzle. They also stand slightly taller than other Boxers.

“The English Boxer is considered the most graceful and elegant,” Dr. Robinson said. “They have the most athletic body types, and their bodies are very sleek. They’re slightly smaller and less muscular than the other two types of Boxer dogs.”

The German (European) Boxer is most closely related to the “traditional” Boxer of the 19th and 20th centuries to protect livestock and property. You can spot the German Boxer by their stocky build and deeply wrinkled skin. 

Adopting a Boxer dog or puppy

Are you interested in adopting a Boxer, a Boxer mix or any pet at all? Check out our shelter partners to find your new best friend.

The Dig, Fetch's expert-backed editorial, answers all of the questions you forget to ask your vet or are too embarrassed to ask at the dog park. We help make sure you and your best friend have more good days, but we’re there on bad days, too.

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