It was in 1895 when the Boxer dog was first exhibited and a year after when the first Boxer club was being founded. As the years go by, people are becoming interested in this breed that it became the sixth most popular breed of dog in the United States based on the 2007 American Kennel Club statistics.
There are definitely very good reasons why the Boxer dog breed earned its popularity spot in the AKC standard. The role as working dog is probably one of the reasons for this popularity. They are widely used as guard dogs because of their expectation to strangers, alertness, agility and of course, strength. Apart from that, they have also been used as service dogs, guide dogs for those with physical impairment (more particularly seeing eyes dogs for the blind), therapy dogs, police dogs and sometimes in herding cattle or sheep. The usefulness of Boxer dog does not just end being working dogs. Their friendly and lively nature makes them popular pets to a lot of dog lovers. They are very good with children and patient with smaller dogs and puppies. But, take note that this active breed should not be left alone doing nothing for they become extremely destructive when bored. They will most likely dig and chew furniture, household items and plants to ease the boredom they are feeling. Better provide them with lots of toys to play as well as games to keep their intelligent minds and energetic bodies working. This breed earned the reputation of being headstrong, so obedience training is necessary to deal with it. Boxer responds better to positive reinforcement techniques rather than training based on corrections.
This breed can live for 10 to 12 years provided there is proper exercise, conditioning and care necessary to continue the health and longevity. They may be prone to some illnesses such as cancer, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, bloat, intestinal problems and allergies, but these can easily be preceded with proper care, proper diet and more importantly, careful breeding. Before breeding, breeders should make sure that the breeding stock does not carry various diseases in its genes. This is to decrease the spread and occurrence of various diseases in future generations.
When it comes to looks, one can not really say that this one has the least beautiful appearance. The head, the most distinct feature of this breed, must be in perfect proportion to the body. The ears are cropped and erect and the tails are docked, however, these traditions have been prohibited in some countries now because of veterinary associations and animal rights groups, seeing the process as being inhumane or cruel to animals. An adult female boxer dog typically weighs between 50 to 65 pounds and stands 21 to 24 inches at the withers. The male can be taller and heavier than the female.
Whether a family dog or a working dog, this breed really deserves to be one of the most popular dogs, not just in the AKC standard, but perhaps in the world.
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