Boxer dog breed information

Clever, loyal, and playful, Boxer dog breeds are big bundles of love that need plenty of care and attention. The Boxer dog breed is sometimes overlooked in favour of Labradors or golden retrievers. And some dog lovers may even feel that Boxers look intimidating. But even adults remain Boxer puppies at heart, no matter how old they get.

In fact, the Boxer breed is known for its kidney bean dance. These excitable goofballs wag more than just their tail. The Boxer breed will often wiggle their entire back ends from side to side, with their front ends wiggling in tandem. Their two ends almost meet as they wiggle left and right, making them look like an excited kidney bean, wriggling about.

Boxer dog breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Boxer dog:

How long do Boxers live?

The average lifespan for a Boxer is between 10 to 12 years.

How big do Boxers get?

Like most dogs, male Boxers tend to be slightly larger than female Boxers. Male Boxers grow to stand between 56 and 64cm tall, and female Boxers grow to stand between 53 and 60cm tall. A healthy weight for a fully grown female Boxer is between 24 and 28kg, while a male Boxer’s healthy weight can be from 29 to 33kg.

Do Boxer dogs shed?

Despite their short hair, Boxer dogs still shed their coat. They don’t require a lot of grooming, but they might enjoy being brushed regularly as a sign of affection. Weekly brushing will catch loose hairs before they can fall to the floor and gather dust in the home.

Should I get a Boxer dog?

Boxer dogs are perfect for anyone with plenty of love and energy to share. They're perfect for young, energetic dog owners, and they make great family dogs. You will need to take them on plenty of walks, and these walks will probably turn into runs, as most Boxers are high energy dogs.

If you have the time and energy that a Boxer dog needs, you’ll find yourself repaid tenfold in puppy love. Boxer dogs love to cuddle and give and receive affection. Their stocky frame means that even the biggest hug from young children will be met with happiness, and maybe a lick or two to return the love.

Boxers are more than family dogs, though. For dog lovers that don’t have kids, Boxers can be a good choice if you need a support or service animal. The clever Boxer dogs are easy to train to notice signs of distress, so they’re often used as guide dogs and therapy dogs to assist with things like panic, anxiety, and depression.

All around, Boxers are a great dog breed that will bring nothing but love and joy into your life, so long as you can repay it.

Boxer dog personality

The first Boxer dog fact to know is that Boxers are excitable, energetic, loveable goofballs. They love to walk and run and play. They’ll almost never get bored of playing fetch and will run back to you, ball in mouth, with pure joy plain to see on their face.

Boxers are excitable, giant puppies, but Boxer dogs aren’t dumb. They’re also very smart and easy to train. With all of that excitement that they never grow out of, you’ll want to start training your Boxer dog early on to establish and build good habits.

Taking care of Boxer dogs


Boxers have short, shiny coats that require minimal grooming. Try to groom your Boxer every 4-8 weeks with nail clipping and ear cleaning. To keep their coat clean, bathe them in a classic care shampoo.


Establishing a healthy exercise routine and early obedience training might help keep your dog happy. You’ll need plenty of yard space for a Boxer dog to play around in when you can’t take them on walks. Additionally, they’ll need a safe place to sleep to escape any weather. Boxer dogs have quite short hair, so they can overheat on hot days and get quite cold on a chilly day.


A Boxer’s diet should be well balanced with several nutrients, especially protein, when they’re growing. Try scheduled feeding, twice daily to establish a routine around their diet. Kibble and some type of lean meat (like chicken) is a good combination to ensure Boxers get the vitamins they need.

Common Boxer dog health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Pugs are susceptible to certain health conditions, such as dental problems and canine obesity. The Boxer dog breed can also be susceptible to cancers, heart conditions, and hip dysplasia. Make sure you take your dog for regular check-ups at the vet.

Dental problems

Like all dog breeds, it’s essential to watch out for any dental problems. Because of their somewhat squished face and loose skin, you might not be able to see any teeth issues unless you check. Regularly checking and cleaning their teeth will help prevent dental disease.

Canine obesity

A common health problem for Boxer dogs is canine obesity. Fortunately, plenty of exercise should keep your Boxer dog in good shape. Along with obesity, Boxer dogs can get very bloated, especially if they eat their food too quickly. This condition that can be very harmful or even fatal in extreme cases. You can prevent it by offering smaller meals throughout the day instead of one large meal.

The cost of insuring a Boxer dog

Since Boxers are prone to certain health conditions, it's important to protect your beloved pup. Woolworths Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that helps protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.

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