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12 Interesting Facts About Boxer Dogs

Should you get a Boxer Dog?

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1) The boxer dog breed originates from Germany in the late 1890’s. It is not clear where they get their name, but some believe it comes from their tendency to stand on their back legs and “box” with their front paws. Boxers are a descendant of a now-extinct dog breed called the Bullenbeisser and the Old English Bulldog. They were used primarily in hunting wild boar, bear and deer.

2) Boxers have perpetual energy – they are always ready to go-run, play and jump. They NEED exercise-crave it. Boxers stay “puppies” playful and energetic for a long time. It may take about three years for them to start to calm down a bit!

3) Boxers generally grow up to 25 inches high and can weigh 80 pounds. Their lifespan is 10-12 years. Accepted coat colors are fawn, brindle and white.

4) There is no such thing as a black PUREBRED Boxer. They do not have the genes to produce an all black coat. You may see a very dark reverse brindle coat-but never pure black.

5) In research studies, Boxers rate 48th out of 130 dog breeds in intelligence. This is considered average. Boxer dog owners rate their dogs as fairly easy to train with a trainability score of 72.3%

6) In canine racing competitions conducted by the AKC (100 yards) the average Boxer speed was 25.4 mph while the fastest recorded speed was 36.14 mph. That’s moving!

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7) In research being done by the University of Pennsylvania, the Boxer has ranks 15 out of 124 dog breeds in excitability. They are hyper! They also rank VERY HIGH in energy level.

8) Boxers can be aggressive towards strange people and dogs. In the same research from the University of Pennsylvania, Boxers rank 39 out of 124 dog breeds in aggression towards strangers and 21 out of 124 in aggression towards other strange dogs.

9) About 20% of all Boxers are born white in which a congenital defect for deafness exists. Estimates are that 17% of these boxers are deaf in one or both ears.

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10) Boxers have some of the longest tongues in the dog world. Brandi the Boxer (2002) had a 43 cm tongue or 17 inches! The longest ever recorded.

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11) Boxers are genetically predisposed to heart issues such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and aortic stenosis. In fact, boxers hearts are studied to help understand similar heart diseases in humans.

12) Boxers have one of the highest death rates due to cancer. They rank first in brain cancer and mast cell tumors.

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