What Dogs Qualify as a Boxer?
Unlike some of the other common “breeds”, we all know exactly what a boxer is. They’re a medium-large dog with a short coat, a broad chest, and a shortened snout. The AKC defines their snout as needing to be in approximately a 1:3 ratio of the length of their head.
They tend to be very agile and strong, especially in the jaws.
They’re extremely high-energy dogs, athletic and boisterous from a young age. Many people have found, however, that a properly trained boxer can be one of the best family dogs around.
Their incredible agility and strength makes them good guard dogs, especially when combined with their innate suspicion of strangers. However, they tend to be extremely loyal and quite gentle with children, especially if they’re trained properly from a young age.
They also tend to be quite intelligent, which has allowed them a wide range of uses.
The history of these dogs is actually quite recent. Their breeding began in the late 1800’s and they breed’s history is recent enough that there is actually a picture of the first bred boxer.
In general, their temperament differs between their family members and strangers. Boxers have been used both officially and unofficially as guard dogs pretty much since the first of them were bred. During World War I, they earned a reputation for being extremely versatile dogs, with some of them running messages, others working as sentry or attack dogs.
Due to their loyalty and athleticism, they’ve remained one of the most sought-after breeds of dog for decades now.
Our boxers mean a lot to us and maintaining their health can prolong both their lifespan and the amount of time they’ll be able to enjoy life. While diet and supplements won’t cure everything, they’re definitely up there when it comes to preventative measures.
So, try out a high-quality food and the right supplements. No reason to wait.
The sooner your boxer gets on the right diet and set up with the right extras, the sooner the two of you will be able to reap the benefits.