Boxers have become one of the most common dog breeds in America, from their foolish antics to snuggle bug tendencies. With a distinct build and easily identifiable face, the breed is a hard one to overlook.
While many people fall in love with Boxers because of their wrinkled faces and droopy jowls, their personalities make it almost impossible not to be impressed by a boxer dog. Boxers are playful and smart, gentle with children, and protective of their loved ones, making them a common family choice. They have an above-average IQ, are exceptionally athletic, and are no strangers to the couch despite enjoying fitness and physical activity.
Here are some interesting facts about boxer dogs:
1. They Originated in Germany
Boxers were bred from a now-extinct breed regarded as the Bullenbeisser (bull-biter), a large breed that also affected bulldogs and mastiffs. In Germany, Bullenbeissers were raised to hunt big games, such as boars and bears.
Smaller variants of the Bullenbeisser were bred in Belgium to act as butcher and livestock dogs as boar hunting decreased. It is assumed that these smaller dogs are the direct ancestors of modern boxers. By 1895, Munich had the first club of boxers, setting the precedent for future breeding.
2. They Literally Box
These dogs have, as their name indicates, an amazing left hook. The breed has a tendency to stand on its back legs while playing and kick out its front paws as a human boxer might do. This behavior is what led to the nickname, most people presume, but because there are no records on the roots of the name, we can only speculate.
3. They are Great Service Dogs
Boxers are also used as guide dogs for the blind given their natural connection to humans and their intelligence, and also as alert dogs for people who suffer from epilepsy, alerting them to an impending seizure.
4. Female are more Active than Males
There are some fascinating details regarding the variations between female and male boxers concerning boxer dogs. While males are more laid back, female boxer dogs appear to be more hyperactive. Both male and female boxer dogs may compete with larger dogs and other same-sex boxers, although both appear to be very good with smaller pets and display aggression rarely.
5. They are Loyal Dogs
One of the most well-known truths about boxer dogs is that these animals make exceptional guard dogs. Boxer dogs with people they meet are very sweet and gentle, but don’t let this fool you: they are very suspicious of strangers and can be very intimidating. They are very loyal to their owners and would not hesitate to defend themselves and their families if they feel that there is a threat.
6. They Hate Being Left Alone
The fact that these dogs thrive on the human company is one of the more endearing boxer dog reality. This is linked to the fact that boxer dogs are very loyal. In reality, they become totally devoted to their human families, and for a very long time, they don’t like to be left alone. You can only find your boxer trailing you from room to room, around your house.
7. They are Used in Military
Boxer dogs were used by the military in World War II as guard dogs, message dogs, and attack dogs. Due to their loyalty and endurance, they were specially selected for these roles. American troops brought ex-service dogs home to keep as pets after World War II. Boxer dogs became very common after that in the United States. They are currently the seventh most common dog breed in the U.S today.
8. They Need to Exercise 2 hours Every day
One of the most fascinating things about boxer dogs is that these dogs need to exercise each day for as long as 2 hours. This is mainly because boxer dogs are highly athletic. A boxer can spend as much time as possible playing and training. If they don’t get enough physical exercise, they will begin to engage in boredom-related activities, such as chewing and digging.
9. They Hold a Guinness World Record
The Guinness World Record for having the world’s longest tongue is held by a boxer dog. The boxer in question, Brandy, was born in 1995 and was owned by John Scheid of St Clair Shores, Michigan in the United States. A record-breaking 17 inches in length was Brandy’s tongue!
10. They Snore With Their Eyes Open
The fact that they are known to snore with their eyes wide open is one of the quirkier truths about boxer dogs. They are also, in fact, known to snore very loudly. So, when you get a boxer dog as a puppy, investing in some earplugs at the same time could be a smart idea!
11. They Struggle to Cope With High Temperatures
One of the most interesting facts about boxer dogs is that these dogs do not cope well in high temperatures. Boxer dogs appear to be very prone to feeling the cold because they have a very short layer of fur.
But on the other side of the spectrum, boxer dogs find it difficult to breathe in hot, humid weather, much like all dogs with short muzzles. So, if you’re thinking of having a boxer as a pet, make sure that you will be able to keep them warm inside during cold weather, and in a cooler temperature during warmer weather.
12. They Were Popular Circus Performers
In the past, boxer dogs were famous performers in the circus ring. Because they are so highly trainable, energetic, and powerful, they created ideal circus performers. They also have a very friendly, mischievous disposition and are often referred to as the dog world’s clown.
13. They Take a Whilst Growing Up
These dogs suffer from severe Peter Pan syndrome. Any severe Peter Pan syndrome causes these dogs to suffer. It takes about three years for boxers to mature, making their puppyhood one of the longest in the world for dogs.
14. White Boxer Dogs aren’t Considered to be Real Boxer Dogs
Boxer dogs with white markings are normally fawn or brindle in color. If these white marks, however, cover more than a third of the body of the boxer dog, then that dog is known to be a white boxer. White boxers do not meet the standard of the breed and thus do not obtain complete registration.
One of the most unfortunate facts about boxer dogs is that white boxers are more susceptible to skin cancer and are more likely to be deaf when making lovely pets. Interestingly, no such thing as a black boxer exists. If a boxer dog tends to be black, it’s either a reverse brindle or a boxer with a very dark brindle coat.