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About the Breed

Curious About the Boxer Breed?

Boxers are consistently one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. This is both good and bad news.


The positive effect of the Boxer's popularity is that so many people discover the joy of having such a wonderful dog in their lives. Unfortunately, popularity also leads to over-breeding and some dogs eventually trickle into rescue.  Many times, these dogs have been surrendered because their owners were not prepared for the ebullient nature of the Boxer. Sometimes the dogs have special health concerns that require a caring and dedicated owner.


It's tough on a dog to be shuffled from home to home. That's why we want to make sure that potential adopters are familiar with the breed and are ready to offer a loving "forever" home to these wonderful dogs.

Boxers are high-energy, affectionate dogs. Many Boxer lovers swear that they will never have any other breed. Some points to note:

  • Boxers cannot withstand temperature extremes. A Boxer should not be left outside any longer than you would be comfortable out there yourself. Boxers are indoor dogs.

  • Although Boxers are generally healthy, they are prone to a few health issues including: cancer, hypothyroidism, and cardiomyopathy. Their life span is approximately 10-12 years.

  • Many people ask if Boxers drool. Some do and some don't, and for those that do there is quite a range as to HOW MUCH they drool. Drooling in Boxers is really not much more significant than in many other breeds.

  • Most Boxers like to have a lot of attention. If you don't think you will have some extra time to spend with your Boxer, this may not be the breed for you. Any Boxer lover will tell you about the famous "Boxer Bendy" (AKA "Kidney Bean"), a happy dance that Boxers do by bending themselves into a horseshoe shape. It is really something to see!


For more information about the physical characteristics of a Boxer, visit: 

AKC Breed Standard

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