It is important for all dog owners to understand the specific health implications of their breed and follow it up appropriately. Owning a boxer is no exception.
Physical Traits and Diseases
Male boxers are normally 25 inches in height and weigh somewhere between 65 to 80 pounds. Females typically get 21 to 25 inches tall and weigh 50 to 65 pounds. Boxers have relatively short lives and typically get up to 10-15 years, if properly taken care of. The most common causes of death for boxers are:
- Cancer, mostly normal for boxers with white coats and of old age
- Heart disease in middle age
Some other ailments include:
- Eye diseases
- Digestive diseases
- Itchy allergies
- Skin tumors
Some genetic weaknesses should also be taken seriously, like Aortic Stenosis, Juvenile Kidney Disease, Boxer Cardiomyopathy and Progressive Axonopathy. Before buying, it is advisable to determine if the dog is British Boxers, German Boxers or American Boxers. It is also important to ask about the medical history of the boxer’s family line and always make sure vaccinations are up to date.
Their muscular and energetic nature makes boxers require lots of exercise, not just to stimulate them, but also to keep them from being bored. Exercises should be at least 30 minutes, preferably before or after eating. The coat should be occasionally brushed to get rid of loose strands. The boxers do not handle extreme heat well. This can cause heart strokes. Sun block is also recommended in very high temperatures.
The food a boxer is given can affect the expected life span. Boxer owners should never allow the dog to eat their own food. Boxers should be fed with grain free dog food. Owners should also be careful not to overfeed their dog, and never allow them to have certain food items like chocolate or macadamia nuts, as they are highly poisonous to dogs.