The Boxer is a large, well-muscled, athletic compact dog with a distinctive charismatic mournful expression.

Boxer breed Group


Size of the Boxer


Country of origin


Time of original development

The Boxer is thought to have been developed in the late 19th century in Germany from the Bullenbeisser, an extinct Mastiff type and Bulldogs from Great Britain.

The Boxer through history

The Boxer was originally bred for dog fighting and guarding. Today it is kept as a companion pet, and is one of the most popular choices of breeds in the UK today.

Boxer temperament

The Boxer is a dog with a huge lust for life and has boundless energy. It is a good dog for families, and loves the hustle and bustle of family life. It’s a breed that is generally good with children, but socialisation and training are vital from an early age. It is generally good with other dogs, but care should be taken around cats and smaller pets. The Boxer can be cautious and wary of strangers, making it a good guard dog around the home.

Colour varieties of the Boxer

The Boxer comes in many colours and markings which include:

  • Black Brindle
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Brindle Black Mask
  • Dark Brindle
  • Dark Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Golden Brindle & White
  • Light Brindle
  • Light Brindle & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Red & White Black Mask
  • Red Black Mask
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Brindle & White
  • Tiger Brindle
  • Tiger Brindle & White
  • White

Size and weight of the Boxer

Height bitch 53-59cms

Height dog 57-63cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 25-27kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 30-32kgs

Exercise requirements of the Boxer

The Boxer exudes energy and requires an active, fit owner who can devote at least 2 hours of good quality exercise daily. The energetic Boxer can become highly strung and even destructive around the home if it does not receive adequate exercise and stimulation.

Is the Boxer a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Boxer is very intelligent and loves to please. However, it does have a stubborn streak and may ‘forget’ training at times. Harsh training methods should be avoided with this sensitive breed.

New owners should also be aware of the high exercise requirements of the Boxer. It is also a big dog, with lots of energy, which may make it an impractical choice homes where space is an issue.

Boxer coat length


Grooming requirements of the Boxer

Low. The short, close coat requires little grooming. An occasional buff with a chamois leather or good quality soft bristle brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat. The short coat makes the Boxer an ideal dog to walk in wet and muddy conditions, as mud tends to lide off the coat. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. This breed sheds so is an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Boxer

The Boxer is a fairly healthy dog, but prospective owners should consult their breeders about the following known issues in the breed:

  • Cancer
  • Heart problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Boxer

A healthy Boxer should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 9-10 years.

Approximate Boxer pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £800-£1,000 for a pedigree Boxer puppy. Litters are normally available. 3,479 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 6-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Boxer would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs bitch is around £8.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 30kgs dog is around £9.00

Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the working group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment