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Confident, obedient and protective, the Boxer is a dog for an experienced dog person, but with the right family makes a loyal and loving companion.

Bred in Germany as a hunting dog, and later used for military work, the boisterous Boxer is now an utterly lovable companion. 

They’re a lean, muscular, medium sized dog ranging from 53 to 64cm in height and 25 to 34kgs in weight with females smaller than males. The colours are limited to brindle or fawn with white markings. White Boxers are common.


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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics



Bred for



Medium – 25 to 34kgs, Height 53 to 64cm

Weight Range

25 to 34kgs


Brindle, fawn and white  

Life expectancy

9 to 15 years


Short and smooth  


Loving, friendly, boisterous    

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Active households 

Apartment Friendly

Not recommended


Boxers are energetic, playful and strong. Training is important from an early age to ensure that your Boxer learns good manners. Socialising means positive interaction other dogs, people and animals so that they become used to different experiences as they get older. Enrolling in a reputable puppy pre-school and obedience school is a useful way to train your Boxer. Their fun-loving and protective nature makes them a popular choice for active families with children. They love companionship and being left alone for long periods of time can lead to stress and destructive behaviour. Apartment living is not ideal for the Boxer whose style may be cramped in a small apartment.


The Boxer’s coat is very short and smooth and requires minimal grooming. A weekly going over with a grooming mitt is a good way to bond with your Boxer as well as check the skin over closely for any abnormalities to which they are prone. Make sure your Boxer is on all year-round flea and tick control to prevent unwanted scratching or tick paralysis.


When choosing a food for your Boxer, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age. Follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Boxer to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2019) include:



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Skin conditions (allergies, infections)








Cancer, including mast cell tumour, lymphoma and haemangiosarcoma




Eye problems including corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis




Ear conditions



Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Boxers are notorious for having skin problems, including deadly mast cell tumour. Other skin problems include skin allergies, other tumours and ear infections. As a brachycephalic breed, they can also develop eye problems including corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis. 

Most popular Boxer names

Most popular names 

  1. Daisy
  2. Coco
  3. Frankie
  4. Ruby
  5. Floyd
  6. Luna
  7. Bruno
  8. George
  9. Lola
  10. Max 

Most popular female names  

  1. Daisy
  2. Coco
  3. Ruby
  4. Luna
  5. Lola
  6. Nala
  7. Frankie
  8. Bella
  9. Willow

Most popular male names 

  1. Floyd
  2. Bruno
  3. George
  4. Max
  5. Diesel
  6. Archie
  7. Charlie
  8. Hugo
  9. Bentley
  10. Buddy

Did you know?

A Boxer named Brandy holds the world record for the longest tongue on a dog. With a 43cm long tongue, we think Brandy would have been giving the world’s biggest Boxer kisses ever. Brandy sadly passed away in 2002, but her record lives on. 

Where can I get a Boxer?

If you’re looking for a Boxer, check out your local Boxer specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to check your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 


  1. American Kennel Club, Boxer, Accessed on 17/11/20
  2. Wikipedia, Boxer (dog), Accessed on 17/11/20
  3. Guinness World Records, Longest tongue on a dog ever, Accessed on 17/11/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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