Interesting Facts about Boxers

The Boxer dog is an interesting, and often entertaining dog. Always ready for a game, these dogs seem to have boundless energy and a great capacity to ‘pick the mood’. Rarely will a Boxer not want to go for a walk or run, and if you are lucky, he will be easy to train (once all that excess energy is gone, that is).

Even though the Boxer breed has been around for well over one hundred years, there are some interesting facts floating around that very few people know. Below are facts not only about the breed, but also the personality of the Boxer.

Colouring

In the early days of the Boxer, most of these dogs were completely white in colouring, or predominantly white. Colour was introduced to the Boxer during the war to give it the ability to blend in to the landscape, so that it would not be noticed whilst running messages between camps.

Tails

Although tail docking is banned in most countries, the reason for docking the tails of the Boxer was so that there was a reduced risk of injury to the dog. These happy dogs can sometimes damage the tip of their tail (split the skin) by having their tail come into contact with solid objects at high speed.

Also, when used during the war, these dogs were often required to crawl under barbed wire barricades, which can catch the tips of the dogs tail, causing pain and injury to the dog.

 Energy levels

A healthy Boxer will want to go all day. Whether out for a run, or playing fetch in the back yard, it is almost certain that the handler will run out of go long before the dog does. If the handler does happen to run out of steam and not want to throw the ball any more, the Boxer will often pick the ball up and drop it in their lap.

The dog will then look at the handler, and almost plead for the ball to be thrown just one more time.

 Kidney-beaning

Nothing is more entertaining than watching a Boxer greet their owner by kidney-beaning. Kidney-beaning is when the dog ways everything from the shoulders back (as if they have a six foot long tail that needs to be flicked).

Positively vibrating with excitement, these dogs will literally throw everything from the shoulders back into a body-jarring wag. If the dog has a full length tail, it is also quite common for them to whack themselves in the face with it, whilst kidney-beaning.

 Training

The Boxer, as a breed, is usually easy to train. However, there have been many that have been called stubborn or untrainable. The key to training a Boxer is to get rid of all that pent up energy in them first, then begin the training. Sometimes the dog will not wait for the cue to do something.

Highly intelligent dogs, they seem to think that they know best and will try every trick they know to get the treat. It is not unusual for a Boxer to go through his entire repertoire before you get the chance to say “Sit”.

Obedience

Something I have found in my many years of dog training is that dogs are easier to train that bitches. A dog will be more likely to not only remember what is being asked, but will do his best to do it. Many bitches will have you wondering if you are speaking a different language. Some will even have you wondering if the dog is in fact deaf!

The other thing I’ve noticed is that there isn’t such a thing as blind obedience in a Boxer. Yes, it is possible to teach them everything that any other breed will do, but sometimes they have to be given a good reason to do it, or you have to be patient, whilst they decide that it is in their best interest to do what is asked, eventually.

 Owning a Boxer is a wonderful experience. These dogs are fantastic for families with small children, or teenagers that have lots of energy to burn. Fiercely loyal to their pack (family) and ready to protect or welcome new people, these dogs make an ideal pet for someone with time and patience, and a large back yard.