The Boxer is a German breed of service dog that is very popular with amateurs around the world. Unlike Rottweilers and German Shepherds, the Boxer does not require high workloads, so professional skills are not needed to raise this dog. However, it would be a mistake to believe that the Boxer is a fun breed.
Potential owners of this breed of dog often have questions that we will answer in this article.
What is the best Boxer color?
Very often you have already decided in advance what color your Boxer should be. It is best to give preference to a better puppy than a choice in color. Boxers come in two colors: red and brindle. Boxers may have white markings but no more than 30% of the body surface. They can be located in the following zones: muzzle, chest, paws, neck (can be in the form of a collar), belly, the tip of the tail, under the tail. The presence of white markings is not a flaw, as is sometimes thought, but rather adorn the dog. A white Boxer or a large area of white markings (more than 30%) is a color fault.
A Boxer of any color has a black mask: dark edging of the eyes and muzzle. The mask can be intense or light, a darker mask is desirable.
What color are Boxers larger?
The breed standard for both colors is the same, including it determines the height of the Boxer: in males, the height is 57-63 cm at the males, in females, 53-59 cm at the withers.
Some buyers believe that red-haired Boxers are larger. It’s a delusion. The height of the dog should be of the standard. Otherwise, your Boxer will not have the qualities of this breed.
At what age is it better to buy a puppy?
The Boxer adapts well to new conditions and usually, there are no problems with getting used to a new home and new owners, even if you have an older puppy or an adult Boxer. Some buyers believe that the sooner they adopt a puppy, the better, arguing that the puppy will get used to and adapt better to the new home. In this case, one should take into account only the fact that a puppy needs a lot of attention and communication in the first months of life, and more importantly: experience or knowledge of how to raise a puppy is needed. It is desirable that he remained alone as little as possible.
What is the best way to feed your puppy?
We advise you to follow the recommendations of the breeder you are buying from. Especially in the early days, it is very important not to make abrupt transitions to feeding. The advantage of ready-to-eat foods is that they are completely balanced and contain everything your pet needs. In this case, you just need to follow the rule: feed according to indications, and not according to the recommendations of the feed manufacturer. Any food is designed for an average statistical dog of an average statistical breed and if fed “according to the instructions” of the food manufacturer, your Boxer will most likely be “slim”. The dog’s condition and activity should determine the amount of food. It is better to use high-quality feed, from well-known manufacturers. In the puppy’s diet, cottage cheese or other fermented milk products are desirable. It’s good if you teach your puppy to fruit.
When to vaccinate a puppy?
Dogs must be vaccinated against common infectious diseases. Vaccination is done regularly: the first time twice at the age of 8 weeks with revaccination after 7-14 days. Further, after the change of teeth, at the age of 5.5 – 6 months, then annually.
Vaccination does not harm the dog’s health, does not weaken its immunity, does not slow down the development of the puppy.
Alas, sometimes there are owners who categorically do not want to vaccinate the puppy. The experience of such “extremists” very often ends sadly for a puppy. The notion that Boxers are not susceptible to infectious diseases is nothing short of ignorance.
How to train your puppy to be clean?
The sooner you start doing this and the more consistent you are, the faster you will achieve success. Here, too, the timely adaptation of the puppy to the surrounding world is important. As soon as the immunization comes after vaccinations, you should immediately start walking with the puppy. The best time is right after meals and after.
What leash and collar does a puppy need?
Very often, when starting a puppy for the first time, owners make a mistake in choosing a leash and collar. The leash and collar should be appropriate for the size of the puppy. When choosing a collar, pay attention that the collar is soft and not too thick and wide. You should not take the collar “for growth”. It is better to buy a leather collar, it is more hygienic. Metallic excesses on the collar are useless, except for excess weight, they do not give anything. The leash should also be appropriate for the puppy’s age. It must be thin and strong. The lighter the leash, the more comfortable your pet will be. Convenient leash length for walking – one and a half meters.
What should you look for when buying a puppy?
If you want to buy a Boxer puppy, a family friend, then first of all you should pay attention to his character and how the puppies are raised. A healthy puppy with a good psyche, active and curious. He doesn’t have to hide or be afraid of you. Play with him, take him in your arms, see how he reacts to you. If there are several puppies, see who is behaving. Among several puppies, there are always more active and calm ones. Ask the breeder about the nature of the puppies.
The appearance of the puppy is of great importance. The puppy must be in good condition, have a smooth shiny coat, and move. Be sure to see that it does not hunch over. The puppy should look proportional, the legs should not appear thin. The eyelids should not be too drawn. There should not be too many wrinkles on the head. The mask should be black and stand out.