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How to Groom Your Boxer Dog

After publishing The 4 Secrets to Keeping a Boxer Dog Healthy, we received some requests on getting a little more granular on what you should be doing to keep a boxer well groomed. Well, here you go!

Boxer dogs do not have a heavy coat or fur, which means that it is comparatively easy to groom them than heavy fur dog breeds. However, grooming is an essential part of every dog’s health including the boxer.

Keeping the Coat Clean

One of the most important grooming requirements of a boxer is its coat. Due to its short and tight coat, it is extremely easy and simple to keep it clean. To keep your boxer looking tidy, you will need to brush your boxer using a rubber curry brush, which will remove dead hair from the coat. Make sure that you move the brush gently in a circular motion. If there are dirt marks on your boxer’s skin, use a soft cloth to remove them. If the dirt marks don’t go away with the cloth, use dog wipes to clear its skin.

My Boxer Dog Buddy

Bathing the Boxer

Taking your muscular boxer for a shower can be quite challenging. However, if you have properly trained your dog, then it will not be a big issue.  Depending on how much time your boxer spends rolling around outside, your boxer may need shower as much as once every month. You need to make sure that the water is not too cold or too hot for your dog. To clean your dog’s coat, you will need to buy a dog shampoo. Do NOT use shampoo for humans! After wetting your dog’s coat, gently apply shampoo on its coat, and make lather. Do not pour the shampoo on your dog’s face. Once the whole coat is covered, rinse off the lather using warm water. After the dog is properly rinsed, take a soft towel to dry it.

Trimming the Nails

Boxers’ nails can grow at a tremendously fast pace. Therefore, you need to make sure you keep up with the growth by trimming the nails regularly. If you can afford it, most pet supply stores or a grooming shop can do it for you for a reasonable price. If you choose to do it yourself, you will need to have a rotary sander tool or guillotine-type nail clipper at home. However, you need to make sure that you do not over-clip the nails as it can cut the quick and cause bleeding. To be on a safer side, keep a first aid supply handy while trimming your dog’s nails (hmmm…. dog first aid kit may make a good future post).

My Boxer Dog Buddy

Cleaning the Ears

Your boxer can get wax and dirt in its ears, which can cause an irritating odor and hygiene problems in your dog. Therefore, it is extremely important to gently clean your boxer’s ears using a soft cotton ball or q-tip after it has taken a shower. Be gentle and take your time as this is a very sensitive area and awkward feeling for your buddy as you’re cleaning their ears.

Oral Care

Your boxer can develop tarter in its gums and teeth, which can cause its breath to stink and its teeth to get weaker. It is best to use a dog toothpaste or baking soda to remove tartar from your dog’s mouth. You can also control tarter build-up by giving rubber chew toys to your dog or by feeding it the proper oral care biscuits.

To be able to groom your boxer safely, you will need to train it to stay calm and relaxed while you give it a shower, trim the nails, clean the ears, and use a toothbrush. You can always contact your vet if your boxer is giving you a hard time.

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8 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Boxer Dog

Before you go ahead and bring a boxer dog home, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. As you will notice, a Boxer dog is not suitable for all homes and it is strongly advised that you do your homework and research this breed thoroughly before you either adding a boxer puppy to your home.

My Boxer Dog Buddy

Getting a dog is essentially an addition to your family, so it’s incredibly important to select the right breed. There are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration including but not limited to your lifestyle, the dog’s size, age, training requirements, and activity levels.

Boxer’s Energy Levels

The energy level of Boxers is quite high and they need to exercised everyday and, as a good rule of thumb, they should be exercised for at least 60 minutes a day. Boxers are often described as having an endless amount of energy.

Physical and Mental Stimulation Required

Stimulation, both physical and mental is essential for a Boxer’s wellbeing. Being an extremely intelligent breed, they must be kept occupied physically and mentally with various activities to avoid unwanted behavioral problems.

My Boxer Dog Buddy

Know Health Conditions

Keep in mind, that there are a variety of serious health issues a Boxer can suffer from. Some of the most common issues faced by Boxers are allergies, skin problems, cruciate ligament rupturing, and in rare cases cancer and heart conditions. For more information on health conditions that can be associated with boxers, please check out this article: 5 Boxer Dog Health Conditions to Watch Out For.

Pet insurance is something the owner of a boxer dog should consider, as treatment for these conditions can be recurring and may require on-going treatment.

Boxers need a diet of quality food as they are prone to stomach and digestive problems. Maintaining this diet can prove to be expensive and may require some trial and errors before you get it right.

Separation Issues 

Boxers are known to have issues when separated from their owner. Boxers can find it difficult to cope well when separated from their owners for longer time periods, and in some cases, cannot be left alone at all. Boxers thrive through human contact, so denying the attention your Boxer craves can lead to unwanted behavioral problems such as urinating, digging, barking, and chewing every time you leave it alone.

Proper Socialization 

If a Boxer doesn’t receive adequate socialization from an early age, development of temperament and behavioral issues are can occur. Aggression and fear are the issues that are most frequently encountered.

To develop socialization skills in your boxer, you can take him to a dog park, doggy daycare or even just simply, one a week, taking your boxer to another home with other dogs can help your dog develop proper socialization skills.

My Boxer Dog Buddy

Just one warning, be sure to follow your vet’s recommended socialization practices based on your dog’s vaccination schedule. Without the proper vaccinations in place, socializing your dog can expose them to health conditions that can cause serious health effects.

Cleanliness of Boxers

When it comes to cleanliness, boxers love to get dirty, roll around and, of course, the beloved boxer slobber! As long as you maintain a regular grooming schedule, your boxer will always look strong and beautiful.

How They Act Around Children

Boxer dogs are boisterous, enthusiastic, and energetic and can knock over kids or jump up on to them if they get overly excited. However, Boxers are widely regarded as one of the best breeds for maintaining a patient demeanor and behaving quite well around kids. Try to expose your boxer to children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers from an early age so your boxer learns how to act around children of all ages.

They are Lap dogs

Despite their large size, Boxers consider themselves as lap dogs and like nothing more than sitting at their owner’s knees, beside them on a sofa or, in my experience, draped right across your lap like an oversized, hairy seatbelt. But you know what… I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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The 4 Secrets to Keep a Boxer Dog Healthy

Boxer dogs are extremely playful, loyal, affectionate, and intelligent and in order to keep them in their perfect form, you need to make sure that they get complete nutrition, exercise, grooming, training, and health checks. Every boxer owner should be aware of the health issues that these dogs are prone to including digestive problems, heart issues, hip dysplasia, and skin conditions. Moreover, due to their short face, they may suffer from brachycephalic syndrome.

Boxer dog running

Owning a boxer is definitely a lot of responsibility. However, by keeping the following tips in mind, you will be able to keep your boxer in perfect health and shape.

Regular Health Check-ups

If you want to keep your boxer safe from different diseases and health conditions, you will need to take it to the vet on a regular basis. Boxers can be prone to catching illnesses. Therefore, it is extremely essential to adopt a pro-active approach by getting the dog examined by a professional vet. You will also need to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for your dog as laid out by your vet.

Feeding the Right Diet

To keep your boxer healthy and strong, you need to feed it a diet that is packed with vitamins and nutrients. There are a variety of food options available in the market including dry kibble and canned food. However, in order to meet your dog’s nutritional requirements, you will need to choose the food wisely. Don’t forget to read onto the ingredients in commercial foods as many brands contain animal by-products, preservatives, and corn-starch that can be dangerous for the health of your dog.

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Another thing to keep in mind is to provide fresh water to your boxer at all times. Fresh water is essential for keeping the boxer hydrated and helps throw toxins and bacteria out of its body. A hydrated boxer is also extremely active.

Not Compromising on Grooming

Grooming is one of the most essential things that a boxer requires to stay healthy and disease-free. If you do not take care of your boxer’s hygiene, it can develop skin infections, mange mites, and other illnesses. Take a look at the list of your boxer’s grooming requirements.

  • Clean the ears using a cotton sob.
  • Clean the boxer’s teeth and gums using baking soda or dog toothpaste.
  • Give your boxer a shower once every month or so.
  • Clip your boxer’s nails.
  • Brush the dog’s coat once every day.

Provide Sufficient Exercise

Boxers are packed with energy. Therefore, they require lots of physical exercise. However, if you compromise on your boxer’s exercising requirements, you will turn it into an aggressive and frustrating dog. Moreover, lack of exercise can make your boxer’s bones and muscles weak, causing it to become lazy and lethargic. A boxer dog exercise requirements can vary greatly so it’s important to understand what your dog’s exercise requirements are and make sure you’re providing it. When taking your dog outdoors for exercise, make sure the weather is not too hot or too cold.

For additional tips on proper exercise for your boxer dog, check out this article: 4 Tips to Proper Exercise for Your Boxer Dog

A healthy boxer is the one that gets adequate training, grooming, exercise, attention, and diet. A boxer that is well cared for since a very young age is sure to grow into an extremely loveable, healthy and strong companion.

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5 Boxer Dog Health Conditions to Watch Out For

Just like other breeds of dogs, boxers are also prone to certain health conditions and diseases. However, if you are aware of these health concerns, you will be able to protect your dog from falling ill. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent and attention-worthy illnesses that your boxer dog might be susceptible to.

Digestive Illnesses

Younger boxers are prone to several types of digestive problems including the most deadly histiocytic ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammation of the bowel. This digestive condition may cause sores to develop in the lining of the large intestine. When a young boxer has this digestive condition, it might have constant diarrhea.

Another common digestive problem that affects boxers is bloating. Bloating usually occurs when a boxer’s stomach becomes swollen due to air. It then begins to twist and cuts off blood supply to the digestive organs, resulting in death (if not treated immediately). Bloating occurs when the boxer exercises intensively right after a meal.

"I don't feel so good."

“I don’t feel so good.”

Joint Conditions

Every large breed of dogs is susceptible to joint problems including the boxer. Hip dysplasia is one of the most common joint problems that boxers are prone to developing. In this genetic disorder, the boxer’s femur bone is unable to fit into the hip socket, causing abnormality in the rear body. With proper care and treatment, this painful joint disease can be corrected.

Heart Problems

Boxers are prone to developing heart problems including aortic stenosis, which is a condition that causes the aortic valves to narrow down. These narrow valves transfer less blood to the heart, resulting in increased pressure and work. This heart condition is extremely dangerous and can result in blackouts in the dog and worse in some cases.

Another heart disease that a boxer can develop is boxer cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a hereditary heart condition that causes the heart muscles to weaken. This disease affects the part of the heart which produces rhythms. Therefore, a boxer with this condition has irregular heart rhythms. This disease can cause faintness, weakness, and immediate death in boxers.

Skin Conditions

Demodex mite can cause skin infections in boxers that have a weaker immune system. Demodectic mange is found on virtually every boxer dog and doesn’t cause any harm. However, if the boxer has a weak immune system, these mites can cause irritation, scarring, and rashes.

Ear Infections

A boxer dog that is not kept clean might develop ear infections and ear mites. Ear mites and ear infections can cause a lot of discomfort and irritation in boxers. These infections occur due to poor ear health and hygiene. The boxer will scratch and bite its ears to ease the pain. It is best to take your boxer to the vet before the mites are transferred onto children and other pets in the home.

To avoid health conditions like these, it is best to be aware of your boxer’s health requirements and take a proactive approach to your boxer’s health. Just like humans, prevention is your best strategy towards ensuring a healthy, happy dog. By taking your boxer to regular visits to the vet, you can decrease the chances of it developing any illness at all.