Miniature boxer is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are very active and playful. They love to play with other animals or children. Some miniature boxing dogs have been known to grow up to become great therapy dogs for those suffering from arthritis, muscle spasms, seizures, epilepsy, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), etc… There are many reasons why some people choose to adopt a miniature boxer puppy instead of purchasing one directly from a breeder or pet shop. One reason is because they want their new pets to live out their lives indoors. Another reason is that they don’t like the idea of having to look after them themselves. Many people prefer miniature boxer dogs because they are smaller than some other types of dogs and therefore easier to house train.
There are many different kinds of miniature boxing dogs but there are two main varieties: pint sized and standard sized.
Pint Sized Boxer Mixes
A pint size boxer mix is a breed that is usually between 18″ to 24 inches tall and weighs anywhere from 25 pounds to 50 pounds. They have large heads, short legs, long bodies and wide chests. Their coats tend to be lighter in color than those of larger breeds such as Great Danes or Rottweilers. These dogs are often referred to as “pint” or “pocket” boxers and are a favorite of those looking for smaller dogs. Some examples of famous pint sized boxers are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Boxer, and the Miniature Bull Terrier.
Standard Sized Boxer Mixes
A standard size boxer mix can be any size from 25 inches to 34 inches tall and anywhere from 50 pounds to 100 pounds. They usually have slightly shorter legs and longer bodies than their smaller counterparts. Their coats tend to be lighter in color than those of larger breeds such as Great Danes and Rottweilers. Just like their smaller counterparts these dogs are very energetic and playful. Some examples of famous standard boxers are the English Bulldog, the Olde English Bulldogge, and the Cane Corso.
Both standard and pint sized boxers need to be given lots of exercise. They are naturally very active dogs and love to play. These dogs are usually not recommended for people who live sedentary lifestyles. Owners tend to walk them everyday, sometimes even several times a day. Many owners enroll in training classes, which helps teach their pets basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “come.” Without the proper amount of exercise these dogs can become destructive around the house.
Due to their high levels of activity these dogs need to eat a well-balanced diet. Most veterinarians will usually recommend food that is specifically formulated for dogs that are frequently active such as these. Owners should make sure they do not overfeed their pets because, like people, dogs that are overweight can develop all sorts of health problems.
Boxer mixes of all sizes tend to get along well with children. They especially enjoy playing with them. They are very affectionate with their owners but may sometimes be wary of strangers especially if they growl or bark at them. Owners that want to bring a dog into their home without the extra hassle of house training should not get one of these breeds because they are very apt at picking up such habits.
These dogs tend to have short coats. Grooming requirements usually consist of brushing and occasional bathing. They shed their undercoats twice a year and will require extra grooming during this time.
Boxers are known for their distinctive markings that include a wide stripe down their nose to their eyes and around the back of their ears.
The color of these dogs is mostly fawn or brindle. Their coats should be clearly defined stripes that run across the body. The patterns should not be so blurry that they cannot be defined.
These dogs can weigh anywhere between 30 pounds to 100 pounds. The smaller members of the breed are referred to as “pint” boxers and the larger ones are referred to as “standard” boxers. Heights can range from under 20 inches to over 30 inches.
Boxer dogs tend to be very playful, friendly, and energetic. These traits make them good for children and families. Both parents and children should understand, however, that these dogs need a lot of exercise. Without it they can become destructive. Owners should be prepared to take them on a daily walk or have some sort of play area where they can run around freely.
Boxers were originally bred to be guard dogs and still have some of these instincts. Owners who are not satisfied with a dog that barks at every little sound or movement should look into another breed because Boxers tend to bark a lot. It is in their nature.
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