Not least because of their muscular body, boxers need an above-average amount of exercise and extensive walks and jogging rounds to satisfy the urge to exercise. It is best if the owner lives near a park, field, meadow, or forest or if the dog can at least use a garden to run around. Since it is sensitive to cold, the holder should avoid cooling down.
The boxer is a clever dog: he loves – and needs! – varied activities and occupations that not only challenge him physically but also mentally. This can include dog sports, intelligence games, or obedience. The four-legged friends are playful into old age. Between the busy times, the boxer is also happy about rest periods. An adult German Boxer rests between 17 and 20 hours a day.
The fur nose can eat more wet food than much higher-energy dry food. How much food your dog should eat always depends on its movement, its age and its state of health.
For healthy, adult boxers, one feeding in the morning and one in the evening is considered optimal.
Not all Boxers will get any or all of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them when considering this breed. If you are buying a puppy, be sure to find a reputable breeder who can show you health certificates for both of the puppy's parents.
Health certificates prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a specific disease. For boxers, expect to be able to view Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) health certificates for hip dysplasia (with a rating between fair and better), elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and Willebrand-Jürgens syndrome, and thrombopathy from Auburn University; and certificates from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) that the eyes are normal.
You can confirm health certificates by checking the OFA website (offa.org).