Boxer - Breed and Grooming Tips

The well-conditioned middleweight athlete of dogdom, the Boxer is a powerful dog with an intelligent and alert expression. While they are instinctive guardians, the Boxer loves to be with his people. This personality has allowed them to succeed as couriers during war time and as seeing-eye dogs for the blind. Appearing in both fawn and brindle colors, the Boxer currently ranks as one of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC®.


 


A Look Back

Developed in Germany in the 19th century, Boxers were originally used for dog fighting and to run down and hold large game such as wild boar and bison until the hunter could arrive. The breed is known for standing up on its hind legs and batting at its opponent, appearing to box with its front paws. Imported to America after World War I, they began to grow in popularity in the late 1930s.


 


Right Breed for You?

One of the breed’s most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. They are patient and spirited with children, but also protective, making them a popular choice for families. The Boxer requires little grooming, but needs daily exercise.


Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org


Grooming

General: Boxers are a short flat coated breed that sheds throughout the year, even in the winter time. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 8 week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition.


Eyes: Because of the large flaps and folds around the eye and nose area, Boxer’s need daily to weekly care of the area. The flaps and folds are very moist and prone to growing red yeast and cause a foul odor in this area. Moisture makes the area red and raw. Keeping these areas dry and clean is a necessity. Oatmeal Baking Soda facial cleaners are a great way to manage the facial odors and keep your dog comfortable.


Ears: Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise


Bathing:  Boxer’s require 2 baths when you bathe them. The first bath should be a general bath, any of our Classic Care or Professional Care products are perfect. If your Boxer has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo and follow it with a Oatmeal Baking Soda Shampoo to control the odor. Follow the bath with a conditioner or Luxury Remoisturizer to keep the coat in great shape.


Paws: Paw Balm should be used weekly to keep paw pads soft and pliable. This makes the pads less likely to dry and crack.


Coat Care: Between baths, Boxer’s may get a little smelly. Aloe Hydrating Spray can be used to control flaking and dandruff, especially in dry conditions. Extreme Odor Eliminator can be used as often as needed to control odor and has aloe in it to help keep the coat hydrated.


Show Dog Tips: Show Style’s Silky Show Shampoo and Silky Show Conditioner in conjunction with Bright White will add shine and make the whites pop. High Sheen Finishing Spray right before entering the show ring will add the little extra shine without any oily residue.


Tools: Shedding blade can be used to pull out the dead coat. Short coated breeds shed all year around and so they constantly need to be brushed.

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