Many breeds of dogs are used as companion animals but their origins were quite different. That is the case with boxers, who were originally bred to be a guard dog that is of a medium size. They were well-suited for that purpose but today, they are actually part of the working group of animals. Although they can still be used as a guard dog in some cases, you will typically find them as a family companion and living inside of the home.
It is thought that the ancestors of the boxer were the boxer and a German Bullenbeisser, which is from a mastiff. In the late 19th century, the boxer breed that we are familiar with today came into being. Like their ancestors, they were used to protect property but eventually, they were used more as a companion dog. The boxer club was formed in Munich in 1895 and eventually became a recognized breed in Europe and in 1915, in the United States.
Since the boxer has a background of being a guard dog, you may find that they are rather alert at all times around the home. You may not use them as an official guard dog in your house, but it can be quite comforting to know that they are there and hearing everything that is going on. Of course, boxers are also quite playful and full of themselves, making them an enjoyable pet to have in the home. They are good with children for the most part but with strangers, they tend to be a little bit leery.
Boxers tend to be healthy dogs but they can be prone to certain health issues that are more likely to be a part of the breed. One of the most important factors to consider is the breeding of the dog, so be familiar with their background. Some of the issues that may occur with the boxer include various types of cancer, including brain tumors and lymphoma. They may also experience a heart defect that is known as aortic stenosis and a heart issue that is known as boxer cardiomyopathy. Hip dysplasia may also be a problem in some boxers.
Most boxers are kept inside of the house today. In fact, their characteristics, including a short coat and a short nose makes them unsuitable for living outdoors. They will enjoy a run around the yard, however, and some exercise on a daily basis is always going to be a good idea. You may find that taking them for a walk or playing fetch gives them the exercise that they need. Ongoing obedience training is also going to make them happy and keep them as a welcome part of the family.
Although boxers were originally bred as guard dogs, they are used today as a welcome part of the family. Regardless of the size of your home or family, they can fit in quite well and will be a companion that is by your side almost all of the time.