The boxer is a medium-sized dog ranging from 21 inches high at the shoulder in a smaller female up to 25 inches (sometimes even taller) in a large male. Adult weight may reach 65-80 pounds in the male, with females about 15 pounds less. There are no miniature or giant varieties. Boxers come in a range of colors from fawn (which may vary from a tawny tan to an stag red) to brindle (which can be so dark as to appear reverse brindle) to white.
Ears & Tails
Boxers belong to the Working Group of dogs, and historically their naturally floppy ears were cropped (cut and made to stand upright) and their long tails docked short in order to enhance their performance as working dogs. Today, cropping and docking serve no functional purpose. Instead, these cosmetic surgeries are simply that – surgical alteration to make the dogs fit our preconceived notions about what is the “right” look for the breed.
But the “right” look is only a matter of fashion – short-lived and changing. Once it was unusual to see a boxer with natural ears; now it less common to see one with cropped ears. Most of our foster dogs have docked tails, but almost anywhere you go in Europe, where cropping and docking are illegal, all of the boxers will be “au naturel” – with floppy ears, and long tails.
Some people wonder: won’t a boxer with a long tail hurt you? Do Labradors, retrievers, shepherds, and the countless other breeds with naturally long tails cause chaos around them and injure loved ones with their tails? We think not.
Other people argue that boxers with cropped ears look mean. It’s hard to maintain that belief when you see a smiling, wiggly, cropped-eared boxer greet you at the door, or snuggle sweetly on your lap.
We ask you not to discriminate against dogs whose ears or tails are not what you expect them to be when you think of a boxer. Fashion is fleeting, but an eternal truth is that a boxer is a boxer is a boxer – sweet, delightful, and, most of all, deserving of our love. And one thing we can assure you is that whatever your boxer looks like, it will be beautiful in your eyes from the moment you love it.