We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Irma, we are excited to spotlight your boxer Reilly!

Height: Male: 22.5-25; Female: 21-23.5 inches

Weight: Male: 65-80; Female: 50-65 lbs

Coat: The boxer has a short-haired coat, which is shiny, smooth, and fits tightly to the body.

Color: The coat comes in such colors as fawn, red, and brindle, with “flashings” of white on their underbelly, chest, and all four feet. In some cases the “flashing” will appear on their face. The Boxer is an average shedder that sheds year round.

Appearance: Square in proportion and consisting of good substance and musculature, the boxer features long, sloping shoulders and straight, firmly-muscled front legs. The back legs are strongly muscled and have broad, curved thighs. The compact feet offer well-arched toes. The head of this breed is clean and without deep wrinkles. Wrinkles are usually found on the forehead when ears are erect. The dark brown eyes offer an intelligent and alert expression. Some boxers ears are cropped, but if left natural, the ears are thin, flat-lying and moderate in size. The well-proportioned muzzle features a broad, black nose, and the typical bite of the boxer is undershot. Muscular and clean, the neck of this breed is distinctly arched and blends smoothly into the body. The short, straight back is firm and smooth. Usually docked, the tail is set high and normally carried in an upward position.

Temperament: The Boxer is patient, lively, strong, alert, curious, playful, loyal and dignified. He’s self-confident, courageous, strong and athletic. hey carry themselves with pride, but are never arrogant. They have a stoic stance, and are intelligent, loving, delightful companions. He’s a very social dog and loves people. He’s craves your affection and physical contact. He thrives on pats, hugs, scratches and belly rubs. He loves to sit on your lap! He loves to be with you at all times; he will become your shadow. He is the kind of dog who is always in your face. He’s a playful clown. He adores children and is very patient with them and loves to play with them! However because of his boisterous nature he could unintentionally knock-over a small child. He’s lively and active (high energy level) around the home, constantly on the move. If he isn’t getting enough exercise or becomes bored he’ll find mischievous ways to occupy himself: usually chewing anything in sight. They exhibit curiosity, but are wary of strangers. He’s wary and standoffish with strangers until he warms up to them. He’s an instinctive guard dog, protective of his family and will not back down if threatened. They are keenly alert and have a heightened sense of hearing, which make them excellent guard dogs. He drools and slobbers quite a lot, especially after drinking. And he sometimes has flatulence which can be quite smelly. He is not a dog who can live outside.

Health: The life expectancy for a Boxer is about 10-12 years. Some major concerns are cardiomyopathy and other heart problems, sub-aortic stenosis, and thyroid problems. Boxers are also prone to cancer and skin allergies.  Sometimes prone to epilepsy and hip dysplasia. From age eight on they are more likely to get tumors than other breeds.  These dogs may drool and snore. May have excessive flatulence. Some white Boxers are prone to deafness.

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