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Boxer Lifespan: How Long Do Boxers Live?

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Known for their friendly disposition and cute faces, the Boxer is a popular large dog breed. But how long do boxers live, and what is their life like? If you recently adopted a Boxer, or just want to learn more about the breed, you're in the right place.

In this article, we discuss the average lifespan of this friendly dog breed, and what you can expect from your Boxer. We'll even provide some helpful tips for your new pet boxer so you can extend their life. let's start.

how long do boxers live
Known for their friendly disposition and cute faces, the Boxer is a popular large dog breed.

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How long can a boxer live?

The average lifespan of a boxer is 10-12 years. They are a fairly hardy dog known for their bravery, loyalty, and lovable dispositions. They are also considered a large breed, with some male Boxers weighing close to 80 pounds when fully grown.

This may be why boxers live closer to 10 years rather than 15. Most large dogs have a shorter lifespan than small dogs. Scientists and researchers don't really know why. In general, large animals live longer than small animals, but this is not the case for dogs. Some boxers live extremely long though, so don't be discouraged!

Boxers are generally technically classified as working dogs. Their high intelligence and large size make them ideal for a variety of activities. They have been used in the past to carry goods, serve as police dogs, and even guide dogs for the blind.

Boxers are generally very friendly dogs, especially towards humans. They seem to understand their place in a group setting, and it is important to keep them happy, both physically and mentally. They need a lot of exercise and you should be careful not to leave them alone for long periods of time.

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How long does a boxer live?
The average lifespan of a boxer is 9-12 years.

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Wondering what the average lifespan of a boxer looks like? From puppyhood all the way to adulthood, the average lifespan of a Boxer isn't that different from other dogs. But let's find out more about what makes these dogs special.

newborn puppy

Like all puppies, Boxers are born without fur and do not use their senses. For the first two to four weeks of their lives, they are completely dependent on their mother. As the weeks progress, their eyes, ears, and nose become activated.

Boxer puppies start playing as early as 3 weeks old. Some people may be more excited about this than others, and you're already starting to see all the different personalities in your Boxer puppy litter.

After only one month, your Boxer puppy may be interested in bonding with his littermates and the humans in his life. While puppies are notoriously uncoordinated, Boxers also start to learn how their bodies work during this time.

How long does a boxer live?
Boxer puppies start playing as early as 3 weeks old.


adolescent dog or puppy

Your Boxer will likely be treated as a puppy during its first year of life. They can be excited, curious and eager to please. Boxer puppies are very intelligent and easy to train. This is a good thing, as it is important to train large dogs so that they do not injure anyone or themselves while playing.

Your boxer puppy will also start teething during this time, so it's important to keep chew toys on hand in case they get spoiled. For the most part, Boxers need exercise and socialization the most, but this is a fairly easy affair for them. They are very friendly and enjoy the company of many different people and animals.

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adult boxer

Given the size of most boxers, they are usually not considered adults or fully grown until they are 2 years old. However, most boxers reach sexual maturity near 9 or 12 months of age. You should consider spaying or neutering your pet boxer, as this will help prolong their lifespan.

Boxers will remain excited and energetic throughout their adult lives. Many people enter old age around the age of seven or eight, but that doesn't mean they have less energy. No matter what age you adopt a Boxer, they will be a steadfast and loyal member of your family for life.

How long does a boxer live?
Boxers will remain excited and energetic throughout their adult lives.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Pet Boxer

If you've recently adopted a boxer, regardless of age, here's what you should know about how to best extend the life of your new family member. Here are some tips to help extend the life of your pet boxer:

  • Start your routine early. All dogs love a routine and a schedule, whether it looks like it or not. Your pet Boxer is no exception. Given this breed's high IQ, they'll likely appreciate a set schedule and routines they can rely on, just like people. This includes daily feedings, walks and playtime. These activities should be done at roughly the same time each day so your Boxer feels safe and cared for.
  • Monitor the boxer's weight. All dogs struggle with obesity in some form, and your Boxer is no exception. Given the large size of this particular breed, it's important for you to maintain a healthy weight throughout their life. You can achieve this with high-quality food and regular exercise. Setting these goals early in a boxer's life is one of the most important things you can do to prolong his life.
  • Go to the vet regularly. It is especially good for the longevity of your boxer if you are able to take it to the same veterinarian throughout your boxer's life. Your veterinarian knows your dog as well as you do, and they have a wealth of expertise in caring for your dog. Trust them and build a relationship with them for best success!
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