Leilani the Boxer at our Woodland Clinic

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Leilani is a regal looking Boxer we saw at our Woodland clinic and according the the camerawoman Leilani had a perfect disposition to match her looks. The Boxer as we know it today is a lighter, smaller and faster version of the original Molosser-type hunting dogs and was carefully developed in Germany around 1894. During WWI boxers were used extensively as pack, messenger and attack dogs but it was not until WWII that they were brought back and introduced to dog owners in the United Sates. Today’s Boxers come in multiple solid and brindled colors including white but never pure black. Remember that, as in other breeds, the genetics for ‘Piebald’ white face are commonly associated with deafness and other neurological problems. Unfortunately, among a long list of physical problems is the tendency for developing cancers so the median lifespan is only about 10 years. Boxers make excellent house pets, are loyal and patient with children but they have a lot of energy and require competent training and plenty of exercise. Trying to figure why they have the name ‘Boxer’ is almost hopeless – there are at least 6 plausible explanations and the most UNLIKELY one is the most obvious. They are NOT named for ‘boxing’ with their front paws! darn, I liked that explanation 🙁

– Geoffrey Antipa

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