Life Expectancy of Boxer Dogs

Life Expectancy of Boxer Dogs

If you have a Boxer dog or are thinking of getting one, it's normal to be curious about its life expectancy - you surely want to know all about your pet. In this AnimalWised article we'll provide details of the life expectancy of a Boxer dog and share some tips to help improve its quality of life while it's with you. It's better to be safe than sorry, as we all know.

Read on and find out about the life expectancy of Boxer dogs, and what you need to know for your pet to live longer than usual.

How long do Boxer dogs live for?

In general, larger breeds live less than smaller breeds. While a Boxer is not a massive dog, it's considered to be a medium-large breed. It's likely that its life expectancy is not so long.

Boxer dogs usually live for 8 to 10 years, although we've found surprising cases of Boxers who have lived to the age of 15. The life expectancy of a Boxer dog may vary according to how well you look after it, its state of health, and of course the particular dog itself.

What factors influence a Boxer dog's life expectancy?

The truth is that there are no tricks or remedies that can try to make your Boxer live beyond its life expectancy. However, this doesn't mean that you can't try to alleviate the effects of age by confronting them head on, and knowing about the problems that are most likely to affect your Boxer.

Just like with human beings, a Boxer dog's care should be paid special attention to when it gets to 6 or 7 years old. It's essential that your dog has a comfortable bed, good quality food (especially for older dogs) and that you take it to the vet on a more regular basis.

Common diseases of Boxer dogs

To finish our discussion on the life expectancy of Boxer dogs, it's important to be aware of the diseases that this breed can contract when it gets old. It will be fundamental to understanding what you should expect in the future:

  • Tumors
  • Heart problems
  • Stomach twisting
  • Spondylosis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy

Even if your dog doesn't currently show signs of any of the above, you should start paying close attention as soon as it starts to get old. It's important to know how to care for an old dog, because the earlier a disease is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. Ask your vet for advice.

In a similar vein, you should reduce its amount of exercise (especially if suffers from a heart condition) and start doing specific exercises for older dogs.

Furthermore, if you know your dog's parents you can ask their owners if their dog suffered from any problems. Being aware of the parents' state of health will tell you which particular problems your dog is likely to suffer from, since genes are an important factor.

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