How Long Do Boxers Live?

The Boxer is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Originating from Germany, the Boxer dog has got it all: these dogs are intelligent, alert, fearless, but friendly and playful. Other than their good looks, the boxer breed is also loyal and protective of their humans — earning them a solid reputation of being good with kids.

A medium to large dog, Boxers were originally bred to be guard dogs. Today, this purebred dog is just a powerful and courageous watchdog, and an all-around great family pet. The Boxer is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, ranking at No. 14 on the annual 'Most Popular Dog Breeds' list from the American Kennel Club (AKC).

If you are thinking of bringing one of these mastiff-and-bulldog-decedents home, here's what you need to know about the lifespan of boxer dogs.

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How Long Do Boxers Live? tells us that the average lifespan of Boxers is 9 to 12 years, stating:

"This makes the average Boxer life span between 9 and 12 years, which is considered relatively short."

Sadly, the life expectancy of these dogs is shorter than other adult dogs. The overall reason being that, in general, larger dog breeds have shorter lifespans than some of the smaller dog breeds — these larger pooches, of course, also include the short lifespan of the Boxer.

What Health Conditions Affect the Life Expectancy of Boxers?

While any Boxer owner will tell you that Boxers snore, and snore very loudly, these high-energy dogs can have a number of health issues that threaten them living a long life.

Out of all health problems, the leading cause of death is cancer with this breed. In fact, Boxers are the number one purebred dog most likely to, and especially prone to, develop mast cell tumors. Other health issues that can arise in these affectionate dogs are: Aortic stenosis (a common form of heart defect), Boxer cardiomyopathy, Hip Dysplasia, and Hypothyroidism among a few others. Boxers are also susceptible to Degenerative Myelopathy, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. That's why, taking your Boxer for vet checkups is very important and often crucial to their well-being.