Boxer Health and Life Expectancy
The boxer is a sturdy-looking dog, but this does not at all indicate good health. The answer to the question "How many boxers live?"- alas, disappointing. According to official figures, representatives of the breed live up to 13 years, but in reality boxers older than 10 years are rarely found.
In the photo: Boxer dog
Immunity of boxers has gaps, and therefore your pet may be prone to allergies. Proper nutrition is important for these dogs.
Sometimes the representatives of the breed manifest demodecosis - a parasitic disease. Examine your pet's body thoroughly and regularly, and if you find changes in the skin, consult your veterinarian.
Boxers have hip dysplasia. Symptoms: pain, lameness. If left untreated, the dog experiences terrible torment. Obesity can provoke dysplasia, so do not overfeed your pet.
Boxers are prone to cancer. Having found a tumor, immediately go to the veterinarian.
Improper feeding is fraught with gastrointestinal diseases, which sometimes require surgical intervention.
A boxer may suffer from hypothyroidism, a thyroid dysfunction. External manifestations: baldness, obesity, skin rashes, hyperpigmentation are possible.
Representatives of the breed catch a cold easily, so damp, cold rooms are not for them. It is also worth limiting your walk in windy and damp weather.
Heart diseases are inherited. When choosing a puppy, check if his ancestors had similar problems.
A shortened muzzle is the cause of brachiocephalic syndrome. In this case, the dog snores in a dream, breathes hoarse and suffers from shortness of breath, which intensifies during training, walking or in the heat.
Deafness, arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy of the right ventricle, and aortic stenosis, deforming spondylosis (a disease of the spine, can lead to paralysis) and eye disease (inversion or inversion of the eyelid) are also found.
If you notice any symptoms of the disease (lameness, lethargy, apathy, digestive upset, etc.), contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.