Boxer Vs German Shepherd – Which is Better? Dog vs Dog

The German Shepherd and the Boxer, two German
dog breeds that other than their shared Motherland seemingly have little in common. Both are very distinct, yet well-known dog
breeds. But, which makes the better pet? Let’s jump in. This choice is not going to be easy. You’re Watching Animal Facts! History In the 1800s in northwest Europe (Belgium,
Germany, Netherlands) the most common dog used to herd sheep and protect the homes was
the so-called “continental shepherd dog”. These dogs looked very similar at that time. It was around 1890 that the three breeds (Belgian
Shepherd, German Shepherd and Dutch Shepherd) went their separate ways. During the 1850s, attempts were being made
to standardize dog breeds. Dogs were being bred to preserve traits that
assisted in their job of herding sheep and protecting their flocks from predators. In Germany this was practiced within local
communities, where shepherds selected and bred dogs. It was recognized that the breed had the necessary
skills for herding sheep, such as intelligence, speed, strength and keen senses of smell. The results were dogs that were able to do
such things, but that differed significantly, both in appearance and ability, from one locality
to another. The modern German Shepherd Dog descends from
the work of an ex-cavalryman and former veterinary student by the name of Max von Stephanitz,
who believed that dogs in the now more industrialized Germany should be bred as working dogs. He recognized the attributes of Germany’s
herding dogs, but was unable to find a breed that checked all the boxes for a working dog. With a dog he found at a dog show, he created
the Society for the German Shepherd Dog, which crafted the breed we know so well today. Also a working dog, the Boxer is descendants
of now extinct bullenbeisser breeds crossed with Mastiffs, Bulldogs and possibly Great
Danes and even a terrier. Like the German Shepherd, they were also developed
in Germany in the 19th century, initially as bull baiting dogs and later as butcher’s
helpers, controlling cattle in slaughterhouses. Some breed historians say boxers are named
from the German word boxl, their slaughterhouse designation. Other fanciers contend the name boxer comes
from the characteristic way that they use their forepaws to play, sparring much like
a human boxer. Boxers were one of the first breeds employed
as a police dog, and like German Shepherds they have been used as seeing-eye dogs. But they are also bred to be companion and
guard dogs, perhaps best known for being loyal family pets that are especially fond of children. Neither breed was imported to the United States
until after World War I. After 1940 they both rose to become among
the most popular in America. Appearance and Size There is little chance you will ever confuse
these dogs with one another. Their both very distinctly different dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the
ideal Boxer is a medium-sized, square-built dog with short back, strong limbs, chiseled
head, and short, tight-fitting coat. Its well-developed muscles are clean, hard,
and appear smooth under taut skin. The broad, blunt muzzle is the distinctive
feature, and great value is placed upon its being of proper form and balance with the
skull. The Boxer weighs in at between 65 and 80 pounds
with a height of between 21 to 25 inches. The German Shepherd is a more wolf-appearing
dog than the short-faced and stocky Boxer. The GSD has a double coat, which is comprised
of a thick undercoat and a dense, slightly wavy or straight outer coat. Its hair, usually tan and black, or red and
black in color, is medium in length and is shed all year round. Other rarer color variations include all-Black,
all-White, liver and blue. The German Shepherd’s body is long — generally
between 22 and 26 inches — in proportion to its height. This gives the dog strength, agility, elasticity
and long, elegant strides. The German Shepherd weighs between 49-88 pounds. Personality Who’s got the better personality? That depends on what you are looking for in
a dog companion. Both are intelligent dogs who’ve used their
cunning to get to the top of the working dog world. However, they use their intelligence in different
ways. The German Shepherd is very protective and
devoted to its family and home, maintaining a suspicious and aloof demeanor around strangers. It can be dominating and assertive towards
dogs, though it is normally friendly with other pets in the home. The German Shepherd is an immensely versatile
dog, displaying a keen intelligence while dutifully performing its tasks. However, the German Shepherd Intelligence
comes with no small amount of stubborness as we’ll find out later when we discuss
trainability. They are quick to bark and are top of the
class guard dogs. They also are a bit of a velcro dog. You’re not going to have much alone time
with a German Shepherd in your home. Boxers are intelligent, high-energy, playful
dogs that like to stay busy. Their temperament reflects their breeding. They prefer to be in the company of their
owners and are loyal pets that will fiercely guard their family and home against strangers. Few boxers bark excessively. If a boxer barks, chances are there is a good
reason. Many boxers are vocal, however, and make a
growling noise that’s really just the dog’s way of talking. Boxers are ideal for people who want a canine
companion with them most of the time or for larger busy families with homes that are often
occupied by someone. Boxers are especially fond of children and
perhaps a bit more dog-friendly than the average German Shepherd. Trainability Boxers are extremely trainable, and are highly
interested in treats and playtime as rewards. They tend to be bright, attentive, and trainable
– albeit a bit excitable. They do very well when told what to do and
given a job. Many boxers excel at competitive dog sports
such as agility, and obedience. These dogs benefit from careful socialization
to ensure that they don’t become overly suspicious of – or aggressive towards – strangers,
kids, other dogs, and new situations. An under-socialized Boxer can easily become
a fearful or aggressive boxer. With a bark and stature like theirs, it’s
important to avoid this for the comfort of your neighbors. The German Shepherd is considered more intelligent
than most dogs, at least according to Dr. Stanley Coren in his book “The Intelligence
of Dogs.” But, despite being able to learn a myriad
of complex commands is not “user-friendly” when it comes to training. The German shepherd has all of the tools necessary
to be an efficient learner. They are smart, hard-working, and capable. It is no surprise, then, that this breed is
used in some of the most important canine work forces. They are commonly used as service dogs, drug
dogs, bomb dogs, security guards, and even serve in the military and law enforcement. GSDs have the capacity to do so much, it is
a shame when they do not receive adequate stimulation. If they are not asked to use their brains
in a constructive manner, they may begin to cause problems. Thankfully, this can be avoided by participating
in fun and interactive activities. Many GSD excel in agility and showmanship. It is best to initiate early training with
a confident, calm person. This allows puppies to begin socialization
and obedience exercises before developing negative behaviors. They also appreciate the stability of learning
from a partner they trust. Like all dogs, German shepherds respond best
to consistent reward-based instruction. Energy and Exercise Get your workout shoes on, both of these dogs
need lots of exercise. When it comes to energy and intensity, the
German Shepherd cranks everything to 10. A German Shepherd who’s under-exercised and
ignored by their family is likely to express pent-up energy in ways you’re not going
to like. Playful, energetic, and bright, the Boxer
is a fun dog for sure! The majority of Boxers are natural athletes. They’re happy to use their long legs and
muscled bodies for rough-and-tumble play, especially wrestling and tug-of-war. That said, some lines of the Boxers have been
bred with ultra-short noses, which makes breathing difficult. Dogs like these should be carefully monitored
during exercise to avoid overheating. Health and Lifespan Over the years, indiscriminate breeding practices
of German Shepherds have lead to hereditary diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia,
blood disorders, digestive problems, epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of
the cornea), and flea allergies. Prudent breeders have started working through
these genetic disorders, but they should be noted. The German Shepherd is also prone to bloat. Bloat is a condition where a dog’s stomach
produces excessive gas and enlarges severely enough to cause death without immediate treatment. Common health problems for Boxer dogs include
cancer, colitis, bloat, canine hypothyroidism, respiratory problems and canine heart disease. Two additional potential health issues to
be aware of are arthritis and canine hip dysplasia. As with any dog breed, the best scenario is
to learn about their potential health issues and their associated symptoms so you can spot
them if your dog begins showing symptoms. Both breeds live about 9-13 years, about average
for larger dog breeds. There is one thing these two breeds have in
common, they are Power Chewers. With their strong jaws and immense energy
they destroy almost any toy presented to them. Bullymake offers a solution to replacing destroyed
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your lifestyle? Do you prefer one or the other? Let us know in the comments. Hey, thanks for hanging with me. You liked this video, so check out some more
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83 thoughts on “Boxer Vs German Shepherd – Which is Better? Dog vs Dog

  1. if they are raised like they should be, they would both be good pets, no such thing as a bad dog, only bad humans

  2. I must admit I'm more of a boxer dog fan. But both breeds of dogs you'll need deep pockets for all the veterinarian fees.

  3. I have had two of each.  Both are great breeds.  I prefer the boxer but in my case the GSD's have had fewer health issues.

  4. I would prefer the boxer based on the information you have provided. They seem to be more family friendly.

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  6. Hi! Another good video. 🙂 I am familiar with both breeds as I grew up with German Shepherds and my brother has a boxer that she has raised since it was born. I think both braids make really good family pets. Personally I prefer the German Shepherd because it's a little more dignified and not as goofy as the boxer. You did mention that GSD shed year round but you forgot to mention how much boxers drool. Still good good video. 🙂 hope you have a great weekend!

  7. I am sure they are wonderful dogs, but I have never been around a Boxer. I have known several GSDs and I do love them.

  8. I have a male boxer and female German shepherd (the female is spayed) they are both amazing dogs but a huge responsibility

  9. #1 rule with any dog- you are the boss and not the dog. #2 make the dog wait for food as he watches it in front of it and increase the waiting time.Once u establish these 2 things, u can manage any dog.

  10. The better dog in every case is the dog of any breed that matches, most closely and carefully, a persons lifestyle, maturity (and therefore responsibility), personality, and finally budget. If these factors are not considered prior to K9 adoption, the dog will suffer. Then, the human will likely dump the dog off at a shelter or along a highway. Don't get me started with people owning dogs (or any other animal for that matter) because most people should NOT own animals of any kind due to: 1. laziness, 2. stupidity, 3. selfishness. Any questions?

  11. I had both. A female Boxer and Male GSD. Both are great and different from each other. GSD is more focused when training, they want to learn, teach them something and they will obsess asking to do that task over and over until you teach them a new one. Amazing. GSD will remember what they like and ask to perform that task in the same way. If you pet their head or belly every night before bedtime, they will demand the same routine every night. They love their owner, will treat them as if you are their possession and don’t pay much attention to anyone else. Boxers are protective of their home, very excitable to meet other people, not as focused as the GSD, therefore not as easy to teach them tricks. Agile, they will hop over your toy dog if it gets in the way, where the GSD will most likely step on it, not to hurt it just not as agile as the Boxer. The Boxer is clown like, playful, will make you laugh with their silly antics. They do use their paws like a Boxer. More of a lap dog than the GSD. They will curl up in your lap if you let them the GSD prefers personal space when relaxing. The Boxer was an adult when I got the GSD as a pup. The GSD was Velcro to the Boxer and decided she was his. The Boxer tolerated it very patiently. As the GSD grew larger than her, she was still able to put him in check when needed but, was protective of him. People would see the both of them and would tend to fear the GSD over the Boxer because of his Wolf like appearance but, it was the Boxer who would step up if needed.

  12. Boxers are definitely my favorite breed.
    Like the video said and what I personally feel and experienced is that they have more personality, are family oriented and are guard dogs but still get a long better with other dogs and humans.
    And they are just so much cuter in looks and their jumps are so adorable.
    I grew up with boxers and my own dog is 50% boxer… so yea

  13. There's no choosing, both are unique in their own breed and have traits that are suitable for different lifestyles conducive to their owners. GSD hands down are a working dog for all weather and terrains. Boxers are wonderful but due to their face structure, bracycephalic almost, they have issues with overheating quickly. Most people who are getting a dog for a first time GSD and Boxer need PLENTY OF EXERCISE. I am glad to own both

  14. German Shepherd by a mile is the best. I have had 5 in total all rescue dogs. They are regal, super intelligent, loyal, love family especially children. great police dogs, protect family, loving. In my opinion they are top dog over all breeds. They are so intelligent they know what you think and feel. I adore them.

  15. Over the years I've had both breeds, it would be hard to choose between them, they both lived to 14 years, Were both fond of children and loved to play and swim.. The Boxer was funny, and the Shepherd a great guard dog.

  16. Boxer dog is the BEST breed period! Lol all dogs are great that’s why they are known as mans best friend! But me I’m a boxer guy.

  17. I have a German shepherd and when I look at him he looks more muscly, bigger and taller then other shepherds like I looked up how much a 9 month German shepherd should weigh and it said 28kg and bear my German shepherd is 9 months and 38kg 🤷🏽‍♀️ but his so cute, smart, cuddly and just so beautiful and loving I love him so much

  18. I have 2 boxers! Love this breed. I know I will have many more boxers in my lifetime. My boys are great dogs! A lot of my friends have German shepherds and they have all been great dogs.

  19. Funfact: german statistics show that GSD are more likely to bite.
    I would always prefer the boxer, but Still love both dogs, tho!

  20. The question itself is stupid and nonsense. Is a Percheron better than a Race Stallion ? See how silly ? The 2 dog breeds are totally separate breeds and developed for different purposes. A GSD is a dog designed to work, protect, and guard. Most owners cannot handle one because nearly no owner ever takes the dog through 1 complete obedience class. Common sense is to get help from a dog pro and adopt a good, stable dog that has been abandoned (that is the correct word) …

  21. Love both breeds. Prefer GSD tho. Have owned several over the years. You forget to mention that boxers dribble. My old boss, a vet, said that they are hilarious when running as they turn there heads and throw up without a hitch in their stride. Lol. He loved his boxers .

  22. My 3 long coat german shepard are beautiful INTELLIGENT loving have beautiful coats light eyes and will give their life FOR their family.

  23. most documented bites from dogs are shepards most documanted bites at the owner also shepards…so no question which breed is better

  24. I prefer Herman shepherd I have on right know she is soo smart and protective of me soo I would leave me alone if I was you or your gonna loose your head

  25. I have had both a loved them. My oldest boxer was 11 1/2 , my other 2 not quite to 8 . They all got cancer. My Shepard was 15. Both breed need to worked, but equal in obedience, love and affection . They live for their family and enjoy interacting and are great companions. Both were excellent with our kids.

  26. I have a Sarplainiac shepherd that I wouldn’t trade for the world quickest learner also my first own dog they are supposed to be hard to train and if you want a well trained sarplainiac you gotta start them at 2 months but Nikita picked on quickly very impressed with my pooch lol

  27. I have a Boxer German Shepard mix and I love him dearly. I can see the characteristics of both breeds in him. His energy level is off the chart.

  28. We have a boxer who just turned 13 and has DM which has affected his back legs and his spine is very boney. He has been an excellent pet and family member and will be highly missed when the time comes!

  29. I absolutely LOVE Boxers and there facial expressions. In my opinion not to many other dogs out there like it.I owned one for 13 years, there wonderful dogs. There personalty will always make you laugh : D …miss you Layla <3

  30. GSD is more seriously great performers , the boxer is more fun and more versatile than you would assume. Prudent breeding is key to the health and happiness of the breed and their owners. You need a better vacuum if you have a GSD and a drool cloth if you have a boxer. You are doing both dogs a disservice if you don’t have an active partnership with them and you need to keep that quick mind engaged

  31. I've had many dogs for over sixty years. I got my first Boxer several years ago and am hooked on the breed. Very loving, very funny and a goof. She likes nothing more than to make you laugh.

  32. Learn How To Get That 'Best Friend' Relationship With Your German Shepherd, That Most Dog Owners Can Only Dream Of Having!

  33. 9 out of 10 boxers will jump all over you and constantly sit on you. Yeah Yeah we know its how you train them but I'm still right.

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