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The Boxer's Health

Unfortunately, health issues can affect all boxers. These issues go beyond the illnesses which can be associated with aging or lameness due to injury or a genetic issue which is unique to that individual dog.

There are several significant health issues facing the boxer today. The American Boxer Club, the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, the American Kennel Club and other individual parent breed clubs have supported research to hopefully find the end to some of these diseases which take the lives of our wonderful boxers. Even though another parent breed club may support research, the disease may cross breed boundaries. In the end, all dog fanciers need to acknowledge that all scientific research benefits all.

Boxers are suspectible to a variety of diseases and conditions which will be discussed in-depth on separate pages here.

However, these health issues are (in no specific order):
    Degenerative Myelopathy

    SAS (Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis)

    Boxer Cardiomyopathy

    Cancer

    Orthopedic, including hip dysplasia

The subsequent discussions about the health issues facing the boxer breed are meant to be informative in nature and are, by no means, a definitive diagnosis in your dog. All symptoms or questions about your dog's health should be addressed with your veterinarian.

Throughout these pages, there will be sources cited so that you may investigate these health issues in more detail. An educated boxer owner ensures that their dog is kept healthy and happy.