Boxer Dog Breed Common Diseases, 10 Common Boxer Health Issues

Boxer Dog Breed Common Diseases

~ 10 Common Health Issues ~

Out of the vast and extensive range of dog breeds, boxers have recently gained popularity. Around the world, people love this breed to keep as pets or as watchful guard dogs. However, the setback of this breed is the multiple arrays of diseases it is prone to in its lifetime. It’s important to be aware of the boxer dog breed common diseases that may occur in this animal.

Some typical boxer dog health issues are known to be hereditary. Before purchasing (or adopting), it is important to know the dog’s genetic history from the breeder beforehand. The top 10 diseases most commonly found in boxer dogs are listed below.

1. Heart Disease

It is very normal for a boxer to be prone to cardiac issues. Because of their genetic makeup, Cardio Myopathy, where the heart is unable to pump the blood efficiently, may become an issue. Another health condition in boxers is aortic stenosis, which may prove to be fatal and result in sudden death. Dilated cardiomyopathy, where the heart expands, usually occurs in 2- to 5-year-old boxers.

2. Stomach Bloating

Stomach bloating is a health issue in large dogs with deep chests and is common in boxers. The stomach twists inside the body which can block the blood supply to the body. Symptoms include excessive drooling, vomiting, and the dog might not eat at all.

3. Cancer

The boxer breed is prone to mast-cell cancer, which revolves around the lymph nodes, skin cancer, heart, reproductive organs, spleen, and thyroid. Monthly checkups with the vet are important to become knowledgeable about boxer dog diseases and to be able to recognize early symptoms and treatment procedures.

4. Hip Dysplasia

Boxer dogs commonly suffer from hip dysplasia in their hind limbs, where the joints get lose and reduce the bone efficiency. It is very painful, and medication is usually prescribed to ease suffering.

5. Eye Disease

Boxer dogs may suffer from the damage of the corneal tissues of the eyes, called refractory superficial ulcers which results in pain.

6. Neurological Disease

Boxers are prone to developing degenerative myelopathy, which is a neurological disease. The spinal cord and nerves of the hind legs are affected, thus making it difficult for the dog to walk.


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7. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is usually known as impaired thyroid gland function and results in low thyroid hormone level. Symptoms may include hair loss, weight gain, and infertility.

8. Alopecia

Growth hormone responsive alopecia causes hair loss in boxers due to the gland not producing enough growth hormone. The treatment is to opt for neutering the dog.

9. Colitis

Boxers tend to develop Histolytic Ulcerative Colitis, which is the inflammation of the colon. Symptoms include diarrhea with mucus and blood, which results in weight loss. Colitis can get better with medication.

10. Skin Disease

The most common skin disease found in boxers Is démodéctic mange, caused by parasites living in the dog’s fur. Boxers are prone to suffering from food allergies and their surroundings which can result in skin infections and diseases.



“Boxer Dog Breed Common Diseases, 10 Most Common Boxer Health Issues”

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9 thoughts on “Boxer Dog Breed Common Diseases, 10 Common Boxer Health Issues”

  1. Really helpful and informative information! Thank you!! I have been extremely blessed not to have had to deal with cancer in any of my previous pets. I pray that it continues, but I will follow any screening advice that my vet recommends.

  2. My niece has a 9 yr old boxer that as of today has some white not in her throat and is draining puss, could it be a spider bite?

  3. I have been struggling with the death of my Boxer. He died September 27th, 2020. It was a sudden death from Cardio Myopathy. After reading your information, and doing further research, I feel better knowing the health conditions indicated above are very common in Boxers. As sad as I was, I was also very angry this happened to him so quickly, thinking our veterinarian had done something to him. Thank you! Hopefully, I will get another dog in the upcoming years. Not sure if I want another Boxer though.

  4. Our beloved boxer, Friday, came down with the same symptoms and was finally diagnosed with diabetes insipidis. She was just a year old at the time so we had to fight for her to get well. DDAVP was the medication she needed to make her kidneys filter her system. What would’ve cost us $800.000 per month for a dog only end up costing us $5.00 a month because a physician/friend of the family prescribed it for our daughter (commonly used in children with bed-wetting issues) and thankfully so because we no way could afford that. Friday lived to the ripe old age of 12. Still miss her dearly!!!! Good luck with your boxer!

  5. My boxer has stopped eating and is drinking large amounts of water and peeing constantly very large amounts of clear urine. She will eat Lowfat yogurt and begs for what I am eating. I do not feed her anything from the table nor treats because she is on a diet Vets orders so she won’t gain any more weight. She has vomited once yellow frothy liguid no passing gas no belching or retching. She peed in the house tonight twice and she has never done that before she is four years old and up to date on everything and wears the Seresto collar from the vet. She is not on a Vet diet he just cut her amount of daily food! Suggestions appreciated or any ideas of what’s up!


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