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Best Dog Food for Boxer

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21 Dec 2019

There's no creature on earth that loves life quite as much as a Boxer. These enthusiastic extroverts bounce where others walk and are never happier than when they're playing with their human pack. It's impossible not to smile when you meet a Boxer, their enthusiasm for the world is infectious. A high-energy breed, living with a Boxer requires time and lots of energy of your own.

Based on our current customers, we estimate that adult Boxers need around 1,003 calories per day. This can vary based on your pooch’s age, weight and activity level.

For an exact number, you'll need to tell us a few things about your pooch so that our super smart algorithm can work it out.

Are Boxer Dogs Dangerous?

Boxers are a loveable and affectionate breed. Unfortunately, their boisterous and lively nature can contribute to false stereotypes of aggression. They were originally bred for hunting, fighting and to employ as guard dogs. Therefore, they may have a tendency to exhibit primal and protective instincts.

But like most, if not all dogs, Boxers will be less likely to show aggressive tendencies if they are raised in a nurturing and stimulating environment.

Boxers are high-energy dogs and a lack of exercise can make them restless and often lead to more rebellious behaviour, but this isn’t to say that they’re dangerous. Ensuring that they’re exercised regularly for a sustained period will help to keep them under control.

Early socialisation is also really important, if Boxers are exposed to a lot of dogs ranging in breed, age and size from a young age themselves then they will be less likely to respond badly to new dogs when out for a walk for example. 

Why Are Boxer Dogs Called Boxers?

Whilst they may have had no official training inside the ring, Boxer dogs are said to be named after their tendency to stand up on their hind legs and use their front paws to ‘box’ whilst playing. 

Are Boxer Dogs Good Family Dogs?

Boxers are playful, eager to please, and adore hanging out with their humans. These natural comedians love attention and will happily entertain their two-legged pack. Can you resist those big eyes and expressive, wrinkly faces? We can’t.

When they're not putting on a show, these exuberant pups need plenty of exercise. If you like a long walk in the country, they'll be in their element. Combine walks with interactive games like fetch and frisbee, as whip-smart Boxers need regular mental workouts, too.

As previously mentioned, by nature Boxer dogs are extremely excitable and as a result, often clumsy. Whilst this brings great energy to a family home, it’s important to be careful around small children. Generally, they are better suited to families with older children. 

Do Boxer Dogs Have Many Health Conditions?

Boxer puppies can develop skeletal scurvy, a painful condition that affects the limbs of fast-growing young dogs. The causes aren't fully known, but feeding pups a balanced diet that will support healthy growth is thought to help prevent it.

Boxers can also be prone to food intolerances, resulting in sore and uncomfortable skin complications. These can be caused by a reaction to common allergens in commercial dog food, such as cereals.

Butternut Box is hypoallergenic, so it's a gentle option. Prevention is better than cure, as they say. So feeding your pet a diet that's free from any nasties will help head off the hives at the pass.

When they reach their golden years, Boxers (like all of us) tend to slow down. Their patient pet parents may have a job trying to persuade them to get off the sofa and out of the house, but some exercise is still essential to stop everything seizing up. Elderly Boxers can be prone to arthritis, so it's really important to keep those stiff joints mobile, as well as helping to stop them piling on the pounds. 

How Much Do Boxers Cost?

According to UK Pets, a Boxer from a Kennel Club registered breeder can cost anywhere from £400-£1,500. This can vary depending on the bloodline, colour and build.

First and foremost, you should ensure that you’re buying your pup from a reputable breeder or rescue centre. This will ensure that your dog has been bred and cared for in the right circumstances. A sound woof of advice from us, if it seems too good to be true it’s likely that it is. A dog is a huge investment in time, money and love, so make sure that you take the time to do plenty of research before making any decisions.

As well as the cost to purchase a Boxer, it is impawtent to be mindful of the other expenses involved when bringing a pooch into your life.

Vaccines, flea & worming treatments

Including both initial and annual booster vaccines.

Neutering or spaying

From 6 months old unless advised otherwise by your Vet.


Collar, harness, lead, bed, bowls, brushes, washes, toys, poo bags.



Daycare & Boarding

Butternut Box is Perfect for Boxers

We're proud to say that our recipes are full of natural, freshly prepared ingredients. If you want to know exactly what your pet is eating, you can just look at the label on our meals – we list everything because we have nothing to hide. You could eat our dog meals yourself, in fact we have an entire team of human taste-testers that do just that. Though eating their meals might make you very unpopular with your Boxer.

Commercial tinned and dried dog foods aren't quite so transparent. When you check the label, you'll notice it lists ingredients by category – so it might say something like "meat and animal derivatives” rather than "chicken and chicken liver". It won't necessarily tell you where all of the meat comes from either. By law a dog food only has to be 4% chicken for it to be labelled as 'with chicken', and in some cases it might contain, for example, more pork than poultry.

Butternut Box meals come in perfectly portioned pouches, so you can be sure your older Boxer is getting exactly the right amount of nutrition without over or under eating.

That's boxing clever, indeed.

How Much Will it Cost to Feed My Boxer Butternut Box?

We estimate that it will cost around £66 each month to feed your Boxer a diet of Butternut Box food. This is based on data from our current customers and can vary depending on things like age, weight and activity level. We generally recommend dividing this into two meals per day, morning and evening, to help sustain your pooch throughout the day. 

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