Boxers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Boxers will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.
1. Cancer – Boxers are especially prone to the developing mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and brain tumors. White Boxers and Boxers with excessive white markings can be sunburned and may even develop skin cancer.
2. Aortic Stenosis – One of the most common heart defects found in a boxer dog. The aorta narrows below the aortic valve, forcing the heart to work harder to supply blood to the body. This condition can cause fainting and even sudden death.
3. Gastric Dilation Vulvulus (GDV) – This disease is also called Bloat or Torsion. This is a life-threatening condition that can affect large, deep-chested dogs like Boxers. Avoid feeding them one large meal a day or drink large volumes of water after eating
4. Allergies – Boxers are prone to allergies, both environmental allergies and food-related allergies. If you notice that your Boxer has itchy, scaly skin, have him checked out by your vet.
5. Deafness – White Boxers are especially susceptible to deafness. About 20 percent of white Boxers are deaf, and white Boxers should not be bred because the genes that cause deafness in white Boxers can be inherited.
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