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German boxer: Typical diseases


The boxer is an agile and loyal companion - especially for families. However, this breed of dog is quite susceptible to certain diseases. If you know which they are, you can take preventive measures in good time. The boxer is genetically susceptible to some diseases - Shutterstock / Tony Moran

"Veterinarians are always happy about boxers," some veterinarians jokingly say. You are alluding to the fact that these dogs are actually very susceptible to certain diseases. Many of them have genetic causes that are due to breeding. Breeders are now trying to get a grip on them, but you should know which diseases German boxers often have to deal with.

Hip dysplasia: typical boxing disease

Just like the German Shepherd, the boxer often suffers from hip dysplasia (short: HD). This is a malposition of the hip joints that develops in the dog's first 15 months. It can be determined by X-rays. Hip dysplasia is one of the diseases that can be genetically determined - but the causes can also lie in the feeding: Your boxer should be "slow" and as slim as possible with the right nutrition, since each additional weight puts a heavy strain on the joints, which in turn can lead to HD. By the way, responsible breeders now rely exclusively on parent animals that do not suffer from hip dysplasia in order to contain this disease in the breed.

Another skeletal disease: spondylosis

So-called spondylosis is also a typical skeletal disease for boxers: Here there is ossification of the spine, which ultimately leads to stiffening and can significantly restrict the dog's movement. In contrast to HD, spondylosis can progress continuously and may not yet be visible in the young dog. If your four-legged friend has trouble getting up, running, or jumping, your veterinarian should also consider this diagnosis and take X-rays.

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Dangerous stomach rotation

Due to its anatomy, the boxer is prone to stomach twists, just like other breeds with deep and narrow chests. Here, the stomach rotates around its own axis, causing the stomach inlet and outlet to be constricted. In addition, the stomach presses on the heart, which can severely impair its function. This can be fatal to the dog! A stomach rotation is often triggered by too much exercise with a full stomach - for example, immediately after eating. However, the genetic background in the family also plays a role. The symptoms are clear: if your dog's belly bloats and starts panting again and again, you should urgently see a veterinarian.

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