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  • Dilated cardiomyopathy is a serious heart condition that results in a large, thin walled heart muscle.
  • Atrial Septal Defect – is a congenital defect of the atrial septum of the heart
  • Aortic Stenosis – this disease is caused by stenosis of the aorta and causing symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome – is a disease that causes a dysrhythmia of the heart.
  • Interdigital Dermatitis, also known as pododermatitis, is an inflammation of the paws involving the feet and nails.
  • Mast Cell Tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.
  • Drug Reaction to Acepromazine may lower the blood pressure and cause arrhythmias of the heart. Acepromazine should not be used in the boxer breed.

    In addition, although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:

  • Hyperadrenocorticism is a disorder affecting the adrenal glands. When overactive, the adrenal glands secrete excessive cortisol, resulting in illness.
  • Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum.
  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately. Without- enough thyroid hormone, illness can occur.
  • Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly results in weakness and eventually inability to use the rear legs.
  • Progressive axonopathy – is a debilitating nervous system disease, which thanks to diligent boxer breeders, is now uncommon.
  • Prolapse of the third eyelid also known as cherry eye, is not painful and occurs spontaneously.
  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.
  • Ectropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes eversion of the eyelid margin. It most commonly affects the lower central eyelid.
  • Melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment.
  • Cutaneous Histiocytoma – is a benign tumor of the skin that can affect young dogs.
  • Vaginal Hyperplasia an exaggerated response of the vaginal tissue to estrogen during certain phases of the heat cycle. The vaginal tissue becomes swollen and may protrude through the vulva.
  • Insulinoma is a malignant tumor of the pancreas that secretes excessive amounts of insulin leading to hypoglycemia.
  • Food Allergy can occur in some pets. Affected pets develop skin lesions secondary to some food ingredients.
  • Pyloric Stenosis – is a congenital hypertrophy of the pyloric muscle which can cause vomiting and obstruction.
  • Colitis is an inflammation of the colon causing intermittent diarrhea.

    The boxer is prone to various tumors and malignancies, demodicosis, atopy, acne, deafness and urinary incontinence.

    Life Span

    The life span of the boxer is 9 to 11 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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