That boxer face- what’s not to love? Boxers are bright, intelligent, alert, and sometimes silly but always loving. Boxers are the whole doggy package. They are protective of their family but can be friendly and well behaved with proper training.
The Boxer is a good choice for someone who will train him consistently and firmly. This breed also needs plenty of exercise for his need to be active,
Welcoming a boxer into your family is an important decision. It needs research about the breed, breeder, prices, and care required to raise the puppy. We have prepared a complete guide to help you in making this decision. So let’s get started.
How Much Does The Boxer Dog Cost in India
A boxer dog’s price generally ranges between INR 20,000 to INR 40,000. The price is not fixed; it differs depending on the gender, breed, location, and breeder.
We have created a list of Boxer puppy prices across different cities in India to help you out.
|Thane||21,000 - 31,000|
Factors that Influence the Buying Price of Boxer Dog in India
Boxer Age: Buying a puppy vs. an old dog
When buying a dog, deciding whether to adopt a puppy or an adult dog is crucial. We believe you should choose the one which is suitable for your family and you can take care of it.
Puppies require a lot of attention and care, but you can train them according to your liking. Puppies tend to chew, break things and cause mishaps in the house while growing and learning. It is difficult for families with younger children to take care of small puppies. Puppies aged 8-12 weeks tend to cost more than older dogs.
Buying an adult dog doesn’t require much training and care; they are well set in their temperament and habits. Adult dogs are the best option for families to purchase a dog for the best time. But they also have well-rooted bad habits which might be challenging to change. On the other hand, adult dogs are well-behaved and good around kids. Adult dogs older than 12 weeks cost less than puppies because they are less appealing.
Adopting a Boxer vs. Buying
Both the options are good as long as you take the time and research it. Often people think adoption from shelters means an impure breed of aggressive puppies, which is not always the case.
Adopting from a shelter feels like rescuing a dog and providing it with a home. Adopting from a reputable shelter ensures a healthy puppy bred by responsible breeders who want a good home for their pup. Adopting a puppy costs less, and the fee helps in saving more dogs and keeping the shelter. The only drawback is that some dogs are rescued and might come from an abusive background; they might have trauma and take a while setting into your house.
Another option is buying a puppy from a responsible and licensed breeder with expertise in your puppy’s background, medical history, and parents. Buying from breeders is expensive and might cost more than adoption from a shelter. The only drawback is being cautious of irresponsible breeders selling mix-breed puppies at lower prices.
Before buying a boxer puppy, it is essential to ensure the breeder is licensed. Unfortunately, some breeders sell you puppies from puppy mills or ones that haven’t been taken care of adequately.
A boxer puppy is predisposed to various health conditions like heart diseases, skin issues due to heat, luxating patella, and hip dysplasia. Therefore, ensuring your puppy is healthy and has none of these conditions is essential.
There are several options to consider buying from; we have mentioned some below for you.
Buying a Boxer from Puppy Mills
(Please don’t go with this option)
A puppy mill is a commercial farming business in which dogs are raised in large numbers in poor conditions. Unregistered breeders own these mills and prioritize profit before health.
Buying a dog from puppy mills generally costs lower but comes with a significant risk of an unhealthy puppy and is often aggressive. Puppies are separated from their mothers and placed in small cages without sanitation and veterinary care,
You should refrain from buying your boxer puppy from such mills and ensure you bring home a healthy puppy to your family.
Buying a Boxer from Pet Shops
Many people make the mistake of window shopping for a boxer puppy in pet shops only to find a mix-bred or aggressive puppy in their home. It is essential to thoroughly research the pet shop you are buying from and not rush into this decision.
Not all pet shops are wrong, but some pet shops are buying puppies from puppy mills without their mother. You shouldn’t buy a puppy if you can’t see its mother and ask for information about the breeder and medical records of both the puppy and its mother before buying.
Buying a Boxer from Middleman or Brokers
Middleman or Brokers help you get in direct contact with the breeder. When the deal is made, they charge 10% to 20% commission for their services which increases the price of your puppy.
You should ensure that the breeder is licensed and selling a healthy puppy. A responsible breeder will let you visit your puppy with its mother and share medical records. They answer all your questions and help you find the best puppy for your family.
Buying a Boxer from Reputable breeders
There are many breeders, but your breeder must be licensed and registered with the State Animal Welfare Board.
A responsible breeder will not sell you the puppy until it’s eight weeks of age and share all the information with you, which will help you to take care of your puppy. They often provide a warranty so you can exchange your puppy if there is any problem, as they genuinely want a good home for their puppy. Puppies tend to cost more when bought from a responsible breeder.
You must be cautious of unethical breeders selling unhealthy and impure puppies at lower prices who want to make money. We recommend you take the time to research a good breeder.
Questions to Ask A Breeder
There are several questions you must ask your breeder before buying from them to ensure the credibility of the breeder and the health of your future boxer puppy. We have mentioned some of them to you.
It would help if you asked for the breeder’s license, how long he has been a breeder, and what he can tell you about the boxer breed. Ask where the puppies were bred, and they can give you a health guarantee. Ask for the diet of the puppies and if you can contact him further for any questions.
You must ask for the puppy’s medical records, the parents, and if you can meet them. Several other questions like the parents’ pedigree are the puppies vaccinated and dewormed. If the puppy is socialized and what is its temperament? A responsible breeder will answer all these questions and help you find the best puppy for you.
Another critical question is deciding which gender will be more suitable for you. Both female and male boxers are great dogs; the male Boxer tends to be more active, dominant, dependent, and aggressive than the female Boxer. Females are more protective and often quiet, but male boxers are more affectionate and playful.
Both genders are loyal and energetic regardless of sex; how your boxer dog turns out depends on the training and upbringing more than its sex. Male boxers are more expensive as they are bigger and heavier. We recommend you decide which dog is most suitable for you and your family by being patient.
The size of your Boxer significantly affects its price. Male boxers have an average height of 22.5 to 25 inches, whereas female boxers have an average height of 21 to 23 inches. Males can weigh between 66 to 70 pounds, and females weigh around 55 to 60 pounds. The male Boxer is more expensive than the female as the price increases with the size of your Boxer.
Mix Breed or Purebred
The price of a boxer is affected by how closely related it is to breed standards. Purebred boxers are descended from the now extinct Bullenbeisser, who was crossed with the Mastiff, Bulldog, and possibly The Great Dane to make a sleeker and more refined version of the German “bull biters’.
Mix-breed boxers are dogs with some boxer ancestry because one or more parents were a boxer.
There are a lot of mixed breed boxers available as compared to purebred. The more your Boxer confirms its breed standards, the higher the price.
The Boxer has three different bloodlines, which doesn’t mean there are three distinct breeds; it has only one breed.
- American boxer dog
- German boxer dog
- English boxer dog
The American and German boxers are famous in India. The Kennel Club of India recognizes the boxer breed. All these bloodlines have the same ancestors and genetic traits. The closer the dog is to its bloodline standards, the higher the price.
Coat Colours and Markings
Boxers are found in various colors, of which pale red, mahogany, and tan are the most common. If the Boxer is available in rare colors like white, they can be more expensive.
The location you are buying affects the price of your boxer puppy. In a smaller area where the demand is less, you are most likely to get your Boxer at a lower price than in large urban cities where the market is high, which makes the price higher.
Certification and Warranties
Ensuring if you are buying from a certified breeder or not is the most important thing. Your breeders must be licensed and registered with The State Animal Welfare Board. Another thing to look out for is the medical records of both the puppy and the parents.
Always do proper research on the breeder and verify their credibility before buying because some present fake documents to lure them into being trucked.
Yearly Keeping or Maintenance Cost of owning a Boxer
A boxer is a large breed with many needs and requirements to be fulfilled to raise a healthy dog, including nutritious food, deworming, vaccinations, and regular checkups with the vet.
The average cost of maintaining a boxer puppy annually is between INR 60,000 to INR 80,000, which further increases when maintaining a boxer adult dog. So let’s look at all the various costs you might need to incur if you wish to own a boxer dog.
|SR.NO||COST HEADER||TYPE||COST RANGE (INR)|
|1||Dog Food Cost||Monthly||5,500 to 7,500|
|2.1||Vaccinations||Yearly||750 to 2,500|
|2.2||Deworming||Recurring||600 to 1,000|
|2.3||Spaying Surgery or Neutering||One Time||5,000 to 12,000|
|2.4||Preventive Medications||Yearly||3,000 to 12,000|
|2.5||Antiseptic spray, Cotton and Bandages||As Required||200 to 500|
|2.6||Ticks and Flea Powder||As Required||200 to 500|
|2.7||Ear drops||As Required||150 to 250|
|3||Housing and Confinement Cost|
|3.1||Crates for Puppy||One Time||500 to 1,000|
|3.2||Bed for Adults||One Time||1,200 to 2,000|
|4.1||Collar||One Time||200 to 1,000|
|4.2||Leash||One Time||500 to 1,000|
|4.3||Training Harness||One Time||1,000 to 2,000|
|5||Toys Cost||One Time|
|6.1||Top Quality Brush||One Time||300 to 1,000|
|6.2||Nail Clippers||One Time||500 to 1,000|
|6.3||Shampoo and Conditioner||Monthly||300 to 1,000|
|6.4||Towels||One Time||400 to 700|
|6.5||Professional Grooming Services||Per Visit||500 to 700|
|7||Walker Cost||Monthly||2,500 to 5,000|
|8||Training and Socialising Cost||Per Session||500 to 1,000|
|9||Treat Cost||Recurring||500 to 800|
|10||Insurance Cost||Yearly||900 to 5,000|
|11.1||Domestic Travel||Per Visit||5,000 to 20,000|
|11.2||International Cost||Per Visit||2,00,000 to 3,00,000|
|12||Daycare Cost||Per Day||500 to 2,000|
|13||Registration Cost||One Time||400 to 1,000|
|14||Miscellaneous||One Time||2,500 to 4,500|
Dog Food Factor
Boxer is a large breed that needs proper nutrition (according to weight) to reach its best shape. Boxer puppies need 55 calories for each pound of body weight, while adult Boxers need 25-35 calories per pound.
We’ve discussed some factors you need to consider to calculate food costs for your dog below.
Home Food vs. Purchased Food
You can feed your dog homemade and high-protein purchased food to keep them healthy. Don’t assume your dog can thrive only on homemade food. You need to find the perfect balance between homemade food, store-bought, and amounts of water to raise a healthy dog.
High protein food has a risk of unhealthy ingredients, whereas homemade food is safe and causes fewer expenses. Your monthly food expenses on store-bought food depend highly on the amount and brand of the food you choose; it generally costs between INR 6,500 to INR 9,500.
Portion Size and Frequency
The next important thing is to consider how much and how often you feed your dog. You must avoid overfeeding your dogs.
Boxer puppies need food with a higher protein content which will enable them to grow, and higher fat content. Adult Boxers need high-quality protein-rich foods that give them the nutrients for muscle repair and cellular regeneration.
Look at the table to understand the age-wise size and per-day meals details.
|Age||Total Cups of|
|Number of Meals |
|2 months||2⅝ – 2⅞ cups||3-4|
|3 months||3¼ – 3¾ cups||3-4|
|4 months||3½ – 4 cups||3-4|
|5-6 months||4 – 5⅛ cups||3-4|
|7-9 months||4¼ – 5⅜ cups||2-3|
|10-11 months||3¾ – 4⅞ cups||2-3|
|12 months||3⅜ – 4¼ cups||1-3|
Due to their low immune system, puppies are prone to various diseases until they are six months of age. They require routine vet checkups every two or four weeks; the visits decrease as the puppy grows and is immune to several diseases.
Veterinary care includes vaccination, checkups, surgeries, medications, and more. We have mentioned some of the recurring vet costs below for you.
After buying a Boxer puppy, it is essential to ensure it is correctly vaccinated as they have a developing immune system and can easily catch diseases. So please don’t take your puppy out until it’s fully vaccinated.
Talk to your breeder to ensure if all the vaccinations are completed or not and from which vet he is taking these medications. Get a vaccination schedule card to keep track of all the vaccinations and get them on time. Each vaccine in India can cost between INR 750 to INR 1,500.
Neutering or Spaying Surgery Cost
Suppose you don’t intend to breed your Boxer further. In that case, we recommend you go for Neutering or Spaying Surgery which removes the dog’s reproductive organs.
It is a surgical procedure performed only by experts and not at home. The cost of Neutering depends on your city. In smaller areas, it costs around INR 4,000 to INR 6,000, whereas in metropolitan cities, it costs around INR 10,000 to INR 12,000.
Your dog can be host to worms and parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, which can lead to health issues.
We recommend you deworm your dog every two weeks if they are eight weeks of age, you can deworm them once a month when they reach six months of age, and dogs older than six months need to be dewormed only four times a year.
We recommend you consult your vet before deworming your dog regarding the dosage and medication to use. It can cost you INR 100 to INR 200 on each tablet.
Preventive Medications Cost
Besides routine vet visits and checkups, you must buy preventive medications for your Boxer to maintain their health. We have mentioned some of these medications.
Antiseptic Spray, Cotton, and Bandages- These are the most needed supplies to treat your dog’s injuries at home. They can cost your around INR 300 to INR 500 depending on how frequently you need to buy them.
Ticks and Flea Powder- Dogs can get various diseases due to ticks and fleas, leading to multiple health issues and skin diseases. Ticks and Flea powder cost between INR 200 to INR 500.
Ear drops- Ear drops help relieve pain and inflammation in the dog’s ears and reduce redness and irritation. It helps in reducing the chances of an ear infection; it costs around INR 150 to INR 250.
Housing and Confinement Cost
If you are adopting a Boxer puppy, you will need to buy a proper crate for them according to their size so it can be used by your pup daily and to carry them while traveling; It can cost around INR 1,000 to INR 1,500.
For your adult Boxer, we recommend you buy a proper bed that fits them entirely and is comfortable to sleep and play in. They can cost around INR 1,500 to INR 2,500.
Your dog will need a wide variety of accessories while taking care of your Boxer, including collars, leash, toys, and much more. Of course, you must consider these accessories’ size, weight, temperament, and comfort.
We have mentioned some of them below for you.
Collar and Leash
A Collar and Leash set costs around INR 600 to INR 1,000. But you must keep the size of your collar and the material in mind so it doesn’t make your dog uncomfortable. The leash must be appropriate to avoid dragging your dog during walks. You can buy an extended leash that can be extended or lessened according to your dog’s requirements.
A training harness helps you control your dog during walks or outdoor activities. A good harness will reduce your puppy’s neck stress and decrease pulling—a training harness costs between INR 1,000 to INR 2,000.
Toys help dogs physically and emotionally because they help in mental stimulation while playing and chewing. You can use these toys to modify their behaviors into good ones.
There are four categories of toys; interactive toys when you are playing with your dog, which don’t need to be replaced as often as chew toys, plush toys, and dental toys because of their frequency of use.
It depends on how many toys you wish to buy for your dog. Toys start from INR 500 and go up to INR 1,000 depending on your buying toy.
Boxers need weekly grooming sessions and monthly baths to maintain their health and coats. To groom your Boxer at home, you can buy accessories to make the process much easier and make your puppy look its best. Here are some accessories you might want to buy-
Top quality brush- INR 300- 1,000
Nail clippers- INR 500-1,000
Shampoo and Conditioner- INR 300-1,000
Towels- INR 400-700
Suppose you are a first-time owner and don’t have grooming experience. In that case, you can consider going to a professional for grooming and other services for your dog. Grooming services start from INR 500 and can go up to INR 2,000 depending on your dog and the services you wish to take.
Boxers require a lot of daily exercises to keep them healthy and fit, which can be time-consuming for the owners. If Boxers don’t get the proper training, they face health issues and become aggressive.
To avoid these issues, you can find a good walking service for your dog, which costs around INR 2,500 to INR 5,000.
Training and Socialising Class Cost
The benefits of buying a Boxer puppy are that you can train them according to your liking and establish a good relationship with them from the start by teaching good behaviors to them.
Boxers are easy to train and need many exercises, so on your daily walks, you can take the time to teach them and bring out the absolute best.
If you don’t have time, you can hire a professional trainer to train your dog and learn a few quick tricks. Personalized training sessions can cost between INR 5,000 to INR 7,000 per month.
During training, dogs tend to learn quickly and efficiently. You can use positive and negative reinforcement to emit good behavior in your dog with treats and lousy behavior with none. It helps the dog associate good behavior with rewards leading to repetition.
You can buy commercial dog treats, but they are costlier than homemade ones. Some homemade treats we recommend are boiled eggs, paneer, meat, and veggies, which are better and healthier. The monthly cost of commercial treats can go up to INR 1,000.
Insurance coverage will pay whole or partially for your Boxer’s veterinary treatment. It ensures your dog receives all the care he needs during an accident or other health concerns.
We recommend you get your boxer insurance from a good company and read all the guidelines in the policy before going for it.
You can take your dog along while traveling, but it might be costlier and limit your movements if you travel often.
Traveling on domestic flights can cost around INR 20,000; the rates depend on the airline you are taking, the destination, the size of your crate, and travel time. Some airlines charge INR 94 per kg. International flights can cost up to INR 2 lakh or INR 3 lakh depending on your destination.
We advise you to consider other services like Daycares when you can’t take your dog along for traveling.
A daycare facility takes care of your puppy when you cannot during the day or travel somewhere for a few days. A daycare includes feeding and walking services and plays areas for your dog where other dogs keep him company.
The charges of daycare facilities depend on your location and how much time your dog will stay there; it generally costs from INR 500 to INR 2,000 per day.
You need to register your dog with the KCI (Kennel Club of India), which maintains dog breed standards in India. KCI registered dogs tend to cost more, ensuring your breed is up to the mark.
It would be easier for your dog to be registered if the KCI has approved the parents. If the parents are unknown, it costs INR 1,000, and for members, it costs INR 800. On the other hand, if the parents are known, if any of the parents have been registered earlier with KCI as a non-member, it costs INR 500, and for members, it costs INR 400.
You might need other things like a water dish, a poop bag, food and water bowls, food storage containers, pee cleaner, and other miscellaneous items for raising your dog, which will cost around INR 2,500 to INR 4,000.
Hidden and Related Costs of Boxer Puppy Ownership
We have mentioned a detailed analysis of all the expenses you should keep in mind, from buying a boxer puppy to its yearly maintenance. Still, some additional costs don’t appear obvious but are essential.
Boxers don’t like being left alone, so you must take time for your fighter and shower them with love and affection. They also need a lot of daily exercise; you must devote time to keeping your dog healthy.
You must be ready to take out large amounts of time for your boxer puppy in the initial years.
Essential Things to Consider Before Buying a Boxer
Now, you have read about the care and cost of owning a Boxer dog. But an important question is whether it is the right dog for you and your family.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before making your decision:
- Aggressive Boxers should be loved and taken care of; how they turn out depends on your behavior towards them. Beating your dog will make it more aggressive and stubborn.
- Expenses- If you don’t wish to spend much money, the Boxer isn’t the dog for you because they require a rich diet and other maintenance costs, making them a little bit expensive.
- Chewing-Boxers tend to chew a lot, so you must buy plenty of toys if you don’t want them to chew things in your house during your absence.
- Exercise: You must remember that a boxer is an active dog that requires a lot of care and training daily, which will take time and patience on your behalf.
- High Temperature- Boxers don’t do well in hot climates, which affects their health and leads to various diseases, often making them aggressive too.
Benefits of Bringing a Boxer Puppy At Home
Owning a Boxer goes beyond that cute face; after all, we have mentioned some benefits of owning a boxer for you.
- Family dog- Boxers are loyal, loving, and protective of their owners. They get along with children and are considered great family dogs.
- Shedding- If you don’t like dog hair everywhere in your house, Boxers do their grooming and shed very little, making a meager grooming cost and maintenance.
- Quick Learner- Boxers are fast learners, which makes it easy to train them according to your liking.
Are Boxers Easy to Train?
Both Boxer dogs and puppies are quick learners and hence easy to train. Boxers have training as their personality traits since they have the ancestry of strong and intelligent dogs. But some dogs can be more stubborn while learning and may take a while to master the skill.
At what age do Boxer’s teeth?
Boxers are born with baby teeth which eventually fall off as they grow up to make room for the permanent ones. A boxer’s teeth start growing at six months of age, and by the time they turn two, they have a complete set.
At what age do Boxer’s teeth?
Boxers are born with baby teeth which eventually fall off as they grow up to make room for the permanent ones. A boxer’s teeth start growing at six months of age, and by the time they turn two, they have a complete set.
Do boxers poop a lot?
Yes, Boxers, in general, really do poop a lot. Their body shape makes them eat quickly and defecate more due to their high energy levels and beefy size. So be ready for a lot of daily walks.
Is Boxer a good family dog?
Yes, Boxers are great dogs for a family and great with kids. They may act a little clumsy sometimes but are loving and goofy among kids and protective of them. Some dogs get aggressive if treated poorly, but in a safe and caring environment, they grow up friendly and loving.
Do boxers shed?
Boxers don’t shed a lot as they clean their coats themselves. However, we recommend you brush them weekly to minimize shedding and keep their hair fall under control.
Do I have to cut off my Boxer’s tail?
It grows long if you don’t cut your Boxer’s tail. It might get injured due to contact with furniture or things while running around the house or playing, leading to skin infections. We recommend you cut its tail off from time to time to avoid such issues.
What is the lifespan of a Boxer?
A Boxer breed generally lives up to 9 to 12 years. However, the lifespan of your Boxer depends on several factors like proper care, nutrition, and regular vet visits.
How often does a Boxer need to be bathed?
To maintain its coat clean, you must be consistent with your Boxer’s bathing schedule. How many times you need to bathe them depends on the climate of your location and how often your dog gets dirty.
What is Boxer’s tolerance to heat?
Boxers are not their best in high temperatures and immense heat. They like to live in an environment that has a pleasant climate. They might be affected if overexerted during summer or in high temperatures.
Do boxers drool a lot?
Yes, Boxers drool before and after meals sometimes a lot. We advise you to clean their mouth once or twice a day with a soft dry cloth to avoid the risk of any mouth or skin diseases.
How much exercise does a Boxer need daily?
Boxers are highly energetic and active dogs who need daily exercise to keep them healthy and fit. Boxers can also excel at various sports; with proper training, practice, and food, you can raise a healthy Boxer.
Summing it Up
In conclusion, Boxers are unique, loyal, overprotective, and playful dogs. But this dog is not for everyone. If you are a first-time dog owner, you should remember that the boxer dog’s temperament and maintenance costs are high compared to other dogs.
This article will help you make an informed decision and understand your dogs’ needs before buying one.
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