Boxer vs Pointer

Compare the Boxer to the Pointer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boxers and Pointers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Boxer and Pointer are not recommended for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Boxer and Pointer are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Pointer is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Boxer has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Breed NameBoxerPointer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height21-25 in.23-28 in.
Weight53-70 lb45-75 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1894 AD1650 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed27 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingHighLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBoxerPointer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoxerPointer
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Aortic StenosisYesNo
BloatYesNo
Boxer CardiomyopathyYesNo
CancerYesNo
Corneal DystrophyYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoxerPointer
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black&whiteNoYes
LemonNoYes
Lemon&whiteNoYes
LiverNoYes
Liver&whiteNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange&whiteNoYes