Boxers and beagles are two different breeds of dog, but they have a few things in common. Both were bred to work as hunting companions. Boxers originally were used to run down large game, such as boar and bison, and beagles were bred to track small game, such as rabbits. Both breeds enjoy the company of humans and make good family pets. Beagle and boxer puppies also grow rapidly between birth and 6 months of age. The exact weight of a growing puppy depends on their age, parents, health and diet, but some vet formulas estimate that a beagle or boxer puppy will roughly double in weight from 14 weeks of age to adulthood.
The American Kennel Club recognizes two varieties of beagle: the 13-inch beagle, which includes hounds not exceeding 13 inches in height, and the 15-inch beagle, which categorizes hounds more than 13 inches but not exceeding 15 inches in height. In general, beagles weigh between 20 and 35 pounds, with the 15-inch beagle being on the higher end of that weight range. Beagles measuring more than 15 inches at the withers, which is the highest part of the back at the ridge between the shoulder bones, are disqualified from the show ring.
The ideal boxer is a medium-sized dog, according to the AKC. Adult males should be between 23 and 25 inches tall and females should be between 21.5 and 23.5 inches at the withers. A healthy weight is 50 to 70 pounds. The AKC does not have a size disqualification for boxers in the show ring.
- American Kennel Club: Get to Know the Beagle
- American Kennel Club: Beagle Breed Standard
- American Kennel Club: Boxer Breed Standard
- American Kennel Club: Get to Know the Boxer
- Vet Street: Beagle
- Vet Street: Boxer
- Pet Place: What to Expect from Your 12-week-old Puppy
- Pet Place: What to Expect from Your 8-week-old Puppy
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