Excerpts from PetCareRx
Boxers have very little odor and stay clean for long periods of time. Still, grooming is an important part of a good health regiment.
With a short, tight coat that doesn’t mat or tangle, the Boxer dog is practically “wash and wear.” In fact, outside of a hairless breed, a healthy Boxer’s coat is about as low maintenance as it gets. But it’s not necessarily this way for all Boxers. There may be skin-related issues that require you to bathe your Boxer more frequently; for example, if the dog suffers from food or flea allergies, or if your dog likes to roll around in dirt. If your dog is an indoor dog or couch potato, however, the grooming procedures are quite minimal. Boxers are naturally clean animals who groom themselves with their cat-like licking skills.
Brush the Boxer with a rubber curry brush weekly to remove dead hair. Use in a circular motion and brush gently into the coat. The rubber nibs of the brush massage and stimulate the dog’s skin and hair.
Wipe away any surface dirt with a soft cloth, or use commercially available pet wipes to remove more stubborn spots or dirt.
Bathe your Boxer as needed with a shampoo made especially for dogs. Don’t use human shampoo and especially don’t use liquid detergent, both of which dry the dog’s skin and can strip the oils from their coat. Choose a warm summer day or simply slide your dog into the tub in a heated bathroom. Wet the coat thoroughly, and then apply shampoo, lather and rinse. Use fresh, clean, warm water, and then towel dry.
Gently wipe the leather side of the ear flap with a soft cloth to remove dirt. You can wrap a cloth around your finger to clean just inside the ear opening, but don’t insert a cotton swab into the ear canal; you could perforate the ear drum.
Routinely check your Boxer for minor skin irritations while you are grooming them. Boxers are semi-prone to hot spots, also known as lick sores or acute moisture dermatitis. It is caused when the dog constantly licks a small irritation such as a mosquito or flea bite. The constant licking and biting at the irritation causes the skin to become moist and irritated. If you notice a small bite, pimple or scratch, keep an eye on it and tell your dog to stop if you notice they are biting or licking at the area. Consult a veterinarian if the area worsens.