The Boxer originated in Germany and its ancestors were two Mastiff type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer. They later were crossed with the Mastiff and Bulldog. They were used for bull baiting, cart pulling, rounding up cattle and to pin boars and bison until the master could arrive. They are known for the way they use their front legs to bat at their opponent, giving them their name, the Boxer.
A Boxer makes a great companion as well as Guard or Work dog. The Boxer is a curious and energetic dog. They are highly intelligent and are quick learners. They are a loyal and affectionate breed that are known especially for the
way they get along so well with children. The body of boxer is small and powerful. The head is in proportion with the body with a muzzle that is short and blunt with a distinct stop. The nose is large and black with very open nostrils as well as the jaw has a natural under bite with straight teeth. The eyes are dark brown with black eyeliner that complete the outside of the eyelid. The ears are set high on the head and can either be cropped or kept natural. When the ears are cropped they are trained to stand up on the head, tapering to a point. When they are left natural the ears are thin, falling forward, laying close to the head. The front legs are straight and parallel, when viewed from the front, with good muscle on the rear legs. The tail is set high and docked when puppies are only a few days old. The AKC looks down on a natural tail so you will see docked tails in the show-ring in the US. However, most of Europe has outlawed this practice so for international shows its ok for them to have natural tails. Dewclaws are removed shortly after birth.
Boxers have two different color coats that vary in shades. First is the fawn coat,
that will be any where from a golden color to a mahogany red. The second coat color is brindle. Brindle varies from a fawn coat with vertical black strips (brindle),
such a heavy concentration of stripes, it give the appearance of fawn stripe (reverse
brindle). Another term that you will hear is flashy and semi-flashy. These terms
refer to the Boxers white markings. Semi-flashy, referring to white being found on the boxers chest, face and legs, but not to exceed 1/3 of the boxers body. Flashy, referring to
white markings located on chest, face, legs and neck, but not to exceed 1/3 of the
dogs body. White markings shall complement the boxers overall appearance. White boxers cannot be registered with some clubs.
Height: Dogs 22-25 inches (56-63 cm.) Bitches 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Weight: Dog 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg.) Bitches 50-65 pounds (24-29 kg.)
Boxers require firm training to keep their high energy in check. Never under estimate Boxers because it's not unheard of to come home to see they have manipulated the lock on a kennel or gotten into cabinets. They can be very sneaky and will do what they can to get what they want. This is where training comes into play. Training is highly recommended to start it at a young age. They are very smart and will pick it up fast.
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