Boxer

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Boxer dog origin

 

The Boxer traces its roots to Munich, Germany in the 19th century.

The foundation of the breed was meticulously documented at the time, and the American Boxer Club tells the story on their website. It’s rather complex, and they admit you deserve an award if you can follow it!

To cut a long story short, the Boxer was derived from several popular hunting breeds of the time.

The aim was to consolidate all the traits they admired in those breeds, and fix them in one, definitive dog.

Once the Boxer dog breed was established, people discovered they weren’t just good at hunting, but also made vigilant guard dogs and intelligent military dogs too.

Boxers got their big break as companion pets at the end of WW2, when soldiers returning from Germany took them home as family pets.

The Boxer was one of the earliest dog breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club – the first breed standard was registered in 1904.

Nobody really knows why Boxer dogs are called Boxer dogs. There are a lot of rival theories though!

Boxers can take up to three years to reach their full grown size, almost a year longer on average than other breeds.

Boxer dog colors

 

Boxer dogs come in a pleasingly simple choice of colors.

Boxers’ main color is fawn. But like saying a human has brown hair, fawn can cover any shade from dark blonde to deepest mahogany, via a spectrum of tans and reddish browns.

The fawn can also be overlaid by black stripes known as brindling. Sometimes the brindling is so dense it gives the impression of being a solid black coat, but it is always brindling.

In some places, the fawn might also be broken up by white patches. We’ll come back to these in a minute.

And finally, some Boxers have a black mask over their eyes and muzzle.

Boxer dog facts

The Boxer was one of the earliest dog breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club – the first breed standard was registered in 1904.

 

Nobody really knows why Boxer dogs are called Boxer dogs. There are a lot of rival theories though!

Boxers can take up to three years to reach their full grown size, almost a year longer on average than other breeds.

This doesn’t mean white Boxers can’t make great family pets with the right care (and SPF!), but breeders will usually require them to be neutered so that the extreme white spotting gene isn’t passed on any further.

Boxer dog weight

Boxers are a medium-sized breed.

Fully grown Boxer dogs weigh 55-71lb (25-32kg), which is about the same as a nine-year old child.

Boxer dog temperament

Boxers are a steadfast and devoted friends to their owners. The 1938 breed standard for Boxer dogs included the line:

“The Boxer is the soul of honesty and loyalty, and is never false or treacherous even in his old age”

Which has to be one of the most profoundly lovely things ever said about a dog.

They also have an unbridled enthusiasm for life, and they’re always on the go, looking for the next game or chance to go for a walk.

Boxers are remarkably intelligent and get bored easily by anything they consider pointless or repetitive.

They demand a varied schedule of activities to delight and amuse them, and they won’t spare your feelings (or your furniture!) if they think you could do more.

Are Boxers good with kids?

 

    

Boxer dogs owe a lot of their popularity as family dogs to their reputation for being good with children.

A well-socialized Boxer is a lovely pet for a household with children.

Bear in mind lots of Boxers in the past were bred as guard dogs, and their descendants today are still instinctively wary of strangers, which makes socialization as a puppy especially important.

For a Boxer to be relaxed and confident meeting children as an adult, he needs to meet them as a puppy too.

 

Boxers are steadfast and devoted friends to their owners. The 1938 breed standard for Boxer dogs included the line:

“The Boxer is the soul of honesty and loyalty, and is never false or treacherous even in his old age”