Country of Origin : Germany
Dog Group : Working Dog
The boxer was derived from two mastiff type dogs used as hunting dogs in the middle ages in Germany. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bear and deer. These ancestors of the Boxer were also used for bull-baiting when this became a sport. In the 19th century these breeds were crossed with the Bulldog and the Boxer was created. The breed has been very popular in Europe since early this century, however the first Boxer to be registered with the Kennel Club in Britain was in 1933.
The boxer is a medium sized dog, very muscular, sturdy and deep chested. They have a short muzzle and a slightly upturned chin. The head and muzzle have wrinkly skin, which gives the boxer its unique appearance. When this dog moves it covers the ground quickly. The gait makes it look very noble, and the movement shows great energy in the powerful looking legs. The boxer is built to cover many types of ground.
Feeding & Ownership
The boxer is not really a greedy dog.When feeding a boxer it is better that they are fed twice a day as they are very active, always on the go looking for their next adventure. Some boxers have sensitive digestive systems, this will mean that they have to stick to a strict diet, with no treats. A dry food is often favoured for this breed. It is also fairly common for a boxer to appear thin when it is an adolescent, so do not overfeed to compensate. They can be 3 or 4 years old before they look well covered. This dog should never be overweight.
As a breed these dogs are very lively, strong and very loyal. Temperament wise they are fearless and very self-assured. They make great pets for all the family, adults and children alike. The boxer is a hardy dog full of stamina, not quick to pick a fight, but more than able to defend themselves if they have to. They remain puppy like throughout their lives, making them quite a handful, and unintentionally creating havoc where they go. They can be very destructive if they are left alone at home for long periods of time. They love busy households and are commonly found in hotels and guest houses, where there is a lot going on around them.
The coat of the boxer is easily kept as it is very short. A rubber grooming mitt used once or twice weekly will keep the coat in good condition.