History of the Boxer Dog Breed
The origins of the Boxer dog breed derive from two central European dog breeds no longer in existence: the larger Danziger bullenbaiser and the smaller Brabenter bullenbaiser. Bullenbaiser means “bull biter,” and these dogs were used in hunting to hold onto large game once they’d been brought to bay. In the 1830’s, German hunters created a new breed, crossing bullenbaisers with mastiff-type dogs for size, terriers for tenacity and bulldogs for strength. The result was a tough, agile dog with a streamlined body and strong grip. Once used in the sport of bull-baiting, they eventually became butchers’ dogs, controlling cattle in the slaughter yards. By 1895, an entirely new breed, the Boxer, emerged, perhaps taking their name from the German word boxl. By 1900, they entered the public domain as general utility dogs, family pets and even show dogs. Today, the AKC ranks the Boxer at lucky number seven.
Physical Description of the Boxer Dog Breed
Boxer dogs range in height from 22 to 25 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. Square-proportioned and muscular, with alert expressions, they have broad, short skulls, a square muzzle, an ”undershot bite” and strong jaws. Folds run from the roots of their noses down both sides of their muzzles; their tails can be either long and undocked or short and docked; and their ears, if left uncropped, bend slightly forward. Their short coats are smooth, shiny and tightfitting, and come in varying shades of fawn and brindle. Boxers with white markings called flash, that often extend from their bellies up to their necks and faces, are known as “flashy.” Scrupulously clean dogs, they require only occasional brushing. And, although troubled by various health issues, the life span of the Boxer ranges from 8 to 10 years.
Is the Boxer Dog Breed Right For You?
Born with a stubborn streak, Boxer dogs need proper socialization and obedience training while still puppies to ensure that they grow into well-behaved adults. Outgoing and playful, exuberant and inquisitive, demonstrative and devoted, they make ideal companions for the active family. They get along well with children of all ages and other household dogs and pets. Boxers need both daily mental exercise and physical exertion, and although they love to run, a good jog or a long walk on leash will usually suffice. Since Boxers are extremely loyal and protective of their families, they make excellent guard dogs. But they also have a silly side, happily jumping and wiggling, dancing and acting the clown to the amusement of everyone around them. Welcoming a Boxer into your life is like getting two for the price of one: the noble, aristocratic dog and the goofy jokester.
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