All dogs have a specific 'breed standard'. Here you will find some information on the Boxer Breed standard as well as a brief outline of the History.
Boxers are not aggressive or viscious by nature, but as with all dogs will require socialisation starting from a young pup.
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The Boxer is an affectionate, loyal, good natured dog, that if treated with love and respect can be a wonderful addition to any household. A breed full of love for people and a zest for life the Boxer can be the ideal family dog. Active, playful, loyal, family orientated are just a few of the characteristics of the Boxer, often discribed as the 'clown' boxers are unlike any other breed, Boxers are a class all of their own!
Tolerant and protective of children never loosing his patience or good nature, the Boxer never fails to be interested in family activities, even in old age. If properly socialised from a pup the Boxer will make an ideal playmate.
The Boxer has a well controlled even temper, displaying an instinctive willingness to please. With his human family he is docile and affectionate, whilst displaying alertness, caution and courage when faced with danger, he becomes brave and determined.
The Boxer will require obedience training starting from a young pup to control his exuberance and to guide his mettle into acceptable channels. Generally the Boxer is obedient and easily taught. They are active dogs that will require adequate exercise to prevent boredom associated behaviours such as chewing, digging or licking.
Lots of human contact love and affection is required to maintain good health and happiness of your Boxer.
The recognised colours are 'fawn' and 'brindle' black mask with or without white markings. White markings are acceptable but must not exceed more than one third of ground colour. Fawn comes in various shades from dark red to light fawn.
Brindle is black stripes on any of the fawn shades running parallel to ribs all over body. The stripes should contrast distictly to ground colour, being neither too close nor too thinly dispersed.
Coat is short, smooth and glossy tight to body.
Adult male Boxers weigh aproximately 30-32kg's (66-70lbs), adult female Boxers weigh aproximately 25-27kg's (55-60lbs).
The height of an adult male Boxer is aproximately 53-67cm's (22-25inch), female Boxers height is aproximately 53-59cm's (21-23inch).
Typicaly the Boxer is of a stocky lean muscular frame with evident well defined muscles a smooth coat and square stance that looks equally elegant and powerful. The head is the most distinctive feature of the Boxer. With chiseled heads in proportion to their bodies, open nostrils with a well defined line between and wide blunt muzzles.
They have strong muscular necks with ample length. The lower jaw should protrude beyond the upper jaw and bend slightly upwards in what is commonly called an 'underbite' or 'undershot bite'. Backs short, slightly sloping.
The Boxer dog breed originates from Germany. The Boxer's ancestors were the German (Bullenbeisser a dog that descended from Mastiffs) and the British Bulldog. The Bullenbeisser had been used as a hunting dog for centuries to hunt bear, wild boar and deer. Its task was to catch and hold prey untill its hunters arrived. Over time the Bullenbeisser lost its job on estates as faster dogs were favoured.
Todays Boxer as we know it was developed in the late 19th century. A Munich man named Georg Alt, bred a brindle coloured female Bullenbeisser named Flora with a local dog of unknown ancestory. In the litter was a fawn and white coloured male that was named Lechner's Box. This is what is believed to be the start of the line of Boxers that we know today.
In 1894 three Germans named Robert, Konig, and Hopner decided to stabalise the breed and put it on exhibition at a show. This was done in Munich in 1895 and the next year they founded the first Boxer club. The breed became known in other parts of Europe during the late 1890's.