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Late in the 19th Century in Germany, a mastiff-type
dog known as the Brabanter Bullenbeisser was crossed
with the British Bulldog, and the Boxer was created.
It was primarily a security, guard, and work dog.
Early breeders tried unsuccessfully to create
an all-black dog and settled on the fawn and brindle
colors commonly seen today. The Boxer gained popularity
in North America after World War I when returning
servicemen brought back Boxers with them; by the
second World War, the breed was established and
well-favored as a family protector and friend.
The energetic Boxer needs daily outdoor exercise.
height for a Boxer is between 21 - 25" (53.3
weight for a Boxer is between 66 - 70 lbs (29.5
- 31.2 kg)
Coat Type: The
Boxer's flat, close-lying coat is short and lustrous,
with acceptable colors being fawn and brindle.
White markings must not exceed more than one-third
of the dog. A weekly rub-down keeps the Boxer's
coat looking sleek and healthy.
The most important characteristics of the Boxer
are his alertness and self-confidence. However,
he is also a playful dog, although gentle and
patient with children. The Boxer is fiercely loyal,
intelligent and easily disciplined; he is cautious
with strangers but responds quickly to friendly
invitations. These qualities make the Boxer a
well-loved family guardian and pet.
Health concerns which may affect the Boxer include
cancer, heart problems, epilepsy, hip dysplasia,
hypothyroidism, degenerative myelopathy, allergies,
bloat and intestinal as well as eye problems.
• It is said that Boxers derived
their name from the fact that they "box"
with each other while at play.
AKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
ANKC: Group 6 - Utility
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
FCI: Group 2 Section 2 Molossoid breeds
KC: Non-Sporting - Working Group