The Boxer roots go back to the already extinct German Bullenbeisser – a mastiff type of dog used to catch big game like bears and boars. It was the most valuable for the fact that it kept the animal alive until the owner comes.
The German Boxer Club was founded in 1895 in Munich, and the first specialized exhibition of boxers was held in the same city and the same year. The standard was established in the early 20th century with the publication of a book or the so-called Zuchtbuch. Mühlbauer's Flocki is the first registered boxer in the book in 1904.
The etymology of the name Boxer is still not fully understood. There may be a connection with the brave history of the breed or perhaps, as others say, with the particularity to stand on its hind legs and waving his front paws like a boxer or even "dribbling" with them like playing football.
The German Boxer has a square, strong body with well shaped muscles. Its height varies between 53 and 63 cm and weight - between 24 and 32 kg. The head is proportional to the body with flattened snout with dark mask. The jaws powerful, the eyes are dark in color and the ears are often cropped. The neck is strong, and the tail is docked. The coat is short, clinging to the body, the coloration can be red, yellow, and all intermediate colors with dark gray to black stripes. There are representatives with white spot on the head and chest.
Character and behavior
Boxers are not the most quiet and peaceful breeds. They like to have fun and can sometimes behave like a 3 year old child. Their playfulness is so big that they can chase a toy even in the dark. They have good character and are extremely loyal to their owners. Boxers are good guards and entertaining friends They walk with exceptional dignity and grace.
Training and education
The training of this breed takes more exercise and attention. Their socialization from an early age is essential. They are sometimes hyperactive and do whatever they want. They are not among the best swimmers, but can be trained to feel good in and around the water. With individual attention, a Boxer can be trained to do everything.
Like almost every breed, this one has a predisposition to certain diseases. Unfortunately, Boxers are one of the breeds predisposed to cancer, especially in the first eighth year of their lives. Therefore, they should be regularly reviewed. They are also susceptible to Cardiomyopathy, Aortic stenosis, epilepsy, neuritis, Hip dysplasia, Colitis, respiratory problems, allergies and sometimes deafness. The average life expectancy is about 8-12 years.
Grooming and care
German Boxers have a short coat and needs protection from the cold. They must be kept from the hot weather as well as they can easily overheat. The good news is that their fur is maintained very easily. Passing a soft brush or damp cloth is completely enough. Do not use hard ridges, as the hair of the Boxer is thin and this can lead to irritation of the skin The dogs are very clean and their frequent bathing is not recommended. Although the folds in the skin are not as developed as in some other species (Pug), they also need to be cleaned to avoid infections.
If you are looking for puppies for sale of this breed, keep in mind that you will become hugely attached to it.
Children and other pets
If properly socialized, the German Boxer gets along well with other animals. Some representatives of the breed can show great suspicion and distrust of strangers and to accept them as a threat. These dogs are very kind and gentle with children.
The German Boxer holds the record for the longest canine tongue. 16% of white Boxers are deaf.
This is the sixth most registered breed in the American Kennel Club. It is mainly liked because of the expressive nose, and even because of the tongue.
The breed is officially recognized by the FCI in 1925.