The Boxer Dog

The Boxer dog originates from Munich Germany dating back to around 1850. Its ancestors are believed to be two extinct breeds: the larger Danziger Bullenbaiser and the smaller Brabenter Bullenbaiser. (Bullenbaiser means bull-biter) Ancestry likely also included mastiff type dogs and terriers (added to the breed for tenacity). The Boxer and its ancestors were used for bull baiting and hunting animals including boar, deer, and bear.

Today's gentle and well mannered boxer seems a far cry from its ancestors. It makes an ideal family dog. It loves to be a part of everything that is going on and is very willing to please. Obedience training at a young age is beneficial since it may be strong willed. The Boxer dog has become one of the most popular breeds in North America.

Origin Germany - 1850's
Original Use Bull baiting, hunting, and guarding.
Use Today Companion, special roles such as law enforcement and customs.
Temperament The Boxer is an active, strong, self assured, and confident dog. It makes a fun loving and even tempered companion. It is sensitive and willing to please and makes a perfect family dog. Some tend to snore and drool.
Acceptance of: Other Dogs - Average
Other Pets - Average
Strangers - Not very accepting.
Children - Excellent
Watchdog Ability Very Good
Guard dog Ability Very Good
Ease of Training Very Good
Living Conditions The Boxer is well suited for urban living. It is not an outdoor dog and does not do well in hot temperatures.
Exercise It requires a fair amount of daily exercise such as a long walk or run, or free time to roam in a safe area.
Coat It has a short smooth glossy coat.
Grooming Minimal grooming is required.
Colors Any color of fawn to black brindle. Usually has a white chest and neck. The muzzle is dark.
Height and Weight Weight range is 55 to 70 pounds (25 to 31.8 kg) while the height range is 21 to 25 inches (53.3 to 63.5 cm). Variations may occur in individual animals.
Life Expectancy 10 to 12 years.
Group The AKC places the Boxer dog in the Working group.

Boxer dog pictures courtesy of Jeana Penno

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