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The Boxer dog is well built, of medium size with a short smoothed coat and a very strong square jaw.

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History

The Boxer arises out of two other dog breeds, the German Bullenbeisser and the English Bulldog.

The Bullenbeisser is a hunting dog used for many centuries used in the chase of bear, wild boar and deer. It's job was to hold on to prey till their master arrived. Then later on faster dogs were needed and the Bullenbeisser transformed into the smaller Brabanter.

Then in the later part of the 19th century, the English Bulldog was cross bred with the Brabanter which eventually transformed into the Boxer dog we see today.

1894 saw three Germans, Roberth, Konig, and Hopner strengthen the breed and put it on show in Munich, Germany for the first time and in 1896 they started the Boxer Club.

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The boxer breed became increasingly popular in Europe and the USA at the turn of the century. In 1915 the American Kennel Club gave it recognition for the first time.

The dog was used in the first world war for use in the military as messenger dog, pack-carrier, attack dog, and guard dog.

After World War II is when it became a favourite everywhere. Boxer's, formerly used as mascots in the military, returned home with their soldier masters and for many more people it was seen as a good companion, for showing, and useful as a guard dog.

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Taffy the Boxer dog
This is TAFFY, Originally from South Wales , UK. Just 14 weeks old and crazy in a well behaved way , mostly ! He's actually a lovely chap who will grow into a very handsome, well behaved dog, eventually !!!!.


Breed name

The term 'Boxer' may come from the dogs inclination to stand on it's hind legs and box with its front paws when it fights or comes up to greet a person. But the name is also likely to come from a corruption of the word 'Boxl' which was the name given to the Bullenbeisser (Brabanter), one of the dogs ancestors.

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MY BABY BOXER LOVES TO SMELL THE FLOWERS ANYWHERE AND LOOKS BEST NEAR THOSE COLORS. THIS IS MY 5TH BOXER FAWN FEMALE, NO CROPPED EARS BUT DOES HAVE A TAIL DOCKED. I HAVE NEVER LIVED SINCE CHILDHOOD WITHOUT A BOXER BESIDE ME...AND NOW I AM 57 YEARS OLD. MY LAST BOXER DIED ONE YEAR AGO AT AGE 13YEARS AND 2 MONTHS.


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JJ (Jada Jarhead) is my 2 1/2 yr old boxer. She was a Christmas gift I received nearly 10 years after my first Boxer passed away. JJ is basically a 60 pound lap dog who has the energy of 10 Bassett hounds and is eager to please me. In the winter, when my husband leaves for work, she leaves her cage to sit by the portable heater that I have in the office and just looks at me patiently until I turn it on, whereupon she curls up in the heat and sleeps away the morning. By 2 pm I'd better be ready to EXERCISE! - Cindy Bettinger, Charleston IL -


Appearance

Weight : 25 and 32 kg (55 and 70 lb).

Height : Adult male - 57 and 63 cm (23 to 25 in.) at the withers. Adult females - 53 and 60 cm (21 to 23 ½ in.)

The tail of the Boxer is often docked. Cropping of the ears used to be popular but is gradually being banned by the breed standards of many countries. The American Kennel Club in 2005 allowed Boxers to show with uncropped ears.

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Picture of a Boxer dog
This is Rio, our male boxer dog who is 1. He is full of energy and is so comical. We all love him to bits!


Boxers are often either light brown or brindled with a white abdomen and white on the front or all four feet. The whiteness, called flashiness, often widens to the shoulders or face. The Boxer breed standard states that two-thirds of the body be fawn or brindle in colour.

A few brindled boxers appear black but the stripes are so close together that they are called 'black' but there is no such things as a true black boxer dog. In the United Kingdom, they are labelled as 'red' because their coats usually have a much richer colour.

A few have white markings that do not meet the required standard and are mostly or entirely white. White boxers are neither albino, nor uncommon. Genetic analysis shows that possibly 25% of all boxers could be termed 'white'.

Boxers have an under bite, and their lower row of teeth may get caught in their jowls. A severe under bite is not good for the dog or desirable.

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This is Clover. She is 8 weeks old. She is very loving and likes to be cuddled a lot. Every now and then she really likes to "tear your leg off" all in fun.


Temperament

The personality of a Boxer is very important and demands care. The Boxer is famed for being affectionate and true hearted, watchful and having courage defending and protecting his territory. The Boxer can be obedient but also not trust strangers.

He can be friendly and bright playing and also determined and fearless when roused. The Boxer is clever, modest and clean making a good family dog and cheerful friend. He is also honest and loyal and never false or treacherous even when he gets older.Boxers are intelligent, full of energy and playful and on the whole with good children.

Because they have a strong personality it's important they begin obedience training from the earliest possible moment as it will be more difficult as they grow older. A 'headstrong' dog, which they can have a reputation for, is perhaps a sign of a poorly trained dog.

Boxers tend to have a lot of physical strength which can be problem for a new owner. They have a long puppy hood and adolescence and are not considered fully mature till the age of three which is unusual in the dog world. Early training is essential to prevent this high energy dog from wearing his master out.

The Boxer is not naturally aggressive but they do need to be socialised at a young age to begin to be tolerant with other dogs. The can be over-protective and domineering which is particular problem with male dogs.

They do not mind small dogs as a rule but bigger dogs they do mind especially with dogs of the same sex. An untrained or poorly bred dog has the capability of causing serious injury to other animals or people.

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Dino, a 4-year old male, and Koda, a 6-month old female puppy, with our parakeet, Qibo. It took 4 months of careful introduction for this picture. Now, 6 months later, the 3 are able to "play" in the backyard (supervised)..Here is Dino. His first time smooching with a donkey. Jenny - California

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Health

Boxers are inclined to acquire cancers, progressive retinal atrophy, torsion (bloat), epilepsy, bleeding disorders, intestinal problems", heart murmurs and disorders of the joints, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, although the best breeders test their breeding digs before mating and this is helping reduce these complaints.

White boxers are supposed to get deafness at a rate higher than other boxers, indicating perhaps that 30-40% are affected in one or both ears but evidence from studies has not proved conclusive.

Some breeders actively discourage white boxers because they do not meet breed standards by euthanasia at birth but this practice is now diminishing. White boxer dogs do not have a increased risk of skin cancer because they just have a natural white coat and are not albinos.


This is my lovely Boxer baby when he was 6 months old. He is 1 now and his name surely suits him. He has a hilarious personality. He runs like he has deer in him. His best friend is his very own kitten, Razoo. Our Boxer is pedigreed and though I will never show him, he is truly show quality. He is socially sound, however very protective over our family. Oh, and the pictures at the top are boxers.....just fat. The rolls on the neck are from laziness.


Temperament summary

Owners: Affectionate, devoted.
Children: Playful, exuberant (may be too much for very young children).
Other Pets: Good if raised well.
Strangers: Protective of their family and suspicious. Friendly if well socialised.
Unfamiliar Dogs: Can be problematic unless well socialised.
Socialisation: To avoid aggression to strangers and to dogs of the same sex (mainly unfamiliar dogs)
Daily exercise: To avoid destructive responses
Respect training: To avoid jumping and barking when playing and to lessen his natural stubbornness

Uses Boxers are friendly, lively companions that are often used as family dogs. Their suspicion of strangers, alertness, agility, and strength make them formidable guard dogs. They also sometimes appear at dog agility trials and flyball events. Before dog fighting was made illegal, Boxers were often used in dog fights.

These strong and intelligent animals have even been sometimes used as guide dogs for the blind and police dogs in K9 units in place of the typical German Shepherd. The versatility of Boxers was recognised by the military, which used them as valuable messenger dogs, pack carriers, and attack and guard dogs in times of war.

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Mick the Boxer Dog
Hi, this is Mick, a boxer we got through our city's animal shelter.  He was found walking on a very busy street with an abscess in his cheek.  We think he's between 6 and 8 years old.  Right now he's being treated for Intervertebral Disc Disease and is as high as a kite on pain medication.  Poor thing -- I can't wait until he makes it through and his back is better.
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I just lost my poor Max. He was the best dog we ever had. Enjoy them while you have them. They will love you to the moon and back. miss you Max

I rescue boxer dogs and find this information truly helpful have put a link on our forum for prospective owners to muse over..btw..love the pics..

Yes I also have a boxer dog, he is so cute and I am never tire to praise my lovely boxer dog.

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Hi can anyone give me some advice on my 1 year old female boxer. Up until two weeks ago she was great out on her daily walks with my other two bitch dogs one a staff cross lab who's 13 and my 8 month old rottie cross staff.

I've always tried to take them to different places for walks and all of them have never had any problems with other dogs. Yes saffy my boxer has boundless energy like any other pup (my rottie and her run around playing and wear each other out) but other than that has always remained submissive to all other dogs. A couple of weeks ago she was playing with a unfamiliar large breed male. One minute they were playing nicely the next she started snarling and trying to pin him. No damage was done as I was able to pull her off him quickly but put it down to a one off as she'd never met him and took her home.

Yesterday we were at the same place and she was running around with another male dog small terrier type and she again was fine but I then noticed a change in her stance so put her on the lead and continued to throw the ball for my other dogs.

The other dog came back to say hi and I nearly had my shoulder pulled out in her attempts to get him barking snapping and snarling again. I don't get why she's doing this now when for the past year she's met hundreds of other dogs and enjoyed their company and although she's high energy when playing wit my 8 month old they get on great and she doesn't push her luck with my very placid older dog.

I don't want to start avoiding taking her near other dogs and being so high energy she relies on being let off lead when we get to the parks we go to. Anyone got the reason as to why she's doing this and how do I stop it? Thanks in advance.


To the person who had the trouble with her boxer suddenly having a go at other dogs, it could be a change in her estrogen level, I have a two male dogs, one husky bull dog cross and a boxer English bull dog cross. The Husky cross who occasionally does the same as this ladies dog, the majority of the time he is fine then suddenly flips. What I find is if you acknowledge the approaching dog first, by greeting him, your dog will believe all is well and will not respond aggressively, I put this down to them being possessive of you and needing protection.

My two dogs play fantastic together off the lead, but as soon as a third dog tries to play the Husky cross gets jealous and chase them off, however he doesn’t do this if there is an even no of dogs i.e. four.Hope this gives you some reassurance/ confidence

My two boxers are really pretty

all the dogs are so beautiful !!! but none of them like my boxer named keira!!!! :b

My comment on the picture of the 'Picture of a Boxer dog' at the top of the page. I have kept Bullmastiffs for years, and one dog was exactly as the dog on the left of the picture, a lovely Bulmastiff.

I have a dog called Meg she's a rescue dog and she's 6 years old I love her.......

They truly are a wonderful breed, i have two. The top pics though look slightly more like bull mastiffs, their skulls are quite round with very little impart, rather a lot of dewlap as well, still very ..very cute xx

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This is Jake. He is 18 months old and is a fantastic member of our family. This picture is Jake resting on his futon with his favourite toy piggy.


I think dino is the funniest out of the dogs from Amy R

The best Boxer out of all the Boxers has to be Clover. He looks sooooooooo sweet and cute he just makes me laugh. I used to have a dog but she was'nt a Boxer and when i looked on this site I thought most of the pics were ever so cute. I love Dogs!this letter was sent and written by Lauren R who loves dogs xxx

Funny you should say that those aren't boxers. (top picture). I have one that has a pedigree and registered through, AKC, UKC, and CKC, not to mention my family breeds them. They are boxers, just overfed, and lazy (probably older), and all boxer puppies have extra skin in their primary growth areas. Just like a boxer is usually between 55 to 70 lbs, and ours is bordering 85... He is huge and muscular....yet papered to the fullest.

Boxer's they are the best the best

My favorite dog is the boxer my family has had them for years we also show them and have had many good runs with our dogs and hope to continue this success in the ring with my lovely loving boxers

I have a 18 month old Brindle Boxer called Harley, I never knew a lot about boxers before getting him but he is the best dog ever, he is hard work as is very hyper but he loves people, he hugs and kisses them but he's not to sure about other dogs although we have another dog - a 3 year old male Rottweiler and they are best buddies!! But boxers are amazing! Boxers are brilliant with children and elderly, very smart and very alert!!

I HAVE GOT A BOXER AND HE IS CALLED SOX. HE IS ADORABLE. HE IS 1 NOW AND HE HAS FINALLY BEEN HOUSE TRAINED YAHOO!!!!!!!! HE HAS GOT SO MUCH ENERGY AND HE IS THE MOST  FRIENDLIEST DOG. JUST BY LOOKING AT PICS OF OTHER BOXERS I CAN SEE THAT HE IS GROWING FINE. I THOUGHT THAT HE WAS LOOKING A BIT SLIM BUT NOW MY WORRIES HAVE BEEN PUT TO REST!!!!!!!!!!!! OH AND THE COMMENT THAT HAS BEEN LEFT ABOUT THE TOP PICS YES THEY ARE BOXERS!!!!!! THEY DO HAVE A LOT OF SKIN ITS THE WAY THAT THEY ARE SITTING BECAUSE LOOKING AT MY DOG WITH HS COLLAR ON ITS EXACTLY THE SAME!!!!!!! HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYS THEIR BOXERS AS MUCH AS I DO. HE IS A NAUGHTY LITTLE DEVIL BUT WE LOVE HIM TO PIECES!!!!!!

I have had <a href="Dog_Kerry_Blue_Terrier.htm">Kerry Blue</a> Terriers all my life. But now I am getting a Boxer.The main reason is I have always loved the Boxer. My friend has always had Boxer dogs and they are a good dog. They and the Kerry Blue have one thing in common they are protective of their owners and will guard your property without training. My last Kerry Blue sadly passed on at the age of fifteen and a half. I will be getting my Boxer in about three months time. I thought I'd mention the Kerry Blue as you don't hear of them often. They are also, like the Boxer, very good with children. Other sites seem to say the Boxer is not a good guard dog but my friends Boxer's have always been very protective of him and his house. By the way all the pictures on this site of the Boxer are very good. - Thanks.

i LOVE my boxer .. he is so devoted to your family and is always jumping up and down and giving everyone a big slobbery cuddle ! he lovess my baby and is so protective of my baby, he just loves to play with her. he also loves cuddling up with my mastiiff sasha and my gorgeous adorable cute staffy puppy who is only 8 weeks old called daisy. they all play together the whole time !! its soo adorable !

boxers are the best dogs !! and are especially easy to train and listen to all your commands and obey them ! i think everyone should have a boxer ! i recommend them to everyone for children teenagers adults and the elderly they will always be happy to greet you and put a smile on your face and they make EXCELLENT guard dogs !

THOSE PICTURES UP TOP..... THE FIRST TWO PICTURES ARE INDEED BOXERS!

THE TWO DOGS PICTURED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE ARE NOT BOXERS OR ARE EXTREMELY POOR EXAMPLES OF BOXERS... BOXERS DO NOT HAVE FLAPPY NECK SKIN!!!

i love boxers, they are good strong cute loveable dogs!

awwwww hey are so cute my brother wants one i'm getting him one.

dogs are beautiful

I've got a boxer but he will not walk any where he does not know and is scared off lorries and buses. I got him for free but I have had a lot off problems with him. I am never away from a vet.

 
 
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