Meet the Boxer
The Boxer is an energetic, playful and fun-loving companion to family and friends. He is alert, dignified and self-confident. The well-bred Boxer is even-tempered and fearless with no signs of aggression or hyperactivity. In general, the breed is extremely loyal to his family and can be wary of strangers, thus making him a good candidate as a watch or guard dog.
The ideal Boxer is of medium size with a square build. His nose is broad and the top of his muzzle appears slightly pushed in, leaving the jaw a bit undershot. His coat is short, shiny and tight to the body. The colours are fawn and brindles of varying shades. Markings on the face should always enhance the Boxer expression. He has twinkling dark eyes that show intelligence and emotions and he wrinkles up his face to show expressions of curiosity, excitement, happiness, surprise, or sadness.
Today, the Boxer is often seen participating in various dog sports including Obedience, Tracking, Agility and, due to his natural instincts to guard and defend, he is also seen training in Schutzhund. Boxers are also seen work as Search and Rescue Dogs, Service Dogs, and Therapy Dogs.
A Bit of Breed History:
The Boxer as a unique breed originated in the late 1800s in the Munich area of Germany. The breed was developed to produce a medium sized security dog by combining various breeds including the Bulldog and the mastiff-type dog known as the Brabant Bullenbeisser. By 1895, a Boxer Club was formed in Munich and the first Boxer Standard was developed as a guide for future breeding. Much of this first standard still remains in the standards of today.
The breed was imported to North America after World War I and the popularity of the Boxer breed began in the late 1930s.
For more indepth reading on the history of the breed, see Short History of the Boxer Breed from the American Boxer Club.
Did you know?
· The Boxer was one of the first breeds selected in Germany for police dog training.
· The Boxer Club of Canada was founded in 1947 and has members from across Canada and in the United States.
· The Boxer was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.
· The Boxer is ranked 10th most registered breed by the American Kennel Club
· Between 1947 and 1970, the Boxer breed won four “Best in Show” awards at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club.
A Few Facts
~ The adult male Boxer ranges from 22 1/2 to 25 inches (57-64 cm) at the withers. The female is slightly smaller at 21 to 23 1/2 inches (53-60 cm).
~ Adult male Boxers can weigh from 65 to 85 pounds and females in general weigh about 15 pounds less.
~ Typically, the Boxer does not bark without cause and is known to have an uncanny sense to distinguish between friend and foe.
~ One of the distinguishing characteristics of the breed is his uniquely expressive face.
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Here are just a few stories of Boxers who have become famous for one reason or another:
The most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to Sergeant through combat is said to be a Boxer named Stubby. He fought in 17 battles saving his regiment from mustard gas attacks, found and comforted wounded soldiers, and even caught a German spy. Although there are rumours that Stubby was a Pit Bull, many historical books confirm that Sergeant Stubby was a Boxer.
Simon, an 80-pound Boxer, served as a guide dog and companion for his visually impaired owner for four years. One morning, as Simon walked with his owner, David Furukawa and his son Will to school, a speeding car ran through a stop sign and barrelled toward them as they were crossing the road. Witnesses say the courageous guide dog sprung into action by pushing David’s son out of the oncoming vehicle’s path, sadly taking the brunt of the impact on himself. David was knocked to the pavement and suffered a broken elbow, knee and heel. As David was rushed to the hospital, a badly injured Simon refused to leave the boy’s side as he was transported to his nearby home. When Simon was sure that Will was okay, he laid down on the floor and tragically was overcome by his wounds. “He sacrificed himself to make sure my son was OK,” a grateful David said of Simon. “His legacy will live on…forever.”
Carmen, a 9-year old Boxer, rose to Internet fame after she tried desperately to save the life of her owner, Ben Ledford, from a house fire in Ohio. First responders to the fire found Carmen on top of Ben Ledford, trying to shelter his face from the heat, smoke and flame, according to WCPO. Ledford died in hospital and Carmen was taken to a critical care veterinary hospital where she battled severe lung damage and smoke inhalation. Carmen has since been taken in by her owner’s brother, Phil. Fans of Carmen donated more than $29,000 toward her care on the Crowdrise website. Phil Ledford said: “It’ll be tough in that sense, seeing Carmen everyday, because she will remind me of Ben, but it’ll be like having a piece of him around.”
We would like to acknowledge and thank those who provided us with photos of their beautiful dogs to use in this Boxer Spotlight page:
- Redsand Boxers- www.redsandboxers.com
- Tanoak Boxers Perm. Reg’d – www.tanoakboxers.com
- Zarah Boxers- www.zarahboxers.com
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