The Boxer is an energetic, fun loving breed of dog whose ancestors are German mastiff-type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and Barenbeiszer. The dogs were bred indiscriminately. Over time, the Bullenbeiszer became smaller and was called the Brabanter.
These strong and agile dogs were used by the elite for hunting wild boar, deer and bear. The dogs’ ears were cropped to avoid being injured by the game animals. Their strong jaws enabled them to seize and hold the prey for the hunter, while his recessed nose allowed him to breathe.
In about 1830 the Brabanter was bred with the English Bulldog ancestor. These dogs were white in color and often used by cattle dealers to round up livestock. Because of their ability to learn tricks easily, and their clownish nature, they were also popular circus dogs.
By the early 1900’s the Boxer was well established in North America and was soon recognized by the American Kennel Club. Since that time, the handsome Boxer has grown steadily in popularity to become one of the most widely adopted pets in America.
Is a Boxer the Right Breed of Dog For You?
A dog lover who chooses a Boxer as a pet should consider the activity level and lifestyle of the family. Boxers will not do well in a family where they will be left alone all day while their people are at work. Training must begin at an early age to teach appropriate behavior. They need consistent physical and mental exercise to keep from becoming bored and destructive. If you are willing and able to give the Boxer the time he needs you will have a loyal, loving, lively and intelligent companion.
Boxer Dog Breed Facts and Information
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Size: All roughly mid-sized
- Height: 22.5 – 25 inches (male)
21 – 23.5 (female)
- Weight 65 – 80 pounds (male)
50 – 64 pounds (female)
- Color: Fawn Boxer
Both varieties may have white flashing and black mask.
- Exercise Needs: Moderate
- Grooming Demands: Minimal
- Life Expectancy: 8 – 10 years
- Good With Children: Yes, with supervision.
- Ease of Training: Moderate