The Boxer gets its name from the way it positions its front legs in play:just as a human boxer does. It is the descendant of a long line of bulldog-type dogs that were common in medieval Europe. The Boxer is related to the English Bulldog and Great Dane as well as the Mastiff of Tibet.
It was first found in Germany. The breed was originally bred to participate in the blood sports of dog fighting and bullbaiting. What was once a fierce temperament has been removed, and today the Boxer is an intelligent, even tempered family dog.It has been used as a guide dog for the blind and for police work.
Size:Height 22 1/2-25 inches (males) and 21-23 1/2 inches (females)
Weight:70 lbs. (males) and females are 60 lbs.
Color:Brindle or fawn, generally with white markings and a darker face or mask.
Eyes:Dark, alert-looking eyes.
Ears:Ears are cropped and erect or folded just above the top of the skull.
Body Structure:The Boxer has a deep chest and level topline. It has well-bent rear legs and a docked tail carried high. His head shows his mastiff heritage, with an undershot jaw and fairly well-broken, upward muzzle.
Hair Coat:Short, easy to care for haircoat.
Possible Health Problems:Skin tumors, digestive problems, hypothyroidism and corneal ulcers are fairly common; some may develop hip dysplasia, colitis, bleeding disorders; early death may occur due to a faulty heart.
The Boxer is a very fun loving, energetic dog. It is very alert and a good watchdog. It is very intelligent and good with children.
Because of his energy level, the Boxer requires obedience training. It may challenge other males and needs plenty of exercise.