silhouette see standards
cut Males 57-63cm; females 53-59 cm
hair Shaved, hard, shiny, tight
dress Fawn or brindle, white markings, black mask
head Well proportioned, broad muzzle
eyes Dark, not too small or globular
ear Set high, applied against the cheek at rest
tail Tied up, left natural
behaviour Calm, balanced, courageous, vigilant
federation Nomenclature FCI group 2 section 2 no 144
The Boxer is a canine breed of German origin, which is part of the molosser family. It was created as a defense dog with the aim of finding the original Bullenbeisser breed which, through uncontrolled crossings, had become too aggressive (Bierboxer). Development The Boxer (or Deutscher Boxer) is the result of a cross made in 1888 by Friederich Roberts, Erald Konig and Rudolf Hopner with the aim of finding the original, more stable breed. For this they used a German Bierboxer male and a brindle English Bulldog female, named Alt's Flora and imported from France by George Alt in Munich. You should know that a little earlier, the Bulldog (or Bulldog in English) deserved its name better than today. Indeed, it was more lively and was used for both dog fights and dog-bull confrontations. It is therefore a more valiant and agile Bulldog than the one known today that was used for the creation of the first Boxer. A fawn and white male born from this mating, Lechner's Box, was then mated to his mother, who gave birth to Alt's Flora II and Alt's Schecken (already considered Bullenbeisser). In 1895, Schecken, bred to a white Bulldog, registered as Dr Toneissen's Tom, gave birth to Mühlbauer's Flocki, the first Boxer registered in the German Stud Book, in 1904. Off-Standard There are also sufficiently numerous individuals to be reported but whose characteristics exclude them from the standard. Like the Black Boxer. White Boxers Boxers with white markings covering more than a third of their coat - usually called white Boxers - are neither rare nor albino: about 20-25% of all Boxers born are white. They are dark beige or brindle, with white markings that are too large or misplaced compared to what the breed standards define. White Boxers are more likely to suffer from sunburn and skin cancer than colored Boxers. The gene that is responsible for white markings is linked to congenital deafness in dogs. It is estimated that nearly 18% of white Boxers are deaf in one or both ears, although Boxer rescue organizations see double that number. In the past, breeders often euthanized white puppies at birth, today most breeders place white puppies in pet stores on the condition that they are neutered. White Boxers are excluded from dog shows due to breed standards, and are prohibited from breeding by all national Boxer clubs worldwide. They can compete in events like obedience and agility, and like their colored counterparts they are suitable as a working or therapy dog. The Miniature Boxers This section is empty, insufficiently detailed or incomplete. Your help is welcome ! Diseases The Boxer can be affected by various diseases to which serious breeders pay attention. Breeders should be screened for hip dysplasia and other genetic conditions such as spondylosis or aortic stenosis. The Boxer is also prone to tumors.
The ancestor of the Boxer, the Bullenbeisser, was a very courageous and very powerful, proud and loyal dog who was appreciated by breeders and traders (butchers, brewers, etc.) to ensure the defense of their property. He is also known to have been the faithful ally of a famous bandit: Mathias Klostermaier. Following the travels of its masters and the resulting crosses, the Bullenbeisser became the Bierboxer (or Bierhunde, brewer's dog), a more aggressive animal, sometimes becoming uncontrollable.
He is a tender brutal, the most marked character trait is undoubtedly his exuberance. The Boxer is balanced, courageous, calm, combative, frank, attached to his family and his master, very docile towards children, but he remains suspicious of strangers. He can be very stubborn, which means that someone who is not defined as his hierarchical superior (animal or human) will find it difficult to impose his choices on him. This is why it is important that the master defines himself clearly in relation to him and that strict rules are imposed on him from an early age. Of a rather dominating temperament, he will always seek to cross the limits imposed on him with a master who is too weak in personality. Both docile and combative, he will be a major ally for his family and friends but can become a formidable enemy towards a stranger deemed too aggressive. This is to preserve not only his hierarchical rank, but also and above all his family, for which he could give his life. On the other hand, he will know how to be extremely cuddly with all those around him, adults, children and animals. With a sense of family and very protective, children will be safe with this faithful and devoted playmate. Very playful and full of energy, he needs space and an attentive family, available to accompany him in his leisure time. He is definitely not a lonely dog. Very friendly with other animals, it can happen to him to be rejected, because of his overflowing energy and his great curiosity, by animals with a calmer behavior. Despite this energy, he is very obedient and a good education will teach him to keep quiet as soon as the situation requires it. At home, he will be relaxed and calm to let off steam later on a walk. Its docility makes it a rather easy dog to train provided you devote enough time to it. A Boxer left to his own devices will be unhappy and more unpredictable.