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From Wikipedia: The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colours are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, and white. Boxers are brachycephalic (they have broad, short skulls), have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws, and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large prey. The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser which became extinct by crossbreeding rather than by a decadence of the breed. The purpose of the crossbreeding was the wish to eliminate the excessive white color of the breed and the necessity of producing thousands of dogs for one of the most popular breeds in the world. The Boxer is part of the Molosser group. This group is a category of solidly built, large dog breeds that all descend from the same common ancestor, the large shepherd dog known as a Molossus. The Boxer is a member of the Working Group.[4]

The first Boxer club was founded in 1895, with Boxers being first exhibited in a dog show for St. Bernards in Munich the next year. Based on 2013 American Kennel Club statistics, Boxers held steady as the seventh-most popular breed of dog in the United States for the fourth consecutive year.[5] However, according to[6] the AKC's website, the boxer is now the eighth-most popular dog breed in the United States.

The head is the most distinctive feature of the Boxer. The breed standard dictates that it must be in perfect proportion to the body and above all it must never be too light.[7] The greatest value is to be placed on the muzzle being of correct form and in absolute proportion to the skull. The length of the muzzle to the whole of the head should be a ratio of 1:3. Folds are always present from the root of the nose running downwards on both sides of the muzzle, and the tip of the nose should lie somewhat higher than the root of the muzzle. In addition a Boxer should be slightly prognathous, i.e., the lower jaw should protrude beyond the upper jaw and bend slightly upwards in what is commonly called an underbite or "undershot bite".[8]

Boxers were originally a docked and cropped breed, and this is still done in some countries. However, due to pressure from veterinary associations, animal rights groups, and the general public, both cropping of the ears and docking of the tail have been prohibited in many countries around the world. A line of naturally short-tailed (bobtail) Boxers was developed in the United Kingdom in anticipation of a tail docking ban there;[9] after several generations of controlled breeding, these dogs were accepted in the Kennel Club (UK) registry in 1998, and today representatives of the bobtail line can be found in many countries around the world. However, in 2008 the FCI added a "naturally stumpy tail" as a disqualifying fault in their breed standard, meaning those Boxers born with a bobtail can no longer be shown in FCI member countries. In the United States and Canada as of 2012, cropped ears are still more common in show dogs, even though the practice of cosmetic cropping is currently opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association.[10] In March 2005 the AKC breed standard was changed to include a description of the uncropped ear, but to severely penalize an undocked tail. The tail of a boxer is typically docked before the cartilage is fully formed, between 3–5 days old. This procedure does not require any anesthesia or sutures when performed at this young age.

Coat and colours
The Boxer is a short-haired breed, with a shiny, smooth coat that lies tight to the body. The recognized colors are fawn and brindle,[4] frequently with a white underbelly and white on the feet. These white markings, called flash, often extend onto the neck or face, and dogs that have these markings are known as "flashy". "Fawn" denotes a range of color, the tones of which may be described variously as light tan or yellow, reddish tan, mahogany or stag/deer red, and dark honey-blonde. In the UK and Europe, fawn Boxers are typically rich in color and are often called "red". "Brindle" refers to a dog with black stripes on a fawn background. Some brindle Boxers are so heavily striped that they give the appearance of "reverse brindling", fawn stripes on a black body; these dogs are conventionally called "reverse brindles", but that is actually a misnomer—they are still fawn dogs with black stripes. In addition, the breed standards state that the fawn background must clearly contrast with or show through the brindling.

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67 Comments on “Dogs 101: Boxer Dog Facts Most Popular German Dog Breeds – Animal Facts”

    1. Yes it has…. Maybe one day I’ll be up there with PewdiePie…. LOL…. Thanks for being here from the beginning. 🙂

  1. i have had 4 boxers over 65 years. all female, all the best family dog you could ask for. they give unconditional love.

    1. I believe it. My family has a female boxer, she’s the sweetest dog ever, always wants to cuddle. I have to say , she’s the best dog we have ever had.

    2. Every female boxer I had(three) shared one common habit: they loved to sit on you, especially when laying down on the couch; even on my chest, didn’t matter. My favorite breed-of-dog!

    3. +Kevin Michael
      Agreed, we got ours a large footstool so she can lay with her head on our lap and her body on the stool.
      No more getting squashed

  2. I think one thing you forgot to mention is their stubbornness. I’m new to owning a boxer and my boxer is only 8 months old but I have noticed that all the time I have spent training him, he knows the commands but sometimes just doesn’t want to do the commands. I have asked several other boxer owners and they have stated that is a trait they have experienced as well. They are very smart and sometimes I think he knows what I’m asking him to do but just doesn’t want to do it. Lol

    1. Kevin Vierra ❤❤❤ Yeah, stubbornness is common among intelligent dogs. You have to be firm with them and not let them get away with it.

    1. +Destiny Rose Oh sweetie, once they’re potty trained, which has been easy for us, an maybe losing an occasional shoe, you won’t have anything but lovins. 😍 Our youngest is 6 and she’s just now getting to the place where she calms down quickly when company comes. We don’t have much company. But if they see you’re a good person, and they’ll know it, they won’t leave you or your company alone. They’re great judges of people.

    1. Boxers are considered a working breed and was originally a fighting breed so ears and tails were docked to prevent potential injuries. Or so some canine historical information sites claim. Kennel club judging rules perpetuated the practice until relatively recently. ( Points used to be deducted if certain breeds weren’t docked properly.)

    1. +matt Harvey do they ever our last boxer lady would sneak one out get up and leave the den leaving it for us to “enjoy “.

    1. My white boxer Baby Huey listened to everything I said, protected me though I never taught her , she would check something out before she barked and never barked without need;; she would bark at someone if they were coming on fast and yellin’. Instinctively protected whomever I allowed in my house- they belonged to her then because they belonged to her mama, me! I never taught ‘er much actually, she just always did what was right and expected and needed, things that I wasn’t aware needed to be done or would’ve been too slow to decide or order done. She actually taught me to be more choosy and decisive in my company and in situations that I was too naive to know were bad. She was the best.

  3. I have a 55lb boxer and 65lb boxer. They’re both giant lap dogs who love to goof around, cuddle and protect the house…as goofy as they are they take their guard duty verrrry seriously lol. I love em to death

    1. Jennifer Barnes yasss I’ll get ready for bed and walk into my room and boom my boxers laying across my bed spread out 😐

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