The Boxer is known to be a charming and friendly family dog that is loyal to its family. However, his courage and a strong sense of duty also make him an excellent guard dog. He is always ready to play and is known to be extremely fond of children. Occasionally he is quite boisterous or he tries to get his way with stubbornness. With loving consistency, however, you can quickly show him who’s the boss in the house, especially since he’s really easy to train.
- FCI Standard No. 144
- Origin: Germany
- Group 2: Pinschers and Schnauzers – Molossoids – Swiss Mountain Dogs
- Height at the withers: Males: 57-63 cm | Bitches: 53-59 cm
- Life expectancy: 7-10 years
- the docile family dog, alert
- Tendency to drool and snore
- don’t do well against heat
- very active, energetic dog
- only became an adult mentally at the age of 3
- friendly being
German Boxer Nature
He is always ready to work, spirited, and very active into old age. So that he does not suffer any physical or mental damage, he needs a lot of exercise and activity. If you know how to motivate him accordingly, he can achieve top performance in dog sports. In general, the Boxer is a warm and affectionate family dog who also makes an excellent nanny as they are completely dependable with children and never take offense.
However, it ultimately depends on the role model of its owner, whether he will be well behaved or rather a boorish nature. The Boxer is valued by its owners for its balanced and calm nature. He is attentive to strangers, but always good-natured and friendly.
In the family and with the children he is playful. He is patient and has strong nerves at the same time and has healthy self-confidence. When the situation calls for it, his protective instinct awakens and he defends his family to the last.
The historical roots of the boxer lie in the Middle Ages. At that time, the various bull biters were bred at the princely courts in Europe for use in hunting bears and wild boar. This resulted in the different breeds of the Mastiff, the English Bulldog, and the Bordeaux Mastiff. The Brabanter Bullenbeisser and the Alans also have their origins there.
The Brabant Bullenbeisser is considered the direct ancestor of the Boxer. The Bullenbeisser was still very popular in the Middle Ages because it was very useful for the population. With the invention and spread of firearms, however, it lost its importance. The first publicly exhibited boxer was named “Flock”; however, it was shown at an event organized by the St. Bernhard Club, which had agreed to set up an experimental class for the boxer.
That was in Munich in 1895, the same year in which the Boxer Club was founded. The initiator was a man named Robert – by the way, he was also the judge at the St. Bernhard Club show. Since Floki is the only one! boxer who was entered at all, he of course also received the first prize.
The Emergence of the Breed
It was common at the time to cross the Bullenbeisser with the Bulldog. This is how the dog initially known as the Bierboxer (name from the Munich area) was obtained. He was later called the “German Boxer” and in 1895 the first German Boxer Club was founded – also in Munich.
This was followed in quick succession by the founding of boxer associations in other countries. As already mentioned, the first was the Boxer Klub e. V. in Munich, known as BK Munich (est. 1895). 11 years later the Swiss Boxer Club – SBC – was founded, followed by the Austrian Boxer Club ÖBK, founded in 1921.
There is an international boxing federation called Atibox (Association technique international du boxer), to which the individual national boxing federations have joined. All individual local and national groups of the respective clubs organize their annually recurring performance tests, as well as regional and national breed shows. The most important events are the national championships and of course the world championships.
Origin of the Breed
In the Middle Ages, before the use of firearms in Germany, wide-mouthed dogs with protruding lower jaws were used to hunt bulls and to hunt red and wild boars. These strong dogs could bite firmly into the game and still take a breath. The mastiff-like breeds known as the Bullenbiter and Bärenbiter, while excellent guard dogs, were also abused in animal fights.
When fighting dogs were no longer used for hunting and animal fighting was banned in the 18th century, these dogs survived mainly with butchers and cattle dealers. The breed is known today as the Boxer originated towards the end of the 19th century, but the name was first mentioned around 1860 and the first pure breeding of the breed allegedly began in the same year.
In 1924 the Boxer was recognized as a service dog breed. Today, however, the boxer is only used extremely rarely as a service dog. Most of the time you get him as a family dog. Less commonly used as a sport or companion dog. In some cases, they are used for work as a rescue dogs or for tracking. Boxers were impressed with their visual appearance. One sees a strong, stocky, and compact dog, which, however, appears anything but ponderous.
On the contrary: the boxer exudes aristocratic elegance and looks downright noble. However, it should be noted that the boxer is sensitive to heat and cold, so the owner must take this into account on both hot and cold days.