The Boxer was bred in Germany from the Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser ('bull-biter'). It was bred to
chase, bite, and hold onto large game such as dear and boar. The Boxer's name may be derived from the German
'Box' for 'short trousers' or from the dog's tendency to stand on its hind legs and swing its forelegs when fighting or
playing. U.S. Soldiers brought the Boxer home to America where it became a popular pet (the seventh most popular
U.S. Breed as of 2006) after World War II. In the last century, Boxers have also been put to work as messenger dogs,
guard dogs, cattle herders, and police dogs.
The Boxer has a shoulder height of 53-63 cm (21-25 in) and weighs 24-32 kg (53-70 lbs). Boxers are strong, compact,
and agile, with broad powerful jaws and a small nose which enables it to breathe while hanging onto an animal.
Boxers have docked tails and may have cropped ears. They have a distinctive head with long lower jaws and broad
muzzles. The Boxer’s head should be unwrinkled, with slight wrinkles on the forehead when concentrating. The
Boxer has an arched skull, sloping shoulders, and high tail. Boxers carry themselves proudly.
The Boxer has a short, smooth, shiny coat. It may be fawn (light tan, yellow, or light reddish), brindle (light/dark
striped), or red. A black mask around the nose and jaws and white markings (“flashings”) on the belly, chest, and feet
are possible, but white should not cover more than a third of the Boxer. The Boxer is an average shedder.
The Boxer is happy, friendly, intelligent, attentive, and loyal. Boxers develop strong, close bonds with family. They
have lots of energy and a serious demeanor, though they can be clownish and playful as well. They like to grab and
carry around just about anything they can in their mouths. Boxers tend to get rowdy when the food bowl is empty.
They make excellent guardians and companions.
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