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Boxer

The gracious family dog! (other names: Deutscher Boxer, German Boxer)

Boxer
origin:Germany
life expectancy:11-12 years
classification:Working dog
height:53 to 63 cm
weight:25 to 32 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperatefeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

Boxers are a breed of medium-sized, stocky, short-haired dog with a smooth fawn or brindled coat and square-jawed muzzle. The opinions about the origin of this breed are that the Boxer was develop in Germany, having as its ancestors two German mastiff type dogs, the Barenbeiszer and the  Bullenbeisser, that were later crossed with the powerful ancestors of the Mastiff and the English Bulldog. Others say that the breed descended from a line of dogs known throughout the whole of Europe since the 16th century including old fighting dogs of the high valleys of Tibet. It is generally accepted that today’s Boxer is a mix of Danziger and Brabanter Bullenbeissers with other Bavarian and foreign breeds. "Boxer" is an English name, supposedly derived from the breed’s  fighting style: it starts a fight standing on its two hind legs and "boxing" with its two front paws. They were first used as hunting, bull-baiting and cart-pulling dogs and later cattle dogs. Being quick learners, they were also used to perform tricks at theater and circus. The breed was stabilized by the beginning of the 20th century both as to its appearance (one of the most distinctive of all dogs) and character which became very gently. The high intelligent, devoted  Boxer is currently used in  watchdogging, guarding, police work, military work, search and rescue, competitive obedience, and tricks performing.  It is also a loving companion extremely patient with children.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The size of the Boxer varies from country to country. The ideal Boxer is a medium-sized, compact, powerful and square-built dog of good substance with short, straight, back, strong and well boned limbs, and balanced musculature. The topline is slightly sloping when the Boxer is alert, leveling out when in motion. The chest is deep, impressive and well ribbed, allowing space for lung expansion and the forechest is well-defined and visible from the side. The loins are short, powerful and well-muscled allowing for freedom of movement and an elegant stride, reinforced by broad, long tighs, curved and very powerful. The lower stomach line is slightly tucked up, blending into a graceful curve to the rear. The chiseled head, with a slightly arched skull,  is in proportion to the body, lean and unwrinkled. Wrinkles typically appear upon the forehead when ears are erect, and are always present from the lower edge of the stop running downward on both sides of the muzzle which is proportionately developed in length, width, and depth. The dark mask is limited to muzzle. The gracefully, pugnacious, up-turned nose is large and black with very open nostrils. The lower jaw extends beyond the upper one, curving  upward. The upper lip is thick and padded and the lower lip droops slightly. The ears, thin and moderate in size, are highly set and ly flat and close to the cheeks when the dog is relaxed, falling forward with a definite crease when the animal is alert. Dark brown eyes, frontally placed, are not too small, too protruding, or too deepset. The flashing eyes combined with their wrinkled brow, gives the Boxer an extremelly inteligent and alert expression.The tail is set high, tradittionally docked, and carried upward. The close-fitting coat, short, shiny and smooth, comes in colours that range from red-fawn, through various shades of brindle, with degrees of white.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Boxer is very docile, affectionate and devoted to its master and household, but distrustful of strangers. However, known visitors will be welcomed boisterously. Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful breed, never false or treacherous, and tend to be very good, even stoical with children. However their stamina and exuberance may be too much for very young children. Also Boxers take a long time to mature (around 3 years), can be rather boisterous  and love to jump at people.  But being highly intelligent and eager and quick to learn, they can be trained to be obedient. However  due to their strong personality, that can make them to be stubborn and sneaky at times, the training must be started at an early age and be firm and consistent. When properly brought-up and socialized, Boxers will also get along with other dogs and other household pets. This breed is noted for its courage and makes great guard dogs, easily restraining an intruder with its power-pack body. They are lively companions and excellent house protectors.
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Health [ edit ]

Some major concerns are cancers, progressive retinal atrophy, cardiomyopathy, gastric torsion (bloat), epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. Also tendency for allergies and excessive flatulence.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

The boxer was one of the first breeds selected in Germany for police training!
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23.03
Dogfan22 said:
i like this breed