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Boxer Dog History

Boxer Dog Background & Breed History

The Boxer breed has been around for a long time and can be traced back to when Alexander the Great owned Mastiff type dogs. The breed was not classified with specific characteristics till the late 1800's. The first Boxers which were of today's standards were bred in Germany. These were dogs that were bred for hunting and holding prey and as such they needed to have the wide, undershot lower jaw for biting and holding prey while also being small and active. The first uniform type which met the standards for a Boxer was bred between 1860 and 1870. Later a Boxer Club was founded in Munich in 1895. The popular family Boxer of today is a descendant of the Munich Boxer Club "beer Boxer".

The Munich Boxer Club established the Boxer breed standard and these standards are still followed this day. The standard describes the features that should be possessed by a modern day Boxer. These features include…

  • Medium size and square build with strong, short back legs. Body should be lean and muscular with a tight coat.
  • The head should be correct proportion to the body and should posses the Boxer's distinct feature of a broad, blunt muzzle.
  • Male Boxers are usually around 22 1/2 to 25 inches while females are 21 to 23 1/2 inches. Males are larger boned than females.

The specifications for today's Boxer breeding standards are contained in a studbook. These guidelines are a reference for Boxer breeders and used by Judges at dog shows as a basis for scoring.

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