Boxer Dog Breed

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Boxer Dog Breed

About the Boxer Dog Breed

The Boxer originated around the 18th century and was used for fighting and bull baiting. More recently, however, the breed has become a popular choice as a family pet or police and military dog.

Boxer Physical Characteristics

The Boxer is a large muscular dog with a square head and high tucked abdomen. Its ears are erect and its lips are droopy.


Usually tan or fawn, but it can also be brindle or black and white.


Short and slick.

Boxer Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Boxer dog breed loves to play and gets along well with kids.

Things to Consider

The breed will need some training and will require a lot of attention.

Boxer Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The breed fares well in the country or city.

Special Requirements

The Boxer dog breed requires substantial exercise daily.

Boxer Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Boxers:


Boxer History and Background

The Brabenter Bullenbeiser and the Danziger Bullenbeiser are the two extinct central European breeds from which the present day Boxer is derived. Bullenbeiser stands for bull-biter, and these types of dogs were helpful in chasing large game such as small bear, deer and wild boar in the forests. The dogs hung on to the prey until the hunter came and killed it. To achieve this, an agile and strong dog with a recessed nose and a powerful broad jaw was necessary. These were the same qualities which were sought in a dog used for bull baiting, a sport that was popular in several European countries. The English favored the Bulldog for the sport, while Germans used large mastiff-like dogs.

In and around the 1830s, efforts were made by German hunters to form a new breed by crossing their Bullenbeisers with mastiff-like dogs for size, and with Bulldogs and terriers for tenacity. The crossbreed that was created was a hardy and agile dog with a strong grip and a streamlined body. When British law put an end to bull baiting, the Germans used the dogs mainly as butcher’s dogs, taking charge of cattle in slaughter yards.

In 1895, a boxer was entered into a dog exhibition and the following year the first Boxer club, Deutscher Boxer Club, was established. It is thought that the name Boxer might have originated from the German word, Boxl – the name by which the dog was known as in the slaughterhouses. Being among the first breeds to function as military or police dogs in Germany, the Boxer later established itself as a utility dog, show dog and family pet by 1900. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904, but it was not until the 1940s that it began to make gains in popularity. Over the years it has come to be one of the most popular companion dogs in the United States, currently standing as the sixth most popular breed in the U.S.

Boxer National Clubs and/or Organizations

American Boxer Club, Inc.
7106 N 57th St
Omaha, NE 68152

Boxer Fun Fact(s)

The Boxer dog was purportedly named for the way it fights. It stands up and boxes with its paws.

By: Chewy Editorial


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