Boxer Breed Origines and Caracteristics
The elegant boxer appearance that we know nowadays is relatively recent. But this breed was originated in the Medieval Age, in Bavaria. The bullenbeisser, the Brabante mastiff, the mastiff and the bulldog contributed to the creation of a new adapted breed for large game hunting and dog fighting as well that were appreciated in the past. Until 1890, the boxer was bigger and heavier than today and it was similar to the mastiff. In 1896, Boxer Friends Club was created in Germany; thanks to them and through a severe selection, the boxer got their current harmonious aspect and its outstanding character qualities. The first standard was fixed in 1904 and in 1926, the boxer was internationally recognized as a guard and defense dog. The current standard pays special attention to the well-proportioned physical appearance, with all the parts of the body harmoniously balanced among each other. The correlation between the mouth and the height of the head is important. The snout should not be too short and it is better that its length gets closer to the height of the head.
The boxer is intelligent, quiet and easy to dominate, and at the same time it is an excellent guardian. It is a good partner and it loves children. It usually keeps its character to an advanced age, while otherbecome capricious with time. Its hair is short, bright and very close to the body and it does not require any special care, it contributes to make it well-appreciated as a pet dog.
Size: female 57-63 cm, female 53-59 cm. Weight: male 30-32 kg, female 28 kg approximately. Colors: yellow or straw-color (1) the tonalities of yellow go from orange to light yellow. The yellowish red fur (2) is considered the most elegant. The face has a dark mask. The straw-colored boxers have dark transversal strips on a light color background (within the aforementioned tonalities). The white patches are allowed provided that they are not a sign of lack of pigmentation; they should exceed a third of the body surface. The dog should not have a white head or its skin on the head should not be colorless.
The ears are cut pointy (3), but in many countries this practice is forbidden. If they are not cut, the ears keep their original shape (4).