Boxers have a stocky and powerful build, an elegant stride and noble appearance. Originally from Germany, Boxers were brought to the United States after the end of World War I. As a result of this, there is now a distinction between German Boxers, American Boxers, and even UK Boxers.
The main distinctions between the German and American Boxer is that the American Boxer has shiny, tight skin and coat. They stand differently than their German counterpart as a result of differences in their ankles, knuckles, and paws. You can see that that the American Boxer has a wider nose and muzzle. There is also a slight difference in bone size between these two types.
Despite differences between German, UK, and American Boxers, they are not different breeds and are all considered Boxers.
Body: Stocky, powerful, and impressive with an elegantly crested neck, short muscular back and well-arched ribs
Coat: Short, shiny, smooth, and tight to the body
Color: Fawn and brindle
Ears: Thin and set wide apart. Cropped or natural. When the ears are erect the forehead wrinkles
Eyes: Dark, alert, intelligent, and expressive
Feet: Small, compact, and cat-like with hard, black pads and arched toes
Head: Somewhat rounded with a pronounced stop. A well-padded muzzle, strong jowls and broad, black, upturned nose. Wrinkles develop when he pricks his ears
Legs: Forelegs are long, straight, well-muscled, and well-boned. Hind legs are angled and well-muscled with powerful loins
Neck: Long, rounded, muscular, and well-arched
Weight: 55 – 70 pounds (25 – 32kg)
Height: 21 – 25 inches (53 – 63cm)
Tail: Docked, high-set, and carried upward
- Recommended for Novice handlers
- Recommended for families with children
The Boxer will adapt to most any home environment as long as they have human companionship. They love adults and adore children but may be a bit too large and enthusiastic for toddlers. His size and playfulness may result in calamity or even unintentional destruction in the home.
Boxers have a stocky and powerful build, an elegant stride, noble appearance, and proud personality. They are sensitive and sometimes stubborn but almost always playful and loving with family and friends. Early socialization and training are important for developing a confident and obedient Boxer.
He is a very sociable dog who will seek out your attention, and the attention of anyone around you, whenever possible. The German Boxer breed of dog is athletic, muscular and puppy-like with an endless amount of energy for playing, taking long walks, and other sport-like activities.
A great watchdog and devoted companion, the Boxer is also clean and quiet, and happy and affectionate. They can be handled by a novice who is capable of being firm yet gentle, and also very thorough in training. The German Boxer is a strong-willed dog who will respond best to positive, rewarding obedience training but may become recluse if mistreated or punished in an effort to make them learn your commands.
AKC Group: Working Group
Originally used as guard dogs and for bullbaiting. They were also used to hunt boar, bear, bison, and deer.
Boxers are currently used to herd cattle, guide the blind, and assist the police in search and seizure missions.