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It would be difficult to offer a better description than that written over 50 years ago by the woman who would likely be considered the mother... and possibly the salvation.. of the breed..

"The Boxer, however, is a gentleman amongst dogs with short coats. He not only wants the best food, he wants to be handled in a civilized manner too. He can easily be upset by his master and this is called being leader-sensitive. He cannot stand a hard hand or injustice. It is true that he is pig-headed and every one has a personality of its own. His real job is to be a house and family dog and to be a friend to the children." (Stockmann, My Life With Boxers, p. 116)

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General Information
Group(s): Working Height: 21-25 inches
Weight: 55-75 pounds Longevity: 12 years
Colors: brindle and white, fawn and white, white also appears often associated with health issues and undesirable, do not be fooled by those that would try to sell such a dog as 'rare' Coat type: very short and smooth
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: strong, thickly muscled,short muzzle, docked tail, cropped or uncropped ears
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: generally high
General Nature: exceptional
  with Children: very good
  with other pets: very good
  with dogs: very good
Socialization requirements: required for a dog that will be comfortable in a wide variety of circumstances and people
Ideal home characteristics: understanding of energy requirements, fenced yard, time to spend with the dog
Temperament Notes: a well bred and properly reared Boxer lives up to remarkable claims as a joy to be around. Without this, they can be fearful, badly mannered, jumping, noisy and very destructive
Training requirement: socialization, basic manners and play at a minimum
Trainer notes: This breed can often seem to have a second sense of what their people prefer.  At the same time, they can be so attached to family that separation can cause serious anxiety resulting in a noisy, destructive dog.  Training methods must be positive and supportive to help build confidence and good coping skills.  Antagonistic methods can result in a sulking, depressed dog who is a joy to no one.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1895
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: cattle and butcher's dog, companion and served in WWI
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: White, too big, poorly boned,
Health Notes: Cardiomyopathy, Hypothyroidism, Drug Intolerances, Incontinence, Heart Problems, AS/SAS, Canine Hip Dysplasia,
Health Testing: OFA or Penn Hip, Thyroid Panel, Holter,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Boxers?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What health problems do Boxers have?
  • What health problems do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • Why did you choose the sire of this litter?
  • What criteria do you look for in your breeding stock?
  • Do you keep a puppy from your litters?
  • Why do you breed Boxers?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What do you consider a suitable temperament for a Boxer?
  • What recommendations do you have for training and socializing a puppy?
Web Sites: - exceptional resource with toys and other products for Boxers and other dogs as well as the sponsor of DigitalDog's Boxer Profile - Solid information about the things to consider prior to getting a Boxer, and how to live with one once you've made that commitment. - wonderful Boxer rescue focusing on Georgia and Alabama but be sure to contact them for references to reliable Boxer resources/rescues elsewhere.


It is quite dismaying that the American Boxer Club does not find rescue important enough to dedicate any of their site to it.  Plenty of information about breeders and shows and awards but NOTHING about rescue!  It's a wonder given the number of people across this nation that are kept very busy with the rescue of this breed alone.  Certainly Boxers deserve a national network and the ABC is the ideal organization for supporting and initiating such a system.

Other Resources
Breed standard: The Standard of the American Boxer Club


Breeder Ethics:

 - Code of Ethics from the American Boxer Club

Other: I love Boxers! This is one of the few dogs that actually has a sense of humor. Very creative, courageous, and fun to be with! Will stand up on hind legs and use front paws as hands (like in fighting) hence the name Boxer.
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