Boxer – a dog known throughout the world. They are very popular both in America and in Europe and the CIS countries, and this breed originated from Germany. In fact, they are the descendants of the large German hunting dogs Bullenbeisser, and also have bulldog blood. Bullenbeiser was used as a hunting dog with which they even went for a bear, as well as for wild boar, deer, elk, and, in general, for big game.
Over time, hunting for big game has become less, but the number of farms, on the contrary, has increased. Accordingly, the ancestors of the boxers moved from hunters to guards of the estates, and also performed a host of other functions, being universal dogs that could be entrusted with various tasks, including dragging a small cart to the market with the owner.
The boxer dog line started from the moment when the Munich bitch Bullenbeiser took a walk with a male of an unknown suit, most likely with a purebred yard dog. It is believed that the litter that was born to them was the first boxers. More precisely, the male of this litter named Lechner is considered the progenitor of the breed. And it all happened at the end of the 19th century.
The first boxers, Lechner’s children, were registered as a Bierboxer or Modern Bullenbeiser, but then his “daughter” was paired with a male bulldog, resulting in dogs that were first presented at a dog show in Munich (and later registered) as boxers.
The most famous were the male Floki, and the female (daughter of sister Floki) with an intricate name (this is not even a nickname) Meta von der Passage. Original. But! A lot of modern pedigrees date back to her, as she gave birth to a lot of puppies with excellent indicators. Boxers of those years differed from modern ones, it is a fact, in particular, they were more squat, but there are much more common features than differences. In America, the first individuals appeared in 1903, and won the favor of American dog breeders.
Boxers are also one of the first dog breeds to be used as police and military. Unfortunately, they were also used for dog fights.
The physique is athletic, muscular, muscles are well drawn. The hind legs are longer than the front, the limbs are of medium length, the whole body is folded in proportion. The muzzle is short, slightly flattened, ears folded, if not stopped. The chest is voluminous, the abdominal cavity is pronounced. The color is red, brindle, white, brindle with white spots, and the coat is short.
Boxer dog breed has a very friendly and curious character. She is fully focused on her family and master, smart, understanding, has a noble temperament, composure and great patience. This breed has a high level of energy, it is fidgets that need a variety of activities, including training, walking in nature, playing with other dogs and people.
And, at the same time, a boxer can not be on the street for a long time, neither in winter, when it is too cold, nor in summer, when it is too hot. Here is such a controversial creature. The thing is that in the summer, due to the short muzzle, the dog’s body does not cool properly, and in winter, due to the short coat, it does not retain heat. Therefore, if in the winter you have a long walk somewhere, it is better to dress the dog in a special jumpsuit.
By the way, if you have a private house and your yard, and you want the dog to be more outdoors, make sure that there is a thick shadow, and do not be lazy to water the pet from the hose. On a hot day, he will be glad of it. But in winter it will have to be kept in the house, there are no options.
Inside his family, the boxer is incredibly affectionate, loyal and loving dog, which is distinguished by obedience and responsiveness. He loves to play, fooling around and in general often behaves very funny, catching on himself the loving glances of the owners – this dog certainly likes it. He adapts well to various living conditions, and can easily live in a city apartment if he receives a sufficient number of walks and activities described above.
A boxer dog has a low level of aggression, and rarely quarrels with other dogs, or even less so with other people. This is possible, since the pet will always protect its owners, but the first he will not rush at someone else’s dog for no reason – such cases are extremely rare. One of the legendary qualities of a boxer is his attitude to children, and great patience in communicating with them. Even a small child who is still not very good at behaving with a dog will not cause a negative reaction in this breed. If this happens, then this is an isolated case, an exception to the rule.
With respect to strangers, the dog is cautious, and at first glance it seems as if it might not even notice an outsider, although, in fact, the dog is always on the alert. If this is a family friend, and he knows how to behave with a dog, she will answer him positively, but with restraint. After all, the breed boxer is known for its vigilance – this is an excellent watchman.