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About the Boxer
The American Boxer
Club , the parent club of the American Boxer, developed a Standard that describes what the ideal Boxer should
be. However, we think the ideal Boxer is the one who becomes a
full-fledged family member, whether champion-bred or not. Boxers are
definitely the clowns of the canine world! They are intelligent and
resourceful and just a touch strong-willed, which means they are not the
right dog for everyone. They are listed as one of the best breeds with
children - usually #1 or #2 on such lists, along with the Golden
Boxers are usually fawn (brownish red) or brindle (fawn
with black stripes), but many are white or check (white with fawn or
brindle patches). White boxers are not rare at all, although you will
often see newspaper ads for 'rare white boxers.' While there are some
health problems associated with white boxers (See "Boxer Health: Deafness" ), they are, in general,
just as healthy as any other boxer. See The White
Pages for a wonderful website dedicated to the white
Boxer temperaments are usually very even. They are not quick
to anger, and are generally very patient. For a very accurate profile of
the boxer personality, click here.
For a short video of Boxers,
click here .
are not just couch potatoes! Many Boxers serve as service dogs for owners
who are blind, deaf, in wheelchairs, suffer from seizures or have other
physical limitations. As a matter of fact, the first dog ever trained to
guide a blind person was a Boxer! These dogs have often made the
difference between life and death. Boxer therapy dogs visit hospitals and
nursing homes, touching the lives of those who may have had to give up
their own dogs and need a doggy "fix."
Boxers are found in
virtually every available activity offered by the AKC. Conformation
showing is not an option for a rescue boxer, but Obedience, Agility,
Tracking, Flyball and other activities are enjoyable for both dog and
owner. There are even Boxers who have passed the AKC Herding Aptitude
Boxers are extremely sociable, and usually welcome
well-meaning strangers. However, they are quick to recognize when someone
does not mean well, and are alert to potential danger to their family
members. The determined look of a Boxer in "protective" mode is almost
always sufficient to deter a potential assailant or burglar.
Boxer's history is rich, both in Europe and in America. Originally
developed as an Army and police dog, the German Boxer was very nearly
wiped out during World War II. Thanks to the efforts of a remarkable
woman, Friederun von Miram-Stockmann, the breed was saved. Frau
Stockmann's book My Life with Boxers has been translated from the
original German into English, and is available through Amazon.com. For a
short history of the Boxer breed, click here .
Although the Boxer is an excellent
family pet, there are health issues with which pet owners should be
familiar. Most breeds have genetic health issues that are peculiar to, or
prevalent in, that breed - and Boxers are no exception. For information
and links to information about these issues, please click on the "Boxer Health" link.
There are a
number of informative and interesting books about the boxer. For a list of
recommended reading, click here .