The Boxer is readily recognized by their brachycephalic heads (broad, short skulls) and their underbite. The chest is broad, and they are very muscular. The coat is very short with tight skin. Coat colors may be fawn or brindle, often with "flash" which is white that is usually on the belly and legs. Boxers that are over one-third white are called "white boxers." These dogs have a higher incidence of deafness.
The Boxer was developed in Germany as a hunting companion that would hold down prey until the hunter could arrive. Early Boxers were used for dog fighting, bull baiting, and as cattle dogs.
The Boxer is an energetic, high-spirited breed. They are quick to learn and eager to please. These characteristics make them suitable for competitive obedience. Without adequate mental and physical exercise, this dog will find their own entertainment that is often destructive, so be sure to adopt one knowing what the needs of this dog are. The boxer is naturally easy to get along with and not aggressive, but they will protect their family. They use their front paws for everything, especially play, and sometimes "box" like kangaroos. Very curious, clownish, and playful, but a fierce protector of their people and property.
Breed Club Links: American Boxer Club
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