Originating from Germany, the Boxer was developed in the 19th century from two Mastiff type dogs, the English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser. The Boxer is particularly known for the way it uses its front paws to bat at its opponent - hence the name. This powerful and stocky dog stands at 21 to 25 inches and weighs from 53 to 70 pounds. Its most distinctive feature is the head - the breed standard is it being in proportion with the body and not appearing to be too light. The muzzle is short with a distinct stop. Folds or wrinkles are present from the nose to both sides of the muzzle. The nose is large, black and has very wide and open nostrils. The coat is short, smooth and lies tightly close to the body. Colours include fawn, brindle, tan, mahogany, black with white markings.
An active and energetic breed, the Boxer by nature is not aggressive or vicious. Highly intelligent and versatile, some of the breed’s talents are guarding, police work, search and rescue, competitive obedience and performing tricks. At home the Boxer is a loving family companion, excellent with children and very protective of everyone. They are highly athletic and a Boxer with inadequate mental and physical exercise becomes high-strung. Boxers may be prone to heart and skin diseases and some white Boxers are also prone to deafness. With good care, they can live up to 14 years.