Boxers were originally bred in Germany as guard dogs in the 18th century. This medium to large-sized dog was bred as a cross between the Bullenbeisser dog (now extinct) and the Bulldog. The Boxers we know and love today for their silliness and energy have emerged from a Molosser-type dog that was used in hunting.
Fun Fact: The term “Boxer” is derived from the breed’s propensity to use their front legs in a manner that looks similar to boxing athletes with their gloves up.
It is important to note that officially there is only one type of Boxer breed that has different bloodlines. Sometimes, these bloodlines are mixed, while other times they are absolutely pure. There are no variant types or official sub-categories in the official sense. However, there are plenty of morphological differences among Boxer breeds to consider.
Below are the different types of Boxer dog breeds and their differences.
1. German Boxer Dog
- Defining characteristic: Larger and more robust than other Boxers
Some purists think this is the only “official” Boxer breed. The dog is preferred for its slightly larger frame as compared to the UK and American Boxer. The bones are dense and large that helps give the musculature a slightly more pronounced definition. The width of the thigh in this breed is slightly wider as compared to others.
A feature typical to German Boxers is the length between their skull and snout. The length is exactly in the ratio of in German Boxers with a pure bloodline. The snout, in comparison to other types, is smaller than the American Boxer and wider than the UK Boxer type.
2. United Kingdom Boxer Dog
- Defining characteristic: Considered the most elegant among all Boxers, owing to its high knuckles atop small feet
This breed is also called the English Boxer or British Boxer. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom (KC) established this dog as a pure breed in The UK Boxer stands out for being more lithe, sleek, and athletic as compared to other Boxer breeds. It has a slender musculature and a stylized body that allows for further agility and precise movements.
The breed doesn’t lose its gracefulness while charging and hunting, which is a typical characteristic. English Boxers have the highest knuckles of all other variants. They are also thought to be the smallest with thinner and shorter legs. However, this does not mean that they lack strength or speed.
3. American Boxer Dog
- Defining characteristic: A tight and shiny coat with no wrinkles, and a wider snout
The American Boxer was the last variant to be developed in the Boxer line. However, it was the first one to be given official recognition in by American Kennel Club. The breed is the easiest to recognize among all other variants, thanks to the lack of wrinkles in adult dogs. Their coat is also denser, brighter, and stronger than English and German Boxers.
The American Boxer stands differently from the English Boxer. This is because of the shape of its ankles, paws, and knuckles. However, it is easy to confuse American Boxers with German Boxers since both of them have the same stance.
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4. Brindle Boxer Dog
The Boxer brindle is characterized by a fawn fur with dark stripes that can be dense to scarce (one or two stripes). Brindle Boxers have white fur on the legs and chest.
5. White Boxer Dog
These Boxers are almost all white but not technically albino. They may have brindle patches or fawn-colored fur near the eyes, on top of the head, base of the tail, and ears. A typical feature of White Boxers is the lack of a black mask that is a standard in almost all Boxers.
6. Black Boxer Dog
Black Boxers are a myth. These doggos appear black. But, in fact, they are actually reverse brindles. This means that their brindle stripes are so thick that you cannot notice the fawn-colored coat underneath. Reverse brindles give these dogs such a dark coat that it almost appears black.
7. Fawn Boxer
These are highly common Boxers with the color of their coat ranging from a deep red to solid light tan. Fawn Boxers, as compared to other types of Boxers, tend to have more white on their legs and chest.
Boxer Bulldog Mix
This breed is a cross between English Bulldog or American Bulldog and Boxer. They are highly energetic and extremely playful. The “Bulloxer”—as they are lovingly called—is protective, loyal, friendly, and a happy breed.
Boxer Beagle Mix
This cross between a Beagle and Boxer is called the “Boggle”. The breed is strong, athletic, confident, and very playful.
This breed is a cross between the Boston Terrier and Boxer. It is also called the Boxer Terrier mix. The cross is a highly intelligent, active, loyal, and mischievous family companion.
Boxer Lab Mix
This is a cross between Labrador Retriever and Boxer. This breed makes an amazing family companion. It gets a loyal and loving nature from the Labrador and an energetic and playful personality from the Boxer.
Pitbull Boxer Mix
The cross between a Boxer and a Pitbull is called a “Bullboxer”. The mix has an easygoing personality and makes a great running buddy because of their athletic nature. Bullboxers are friendly and extremely loyal.
Boxer German Shepherd Mix
This mix gets the best traits of a German Shepherd and Boxer. The cross is energetic, highly intelligent, and surprisingly good-natured. They are also loyal to their human companions. However, Boxer German Shepherds are typically recommended for an individual and not a family.
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On one of the first warm days of the spring season Bruno the Boxer enjoys sitting outside in the sun.
Later Bruno decides it's time to also warm up his underside.
"Ramsey is our first dog and acts like the teenager of the family. He is 6½ months old and is 56 lbs and 22½ inches from the ground to the highest point on the front shoulders (at the withers) in this picture. His father is a very tall, confident male and his mother is a very gentle and attentive female. Ramsey is very attached to his family and whines at the window when my husband goes to work or when my daughter gets on the school bus. He is very loyal to waiting by the door at 7pm for my husband’s return home. He is also very gentle to my year-old daughter. He often falls asleep with the children on the rug in the family room."
"Ramsey is no couch potato! He needs to be out! He loves to play fetch and leaps over fallen trees in the woods. He walks 3x a week and plays with the kids or ball for the remaining week days. Ramsey loves people and children. He becomes excited when extended family members visit and sits in their lap so that they won't leave. He loves to chase squirrels and hates to be ignored and “whoo whoos” to get attention or to complain. Boxers are known for their “whoo whoo” vocals and do a funny dance that many Boxer owners call kidney-beaning. We love him very much."
Cassius the Boxer (yes, that's for Cassius Clay!)—Cassius is the most lovable dog who loves to jump! He also doesn't realize that he's 70 pounds of pure muscle and tries to be a lap dog like a Yorkie!
Sadie loves this football; she plays tug-o-war with it. In this picture she had been holding it in her mouth for the longest time.
Lacy Ann Price the Boxer at 11 years old
Frank the white Boxer
7-month-old Daria with her tongue hanging out
Caesar the brindle Boxer at 9 months old
Simba the white Boxer puppy at 4 months old
Simba the white Boxer at 7 months old
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The Purebred Boxer
Information and Pictures
Greta, a good example of an American Boxer
- Deutscher Boxer
- German Boxer
The Boxer's body is compact and powerful. The head is in proportion with the body. The muzzle is short and blunt with a distinct stop. The nose is large and black with very open nostrils. The jaw has an under bite. The eyes are dark brown. The ears are set high, either cropped or kept natural. When cropped they are trained to stand up on the head, tapering to a point. When left natural the ears are thin, falling forward, lying close to the head. The neck should be round, strong and muscular, without a dewlap. The muscular front legs are straight and parallel when viewed from the front. The back legs are well muscled. The tail is set high and usually docked. The AKC severely penalizes a natural tail, while most of Europe has outlawed this practice. Dewclaws are usually removed. The short, smooth, close-fitting coat comes in fawn, brindle, tan, mahogany and black often with white markings. Boxers also come in a white coat that cannot be registered with some clubs.
The Boxer is happy, high-spirited, playful, curious and energetic. Highly intelligent, eager and quick to learn, the Boxer is a good dog for competitive obedience. It is constantly on the move and bonds very closely with the family. Loyal and affectionate, Boxers are known for the way they get along so well with children. A well brought-up and properly socialized Boxer will also get along with his own kind and other household pets such as cats. Animals such as rodents, ducks, chickens and other farm birds may be too tempting, however, they can be taught to "leave it" but it is still not recommended they be left alone with them. It has been said that the name Boxer came from the way the Boxer likes to use his front paws for just about everything. If you have ever watched a Boxer go about his business you may have noticed the way he paws at his toys, food bowl and you for that matter, in a very playful cat-like way. While participating the sport of Schutzhund, Boxers are known to jump up and use their front paws as if they are boxing. They are very clownish and playful. The Boxer's nature is to protect you, your family, and your home. Known visitors will be welcomed. They are always keen to work and play. Boxers need lots of human leadership. Teach the Boxer not to be boisterous and especially not to jump up at people. This breed is noted for courage and makes a great guard dogs. Boxers have a wide use in military and police work. An excellent watchdog, the Boxer will restrain an intruder in the same way a Bulldog does. They are extremely athletic, sometimes even in their old age. This dog needs to go on a daily pack walk. Daily mental and physical exercise is paramount. Without it, the Boxer will become high strung. This breed requires a dominant owner. Training should start young and be firm and consistent. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader; lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. Meek Boxer owners will find their dogs to become stubborn. If they do not take you seriously they will be sneaky, demanding, boisterous and hard to control. Teach the Boxer dominating another dog is not acceptable. Any signs of dominance need to be immediately corrected by the owners in a calm, but firm, confident way.
Height: Males 22 - 25 inches (56 - 63 cm) Females 21 - 24 inches (53 - 61 cm)
Weight: Males 60 - 70 pounds (27 - 32 kg) Females 53 - 65 pounds (24 - 29 kg)
Some major concerns are cardiomyopathy and other heart problems, sub-aortic stenosis and thyroid. Can be prone to skin and other allergies. Sometimes prone to epilepsy. From age eight on they are more likely to get tumors than other breeds. Prone to cancer. Boxers are highly prone to mast cell tumors. Prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia, back and knee issues. These dogs may drool and snore. May have excessive flatulence, especially when fed something other than their own dog food. Some white Boxers are prone to deafness.
Boxers will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and do best with at least an average-sized yard. Boxers are temperature sensitive, getting easily overheated and chilling very quickly.
An active, athletic breed, Boxers need daily work or exercise, as well as a long brisk, daily walk. They also enjoy fetching a ball or other sessions of play.
2 - 10 puppies, average 6
The Boxer's smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary, for it removes the natural oils from the skin. Some Boxers try and keep themselves clean, grooming themselves like a cat, although some cannot resist rolling in another animal’s poop, which calls for a bath. This breed is an average shedder.
The Boxer was developed in Germany in the 19th century. The Boxer's ancestors were two German mastiff type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer. They were later crossed with the powerful ancestors of the Mastiff and Bulldog. Early Boxers were used for dog fighting, bull baiting, cart pulling, as cattle dogs, to round up livestock and to catch and pin wild boar and bison until hunters could arrive. They later became popular theater and circus dogs. The first Boxer studbook was started in Up until then the dogs varied widely in looks and size. The Boxer is known for the way it uses its front legs to bat at its opponent, appearing to be boxing, most likely giving the dog its name. Some of the Boxer's talents are watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search and rescue, competitive obedience, Schutzhund and performing tricks. Breeders are breeding two types of Boxers, the German Boxer and the American Boxer. German Boxers have bigger heads and are generally more muscular than American Boxers.
Mastiff, AKC Working
- ACA = American Canine Association Inc
- ACR = American Canine Registry
- AKC = American Kennel Club
- ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
- APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
- FCI = Federation Cynologique Internationale
- CCR = Canadian Canine Registry
- CKC = Canadian Kennel Club
- CKC = Continental Kennel Club
- DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
- NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
- NKC = National Kennel Club
- NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club
- UKC = United Kennel Club
Bruiser the Boxer at 8 years old
"Hey Yall! My name is Lilly! I'm 2 years old and I just found my forever Mommy and Daddy :) They just found out that I snore ALL night long, but that's okay, so does my daddy!! I have a sister named Rascal, she's a Chihuahua and she does like me very much. Mommy says I have to play nice but all I want to do is sniff her!! I think I hear Mommy getting my food! Gotta run!!!"
Lilly the Boxer at 2 years old
Greta, Sadie and Caesar, all American Boxers
Bruno, (left) a 5-month-old brindle Boxer puppy with Allie (right) a 7-year-old fawn Boxer, out for a walk—Boxers are high-energy dogs and need to be walked daily; without proper exercise they can get themselves into a lot of mischief. Be sure to walk your Boxer beside or behind you, keeping slack on the leash (no tension); never let him pull in front of you. The pack leader goes first.
"This is Midas, my first Boxer. I researched this website extensively to find the best breed for my family since we have 3 children, the youngest being only 1 1/2 at the time. Wow, I cannot get over how WONDERFUL Boxers are! My now 3-year-old can squeeze him and dress him up and run over him with her doll stroller and he doesn't care! He is a big goofball, but is very smart. He learned to "give paw" in 5 minutes. He has a toy we call his "baby" and he will always run get it if you ask him where it is. I love Cesar the Dog Whisperer and have found that he was right on when he tells you to exercise your dogs! If Midas isn't getting enough exercise with us, you can guarantee he will be sneaking into the recycle bin to create his own game of "fill the yard with milk jugs." Don't get mad at your dog—go spend some time with him! We are now looking to add a second Boxer to the family, and don't think I will ever own another kind of dog!"
Midas the Boxer as a puppy
Beta a Boxer puppy at 3 ½ weeks old
"Amie taking Bruno the Boxer for a walk off-leash—Amie was able to communicate with Bruno that she wanted him to heel next to her by calling him over and using a hand signal to not pass her. If he got a few steps ahead she would simply touch his back with her fingers or make a sound and he would slow down. Since Amie is % pack leader Bruno is very responsive to her commands. Without saying a word if Amie turns, Bruno turns. If she stops, he stops. He is happily and willingly following her."
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Boxer Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits
Boxers are stocky, muscular and powerful.
Males grow to about 25 inches and weigh from about 65 to 80 pounds (30 to 36 kilograms); females grow from about 21 to 25 inches and weigh from about 50 to 65 pounds (22 to 30 kilograms).
Boxers have regal, distinctly shaped square heads. Their jaw is undershot and the muzzle blunt. They have a broad, deep chest and a relatively short, strong back. Boxer's ears fold over naturally, but traditionally, their ears have been cropped to stand erect. Their tails generally are docked and carried high. Their feet are compact and the toes are arched.
The boxer's coat is short and sheds moderately. Some boxers are a rich, fawn color and others are brindle. Their face or mask is usually black, but many have white face markings and white on the chest and paws.
Boxers are intelligent, high-energy, playful dogs that like to stay busy. Their temperament reflects their breeding. They prefer to be in the company of their owners and are loyal pets that will fiercely guard their family and home against strangers.
Few boxers bark excessively. If a boxer barks, chances are there is a good reason. Many boxers are vocal, however, and make a growling noise that's really just the dog's way of talking.
The boxer has a high need for companionship and exercise. If these needs are not met, boxers can be destructive if left alone in the house. Boxers are ideal for people who want a canine companion with them most of the time or for larger busy families with homes that are often occupied by someone. They can do well on a country estate or in a city apartment as long as they have the opportunity to romp and expel energy. If you live in an urban area, regular walks are necessary.
Boxers are intolerant of hot weather, and care must be taken to prevent them from getting overheated. They also need protection from the cold since they are short-coated. Their coats, however, are very easy to care for and will be shiny and bright as long as they have a good diet, are bathed occasionally, and are given regular rub-downs with a grooming mitt or brushings with a rubber curry.
Some boxers drool excessively, and some snort and snore. Like other larger dogs, boxers are not particularly long-lived. Their life expectancy ranges from about seven to 10 years.
Boxers are descendants of extinct bullenbaiser breeds crossed with mastiff, bulldog and possibly Great Dane and even a terrier. They were developed in Germany in the 19th century, initially as bull baiting dogs and later as butcher's helpers, controlling cattle in slaughterhouses. Some breed historians say boxers are named from the German word boxl, their slaughterhouse designation. Other fanciers contend the name boxer comes from the characteristic way that they use their forepaws to play, sparring much like a human boxer. Boxers were not imported to the United States until after World War I. After the breed rose to become among the most popular in America.
Boxers are considered working dogs. They were one of the first breeds employed as a police dog, and they have been used as seeing-eye dogs. But they are also bred to be companion and guard dogs, perhaps best known for being loyal family pets that are especially fond of children.
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Busting 5 Common Myths About the White Boxer Dog
The author is a proud parent of a Boston Terrier. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on various researched topics on the canine world.
The white boxer dog has been a target of controversy among canine breeders for years. Its an unfortunate circumstance that the breeding arena doesnt recognize the this particular dog as competitive because of skin allergies. Severe reactions in the animal can lead to hearing loss or susceptibility to skin cancer. Below are 5 common myths about the this type of breed.
1. Are White Boxers a Rare Breed?
18% Boxer puppies born turn out to be white, and they have been around as long as the breed has existed. It is a sad fact that many dog breeders euthanize white pups because they dont meet American Boxer Club or American Kennel Club standards. Folks, what if certain humans didnt fit the set standards for homo-sapiens breeding? If so, a lot of us wouldnt be here today.
2. Are White Boxers Albino?
Medical science classifies animal and human albinos as having no skin pigmentation. The classic traits of an albinism are noticeable by having pink eyes and no color to the body at all.
Given this known fact, white boxers are born with a recessive gene that gives off white hair and still keeps pigmentation (although very little.) Owners of white boxers should monitor the time they expose their pets to sunshine because of tendency to sun burns.
4. Why Aren't White Boxers Allowed to Register With the AKC?
Owners may register their white boxers to compete in sporting events and obedience training, but association standards dictate that two-thirds of the breed must be brindle or fawn. Given that these dogs do not meet requirements, some breeders feel that they are inferior to the classic fawn-colored boxers.
3. Do White Boxers Have Too Many Health Concerns?
Some white boxers are born with high-maintenance conditions, such as hearing loss or skin allergies. Skin conditions are costly, but oatmeal baths for dogs at your local pet store and special dietary requirements prescribed by a vet can help ease concerns.
If the pet suffers from hearing loss, we can train them to understand hand signals, sign language, or the use of flashlights since they are intelligent and curious by nature.
Given these circumstances, most breeders frown upon breeding practice with a white boxer because of health concerns mentioned above and restrictions placed by the association for a show. The idea of euthanasia does not sit well with most breeders, and many would rather spare these pups for family-oriented purposes since they are overall very delightful pets.
5. Are White Boxers a Mean Breed?
Can I laugh here? My white boxer Fiona is one of the sweetest and gentlest dogs that Ive encountered in my life. Shes so friendly that shed run toward a territorial Pitbull. She let my adopted, motherless kitten nurse on her without a doubt. Did I mention her loyalty? When she was alive, she never left my side.
One Boxer Breed, One Love
Theres one thing we can all agree. The color of the coat doesnt matter with the character of the breed itself. Fawn, white, black or speckled - the boxer breed remains true to its intelligent and jovial personality. Loyal to the core, these dogs are the perfect family pet. They are both the guardian sentinel with children and a cozy couch partner on a rainy day.
In place of my praise over their character, Id like to back up my point by suggesting a book Ive read myself, a definite keeper on my bookshelf:Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Boxers, a thought-provoking book written by author Kyla Duffy, whose wonderful, heartwarming and incredible stories attest to the beautiful nature of the boxer.
Despite my obvious bias and love for this dog, please remember that no matter the canine breed. All dogs are mans best friend.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
Owner's Personal Perspective and Urgent Advice
Miss Fiona was an absolute joy, the light of my life, and my best friend. She had lived for almost seven years. She could have lived longer, but I made a terrible choice and ignored my vets suggestion to have my dog neutered and ended up paying.
I planned on breeding her, hoping to get an offspring pup, but in my naïve ignorance, I was ill-equipped to know about or prepare for the massive chain of tumors that were growing in her mammaries. Ive learned a lot from loving this dog. For me, the big takeaway was that you DO NOT wait for medical treatment.
As soon as you take on a female pup, you must decide to breed or not to breed. If you choose not to breed, then get the procedure done as soon as possible. You will save yourself a lot of heartache and money in the long run. Of course, this issue goes without saying for any classification of female dogs.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the authors knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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