Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 30-35, Female: 22-30
Height: Male: 23-25, Female: 21.5-23.5
Origin of Name: The Boxer is a hunting mastiff developed in Germany in the late 19th century from the now extinct Bullenbeisser,.
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Ancestor of Boxer, war dog of the Assyrian Empire, 2,500 BC But what we think of as boxers today can be traced back to the late 1800s and early 20th century. The breed is believed to have been bitten by German dog fanatics from the larger, heavier German breed to Buldenbisser ("Bull Bitter").
In medieval times, Bullenbeisser was Germany's chief big game hunter, used to arrest, capture, and capture such formidable opponents as bears, bison, and wild boar on estuarine estates. By the early 1800s, the political situation in the German states was changing. The German nobles were out of favor. Their estates were severed, and the cherished tradition of lavishly appointed boar hunting came to an end. By 1865, the powerful Bullenbeisser was out of a job.
Through a prudent cross for a small, mast-type breed from England, the obsolete big-game hunter gained a new lease on life. By the late 1800s, the modern boxer - a sleeker, more elegant dog - had come into focus. (The English name refers to spares of the Boxer breed, such as an Inamdar, with his front paws when playing or defending himself.)
Over the years, boxers have done many things: athlete, cattle dog, police dog, war dog (in both world wars), watchdog, conservation dog, and guide dog for the blind. The AKC registered its first boxer in 1904, but the American oddity of the breed began in the 1950s, when a Westminster-winning boxer named Bang Away became a national celebrity. Since that time, the Boxers have ruled as one of America's Top 10 most popular breeds.