|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Boxer Association Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mr Arthur Fry|
Background The Boxer originated from the smaller type of Bullenbeisser, which was a dog of Bulldog type, and was used for bear and bull baiting. When this practice was banned the Boxer became an escort and protection dog. The British Bulldog contributed to the development of the modern Boxer but this took place before the modern low-slung British Bulldog evolved. The Boxer breed was officially recognised in 1895. The following year the first Boxer Club was formed in Munich and this marked the beginning of the Boxer breed as we know it.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Boxers live up to 10 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Boxers have all the desirable qualities to make them the ideal family dog. In particular, they are renowned for their great love and faithfulness to master and household, making them a fearless protector of all. Particularly tolerant and protective of children, the Boxer loves to join in their games whenever the opportunity arises. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. Even in old age, a Boxer never fails to be interested in family activities. In short, this is a fun loving, energetic dog with a way of edging itself into the hearts of all those who come to know it. The Boxer has an equable temperament. It should be a calm self-assured dog, not easily disturbed or given to extremes of temperament such as shyness, aggressiveness or over excitability. The temperament of the Boxer comes from upbringing and training. However, the biggest contributing factor is its breeding.
Compatibility With Other Pets Very good.
Care Requirements The Boxer’s needs are minimal. As long as you provide it with a warm place to sleep (preferably indoors), suitable food to eat, plenty of love, attention and regular exercise, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of loyalty and companionship. As with any medium to large size dogs, good quality standard height (1.8m) fencing is essential. Boxer puppies should be purchased only from experienced breeders who have taken care in selecting sound parents, have raised their puppies in a healthy environment and also offer an after-sales back-up service.
Ideal Owner/s Anyone who can do justice to this breed’s requirements.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Boxer and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.