Different breeds of dogs.
by Dennis Fisher.
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This breed originated in Germany and was the result of the crossing of dogs of the bull breed variety and terriers. Because of it athletic, well-muscled appearance the breed became very popular indeed in American after World War 11, and many top quality specimens were imported from Germany.
The coloring of the Boxer covers a wide variety of shades of fawn and brindle with attractive white markings on the face and the chest.
A well-bred Boxer has a distinctive, head with a deep muzzle, a marked stop, black muzzle and dark brown eyes.
Although it is a breed that was very popular indeed some years ago with very good reason it appears to have has lost popularity in recent years.
The reason for this is possibly due to the fact that, because the Boxer was so popular, there was indiscriminate breeding with many new breeders rushing to satisfy a growing market. As a result that there was a decline in the temperament of Boxers. It is also prone to a number of health problems. Our own Boxer died at a fairly young age due to epilepsy.
The fact that there has now appears to be far more judicious breeding and more control by specialist clubs, has meant that a great more attention is being paid to important breed qualities such as well developed muscular structure, agility, good pigment and the excellent temperament for which the breed was once renowned.
A good Boxer has a great deal to offer. It is an animal that is exceptionally good with children and because of its size about 24 inches at the shoulder and between 65 and 70 lbs in weight, this muscular dog, with correct training can prove to be a useful guard dog.
A well-bred Boxer is a muscular, very athletic animal of great symmetry and if is well marked it can be attractive indeed.
A decided advantage of the Boxer is the fact that coat is short and requires very little attention in so far as grooming is concerned.
Boxers are certainly capable of being trained and a number done reasonably in competitive Obedience work. Sometimes they are not quite as quick to respond to commands as other working dog breeds, but once they understand your command they seldom forget.
As with any breed you choose, it is a good idea to view the parents of the pup before you make a final choice not so much from the point of beauty, if showing is not a primary consideration, but the point of view of temperament.
From my own experience with Boxers I found them to be lovable very affectionate animals, that got on very well with other dogs, including my German Shepherds.
The entire appearance of a Boxer is that of a well-muscled athlete.
Because of its structure it is a very energetic animal, but nevertheless only requires a moderate amount of exercise to keep fit.
There is little doubt that the Boxer has a great many points in its favor and it will always remain a breed well-suited for the family home