Breeds of dogs: Boxer

Breeds of dogs: Boxer

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Germany
F.C.I classification: Group 2 - pinscher, schnauzer, molossoid and Swiss cattle dogs.

The experts are almost all in agreement in thinking that the progenitors of the Boxer were great robust dogs called "Bullenbeisser", in turn descendants of the great Macedonian Molossians. The development of the modern breed that we all know began in the late nineteenth century, when in the city of Munich, some dog lovers decided to cross the "Bullenbeisser" with the "English Bulldog"; the results of these crossings were called "Boxer", due to their strength and agility. There were later many selections to fix well the characters of the new breed and eliminate the subjects with the very clear coat. This large selection made it possible to push forward leaner and more agile subjects. Thus, the first "Boxer club" was founded in Munich. In the following decades the breed immediately underwent rapid development and rapid spread in many European countries. Since its creation, this breed has always been growing and evolving, also in Italy, thanks above all to large breeders such as "Mario Confalonieri", professor "Raffaello Mariotti" and many others.

General appearance and character
General appearance: medium-sized dog, mesomorphic brachycephalic. Breed of excellent construction with short and square structure. Its musculature is dry and has a good bone structure with respect to its size. It has a satin and shiny hair. It is a type of dog different from all other breeds due to its particular morphology.
Character: being a race subjected to labor tests, it is very intelligent and easy to train. He is a docile dog and very attached to the family. It is also possible to keep it in the apartment, given its not too large size and its clean coat. He loves to walk with his owner and discover different places. His character is magnificent if he is cared for and treated properly. This breed is also rightly classified among the group of utility dogs, but it can also be considered to all intents and purposes an excellent companion dog. He always remains a dog with strong nerves, fearless, also suitable for defending property from intruders. Sometimes it can manifest uncertainty and danger; this determines a serious defect in the judgment.

Pilar del David, brindle Boxer (owned: Saverio Mariotti

Ovidio del David, male Boxer, the greatest boxer in history (pr. Mariotti Saverio


- males from 57 to 63 cm
- females from 53 to 59 cm
- males about 30 kg
- females about 25 kg

Trunk: built in the square, with the trunk defined by some very specific delimiting lines. The depth of the chest is approximately equal to half the height at the withers. The side must be short and closed.
Head and muzzle: very important aspect for this breed. Right proportion to the body. There must be a harmony between the skull and the muzzle. The muzzle must be large and powerful. It must not show folds or dewlap. The front jaws are very wide. On the forehead there is a slight front furrow. The eye must be dark. The craniofacial axes are convergent.
Truffle: voluminous and always black. It must be slightly backed up.
Teeth: regularly aligned, complete in number and development.
Neck: of right proportion. Round and without dewlap.
Skin: adhering to the body in all its parts.
Limbs: always upright, strong and muscular. The hindquarters are strongly muscled and firm. The thigh must be of the right size.
Shoulder: long shoulder blades, well fitting and inclined.
Musculature: sculpted and evident throughout the body.
Tail: carried upwards. It is almost always amputated.
Proportions: construction in the square. The length of the muzzle is approximately half that of the skull and therefore 1/3 of the total length of the head.
Hair: of equal length throughout the body; very short, smooth, thick and shiny.
Allowed colors: brindle and fawn (from dark fawn to yellow).
Most common defects: parallelism of the craniofacial axes, cryptorchidism, monorchidism, colors other than those indicated by the standard, ambio, non-standard measures, clear eye, lack of premolars, presence of excessive skin, carp back, too curved croup, hare foot, rear incorrect, grim expression.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

The Boxer
Origins - Standard - Character and attitudes - Behavior - Education - Nutrition - Health - Reproduction
Bianca Frosolini - De Vecchi Edizioni - 1995 January 2008

Loyal, sociable and sweet, the boxer is a dog that expresses an irresistible joie de vivre. Lively and curious, she learns very quickly and is easily trainable. Excellent companion dog, great playful, child lover and courageous defender ...
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Video: DOGS 101 Boxer (August 2022).