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The Boxer Dog is a medium dog breed that originated in Germany. It was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the extinct breed of Bullenbeisser. It is a perfect companion and guard dog.
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Key Facts & Information
- The earliest written account for the word Boxer was in the 18th century.
- There are many speculations as to where the name “boxer” comes from.
- Some accounts state that this was derived from the Boxer’s tendency to stand on his hind legs and use his front paws to fight like a boxer.
- Some say that “boxer” comes from the word “beisser” because it was bred from the now extinct Bullenbeisser and Old English Bulldogs.
- The Boxer Dog belongs to the Molosser category of dog breeds.
- It originated in Germany in the late 19th century.
- The hunting prowess of the large Bullenbeisser was praised but later on, smaller Bullenbeissers were favored.
- In 1894, Friedrich Robert, Elard König, and R. Höpner aimed to standardize the Boxer breed and set up an exhibition at a dog show.
- The dog show happened in Munich in 1896.
- They founded the Deutscher Boxer Club (the first of its kind) a year before the dog show.
- The first Boxer breed standard was published by the Deutscher Boxer Club in 1904.
- Up to this day, the breed standard still stands and has not been drastically changed.
- In the late 19th century, the breed was introduced to other regions in Europe.
- Boxer Dogs were brought to the U.S. in the 20th century.
- The first Boxer was registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904.
- Boxers were incorporated for military work during World War I. They were messenger dogs, carriers, guard dogs, and attack dogs.
- The global popularity of Boxers blew up after World War II.
- Returning soldiers would take Boxer dogs home which began their introduction to the world as great companions as much as they are brilliant show dogs and guard dogs.
- Boxer dogs are medium-sized dogs that have smooth, shiny coats and droopy eyes.
- They have brachycephalic heads, meaning they are square-headed and have short and broad skulls. This is a very distinctive feature of Boxers.
- Their ears naturally hang down and are floppy. To stand upright, their ears are sometimes cropped.
- They carry their tails high.
- They have arched toes and firm feet.
- Their coats are short so they do not shed very often.
- The colors of Boxers’ coats are either fawn or brindle.
- The colors of their heads are typically black with white markings.
- They also have bold white markings on their chest and paws.
- Boxers are muscular and stocky: they have a deep chest and a strong back.
- Male Boxer dogs are usually heavier and bigger than female Boxer dogs.
- They can grow to about 25 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Males weigh from approximately 65 to 80 pounds while females weigh from approximately 50 to 65 pounds.
- They are very energetic creatures and enjoying being in nature and playing around.
- The settings they thrive in are houses and areas where they can expel their energy and get regular walks.
- They are nicknamed the “Peter Pan” of dog breeds.
- Boxer dogs do not usually mature until they turn three years old, making them one of the dogs with the longest puppy phase.
- Boxer dogs are naturally friendly and they are also very smart and alert.
- Some boxers drool quite a lot.
- Some boxers snort and snore.
- The average lifespan of Boxers ranges from seven to 10 years.
- As guard or police dogs, they are outstanding watchdogs and have the instinct and ability to restrain an intruder.
- Boxers do not respond well to harsh training. They may act stubborn and self-willed.
Health and Nutrition
- Boxers do a lot of exercise so they must eat food that is high in calories, such as chicken, lamb, fish, and other animal protein.
- To avoid obesity, Boxers should be watched in how much they eat.
- They may also eat fruits and vegetables.
- Because of their energy, they can be great running companions.
- They do not adapt well to high heat or humidity because of their square heads.
- Boxers are prone to dental health issues, making them more prone to have bad breath.
- Boxers are also prone to develop more serious illnesses, such as cancer, hypothyroidism, and heart diseases such as Boxer cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the myocardium affecting their specific breed.
- George Alt imported a brindle Bullenbeisser from France which was the basis the first line of Boxers.
- The world record holder for the longest tongue on a dog of all-time is a boxer named Brandy from Michigan.
- She has a 17-inch-long tongue.
Boxer Dog Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Boxer Dog across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Boxer Dog worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Boxer Dog which is a medium dog breed that originated in Germany. It was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the extinct breed of Bullenbeisser. It is a perfect companion and guard dog.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Boxer Dog Facts
- Boxer Basics
- Description Questions
- German History
- Connect The Truth
- Different Doggies
- Last Words
- Boxer Sketch
- Just Like Boxers
- Health Check
- Peter Pan of Dogs
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