Ancestors / History
"The Hunter", the boxer's background is found in feudal
Germany. There, a small, courageous hunting dog with mastiff
type head and undershot bite was used to secure a tenacious
hold namely on bull, bear, deer, bison and boar.
For generations he was known as the Bullenbeisser or Bull
Biter. The individual setting of the teeth, the broad muzzle
and great strength and courage, made them most valuable for
tackling and holding game until the arrival of the hunters
to make the kill.
In the old pictures, they are quickly distinguished from the
other chase dogs by their extremely individual head
characteristics, easily identified because of the scrupulous
accuracy employed by the early artists.
|In the 1880's this type was bred to a
taller more elegant English import, often white in color,
and the modern boxer was established being one of the few
real pure breds.
|The first boxer club was founded in
Munich in 1896. The original standard was fundamentally the
same as our standard of today. In 1914 the Boxer established
himself as one of the great war dogs. His performances
during the World War were outstanding. In 1925, the boxer
was officially recognized as a police dog and began to take
firm hold as a protege of the German public.
|It was nearly 10 years later before
America discovered the charm of his personality and his
ability to wind himself around the heartstrings. Today he
stands as one of our leading and still coming dogs. Children
can maul him mercilessly and he dotes on it, yet he ranks
among the greatest of protective dogs, seeming to sense
serious situations with unerring accuracy.
|This faculty is an ancient heritage from
his direct ancestor, the European Mastiff which, from
earliest history has acted in the capacity of guard and
protector of Man.
|He can run, jump, fight or frolic with
the best of them. A vital dog, a great character, a
magnificent friend. For the man, woman or child who wants an
all-round dog, he has no equal.
|The boxer has the faculty of warming his
way into the good graces and the hearts of the entire
household. He seems to offer something special to each
person he meets, it's astonishing, but true.