Boxer Dog Facts and History
What we know about the origins of most breeds, including
the Boxer, is largely owed to early sculptures, painting and drawings. In the Boxer’s
case, a carving of a dog looking much like a boxer can be seen on a tomb in Arnstadt where Elizabeth of
Hohenstein who died in 1368 lies. Flemish tapestries from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries show dogs
resembling the Boxer engaged in stag- and boar-hunting.
The boxer dog breed originated in Germany in the late 19th century. Boxer dogs became very
popular in Munich where the breed is thought to have originated. But the history of the breed has not
been without controversy. In fact the first Boxer Club in the UK was closed because of disagreements over almost
everything pertaining to Boxers. By 1905, however, the most enthusiastic followers of the German Boxer met to
develop a standard for the Boxer which would be accepted by all. The Munich Boxer Club drew up the standard which
exists largely unchanged even today. This is recognized as the standard. A great deal of this standard remains in
today’s written standards from around the world. The Boxer was bred from the Alt's Schecken, which was bred to a
bulldog in the year 1895.
This resulted in the birth of the first boxer dog which
was registered in the Stud Book in the year 1904. In the early lines, there was a high level of inbreeding which
was done to set a type in order to establish the breed. In the earliest years of breeding, one of the most
important dogs was the bitch named Meta v.d. Passage.
The first Boxer dog in America was imported in 1903 from
Switzerland. The new owner of the dog was New York Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals, Irving
Lehman who imported many other Boxer dogs. The first Boxer dog registered with the American
Kennel Club was in 1904. The dog was Arnulf Grandenz, bred in America by James Welch of
The boxer dog descended from the early mastiffs. Their
ancestors were used for hunting bears and even wild boars, and also to fight dogs when the hunt was ineffective.
The bull dog fights were banned and the dogs became watchdogs and circus dogs. The boxer is the result of the
cautious and selective breeding of these dogs and it crossed over to other breeds such as the Great Danes and
the English Bulldogs. This was achieved in the 19th century.
The boxer dog gained rapid popularity soon after the
Second World War ended, ironically more prominently in countries formerly opposed in war with the Boxer’s most
likely native home, Germany. Listen to what Rowland Johns says in Our Friend the
Boxer: ‘The re-emergence of the Boxer breed has added proof that warring nations do not carry
their antagonisms for long into the relations between them and other nations’ dogs. Both with
the Alsatian and the Boxer their popularity derives directly from the contacts made during a state of
war. In those two wars the adoption of both breeds by members of the British forces provided
some personal satisfaction and uplift of the spirit in long periods of exile from home, family, and
The boxer dog is recognized and designed for his
attachment, defensive skill, cleverness, aptitude, and learning abilities. A boxer is a playful dog which is
high spirited and known to make a good guard dog.
Boxer dogs have helped us in many ways. Not only do they
look good but they have played a vital role in investigating crime scenes.
These dogs often seem scary but they are one of the most
amazing dogs in the world. They are capable of giving unconditional love to their owners. They are often
mistaken to be violent but, actually, their looks are deceptive.
Many Boxer dogs end up being deserted and abandoned
because they are used as just a guard dog or a protector and are not given much attention. Although they are
very much capable of protecting their masters, the breed is not destructive by nature. Unkind owners cannot
teach or train them aggressively which is why they are abandoned. They need to be trained with an even hand to
get the best from them as a breed.