“Other breeds have pronounced specialized talents . . . . hunting, herding, trailing, and so on . . . but for a combination of the outstanding virtues of many with the faults of a few, our Boxer is the most gifted of canines. For the man, woman or child who wants an all-round dog, he has no equal. No other dog is more individual in appearance, more keenly intelligent or sanely even-tempered. These virtues alone are priceless if the dog is to become part of his master’s family, which he should for the well-being of all concerned. The Boxer has a faculty of worming his way into the good graces and the hearts of an entire household. He seems to offer something special to each person he meets. It’s astonishing, but true . . . John Wagner, The Boxer “(AnericanBoxerClub)
2. HOW LONG ARE BOXERS CONSIDERED PUPPIES? – 3 YEARS
Most dogs are considered adults at the end of their second year. Boxers are not considered fully adult until they are about three, giving the breed one of the longest puppyhood. (This is widely quotes – here is one source – Boxer Friends)
3. WHAT IS THE BOXER’S SIGNATURE DANCE – THE KIDNEY BEAN DANCE
4. HOW LONG DO BOXERS USUALLY LIVE? – 10 TO 12 YEARS
5. DOG WITH THE LONGEST TONGUE – BRANDY HAS 17 INCHES.
6. WHERE DID BOXERS COME FROM? – GERMANY IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY
“The Boxer is part of the Molosser dog group, developed in Germany in the late 19th century from the now extinct Bullenbeisser, a dog of Mastiff descent, and Bulldogs brought in from Great Britain. The Bullenbeisser had been working as a hunting dog for centuries, employed in the pursuit of bear, wild boar, and deer. Its task was to seize the prey and hold it until the hunters arrived. In later years, faster dogs were favored and a smaller Bullenbeisser was bred in Brabant, in northern Belgium.” (Wikipedia)
“Bullenbeissers from about 1800 to 1900
The noble estates on which the Bullenbeisser were bred were broken up in Germany during and after the Napoleonic wars and the dogs which had heretofore formed the hunting packs of the nobility, hunting wild boar and small bear, became the butcher’s and cattle dealer’s dog. It might be considered a reduction in stature of the dog, but it kept him from becoming extinct. By 1800 after the dispersion of the hunting Bullenbeisser mentioned above, the small Bullenbeisser was found as a family and guard dog where “his remarkable intelligence and tractability endeared him to so large a group of individuals that he carried on when so many breeds completely disappeared.” (Wagner, 1950, pp. 32-33)” (AmericanBoxerClub)
7. ARE BOXERS LAP DOGS? – YES!
Regardless of their size, many boxers LOVE to cuddle. Even the 85 pound dogs will worm their way into your lap if you let them. They also love to cuddle with other dogs and even cats. (Stacking Boxers)
8. WHAT COLOR ARE BOXERS? – THERE ARE ONLY 3 DIFFERENT COLORS.
Fawn – Lots of variation
Brindle – Actually Stripes on Fawn – but considered a Color for American Kennel Club
White – some with Patches called Checked
- 18% of White Boxers are Deaf (Deaf Service Dog Article)
- There are NO Black Boxers – Some are brindle with the brown so dark it merges with the stripes, bu the color black is not in the gene pool.
9. ARE BOXER’S OUTDOOR DOGS? – NO!
Boxers are highly energetic and love to romp. On the other hand their short fur means that they do not do well staying outside overnight. They also have very short snouts. Since dogs only reduce body heat through the pads of they feet and by panting, boxers are not well suited to very hot climates. They make great indoor dogs who go out to play and then come back into the cool.
10. HOW POPULAR ARE BOXERS AND WHY ARE THEY CALLED BOXERS? – NUMBER 10 ON THE AKC LIST OF MOST POPULAR DOGS.
(I’m sneaking two items into our 10 fun facts about Boxer Dogs. 🙂 )
According the the American Kennel Club, Boxers with the 10th most popular dog in 2014. This down from number eight the year before.
Many people think that Boxers are called “Boxers” because they tend to stand of their hind legs and “box” with their paws. When you read the experts, that answer doesn’t seem to hold, but there is no single answer that can be agreed upon. One story talks about a very good cattle dog called “Box.” When the other dogs couldn’t get the job done the call was to “Get the Box!” Good working dogs were soon being called “boxes” and that morphed in “Boxer”.
BONUS – GOOFBALLS
Boxers are mischievous and their owners often call them goofballs or wiggle butts. Here is one excited boxer that shows you energy in action.