As you can see, the Boxer was carefully bred to be an exemplary hunting dog, with the strength and physical features that set him apart from all others. Even the coloring was given great thought. Brindling allowed the canine to blend into surroundings,acting as a sort of camouflage among tall grasses and trees.
It was in Germany that the breed was refined. The goal was to build its size and create a dog that was brave. As the bravery trait started to stand out, Boxers started to be used as guard dogs. Within just a few generations, the focus from hunting faded (more and more terrier type dogs were used for that) and the breed began to interact more with families as they stood guard at owner's homes.
It was a fast move from guard dog to companion, as the traits of loyalty and good temperament allowed this breed to be accepted as indoor, companion dogs and family pets.
Out of Europe and Gaining Popularity Around the World
The breed rapidly gained popularity and with almost record breaking speed, the first Boxer breed dog club was introduced in 1895 in Munich Germany. Word spread quickly and enthusiasm was high! By 1900, the Boxer breed was introduced into the United States. Knowing immediately the amazing bloodline of the Boxer, the AKC quickly stepped up and recognized the breed in 1904.
During World War 1, the Boxer joined the army. This breed was used extensively for carrying packs, as attack dogs and to carry messages.
It was World War II that actually catapulted the popularity of the Boxer breed. Soldiers from all over the world brought home Boxer dogs when returning home from the war. With a strong appearance
, yet a charming personality, the Boxer soon became famous as both a guard dog and a family companion pet due to his alert yet family-friendly behavior.
There is quite a lot of debate over the origin of the Boxer's name. Some theorize that it gained this name by its ability and aptness to stand on its hind legs while playing; hence copying the stance of a human boxer.
Other theories suggest the name derived from a longer name, such as the Bullenbisser which over time was shortened down to Boxi and then finally the Boxer word that we know of today. There are no historical records of this, therefore we can only guess where this wonderful breed gained a name that seems to fit the dog perfectly.
The Boxer breed is has long held place in the top 10 most popular dogs. Boxer clubs have formed in almost every country around the world. This breed is used as police watch dogs, they are famous for their amazing athletic ability in dog performance events, their alertness makes them perfect guard dogs and loving personality makes them one of the most beloved family pets on Earth.