Boxers were originally bred to be medium-size guard dogs. Today, although they are a part of the AKC’s Working Group, they mostly find homes as loving family companions.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Boxer.
Boxers were bred down from a now-extinct breed known as the Bullenbeisser (bull-biter), a massive breed that also influenced bulldogs and mastiffs. Bullenbeissers were bred in Germany to hunt large game such as boars and bears. As boar hunting dwindled, smaller versions of the Bullenbeisser were bred in Belgium to serve as butcher and cattle dogs. These smaller dogs are believed to be direct ancestors of the modern boxer. By 1895, Munich had its first boxer club, which set the standard for future breeding.
During World War I, the boxer was one of the seven breeds chosen to aid German soldiers. During World War II, the breed charmed the other side as well, and United States soldiers started employing them. The loyal dogs worked carrying messages and supplies, and would help locate wounded soldiers on the battlefield. (Dogs were considered ideal messengers because they could run quickly over different terrain, and were less likely to be targeted by snipers.) Boxers became even more popular after the war, and they were accepted into the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1948.
3) Real Boxers
As their name suggests, these dogs have an impressive left hook. When playing, the breed has a tendency to stand on its back legs and kick out its front paws like a human boxer might do. Most people believe this behavior is what led to the moniker, but since there are no records on the name’s origin, we can only guess.
4) Long Puppyhood
These dogs suffer from some serious Peter Pan syndrome. It takes boxers about three years to reach maturity, making their puppyhoods one of the longest in the dog world.
Boxers are known for their unusual head shape. According to the breed standard, their snouts are meant to be half the length of their skull. This, coupled with an undershot jaw and strong teeth, helped boxers bite and hold on to their prey. Boxers were bred to be able to clutch animals in their mouths until their owners arrived, while their short snouts allowed them to breathe all the while.
6) Affectionate Dog
Across every site about the Boxer one thing stands out – his desire for human affection and his affinity for children. The boxer is a happy dog that loves people and kids, making them a great family dog as long as you can handle the energy.
7) Indoor Breed
Even though they are high-energy, boxers are not outdoor dogs. Their short snouts make it difficult to distribute heat in the summer, and their short fur isn't suitable to keep them warm in winter weather.
8) Clownish Dog
Energetic, happy and clownish, boxers are the type of dog that will lovingly greet its owners at the door with big, slobbery kisses. Don't be surprised if your boxer tries to hop in your lap for some snuggle time!
9) Celebrity Dog
According to the Boxer Daily, there are a ton of celebrities with pet boxers. Some include: Hugh Jackman, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Luke Perry, Ryan Reynolds, and Chelsea Handler.
10) Longest Tongue
The record for “Longest Tongue on a Dog,” belonged to a boxer named Brandy. The record-breaking tongue spanned an impressive 43 centimeters (17 inches). For comparison, the longest human tongue ever measured was only 10.1 centimeters. The Gene Simmons of dogs lived in Michigan with her owner, John, until she passed away in 2002.