the Boxer Dog
The Boxer's body is compact and powerful and the shiny, close-fitting
coat comes in fawn, brindle, white and various shades of red, with
white markings. White Boxers cannot be registered with some Kennel
Clubs. The tail is usually docked. Ear cropping is optional. (Docking
and cropping is illegal in some countries.) Its head should be in
proportion to its body, lean and unwrinkled. Its lower jaw extends
beyond its upper one, curving upward. Neither teeth nor tongue
are to show when the mouth is closed. The nose is large and black
with very open nostrils. Eyes dark. The neck should be round, strong,
and muscular, without dewlap. The body should be square. The tail
is carried high. Its front legs should be straight and parallel.
Boxer is happy, high-spirited, playful, curious and energetic. Highly
intelligent, eager and quick to learn, but can be stubborn and sneaky.
The Boxer is a good dog for competitive obedience. Constantly
on the move, bonding very closely with the family. Loyal and affectionate,
Boxers are known for the way they get along so well with children.
It has been said that the name Boxer came from the way the Boxer
likes to use is front paws for just about everything. The Boxer's
nature is to protect you, your family, and your home. Known visitors
will be welcomed boisterously. They are always keen to work and play.
Boxers need lots of human companionship. They can be rather boisterous
and even in old age are still extremely athletic. Boxers LOVE to
jump. This breed is noted for courage and makes great guard dogs.
Boxers have a wide use in military and police work. Training should
start young and be firm and consistent. This breed requires a dominant
owner. An excellent watchdog, the Boxer will restrain an intruder
in the same way a Bulldog does.
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