History of the German Boxer
origins of the Boxer go back to the early Middle Ages, when game, that was able
to put up a fight, was still hunted with sturdy dogs of the Bullenbeisser-type.
In these times, it was normal that dogs, used for the hunt or to fight, had
cropped ears and docked tails, so that these sensitive parts would not be a weak
spot or point of vantage.
for the Bullenbeisser-type was the sturdy build, as well as a broad muzzle and
heavy cheeks. Self-confidence and courage were essentially for those dogs
because in the woods they were on their own. The losses on the hunt were heavy
and therefore it was valued highly only to mate the best of the dogs with each
other. In 17th century already one can find literature containing pictures of a
boxer-like type of dogs.
the increasing use of firearms for hunting, dogs were receding in importance and
dogs of the sturdy type were then mainly used to help butchers with driving
cattle or to protect them against cattle.
Boxer, as we know the breed today, had its beginning in the first half of the
19th century, when several dog types (i. e. the smaller Bullenbeisser and the
English Bulldog) were crossed on purpose. In 1895 in Munich, the Boxer could be
entered for the first time in a dog show but only one Boxer was shown: Mühlbauers
For more than 100 years the breed standard of the Boxer remains almost unchanged. Things that have changed over the course of time are merely height and weight and that the descriptions of natural ears and tail had to be added induced by the legal prohibition of cropping ears and / or docking tails in all of Germany.