Boxers are exuberant, happy dogs. They blast into any room they enter full of energy, mischief and a “Look at ME” vibe. A beloved family member today, Boxer’s were originally bred to work and work hard. You may still see Boxers employed as police dogs or other jobs throughout the world, but the majority work at entertaining their families or in the show ring.
In the late 1800s Boxers had their beginnings from the “Brabant Bullenbeisser”, a Mastiff type dog. Originally bred in Germany, the Boxer was used to. As hunt and hold the prey. As the breed evolved, they were outcrossed with a smaller Mastiff type dog. These dogs displayed a wider, more undershot lower jaw, a their nose that was further back, closer to the eyes. This created a smaller, more agile and alert dog than the original Bullenbeisser. These dogs were closely related to the dog that was to become the English Bulldog and of course, many of the other Bully breeds.
It is interesting to ponder WHY the early Boxer breeders wanted these characteristics. Sometimes the answers are a bit bloody, but so has been much of history in general! The Boxer dog of today is more refined than these early dogs, but you can easily see what they were bred for.
I hope you enjoyed this dash into Boxer history and why they look like they look!