The ideal Boxer is a square built dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting
coat. His well developed muscles are clean, hard and appear smooth under taut skin. His movements denote
energy. The gait is firm, yet elastic, the stride free and ground-covering, the carriage proud. Developed to serve
as guard, working and companion dog, he combines strength and agility with elegance and style. His expression
is alert and temperament steadfast and tractable. The chiseled head imparts to the Boxer is unique. It must be in
correct proportion to the body. The broad, blunt muzzle is the distinctive feature, and great value is placed upon
its being of proper form and balance with the skull.
The Boxer is an alert and self-assured dog. The Boxer is a playful and fun-loving dog who is often called the
''Peter Pan'' of the dog world as they seem to maintain that youthful exuberance. The Boxer's coat is short and
only requires a quick weekly brushing.
Height--Adult males 22½ to 25 inches; females 21 to 23½ inches at the withers, preferably, males should not be
under the minimum nor females over the maximum: however, proper balance and quality in the individual should
be of primary importance since there is no size disqualification. Proportion--The body in profile is of square
proportion in that a horizontal line from the front of the forechest to the rear projection of the upper thigh should
equal the length of a vertical line dropped from the top of the withers to the ground. Substance--Sturdy with
balanced musculature. Males larger boned than their female counterparts.
These are of paramount importance in the Boxer. Instinctively a ''hearing'' guard dog, his bearing is alert,
dignified and self-assured. With family and friends, his temperament is fundamentally playful, yet patient with
children. Wary with strangers, he will exhibit curiosity but, most importantly, fearless courage if threatened.
However, he responds promptly to friendly overtures honestly rendered. His intelligence, loyal affection and
tractability to discipline make him a highlydesirable companion. Faults--Lack of dignity and alertness. Shyness.
Did You Know
The Boxer is a working dog developed in Germany from several other breeds, including the Bulldog and Great
Dane. It is called a Boxer because it strikes out with its front paws when it fights. The first AKC registration of a
Boxer was in 1904, and the first championship was finished in 1915. 11 Boxers were registered with the AKC in
1930, 1,024 in 1940, 21,238 in 1950, 14,228 in 1960, 11,483 in 1970, 14,901 in 1980, and 23,659 in 1990.