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has been featured in National TV and
Radio shows like Voice of America
and has been
dogs ever since he was 14 years old.
players, NFL players, professional
golfers, singers, wrestlers, governors, CEOs,
billionaire entrepreneurs, and many other celebrities
trust Ty because of his unique approach to training
He has trained dogs in 18 states
in the U.S.A and four other countries worldwide
and has spent several years working with high
level executive protection dogs who make wonderful
family pets, but potent guardians if called
is an internationally recognized Expert
Animal Communicator and Master
who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication
and has been featured in several TV
and Radio shows such as the
Wayne & Jayne Radio Show and Whole Life Radio
with Carmen & John LaMarca.
Her uncanny insight
into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately
worked with over 6,200 animals during the past
30 years, which is why we trust her profound
experience when she speaks.
Dr. Susan Lauten
Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition
and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.
Recently a guest of
Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets"
and interviewed by The Oregon Live,
she has authored several peer-reviewed articles
and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.
With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary
Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital,
Dr. Lauten brings unequalled veterinary perspective
into how your dog should be cared for both medically
has a current practice which teaches nearly
200 young dog owners to train
their dogs in obedience and
Having spent over 40 years training
dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping
dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
this inevitably brings.
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Ranking: 9 (KCGB)
Alternative Names: German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
Country of Origin, History of the breed
This handsome, well-sculpted,
graceful animal is a loyal family companion
and one of the most exuberant breeds around.
Canine clown and court jester are names that
have oft been used to describe this jovial,
outgoing breed that is highly valued as an
affectionate pet and guardian of home and
Several theories exist regarding
the origin of the Boxer. One theory from the
1800s, maintains that the Boxer was developed
in Germany as a cross between the mastiff-type
bullenbeisser and English bulldog. Due to
its ability to hunt and secure game, the breed
was used for hunting and was popular with
The Boxer was bred throughout Europe
during the 1890s, and the breed entered the United
States shortly after the start of the early 20th
The origin of the Boxer’s
name is somewhat questionable. Some historians state
that the name is taken from the dog’s ability
to fight while standing on its hind legs and making
boxing motions with its front paws; whereas others
suggest the name comes from its box-like head, or
The Boxer was employed as a messenger,
carrier, attack dog, and guard dog in World War
I. After the war, the Boxer’s popularity increased
in Europe, and it soon became favored as a companion,
show, and guard dog. The dog was brought to America
in the late 1930s, after which it became popular
Friendly and energetic, the Boxer
is one of the favorite breeds of dogs in America
and as of 2005 Boxers were the seventh most popular
dog breed in the United States.
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A General Appearance of
The Boxer is a medium sized, square
built dog with a noble appearance. He combines strength
and agility with elegance and style.
The breed has a short back, strong
limbs and a short square muzzle with a protruding
lower jaw and facial wrinkles. His well-developed
muscles are hard and appear smooth under taut skin.
The Boxer nose is broad, and the top of the muzzle
appears slightly pushed in, leaving the jaw a bit
undershot — the lower jaw protrudes beyond
the upper jaw and curves slightly upward.
Most Boxers in the United States
have docked tails and cropped ears but in some countries,
these cosmetic procedures are outlawed. The dog’s
dark soulful eyes combined with the wrinkling of
the forehead, gives the Boxer head its unique quality
The Boxer coat is smooth, shiny
and tight fitting. The dog may be of fawn or brindle
colour with white markings, which must not exceed
one-third of the ground colour to meet the official
breed standard. White, mostly white, and black dogs
are disqualified from the conformation ring. The
bias against too much white on the dog probably
began in World War I, where many Boxers served on
the front lines. White made an easy target for enemy
Male: 23 to 25 inches
Female: 21 ½ to 23 ½ inches.
Male: 70 pounds
Females: 60 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
The Boxer is a friendly breed,
devoted to his family. His temperament is fundamentally
playful, yet he is patient and stoical with children.
He is tolerant of their antics and loves to play.
He is a natural protector and, if trained, can be
a good watch and guard dog.
Without training, some Boxers tend
to be too friendly and would rather lick and play
with an intruder instead of guarding. Above all,
a Boxer should be even-tempered, dignified but with
a touch of impish spirit, and full of courage.
Aggression, extreme shyness (not
to be confused with independence), and hyperactivity
are unacceptable in the breed; those who are considering
a Boxer should check the parent dogs for these undesirable
traits before even looking at the puppies.
The Boxer is the ultimate people
dog. He is deliberate and wary with strangers but
curious, and he will exhibit fearless courage if
threatened. Boxers can adapt to nearly any environment,
as long as they are with people.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
The adult Boxer is better suited
to an outdoor lifestyle due to its athletic prowess
and inclination to move around. Also, the Boxer
has been bred to be courageous; it is used as a
guard dog and in military or law-enforcement capacities.
These occupations frequently use the dog in open
environments, and it becomes strong, agile, and
used to regular exercise. As a result, it is most
comfortable when access to the outdoors is available.
If an owner prefers that the animal stay in the
home, a ‘dog door’ that provides access
to the outside is recommended.
Are they suited to homes
The dog’s patient and playful
nature make him an ideal companion for young children.
Though they are excellent family pets, they tend
to fight among themselves, especially if the other
family Boxers are the same sex.
to take care of the Boxer Puppies?
When the Boxer is still
a puppy, it requires consistent human companionship.
The pup can be very playful and high-spirited
to the extent that it welcomes strangers into
the home. As with any breed, the Boxer pup
needs to be housebroken and trained not to
jump on people or furniture.
The dog has an exceptional amount
of energy and can easily learn various tasks. However,
the Boxer puppy can also be resistant or even devious
in its behavior. The pup will quickly bond with
an owner and other family members, especially children.
As with any breed of dog, there
are countless breeders of the Boxer, from reputable
professionals to unscrupulous ‘mills’
that reproduce animals solely to make money. A reputable
breeder will produce the Boxer’s registration
papers and/or pictures of the dog’s lineage.
Although the papers do not guarantee superior health
or temperament, a reputable breeder will have raised
the dog in a caring home or kennel. As a result,
the dog will display fewer health and behaviour
A potential owner is well advised
to perform research on Boxer breeders and select
one with high standards and a reputation that is
beyond reproach. This information can be accessed
via the Internet, through community agencies, and
in reference books on the Boxer.
Although the Boxer is a loyal
and intelligent family companion, his somewhat stubborn
and self-confident character, and high prey drive
requires careful consideration. He must be obedience-trained
to control his exuberance and guide his mettle into
acceptable channels. He is, after all, a big, strong
The breed’s exuberance can
also be exasperating at times. Boxers are inclined
to greet those they love - and some people whom
they would like to love - by hurling themselves
at those persons' chests. The pup must be taught
to greet people correctly at a young age and the
training must be reinforced occasionally throughout
Boxers and their owners are happiest
when the dogs are properly exercised. Boxers have
been bred to be active, athletic, and are capable
of hard work. These dogs need daily exercise, such
as thirty-minute walks, playing ‘catch’,
or running outdoors, and mental stimulation by interacting
with a playmate or trainer.
Boxer pups, especially, are known
to be very active and energetic, and though the
activity levels diminish with age the Boxer requires
physical and mental stimulation throughout its life.
The Boxer is not ideally suited
for an indoor environment, which consists of long
periods of inactivity. If the dog is left alone
without exercise, it might chew and destroy shoes,
furniture, or items left lying around the house.
The dog’s short, hard coat
does shed and needs some grooming with a soft brush.
His coat's natural sheen can be enhanced with occasional
rubdowns with a chamois cloth.
Unless a Boxer lies down or rolls
about in some noxious substance - or becomes a hostel
for fleas - he will seldom need a bath. A Boxer's
ears should be cleaned with a cotton swab or ball
that has been dipped in mineral oil. Cleaning should
extend no farther than the eye can see; poking around
in the ear canal could cause damage.
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National Breed Club
In the United Kingdom, The Boxer
Club of New South Wales promotes the Boxer. http://www.nswBoxer.com/.
In the United States, The American
Boxer Club represents this breed.
Both the American Kennel Club
and The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom recognize
the Boxer as a “Working dog”.
Based on 2005 American Kennel
Club statistics, Boxers are the seventh most popular
breed of dog in the United States with approximately
37,268 new registrations during the year.
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