The Boxer was officially recognized by the AKC in 1904. They are now ranked # 10 Most Popular Breed. The Boxer is considered high energy and medium sized. They require little grooming, but do shed and love to be brushed. Boxers are strong, quick, busy dogs who need plenty of exercise and lots of toys.
Boxers excel in many areas: Agility, Obedience, Lure Coursing, Nose Work, Barn Hunt, Dock Diving and yes, even Herding. But their most favorite is sometimes just being a Couch Potatoe.
Boxers come in 2 colors, Fawn, and Brindle. There are also White Boxers, but even if it can’t be seen they are either Fawn or Brindle. White Boxers occur when breeding 2 flashy Boxers, you may not get any from the breeding and you may get several. White Boxers are not allowed in the Confirmation Ring, but can compete in all other AKC activities. White Boxers are just as healthy as their litter mates, but they can sunburn. The Boxer was one of the first breeds selected in Germany for police training.
The ideal Boxer is a medium-sized, 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 his temperament steadfast and tractable. The chiseled head imparts to the Boxer a unique individual stamp. 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. AKC Breed Standard +