Boxers are intelligent, hard working and playful dogs, many can have a high amount of energy. These traits made the Boxer well suited for its first use as a cattle dog as well as its current use in military service, law enforcement and disability assistance. Boxers are generally food-motivated, which facilitates learning and training and strengthens the dog's bond to its family although this bond may be impaired by the Boxer's tendency to jump up on people and "box" with its front feet.
The history of the Boxer dates back to nineteenth century Germany. They were used for hunting deer and boar. The ancestors of the Boxer include the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer, they are now both extinct. The crossing of those breeds with the English Bulldogs in the 1830s resulted in the Boxer in its current guise. Boxers were purposefully bred to be hunting dogs and they earned their name from the “boxing” pose they take when standing on their hind legs. Later in the breed’s development, it was made apparent that they were also well-suited for herding and the Boxer was used in many circus acts due to its ability to quickly learn new tricks and perform them on command. The popularity of Boxers increased rapidly in the 1860s when the German Boxer Klub was founded. It is a very popular dog breed in much of the world today.
Deutscher Boxer, German Boxer