The Boxer Dog
Recognise The Boxer
Early Boxer Dog
The Boxer Dog
The Boxer Dog and Forebears of the Boxer Dog.
It was in the far distant past,almost 3.000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ...
In those days packs of dogs were used in battles by the Assyrians. Those dogs were the forebears of the Boxer.
They were taller but otherwise they had the characteristics of the Boxer, they were a hunting dog, they hunted the bison, the bear and the boar.
Those dogs were called Beisser (biters) and it was the time before breeds as we now know them. They were in abundance all over Eastern Europe and it is probable that they where used in medieval Europe for hunting the wild oxen.
the forests of Europe were full of wild boar,bison and bears. The need for tough dogs began then.
He was Daddy- The Bulldog was the original Boxer, he wandered around old England in places like the Black Country, where he was used for Bear and Boar hunting, and Bull-Baiting for centuries.
Another Foreign Breed ? NO!
The Bulldog was an old English breed . It was in the 1890's when an English Bulldog named Tom lived with his master Dr. Toenniesson in Munich, Tom was an English Bulldog with tall *legs as were the bulldogs from England of that century.
Tom was bred (mated) with a tall elegant dog , She was "Alt's Shenkin".
`In Germany there were dogs who were used as escorts for horse carts and carriages and bicycles. It was from one of those tall elegant dogs, whoTom's Mother "Alt's Flora," was mated with .
"Alt's Flora" was brought from France to Munich in 1887.
In 1995 at the Munich Dog Show a dog was entered -as a result of the above mating- a dog named "Flocki".The first Boxer ever to be shown. Flocki was no. 1 in the stud book.
"The English Bulldog was described as 'another foreign breed' by the Germans (John Woodward 1937) But not so foreign when you know him")
So now we have the Boxer dog ,original name Bulldog. The dog that we know as the Bulldog today has undoubtedly been 'bred over' too much and is un-recognisable whereas the Boxer has retained his strong character.
Anyone who searches out very old paintings/pictures of the Bulldog will agree with me because
they will be looking at a Boxer dog,usually a white one.
Just now I have found a painting of a Boar hunt it features dogs attacking a Boar- these are pretty much like Boxer dogs to me. This painting was done in the period 1726-1805 by Joseph Roos vienna-
Most of the information is from the "The Boxer Handbook" by Joan Dunkels &"The Boxer" by Elizabeth Somerfield.
Books I would recommend to all Boxer owners.
(Below are Two(slightly different) pictures of the same thing please take your choice)
- The Impossible Choice when Searching For A Pet
A Short story about the choosing of a puppy dog for a youngster.