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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.

The Bulldog-

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.

Strong Character

"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)

Comments 18 comments

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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I really enjoyed this. I didn't know any of this information. I'm glad the history of the boxer has not been lost to mankind in this century. But now I wonder what bull-baiting was exactly. What are they doing to that poor dog in the painting, I wonder.

Voting up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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Fiddleman 3 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

A great read about the Boxer. When I grew up in a cotton mill village one of our neighbors had a Boxer. Her name was Babe and although she never bit me, she did run out in the street barking and scared the crap out of me.

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Pamela, I thank you for reading . The Boxer Dog is very close to my heart so your comment is welcome. I am just now doing a little write on the Bull Baiting aspect,

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Fiddleman, I can remember the days when Dogs were let out to chase and stuff ! They are so pricey now they would probably be stolen. A muscular Boxer Dog chasing is no joke! is it ?

thanks for comment,

regards jandee

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D.A.L. 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi Jandee,

Once again you have written an informative and interesting read . Boxer's are beautiful, muscular dogs that have long been admired and this historical review of them was excellent.

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

D.A.L. Hello long time no see !

Thanks for that ,praise indeed .

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habee 3 years ago from Georgia

My best friend has boxers, and one was born white except for one brown ear. Her mama dog and puppies are great!

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello habee,

thanks for reading,my friend has Great Danes,she laughs when we go to the park as my Boxers climb on the wall as we walk along, and she says they are trying to be as tall as CJ her Dane,who is a handsome fellow !

best from jandee

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Micky Dee 3 years ago

Thanks for the history jandee. This was pleasant and informative. Most Boxers must work out quite a bit. They are usually very muscular.

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Micky how lovely for the visit. Yeah! mine are French and have that extra bit of spirit plus the muscle(swimming).

weather perfect here,is it nice there,

keep well,


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

Spring has sprung. The daffodils, azaleas, and so much more are exploding from the ground and branches. The colors are magnificent. The air feels so wonderful on bare limbs. Ol' Sol is again with us.

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Happy days Micky, enjoy the gorgeous paintings around you. off to France in a couple of days,long,long drive, keep well, best from jandee

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Micky Dee 2 years ago

Ah France! That must have been great. I've been and France may be the most enjoyable for cycling. Hope you had a great time.

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jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Micky I am back there in a month or so. I never bother much with HP except to drop in on' MickyDee' and a few others. On bubblews mostly,it is really nice,keep well,best from jand..

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed this hub.


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jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Eddy, how lovely to here from you. Thanks for that,I am hardly here these days,do you bubble? I am on there all the time ,a jolly good site ! keep well,jandee

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torrilynn 22 months ago

Nice hub. Thanks for the read.

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jandee 22 months ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello torrilynn,

many thanks for visit.


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