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The Boxer Dog And His Forbears

Updated on October 15, 2018

The boxer dog and his forbears




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 Dog as we know him today.

They were taller but otherwise they had the characteristics of todays Boxer Dog.

They were a hunting dog, they hunted the bison, the bear and the other wild animals that were around in those days, such as the boars.

Those dogs were called Beisser Dogs(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 were 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 was the original Boxer, he was affectionally called daddy,

he wandered around old England in places like the Black Country where he was used for bear and boar hunting, and mainly bull-baiting for centuries.

English Bulldog Named Tom

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 named "Alt's Shenkin."

In Germany there were dogs who were used as escorts for horse carts, carriages and bicycles. It was from one of those tall elegant dogs who's Tom'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 unrecognisable whereas the Boxer has retained his strong characteristics.

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 Boxer Handbook" by Joan Dunkels &"The Boxer" by Elizabeth Somerfield.

Books I would recommend to all Boxer owners.(above)

Source
A Wild Boar Hunt
A Wild Boar Hunt | Source
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© 2012 jandee

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    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello torrilynn,

      many thanks for visit.

      jandee

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      torrilynn 

      4 years ago

      Nice hub. Thanks for the read.

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      jandee 

      4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed this hub.

      Eddy.

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      jandee 

      4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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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      Micky Dee 

      4 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 

      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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,

      jandee

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      Micky Dee 

      5 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.

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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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      Holle Abee 

      5 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 

      6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

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

      Thanks for that ,praise indeed .

      best from jandee

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      Dave 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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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      jandee 

      6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      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,

      best from jandee

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      Fiddleman 

      6 years ago

      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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      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      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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