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Fri, June 29, 2012,

While nobody knows for sure why the Boxer is so named there are many theories. One of the more fun theories suggests that the breed would often stand on its hind legs during play and move its front paws in a move that resembled boxing, prompting the name. (However, many dispute this theory.)

Boxers are common family dogs. They are usually friendly, intelligent animals but have a natural distrust of strangers that also makes them ideal as guard dogs. Bred in Germany from the Old English Bulldog and the now-extinct Bullenbeiser they first appeared in the late 19th century.

The most distinctive feature of the Boxer is its head, and with a square-shaped muzzle and a pronounced underbite there’s no doubt that the head does stand out. They are a shorthair breed of dog and usually have tan or brown coloring (often with a white belly), although other colors have become common as well.

While Boxers are known for being great family pets and good with children there is definitely work required in raising one. They are intelligent animals that were often bred to work, and that means that they need to be kept active. Long walks and playing can prevent boredom and unwanted behaviors. They are also known to not respond well to “obedience training” or “corrections-based training”, most have found that “positive training” or “operant conditioning” (such as clicker training) has better results with Boxers.

The most important thing for health in a Boxer is exercise. While care must be taken not to over-exercise a young puppy during the growing stage, Boxers love exercise and they often make great jogging companions. Just be aware of heat and humidity and watch that your dog doesn’t get dehydrated.

All in all, if some work is put into the dog’s training and they are kept nice and active a Boxer should make a wonderful, loving addition to any family.

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