How Was the Boxer Breed Created?
The Bullenbeisser was known for its stout muzzle, which was a unique feature for the 19th century and similar to the one possessed by the modern Boxer. The breed didn’t develop into the dog we know today until the end of the century, when the Bullenbeisser was crossbred with the English Bulldog.
The Boxer was officially presented for the first time at a dog show in Munich, Germany in 1895, leading to the development of breed standards and the formation of the first Boxer club (the Deutsche Boxer Club). It is unclear why the name “Boxer” was chosen for the breed, although it has been suggested that its basis lies in the Boxer’s tendency to gesture and play with their front paws.
Overtime, the breed developed into a valuable working dog, assisting in policing and military services during both World Wars. The American Kennel Club registered its first Boxer in 1904 and awarded the first championship to a Boxer 14 years later. The breed did not become popular in the United States until the 1930s, with the first American Boxer Club being established in 1935.