German boxer: description of the breed, character and reviews
A German boxer is a strong and hardy breed of dogs. Basically this breed is called simply a "boxer". These dogs are often used for protection, police service. But they can be kept at home. Boxers are very smart and get along well with children. But you need to educate these dogs in severity. Strict discipline is necessary. The breed received its name due to the manner of these dogs to strike accurate paws.
History of the origin of the breed "Boxer"
The ancestors of boxers were hunting dogs. They were used for baiting the animals. In Germany, these dogs were called Brabant Bullenbeysers. But outwardly they looked very little like modern boxers. Formation of the existing breed dates back to the 18th century. Then they began to stop the dogs with tails and ears. After decades Bullenbeysera began to be called the phrase "German boxer". Feature of the breed was a groove on the nose, visually dividing the nose into two parts.
After the appearance of firearms, the persecution of animals by dogs ceased. Boxers began to use in guard and grazing. To improve working qualities the breed was crossed with English bulldogs. As a result, dogs with a wide body and a large short head were obtained. In 1885, the boxers for the first time participated in the exhibition as representatives of a separate breed.
Standard of boxers
After many years of breeding, specific standards of the breed "German boxer" were identified. It is a medium-sized dog, smooth-haired, with a dense, voluminous and strong musculature. Height withers - from 57 to 63 centimeters in males and from 53 to 59 in bitches.
The oblique length of the trunk should be proportional to the height of the withers. The body forms a square. The breast reaches the elbows, its depth is equal to half the height of the withers. The length of the nose in relation to the skull is 1: 2.
The shape of the head is cubic, with a small bulge from above and a sharp transition to the muzzle. It should not have wrinkles. They are allowed only on the skull. The dark mask should be clearly separated from the rest of the head color.
The lower jaw of the boxer protrudes by one and a half centimeters. On the sides of the muzzle hanging fleshy lips. The nose is upturned, slightly flattened. A proper bite is required. Eyes large, dark, but not bulging. Nose is curved slightly upward, black and wide.
The neck of the boxer is round, muscular, without a podder. The tail is stopped in puppyhood. However, the standard of the German boxer does not require such a procedure with the ears. Though basically they too are stopped.
The forelegs are straight, the hind legs have more muscular thighs. On all the extremities are hard feet and short fingers. Sacrum sloping and broad. The coat should be shiny, short and fit well to the body.
A boxer can have several colors. The main one is brindle or red, with any shade and black mask on the face. White spots should not occupy more than 30 percent of the body surface. The most popular is the German tiger boxer. But there are dogs of completely white color. Only such boxers do not conform to the breed standard.
A white German boxer is a very rare dog. Due to non-standard color. There was an opinion that such boxers even bring good luck. Since ancient times it was believed that these dogs are deaf from birth, closed-minded and difficult to train. But this is not true. They do not differ from other members of their breed neither temperament, nor character, nor exteriors. Only with the coat color. But it is because of him that such boxers do not fall under the established world standards of the breed.
Character of dogs
The original aggression, laid by nature in the "progenitors" of boxers, was eventually eliminated in the formation of the breed. Now these dogs have a strong nervous system. They have a bright temperament and calm character. They can be left with children without fear. The German boxer is a good-natured dog, he gets on well with all members of the family. Representatives of this breed easily go to contact. They need to feel the attention of the hosts. Excellent guards.
Being at home, dogs behave calmly, but in the street they like activity, frolic. Boxers are very energetic, they need long walks and regular physical activities. Dogs of this breed are very devoted to the owners. The Boxer shows a cockiness only in relation to other dogs, does not react aggressively to people.
At home, the boxer must feel the power of the host. You can not give indulgence to dogs, otherwise they can become disobedient. Representatives of this breed are very wary of strangers. Barking will not be barked, but a couple of times can terribly bark. Boxers are very smart, smart, brave.
Conditions for boxers
Dogs of the breed "German boxer" need a constant high physical load to release the accumulating energy. But they are very sensitive to heat. Therefore, it is not recommended to give a heavy load in hot weather. It's better to let them frolic before dinner and in the evenings.
Wool boxer wiped only with rags. Dogs of this breed are prone to conjunctivitis, so they need to wipe their eyes with soft material daily. The ears are cleaned only with a handkerchief wound around the finger. Claws are regularly cut. But so as not to hurt the blood vessels.
Meals should be varied. Do not often give dry food. It is necessary to include in the diet of boxers a variety of cereals, vegetables and fruits. Dogs should have constant access to water. It is recommended that you even take it with you for a walk in hot weather.
How much are the German boxers?
Interest in dogs among residents of Russian cities is not lost. But to get a puppy is necessary, given the area of your apartment. It is best to start a small dog with a non-aggressive character. It is important and a good attitude of a four-legged friend to children. The ideal option for the combination of these conditions is the German boxer. Its price depends on several factors:
- Buying a puppy with a pedigree. Puppies of elite show-class cost from 500 dollars and above. Dogs of the breed class are slightly lower - from 350 dollars. If the puppy is bought not for breeding and exhibitions, but just for maintenance at home, then it's best to get a pet-class boxer. Such dogs cost from 250 dollars.
- Purchase without a pedigree. With this option, you can purchase a puppy for any contract price starting from 500 rubles. There are many such sentences.
- Depending on the color. For example, a German boxer of white color is more rare, and accordingly, may cost more than dogs that conform to the breed standard.
- Exterior of the boxer. Even with minor deviations from the standard, the price of a puppy can be reduced.
- The cost of puppies with all vaccinations made is more expensive.
- When buying an adult dog, the price usually goes down. However, it is worth remembering that adult dogs are hard at perceiving the change of the owner. It may take a long time for the boxer to get used to the new place.
Reviews about the German boxer
The owners of all German boxers are advised to keep these dogs in the apartment. True, this breed has small flaws. For example, dogs constantly have saliva to wipe. Especially at home after feeding. The wool must be combed every week. Eyes are wiped daily with a soft cloth.
For maintenance in apartments the German boxer is almost perfect. Reviews about this breed are only positive. They are very affectionate, loyal and cheerful dogs. Excellent get along with all household members, non-aggressive. Excellent watchman. They can be entrusted with the protection of a private house or apartment. The sight of the dog and its frightening barking scare off any intruder.
Boxers are easy to train. They can be used as a protection for adults and children. Boxers - dogs of medium height, and therefore they are convenient enough to contain even in one-room apartment.