Boxer Breed History
by Malcolm Dupris
The Boxer has its origins from Germany. Its history can be traced back
to the 1880s. Before that, the history becomes deductive, and then
A gentleman from
Munich, named George Alt, had purchased a small (Brabanter)
Bullenbeisser female in France. He brought her home to Munich, and mated
her to a local dog, which produced a parti-colored female - who was
named Schenken. Schenken was later mated to an English Bulldog. The
point to note here is that these were not random matings. Each breeding
was to capture a certain look, personality or trait. Then a consistency
was looked for to establish a breed type, that was produced at each
whelping. Until recently, breeders would cull any "all-white" puppies
from a litter, due to the fear that deafness would be passed from one
generation to another. The "all-white" colorations goes back to the
Bulldogs that were used initially to establish the Boxer type
The German Boxer
Club was formed in 1896, and this group published the first Boxer
Standard in 1902. What is remarkable is that the standard of 1902 has
changed very little over time.
Some pictures of the Boxer show the dog with cropped ears and docked
tails. This is very common in the United States. However, this practice
is being discontinued in several countries, as it is considered cruel.
Cropping of the ears is prohibited in the United Kingdom, Australia, and
Scandinavia. Tail docking is banned in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
The Boxer came to the United States in 1903 through the Stuttgarter
Kennels. The A.K.C. registered its first Boxer in 1904, before there was
a national parent club. In 1912, the American public's attention was
drawn to the Boxer breed, thanks to the importation of the 1912 Seiger,
Dampf von Dom, by the future Governor of New York and Mrs. Herbert H.
Lehman. In 1915, Dampf became the first Boxer to receive championship
honors in the United States.
The American Boxer Club was founded in 1935, and the club's membership to the A.K.C. occurred in May, of 1936.
For anyone interested in purchasing a Boxer, they would do well to
purchase the book by Anna K. Nicholas, entitled "The Boxer". It is a
very well researched study of the foundation Boxers, that were
instrumental in the development of the modern Boxer. It also has
excellent chapters on purchasing a Boxer, care of a puppy, show and
obedience, and also on breeding a Boxer.