History of the breed
The boxer first originated in Germany in the early 1500’s. They are cousins to all types of bulldogs, and their distant ancestors are considered to be descendants of fighting dogs from Tibet. Initially bred for working and hunting watchdogs, boxers got developed by the crossing of extinct Bullen bai ser breeds with the mastiff, Great Dane, bulldog and possibly a terrier. They were earlier used as bull baiting dogs and butcher’s helpers, for protecting cattle in slaughterhouses.
They were first imported to the United States after the first world war. After the year 1940, the boxer emerged to become the most famous dog breed in America. Some historians believe that this breed got its name from ‘boxl’, a German word that refers to their slaughterhouse designation. Others think that the name comes from the unique manner in which they use their forepaws. They play that resembles the typical signature moves of the human boxer. As one of the first breeds to be employed as police dogs. Boxers are often used as seeing-eye dogs, though they are quite popular as companion dogs as well. This is perhaps because of their peculiar fondness for children.