Wednesday, May 5, 2010

dog breed history lesson: the boxer


page 82 from The Working Pit Bull by Diane Jessup

The Boxer is yet another variation on the original Bulldog, but this one was developed in Germany. Early Boxers were almost indistinguishable from the modern-day APBTs, and their temperament too, is similar. The history of the Boxer in Germany is almost a mirror of the Pit Bull in England. First developed as a "gripping" dog for boar hunting. It was later used for a time as a dog fighter. Unfortunately for the Boxer, its flashy appearance and proud nature made it an ideal show dog, and soon a "standard of perfection" which called for a non-functional muzzle and jaw structure was developed. Rather quickly, the Boxer became just another show version of the Bulldog type. Without doubt he is closely related to the Pit Bull, and comes from the same ancestors, simply developed in another country along slightly different lines.

i recommend jessup's book.

6 comments:

cravendesires said...

thank you anonymous reader for sending me this photo.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how the Boxer would have turned out if sociopaths fought them and culled, fought and culled, fought and culled.....

Anonymous said...

Recommend her book *from the library or second-hand*! For God's sake don't be putting any money in this creature's pocket!

cravendesires said...

i didn't find jessup's book at any of the libraries around me. and yes, i buy all of my pit bull books second hand when possible. amazon has lots.
prices tend to fluctuate btw.

Bagheera Kiplingi said...

Th old time boxer looks more like Sgt Stubby than a boxer.

Anonymous said...

A Boxer?
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=7427588