Hoosier Boxer

The History Behind the boxer

Sleek, strong and self - assured, the Boxer is one of several working group breeds developed in Germany in the late 19th century.  The breed descends from a type of dog found throughout Europe for the past 500 years.  A member of the bully line, the Boxer's family tree includes almost every recognized breed of the bulldog type, including the Dogue de Bordeaux and the bulldog itself.  The Boxer we know today has only existed for only the past 100 years or so, but his distant ancstors can be seen in 16th- and 17th-century.  European writting describes them as strongly built, shorthaired chase dogs with large heads, powerful muzzles, with strong bodies and teeth.

The American Kennel Club 1st registered the Boxer 1904, suprisingly the boxer was not popular at that time, eight years later in 1912, Mrs. Herbert Leham, the New York governor's wife imported the 1st boxer to earn american championship title in 1915.  In 1932 the breed had its first best in show. From 1932 to 1934, he was shown 36 times and won best in show 35 times and won best breed 35 times, placing in the non-sporting group 22 times. As a Member  of the AKC's Working Group, the Boxer has earned its stripes as a war dog, police dog, guardian, therapy dog and service dog. But within its role as a family dog it desires human affection which makes him a star.

According to today's breed standard, the ideal boxer is medium-sized, square-built dog with a short back, strong limbs and short, tight-fitting coat.  Beneath his taut skin, his well-developed muscles are clean and hard.  His very being denotes energy as he covers ground with smooth, ground-devouring stride and proud carriage. 

Compact in size, and adult male should stand 22 to 25 inches, female 21 to 23 inches.  The breeds ideal weight ranges from 53 to 71 pounds. The only acceptable color in the standard is fawn, ranging from tan to mahogany, and the only acceptance combination is brindle, showing clearly defined stripes on a  fawn body.  White markings on the muzzle, chest, belly, feet, neck and inside legs are permissible but should not cover more than one third of the body.  The face must have a black mask, but a white blaze is permitted from the muzzle upward between the eyes.  Flash refers to the amount of white on the dog and is considered acceptable and attractive.

Foods you can and can not give them:

THE food you can feed  them is.

1) small chunks of cooked, lean meat

2) dry dog food morsels

3) cheese

4) veggies ( cookrd, raw or frozen)

5) breads, crackers or dry cereal

6) unsalted, unbuttered, plain, popped popcorn

The food to stay away from is 

1) Avocados: this can cause gastrointestinal irritation.

2) baby food: may have onion powder in it 

3) chocolate: contains methylaxanthines and theodromine 

4) raw eggs

5) garlic ( and related foods): can cause gastrointestinal irritation 

6) grapes: can cause kidney failure 

7) macadamia nuts: 

8) raw meat:

9) milk: 

10) onions ( and related foods) :

11) raisins: can cause kidney failure

12) yeast bread dough: can rise in the gastrointestinal tract.