The Boxer is a medium sized, smooth coated, sturdy dog of compact, square build and strong bone. His muscles are taut, strongly developed and moulded in appearance. His movement is lively, powerful with noble bearing. The Boxer must be neither cumbersome nor heavy, nor light or lacking in body substance.
Links to Breed Descriptions
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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The American Boxer Club: American Boxer Club Presents -- Judging The Boxer
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Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Germany
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: FKC Database: Boxer: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=144
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
American Boxer Charitable Foundation (ABC Foundation): Boxer Health Information page
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Purpose: International: Boxer enthusiasts committed to preventing the global spread of Juvenile Kidney Disease in Boxers
Dr Bruce Cattanach (Geneticist UK)
Sheila Cartwright (Virologist UK)
Prof Jo Peters (Geneticist UK)
Dr Lynn Kincla (Geneticist NZ)
Pia Lannermalm (former Swedish Boxer Club health committee Sweden)
Virginia Zurflieh (former secretary newsletter editor ABCF & ABC Health Committee USA)
Contributions from: Dr Rafal Francikiewicz MD (Medical Doctor Australia)
The Boxer Juvenile Kidney Disease (JKD) website includes in depth information and links to numerous publications on JKD / JRD; contains regional/country specific pedigrees of Boxers reported to have produced affected offspring; information on Juvenile Kidney Disease; Agria insurance data analysis and statistics on disease incidence for all breeds.
2023 - Research from the UK
O’Neill, D.G., Skipper, A.M., Barrett, K. et al. Demography, common disorders and mortality of Boxer dogs under primary veterinary care in the UK. Canine Med Genet 10, 6 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40575-023-00129-w
Infographic: https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/VetCompass/Infograms/230523 Disorders of Boxers.pdf
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Founded in 1950, The Association Technique Internationale du Boxer (ATIBOX) is preserving the technical interests of the breed German Boxer on an international basis. ATIBOX promotes and encourages the breeding, the working and the beauty shows, as well as education and research. "Under the designation of Association Technique Internationale du Boxer (ATIBOX) and in accordance with all FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) rules, has been founded an International Technical Commission by the Organizations of boxer kennel clubs in various countries. Since the 19.02.2006, ATIBOX has a cooperation agreement with the FCI." Read more about ATIBOX (documents, strategies...).
Member countries are listed here. The country listings include website links and contacts.
Australia: Boxer Association of Victoria
Canada: Boxer Club of Canada
Ireland: Irish Boxer dog Club
Sweden: Svenska Boxerklubben
USA: The American Boxer Club