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UTILIZATION : Companion, Guard and Working Dog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.

Section 2.1 Molossoid breeds, mastiff type. With working trial.


The small, so called Brabant Bullenbeisser is regarded as the immediate ancestor of the Boxer. In the past, the breeding of these Bullenbeissers was in the hands of the huntsmen, whom they assisted during the hunt. Their task was to seize the game put up by the hounds and hold it firmly until the huntsman arrived and put an end to the prey. For this job the dog had to have jaws as wide as possible with widely spaced teeth, in order to bite firmly and hold on tightly. A Bullenbeisser which had these characteristics was best suited to this job and was used for breeding. Previously, only the ability to work and utilisation were considered. Selective breeding was carried out which produced a dog with a wide muzzle and an upturned nose.

As years went by, the need for hunting large animals like bears and boars diminished and boxer dogs were used for different purposes. During WWI, the boxer breed became a popular breed among the soldiers. They were used as guard dogs, attack dogs and even messenger dogs during the war.

Despite their popularity in the army during the WWI, it was not until after WWII that boxers started to get popular among the general populations. As soldiers returned from war, they sometimes brought their faithful and loyal companions home with them. Since then, many families have welcomed the boxer breed into their home. The popularity of the breed has grown ever since.