The Boxer Bulldog was created in the 19th century. It was bred from the Bullenbeisser, a dog that is now extinct.
This particular dog was once referred to as the 'German Bulldog' before the boxer came into play. The Bullenbeisser came from descendant of the Mastiff breed and the English Bulldog .
The Bullenbeisser breed worked as a strong hunting dog for many centuries before it's extinction. It would hunt and then hold bear, deer, and wild boar until the hunters arrived. It's extinction was not due to the lack of the breed, but due to cross-breeding. Around the late 1800s, German breeders used this dog to create a completely new and faster breed, which is now referred to as the Boxer bulldog.
Though as time passed, several different German breeders deiced to mix and match between other bulldogs and boxers. The reason for the extensive mix was because Germans wanted to remove any signs of the white coat in the breed.
The first boxer bulldog standard was set in 1902 and this document has not been changed much since the publishing. The American Kennel Club registered their very first boxer sometime during 1904 and the first boxer champion was Dampf Vom Dom in 1915.
It was really around the late 19th century did Europe began to see these dogs and it was not until the start of the 20th century did the United States have them too.
During World War I, these dogs were used as brave messengers, medicine and food carriers, fighter dogs, and guard dogs. It was not until after World War II where the Boxer's popularity was able to spread on a worldwide level.
returning soldiers took these dogs back to their home country and was able to show them off to a larger amount of people. This was really when they became companions, show dogs, and even guard dogs.
It is guessed that the name was taken from the breed's personality. Boxers feel comfortable playing while they are on their hind legs. The name was taken from this posture and how their front paws acted in a boxing-like motion.
However, some say that there are some conflicts to this theory and that really it was deprived from the German word 'Boxen' or 'Baxer'. This word was quite common during the 18th century.
This breed has experienced some inbreeding due to some of the German owners crossing it between related bulldogs; it does have some health concerns. They tend to be more extreme things that simple Dog First Aid solutions can not exactly cure.
They are also able to get some stomach diseases or have intestinal problems. Conditions like Bloat Is not extremely common, but does exist.
They can be allergic to certain times of dog kibble, so they must be monitored when eating something new.
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