Once a boxer dog owner, always a boxer dog owner! What is it about this incredibly goofy, insanely naughty and shockingly accident-prone animal that has us falling in love every day? Perhaps there is a clinical term for us Boxer dog lovers, but if there is, we sure don’t want to know about it! That’s right, we embrace their goofiness, adore their naughtiness and as far being accident-prone goes, well yes that does annoy us from time to time!
Of course, while all Boxer dog owners believe their animal to be the best in the world, that doesn’t stop them from gazing in awe at other fine specimens of the mighty Boxer. In fact, you are likely aware that Boxers can vary rather significantly in appearance, the variation is much dependant on the Boxer type. Unfortunately, the naughty, crazy and clingy elements tend to be the same for all Boxers, regardless of which type you opt for!
Let’s take a look at the main Boxer types and what sets one apart from the other. You never know, you may find that the pampered pooch lying at your feet isn’t the Boxer you thought they were!
The Elegant UK Boxer
Granted, not everyone would use ‘elegant’ and ‘Boxer dog’ in the same sentence, but the UK Boxer dog proves itself to be exactly that. The UK Boxer dog is bred to match a set of slight variances, in fact, it is these slight differences that truly sets this type of Boxer apart from the others.
The UK Boxer dog tends to have smaller feet, higher knuckles and gives off the impression of carrying itself in a rather elegant way. If this sounds like the bouncy Boxer dog that you love to call your own, you may very well be the proud owner of a UK Boxer.
The Mighty German Boxer
For the most part, it is the bone size that separates the German Boxer dog from the other types. In general, the bone structure for a German Boxer will be a little larger than that of a UK Boxer and an American Boxer (we’ll talk about this type next).
There are also a few other slight differences which set the German Boxer dog apart from the other two types. One of these differences is the nose size. A German Boxer dog will have a slightly smaller nose than the other types, although this is often only by a fraction. The observant person may also note that the width of the thigh on a German Boxer dog is a little wider than on the other types.
The Awesome American Boxer Dog
While we can’t make a generalized statement for every single American Boxer dog, normally the coat will be tighter, and the body will be without wrinkles, except around the head. It is this tighter and shinier coat that tends to quickly identify a Boxer dog as being of the America type. It is also fairly easy to differentiate an American Boxer dog from a UK Boxer dog due to the difference in paw, knuckles and ankle shape.
One additional difference which tends to be seen on the American Boxer dog is a wider muzzle and nose. This is in comparison to both the UK Boxer dog and the German Boxer dog.
So now that you know the different types of Boxer dogs, you may be wondering how you can tell the difference. You may think that your Boxer dog could fit into any category using your level of skill in differentiating between them! So let’s take a look at how you can tell what type of Boxer dog you own.
How Do I Know The Type Of Boxer Dog That I Have?
Of course, whether your darling hound is an elegant UK Boxer, a mighty German Boxer or an awesome American Boxer isn’t what matters the most. The essential point is that you love your dog and shower him or her with love and affection. However, now that we know that three different types exist, it sure is interesting to find out what category yours fits into.
Which Boxer type you have will depend on the bloodline that your dog comes from. Hopefully, you bought your darling dog from a reputable breeder in which case they will easily be able to advise you what Boxer type you have.
Can I Enter My Boxer Dog Into Dog Shows Regardless Of Type?
This is going to depend on the country you plan to show your dog in and the standards which apply to the specific show. Your dog may be compared to the other Boxers seen at the show, regardless of type. You may find that the country you show the dog in will have some preference. For example, could an American Boxer dog do better at an American dog show while a UK Boxer dog or German boxer dog do better at a European show? This is for you to make your mind up on!
Could I Have A Boxer Which Comes From Mixed Bloodlines?
You certainly could! Different breeders take different stands on this one. Some feel that Boxers are Boxers, regardless of their type. That means they may happily breed Boxers from different bloodline types. In fact, not only do some breeders purposely decide to do this, but some owners may also have such a preference. For example, a boxer lover may decide that they would love a German/American Boxer and will seek out a breeder who mixes such bloodlines.
Once you are aware of the types of Boxer dogs, that being the UK Boxer dog, the German Boxer dog, and the American Boxer dog, you may be surprised to see how many breeders mix the bloodlines. In fact, many Boxer puppies you consider may be advertised as having both American and European bloodlines. This may not have meant much to you before, but now you know exactly what they are talking about!
Is One Type Of Boxer Dog Better Than The Others?
Usually, the temperament and character of a Boxer are the same whether you opt for a UK Boxer, a German Boxer or an American Boxer. Of course, some people will argue that one type of Boxer dog has a better character, is more friendly or makes a better pet. Are they correct? That is really up to each Boxer owner to decide.
For example, you may hear that since the German Boxer still tends to be bred for its original purpose – that being to work – it is not only stronger but also easier to train. However, if you speak to the owner of a German Boxer dog who, after years of trying still can’t coax the dog to jump into the car, you may hear a different story!
Although it is hard to differentiate, regarding character, between the UK Boxer, the German Boxer, and the American Boxer, one aspect remains the same when choosing a puppy; be committed to purchasing a puppy from a reputable and registered breeder. This is, by far, one of the best ways to guarantee that you will bring home a puppy that embraces all of those qualities that we love so much in a Boxer.
Up until this point, we have been directing things towards people who are familiar with Boxer dogs and likely have one lounging around as they read. However, perhaps you are one of those people who has never owned a Boxer dog before but is seriously contemplating the idea. Is this breed the right choice for you, regardless of whether you opt for the UK, German or American? Let’s consider a few key points.
Boxers Are Bouncy Dogs
Al Boxer types tend to be viewed as high energy dogs and with good reason. Younger dogs will rarely be happy with a casual daily walk. These dogs love to run, romp and let off steam. Be sure that you have the circumstances to fulfill these rather demanding exercise needs if you are thinking about bringing a Boxer into your home.
Boxers Need A Leader
Remember, Boxers were originally bred to work. This means that, in general, a Boxer dog craves leadership. Now we are not talking about the dictatorship type of leadership, that will only have your Boxer sulking, ignoring you and putting you in the doghouse for days.
Rather, Boxers thrive when their leader is upbeat, positive and has mastered the art of persuasion. Such a leader will be able to engage with the sensitive side of the Boxer (oh yes, they can be very sensitive!) without giving in to the many stubborn streaks that will emerge. A Boxer dog homed with the right leader will be happy, content and a whole lot of fun.
If your sole purpose of purchasing a Boxer dog is to fulfill the role of guard dog you may want to think again. While some Boxers will bark and send out the alert when confronted with something out of the ordinary, others will greet the occurrence with a wiggly behind, an excited look of glee and a warm invitation to ‘come on in.’ That’s right; you could say that some Boxers will show a thief to your crown jewels if they think they’ll get a cuddle as part of the exchange!
Potential To be Rowdy When Young
In general, we may label it ‘loveably rowdy,’ but it’s still rowdy nonetheless! As Boxers start to pass their puppy stage, they can easily become unaware of their growing size and strength. Jumping up, running at top speed and even body-slamming can all be done in a perfectly good-natured way, yet the impact can pose a real danger to those around. Particularly in homes with small children or elderly adults, a Boxer dog that has not been taught manners could easily knock someone over. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a Boxer; it just means you need to be devoted to teaching your puppy manners from the very start.
A Lifelong Desire To Be At Your Side
Unlike some other dog breeds which can be quite happy to be independent, Boxer dogs live for human company. They will be quite happy to slither themselves onto a tiny gap on the sofa if it means they will have physical contact with you. To a Boxer, there is nothing better in life than to be viewed as a lap dog! If this is a trait which you love in a dog, then a Boxer could be right up your street. However, if you tend to like dogs more from a distance, a Boxer dog entering your home could turn into your worst nightmare!
So, whether you already own a Boxer dog or are just thinking about embarking on your first Boxer dog journey, this breed has plenty to offer! While there are three main types of Boxer dogs, the UK Boxer, the German Boxer and the American Boxer, as well as mixed bloodlines, all Boxers tend to embrace the same goofy qualities and character.
Certainly, the UK Boxer may appear more elegant and refined, the German Boxer may look more sturdy and muscular, and the American Boxer may dazzle you with its shiny and sleek coat, however, what’s on the inside is very similar.
The mighty Boxer dog may be incredibly stubborn, have an insatiable hunger for naughtiness and master the art of knocking over anything of value in your home, but that’s only half the story. In him (or her) you will also find a loyal companion, a sensitive buddy, and a bundle of fun. From the human-like pout to the kidney bean dance and from the sense of sheer joy to spend time with you to the laugh out loud moments that are sure to be plentiful, it is little wonder that, for many people, once they become a Boxer dog owner they never look back!