Built like athletes, Boxers are a sporty dog breed that is both easily-trained and friendly with others. For all Boxers have to offer, they’ve made it onto our list of most popular dog breeds at #11! Learn more about these popular family dogs with our 7 things you need to know about Boxers!
1. They’ve got a youthful spirit.
While some dogs are considered mature at one year old, others, like the Boxer, maintain their endearing puppy-like nature for a longer period. Because Boxers are not considered fully mature until the age of three, these playful and energetic pups are sometimes called the “Peter Pan” of dog breeds, with one of the longest puppyhoods of all dogs.
2. They got their name for a reason.
Boxers got their name because of their funny poses. They have a tendency to stand on their hind legs and “box” with their front paws in play. They’re real athletes!
3. They were one of the first German police dogs.
Bred for their high intelligence and ability to follow orders, it’s no wonder why the Boxer was one of Germany’s first dogs to be used in police training. They went on to serve as military dogs during WWI.
4. They’re related to another popular pup.
The Boxer is the cousin to nearly all Bulldog-type breeds. These dogs descend from the ancient Molosser line of dog breeds.
5. They have long tongues!
Boxers tend to have longer tongues than other dog breeds. The world record for the “Longest Tongue on a Dog” went to a Boxer named Brandy, whose licker was a full 17 inches long!
6. They have a distinctive look.
The Boxer’s square jaw is called an “undershot,” named for how the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper and curves slightly upward. This unique dental feature gives Boxers their distinctive smiles!
7. They’re multitalented.
While these dogs were bred to be hunters, Boxers also excel in the show ring and other areas. While originally a member of the Working dog group, in 2012 the AKC changed its rules to allow Boxers eligibility for herding titles. They also do well in agility, obedience and tracking.
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