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    Brief Description 

    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.

    Source: FCI

    Links to Breed Descriptions 


    See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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    Video Link

    This and other breed videos are available in full length here



    AKC Video Link

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel



    SCC Video Link

    View more videos on SCC's YouTube Channel



    intro-boxer-standard us.gifThe American Boxer Club:  American Boxer Club Presents -- Judging The Boxer



    This presentation is available in Powerpoint








    Other Names for Breed 
    • German Boxer
    • Deutscher boxer
    • Boxer allemand
    • Boxer alemán


    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club 

    Country of origin: Germany


    Health and Well-Being 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed Standards 

    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)

    Breed-Specific Statistics 

    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:


    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    3. Finland: JTO



    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.

    Breed-Specific Research 

    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).

    Infographic: Disorders of Boxers.pdf


    boxer kidney study - akcchf.png












    Breed Clubs 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.



    Logo-atibox-base-t.gifFounded 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



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