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The Boxer Dog fact sheet

The Boxer Standard

The Boxer was originally bred in Germany, therefore Germany is this breed’s country of origin.

The first Boxer Standard was formulated in 1896 by Mr Friedrich Robert, and was presented at the first meeting of the German Boxer Club. In 1902 the Standard was documented in writing under the following headings:

  • General Appearance
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Body
  • Legs and Paws
  • Coat and Colour
  • Height
  • Faults
  • Characteristics

In 1920 the Boxer Standard was reviewed in its entirety. To a very large extent this revised Standard still applies today with the exception of a few differences and additions.

In the period between 1919 to 1924 the then Ministry of the Reich, Department of Army leadership decided to recognize the Boxer as the fifth working breed in Germany.

The FCI then adopted the Boxer Standard and it is currently published by the FCI as Standard No. 144.

FCI Standard No 144

Times are changing

The FCI has accepted and recommends that Boxers should keep their natural tails. For the past few years, we have also not cropped the ears, so the 21st Century Boxer looks different to the 20th century Boxer.

The Names of Some Body Parts on a Boxer Dog

A picture of a Boxer dog with labels of the most important body parts of the dog. Some concepts will also be defined to make understanding of the FCI Standard more clear

Boxer Standard

  1. Neck Region
  2. Withers
  3. Back
  4. Loin
  5. Croup
  6. Hock Joint
  7. Knee (Stifle) Joint
  8. Point of the Elbow Joint
  9. Point of the Shoulder Joint
  10. Bridge of the Nose (from the tip of the nose to the stop)
  11. Stop

FCI Standard No. 144

January 1901

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