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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Boxer (dog)

The boxer originated in Germany, perhaps as a cross between Great Danes and English Bulldogs. The breed was brought to prominence in the 1890s.

The boxer breed was not known outside of Germany until after the Second World War when many American and British returning soldiers took them home.

Boxers were named after their habit of playing. At the beginning of play with another dog, a Boxer will stand on his hind legs and bat at his opponent, appearing to "box" with his front paws.

There are about 20 to 25% Boxers who are born white. They are not considered to be albino dogs either. They are white due to presence of the extreme piebald gene.

It has been found that majority of white Boxers are deaf in one or both ears.

Boxers are born without upright ears and many people choose not to have the surgery done to make them stand upright.

Boxers aren't considered fully mature until they are three years old, making their puppyhoods one of the longest in the dog world.

The American Kennel Club categorizes the boxer as the largest breed (50-70 pounds) in the “working dog” category.

Boxers are known to snore.

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