Boxers are intelligent, hardworking and good-looking dogs. They are very loyal and affectionate to their family, as well as playful and gentle. This makes them great with children. So, it's no wonder that the boxer is one of America's most popular dog breeds.
The history of the boxer dates back to 19th-century Germany. The crossing of the now-extinct Bullenbeisser and the Barenbeiszer breeds with the English bulldogs of the 1830s resulted in the boxer as we know it today.
Boxers were bred to be hunting dogs, and they earned their name from the boxing pose they take when standing on their hind legs. Over the years, this intelligent, athletic breed has been utilized as an athlete, cattle dog, police dog, war dog (in World Wars I and II), watchdog, protection dog and guide dog for the blind. Circuses even used boxers for their ability to learn tricks quickly and perform them on command.
The popularity of boxers started to increase rapidly in the 1860s when the German Boxer Klub was founded. At the turn of the 20th century, the boxer made its way to the United States, and the American Kennel Club officially recognized the boxer in 1904.