In the 1820s, German Bullenbeisers were crossed with Mastiffs, terriers, and English Bulldogs in attempt to make the perfect bull baiting dog the Boxer....
Luckily for the bulls, bull baiting became outlawed throughout Europe, so the Boxer ended up being utilized for a variety of different tasks including guardian, police dog, military dog, and all-around work dog.
The breed spread through Europe in the 19th century and was eventually introduced to the United States and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904. Despite this recognition, Boxers were slow in gaining any popularity with the American people. However, people seemed to have a change of heart about the Boxer after World War II, when popularity of breed began to steadily increase. They now get bragging rights as one of the most popular breeds in the US, landing in the top 10 list of most registered breeds year after year.
The origin of the Boxer name is still subject to debate. Some believe the word comes from the German word Boxl, which was a term used for dogs who worked in slaughterhouses. Others believe the term Boxer refers to the dogs habit of rearing back on their hind legs and boxing their front paws when theyre either playing or cornering prey. Whatever the origin, it seems this enthusiastic dog will continue to win peoples hearts with their enthusiasm and loyalty.