The Boxer is a delightful animal that takes longer than most
to grow up. The ultimate “people dog” loves to be
with its human family and enjoys nothing more than entertaining
them. It is a natural extrovert, inquisitive and active.
Boxers love children and are faithful protectors
of the family. However, it is an exuberant and powerful dog and
may be overwhelming to small children. A puppy reared with children
will be loyal, faithful, patient friend for life.
"I believe I can fly....."
High energy levels suggest that the Boxer deserves
a reasonable sized home and garden and owners that are prepared
to give the necessary time for mental stimulation, exercise and
training. Sensible owners that understand the Boxer's enthusiasm
for life will be wonderfully rewarded for the time they put into
They are clean dogs with short, tight coats so
grooming is no big deal (except for the dog of course, who just
loves attention), This makes them a pleasure to have in the house.
Being very keen to please his beloved family,
the Boxer is highly trainable. Boxers have served in police units
and armed forces throughout the world, as search and rescue dogs
and have been successful as guide dogs for the blind.
BE AWARE ……
It is fair to warn prospective owners that Boxers get bored and
don’t enjoy being left alone for hours on end. Don’t
blame a Boxer puppy for “playing” with your washing
while you’re out – clothes dancing on a line are obviously
inviting some Boxer fun! No self -respecting Boxer could be expected
to ignore something that pops up out of the lawn and starts spraying
water around – just another wonderful game! They will find
something to entertain themselves with and it is wise so provide
them with approved entertainment instead.
AFFILIATED BOXER SPECIALIST CLUBS offer their members:
Help and advice from experienced Boxer lovers on feeding, rearing,
house training, breeding and dealing with problems.
Training classes: Either directly or via KUSA affiliated
training or other specialist clubs.
Newsletters and magazines, such as the WPBC "Scraps"
and BCGR "Boxer Chat", filled with interesting snippets
for Boxer owners.
Social events, such as club walks, champagne brunches,
Christmas parties, seminars, video-shows and fun-filled fund raising
Boxer Rescue, to help stray, distressed and abandoned
Boxer memorabilia, such as T-shirts, sweat-shirts,
towels, caps and stickers to help identify you as a Boxer devotee.
Competitions and shows for obedience, working
trials and breed enthusiasts, including championships shows, and
breed surveys where your Boxer can earn internationally recognised
The Boxer is a medium-sized, sturdy and muscular dog. A male Boxer
should be between 57cm and 63 cm high at the shoulder and a female
between 53cm and 59cm.
Acceptable colours are:
- Various shades of fawn from dark deer red to light fawn
- Brindle - black stripes on the previously described shades of
White markings may enhance these colours but must
not exceed one-third of the ground colour.
The coat should be short, glossy, smooth and tight.
The Boxer should be fearless, self-confident,
calm and equable. His devotion and loyalty towards his master and
the entire household, his watchfulness and self-assured courage
as a defender are famous. Undemanding and clean, he is appreciated
as a family dog as well as a guard, companion and working dog. His
character is trustworthy, with no guile or cunning, even in old
A KUSA REGISTERED BOXER?
- Breeders with a KUSA registered affix are bound by the KUSA
Code of Ethics;
- The Kennel Union of Southern Africa is the only register of
Boxers recognised by all the leading international canine control
authorities. KUSA is a full member of the Fédération
Cynologique Internationale (FCI);
- The FCI is the World Canine Organisation. It has approximately
80 members (one per country) that each issue their own pedigrees
and train their own judges. The FCI makes sure that the pedigrees
and judges are mutually recognised by all the FCI members.
The Kennel Union of Southern Africa
Tel: 021 423 9027
Fax: 021 423 5876