Leilani the Boxer saw us in Woodland

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Leilani is a Boxer (a Hawaiian Boxer?) who brought her human to our Woodland vaccination clinic. Boxers have a long history which begins with the Molosser dog group which dates to ancient Greece and Rome. In Germany during the 1800s the local bear and boar hunting Bullenbeisser was crossed with imported Old English Bulldogs to produce an improved working dog. This must have been a formidable dog and probably not at all suited to being a family pet as their use in hunting was to attack and hold on to large prey and keep the hold until the hunters arrived for the kill. With this working skill in mind, it is obvious why the relatives of this type of dog were popular in the fighting pit as bull baiting dogs since they already had the instinct for grabbing and holding any opponent. The Boxer as we know it today is a lighter, smaller and faster version of the original hunting dogs and was carefully developed in Germany around 1894. During WWI boxers were used extensively as pack, messenger and attack dogs but it was not until WWII that they were brought back and introduced to dog owners in the United Sates. Today’s Boxers come in multiple solid and brindled colors including white but never pure black. Remember that, as in other breeds, the genetics for ‘Piebald’ white face are commonly associated with deafness and other neurological problems. Unfortunately, among a long list of physical problems is the tendency for developing cancers so the median lifespan is only about 10 years. Boxers make excellent house pets, are loyal and patient with children but they have a lot of energy and require competent training and plenty of exercise. Trying to figure why they have the name ‘Boxer’ is almost hopeless – there are at least 6 plausible explanations and what seems like the most obvious is actually the least likely: They are NOT named for ‘boxing’ with their front paws! – Geoffrey Antipa http://dogandcatshots.com



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