Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

A Boxer Managed a Guinness World Record!

Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

A Boxer, unbelievably, holds the world’s record for the longest tongue!

John, Brandy’s owner, claims the veterinarians he visited were just as surprised as he upon seeing the Boxer with a tongue twice as long as normal.

The world record for the longest tongue on a dog is 43 cm (17 in) and belonged to Brandy, the boxer, who lived with her owner John Scheid in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA until September 2002 (Guinness World Records, 2016).

  • Boxers were one of the first breeds employed as police dogs, and were often used as seeing-eye dogs.

They Hail from Germany.

Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

Developed in Germany in the late 19th century from a mixture of an extinct Mastiff type breed called the Bullenbeisser and English Bulldogs, the Boxer is part of the Molosser group. The Bullenbeisser was used to hunt and hold down large prey animals (bear, wild boar, deer) for centuries.

  • Some say the Boxer’s original purpose was ‘Bull Baiting’ and then handling livestock, where others believe they were intended to assist hunters, holding prey until handlers could arrive.

They Got Their Looks from Parents.

Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

Originally used for the violent sport of ‘Bull Baiting’, a Bulldog’s snout was intentionally bred to be short to accommodate for easy breathing while it latched on to the much larger animal’s face, its’ overbite intentionally conceived to assist in that very latching. Descended from these dogs, the Boxer’s unusual appearance maintains these characteristics.

These traits augmented their original purpose wonderfully; they had no problem holding on to prey until the human hunter arrived!

Tail Docking/ Ear Cropping

Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

Though the practice is dying out, Boxers generally have their tails docked (removed) an ears cropped (shaved in order to stand- see above photos) at puppy-hood.

Many people say this was intended to prevent other animals from holding on to them during the hunt, but both these processes in fact decrease a dog’s hunting ability. Cropping the ears both decreases a dogs ability to hear and, to a lesser degree, smell; loose ears intended to ‘brush’ scent particles while the dogs tracked. Dogs also use their tails to ‘sweep’ scent particles toward their face, as well as to communicate.

Thus, depending upon your perspective, performing either surgery could be a very poor decision made by the uneducated hunter. In fact, both are widely considered cruel today; tail docking in fact banned in the UK.

They are Known to Snore.

Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

Due to their unique facial structure, Boxers are well known to snore! Being a bradycephalic (small head) breed, it is common for Boxers to have narrow nostrils. Things like allergies can also add to the snoring effect.

Boxers are by no means a quiet breed. Neither should they be an aggressive breed (if socialized properly). If a bit of snoring bothers you, this may not be the pup of choice.

Their Name has Meaning.

Five Surprising Facts about the Boxer

Why is a Boxer called a Boxer? Because these adorable little guys will actually stand on their hind legs and bat (box) at you! Of course it is just intentional play, but the name stuck.

Some think the name originated from a German butcher’s dog who was called ‘Boxl’. When other dogs failed to control cattle, the butcher would say “get the Boxl” and it would do the job. Of course, this may or may not be historically accurate.

  • If a Boxer isn’t given enough exercise, he could potentially become destructive.

When you are traveling with your Boxer, consider using a Tapscott K9 car seat cover. It will protect you upholstery and give your dog both a better and more comfortable trip!

"Horace started training bird dogs when he was eight years old. He once trained a boxer to point quail. It was the talk of the neighborhood. In his teen years he trained pointers and Irish Setters. He took an interest in Greyhounds and became very active in training these special animals and has been active in Greyhound adoption."