Boxer dogs have been bread to a point where they look pretty formidable, but we thought this video of it dishing out its love for the puppies was worth a look. They normally bare about 6 to 8 puppies that live for 9 or 10 years. This looks like puppy number two getting all the attention.
The Boxer dog forms part of the Molosser dog group, which was bred by Germans in the late nineteenth century from the Bullenbeisser.
The Bullenbeisser is now extinct but worked as a hunting dog for centuries. These dogs were used to hunt deer, wild board and bears. Its large strong jaw was used to hang on to the hunted animal until the masters arrived to secure the prey.
It was decided that a faster dog was needed, which led to a number of variants which include today’s Boxer as a direct descendent. In 1895 the breeding process was stabilised when the Germans felt they had got to the optimum point, after which the dogs went on show at a Munich event for the first time.
Today’s Boxer adheres to a detailed document which defines the breed, which first set out in 1902 and has barely altered over the last 100 years.