Boxers are descendants of extinct bullenbaiser breeds crossed with mastiff, bulldog , possibly Great Dane – and even a terrier. They were developed in Germany in the 19th century, initially as bull baiting dogs and later as butcher’s helpers, controlling cattle in slaughterhouses. / Some breed historians say boxers are named from the German word boxl, their slaughterhouse designation. Other fanciers contend the name boxer comes from the characteristic way that they use their forepaws to play, sparring much like a human boxer. / Boxers were not imported to the United States until after World War I and After 1940 the breed rose to become among the most[JT5] popular in America.
Boxers are considered working dogs. They were one of the first breeds employed as a police dog, and they have been used as seeing-eye dogs. But they are also bred to be companion and guard dogs, perhaps best known for being loyal family pets that are especially fond of children.