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Old 04-25-2009, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read somewhere that "according to legend, the Boxer got its name from its tendency to stand on its hind legs and “box” with its front paws during play or fighting."

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I have heard that from several sources as well, I heard that its because when they stand up and "box" opponents in play, I have heard its because of the shape of their head...

Originally their name was from their ancestors being the Bullenbeisser (Bull biter) due to the nature of their work or taking down large animals such as bulls, cows, bears. It is generally accepted that the smaller Bullenbeisser bred in Brabant(?), together with the British Bulldog, is the ancestor of the modern Boxer dog. Then after that I guess they became enormously popular in Germany and were bread extensively, I read somewhere that they obtained the name "Boxl" there and the name "Boxer" is just the misinterpretation of that original name....
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I read somewhere that "according to legend, the Boxer got its name from its tendency to stand on its hind legs and “box” with its front paws during play or fighting."

What do you think?
I have no real idea, but I got a left hook to the eyeball that required some major surgery, so I believe it!!
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I woke Avy up a few weekends ago and startled her..needless to say I had to explain at a job interview that my black eye and big scratch under my eye were from my 30lb puppy..haha
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Ask my lab, Chipper, who's had to learn to box to survive playing with Duke! It's hilarious to see a lab boxing!!
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I read somewhere that "according to legend, the Boxer got its name from its tendency to stand on its hind legs and “box” with its front paws during play or fighting."

What do you think?
I have no real idea, but I got a left hook to the eyeball that required some major surgery, so I believe it!!
Ava, Casey, DH and I were laying on the bed and DH went to do something to Ava and she boxed me right in the eye. I swear, I was blind for more than a minute!
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That's what I was always told too. Because the way they box with their front feet.
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