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Old 12-13-2013, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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American boxer vs European boxer: What is your preference and why?
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I prefer American because of the longer snout (muzzle)....they seem to be able to breathe easier and aren't as prone to breathing problems. I also think the American boxer has a leaner more elegant appearance.
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Hmmm...interesting question. I'm not real knowledgable on either in comparison so I'm anxious to follow this thread and learn! ~Misty~


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I prefer the European style when compared to the American style.
For me, when reading through the breed standard of ANY kennel club (AKC, CKC, FCI) for the boxer, the European better suits the description.

To put this out there, I also feel that the UK/AUS style boxer is a great representation of the breed standard.
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There are so many differences. Even from one country to another. My York and Elena have similar looks and are both Hungarian. Napoli is from Holland, has the European build but the correct muzzle to head length. Compare her to York and her muzzle looks long when in reality yorks is to short.

Then you can get nice combinations when you mix the two styles.

Most of my dogs are full Europeans however I do have a couple American/European lines that I also like.

In the end it's about breeding to the standard. If I have a dog with a muzzle that is to short, I will try and find a mate with better muzzle to head ratio in hopes that it will improve the next generation. Not all dogs are perfect, it's up to us breeders to match them up with a dog that compliments their weaknesses.

Pictured below is our boy Kayo. He is a nice combination of American and European lines.
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I personally like the look of American boxers better. I feel as though their features are more soft, and less square/intimidating. Some European boxers that I've seen just look really mean--although they are really sweet, and just want to give kisses!
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I prefer the European style when compared to the American style.
For me, when reading through the breed standard of ANY kennel club (AKC, CKC, FCI) for the boxer, the European better suits the description.

To put this out there, I also feel that the UK/AUS style boxer is a great representation of the breed standard.
MattyM if those are the Euro Boxers (which to my eye they appear to be) how does a dog show work, with different versions of the same breed?
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There are so many differences. Even from one country to another. My York and Elena have similar looks and are both Hungarian. Napoli is from Holland, has the European build but the correct muzzle to head length. Compare her to York and her muzzle looks long when in reality yorks is to short.

Then you can get nice combinations when you mix the two styles.

Most of my dogs are full Europeans however I do have a couple American/European lines that I also like.

In the end it's about breeding to the standard. If I have a dog with a muzzle that is to short, I will try and find a mate with better muzzle to head ratio in hopes that it will improve the next generation. Not all dogs are perfect, it's up to us breeders to match them up with a dog that compliments their weaknesses.

Pictured below is our boy Kayo. He is a nice combination of American and European lines.
So we have European, American and Euro/American!
I just look for a happy face and floppy ears!
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Personally, there is nothing like the look of the European Boxer! I think the "short" muzzle, stocky muscular build says "I'M ALL BUSINESS, BACK OFF"! Yet those that know them, know that they are really saying "IM READY TO PLAY"!!!


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MattyM if those are the Euro Boxers (which to my eye they appear to be) how does a dog show work, with different versions of the same breed?
I am going to answer this one. Matts signature picture is of his beautiful girl who is full European.

Dog shows are much harder here in Canada and the US with full Europeans. They are considered to heavy and blocky for the ring and usually don't do very well. We are so use to seeing the refined, long and elegant boxer version that many judges are put off by the European working type.

Even European/American crosses have a difficult go.
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