I know that boxers orininated in germany(or so i believe), but what were they breed from? I have been asked many times but do not have an answer for it. My guess is something along the lines of a mastiff but that is a complete guess
The Mastiff is a common ancestor to the Boxer, Bullmastiff, Great Dane, and many other breeds. The Boxer's most immediate ancestors are the Brabanter Bullenbeisser, with some English Bulldog blood brought in during the 17th century. The American Boxer Club website has a brief history of the Boxer breed here: http://www.americanboxerclub.org/boxer_history.html
They are from very strong, powerful, and awesome dogs! My mom tells me that bulldogs look like midget boxers..lol..she thinks their faces looks so much alike and that like a lot of "little people" the limbs are short and they have a little bit of a malformation look to them...definitely can see the bulldog and the mastiff type dog in them...I don't care where they come from, I just love them!