Re: New breed "Bobtail Boxers" - they really exist
It wasn't breeding to get a new look; it was breeding to maintain a centuries-old look that animal rights fanatics were attempting (and have succeeded) in taking away; it was breeding to maintain a tail that was less likely to suffer the damage and breakage that is often seen in long Boxer tails.
It's perfectly fine to not agree with the bobtail crosses - many don't - but it's important not to ascribe motivations that simply weren't there. This was a well-planned, well-regulated experimental breeding to determine the possibility of isolating a single gene (the bobtail) from one breed in another breed. Had it not worked - had the Corgi traits carried on over the generations, or resurfaced in bobtail x bobtail crosses, or had new health problems showed up from the Corgi side of the pedigree - those dogs would never have made it into the larger Boxer gene pool.
And genetics *can* be fun, if it's an area that interests you. Even something as simple as breeding a fawn to a brindle and seeing how accurately you predict the percentage of fawn puppies, or of breeding two flashies and seeing how close to the expected ratio of plain to flashy to white, is fun to those interested in genetics, statistical probabilities, etc. One of the most 'fun' litters in that sense for me was one of my stud dog's, which was exactly as you'd expect in every way. Two flashy brindles bred together produced four puppies - all brindles; two male, two female; one plain, two flashy, one white. It doesn't get more textbook than that - and yes, it was fun, for me, to see it turn out that way. Even more fun is to see the traits those puppies carry genetically from both parents - and from their other ancestors. One of my girls now is a daughter of that dog (different litter), and while she is very like her father, both physically and behaviorally, there are a lot of times she's incredibly like her grandmother. That's fun, too, to see the dogs I've lost living on in their descendants.
As far as not messing with Mother Nature - you really can't say that and be a Boxer fan. There are few dogs that are farther removed from what Nature would have than the Boxer!