The first boxer in the video is getting alot of "help" from the hepler. Remind me of a saying "there's no such thing as suicide rabbits". Now the one that at 6:40'ish min mark seems to be a much more serious dog.This might be the oldest video of a boxer working. Along with other breeds. If anyone speaks Italian they should enjoy it.
I understand what you are saying but you're comparing to dogs that are totally different. Not to mention, to breeds that are still bred with working qualities in mind.My family lives on a large piece of land in a rural ranching community so i think that i may look more at working potential than other boxer owners. Not saying that my outlook is better or anything, just different. When i am looking at a ranch dog and i can see the level of conditioning in the heeler's and aussie's I cant picture a boxer working in that capacity. Although those breeds lack the natural watchdog instincts of the boxer. I think that the boxer frustrates me because i see the mind of an elite working dog limited by the body. they are so attentive, smart and biddable that they can learn and perform any job from herding to tracking and protection. Mentally they can learn to do more jobs than any heeler or aussie that i have seen.
They are just like any other breed. If you pick the right genetics and you use it in the right application, you have the best chance for it to work out.
In general I don't think boxers would be considered "biddable". Not to say they can't be, they can. But they are more often then not a bit stubborn. What I tell people: just because the dog wants to hang out WITH you doesn't mean he wants to work FOR you..lol