The ideal Boxer is
a medium-sized, square built dog of good substance with short back,
strong limbs, and short, tight-fitting coat. His well developed muscles
are clean, hard and appear smooth under taut skin. His movements denote
energy. The gait is firm, yet elastic, the stride free and
ground-covering, the carriage proud. Developed to serve as guard,
working and companion dog, he combines strength and agility with
elegance and style. His expression is alert and temperament steadfast
The chiseled head imparts to the Boxer a unique individual stamp. It
must be in correct proportion to the body. The broad, blunt muzzle is
the distinctive feature, and great value is placed upon its being of
proper form and balance with the skull.
In judging the Boxer, first consideration is given to general appearance
to which attractive color and arresting style contribute. Next is
overall balance with special attention devoted to the head, after which
the individual body components are examined for their correct
construction, and efficiency of gait is evaluated.
National Alliance, "Ali", 9 months old.
The body in profile is
of square proportion in that a horizontal line from the front of
the forechest to the rear projection of the upper thigh should
equal the length of a vertical line dropped from the top of the
withers to the ground..... The brisket is deep, reaching down to
the elbows; the depth of the body at the lowest point of the
brisket equals half the height of the dog at the withers.
Height--Adult males 22½ to 25 inches; females 21 to 23½ inches
at the withers, preferably, males should not be under the minimum nor
females over the maximum: however, proper balance and quality in the
individual should be of primary importance since there is no size
disqualification. Proportion--The body in profile is of square
proportion in that a horizontal line from the front of the forechest to
the rear projection of the upper thigh should equal the length of a
vertical line dropped from the top of the withers to the ground. Substance--Sturdy
with balanced musculature. Males larger boned than their female
The muzzle should equal
2\3's the width of the skull.
Splash, "Splash", 4 months old.
muzzle is 1/3 the length of the head from the occiput to the tip
of the nose.
The beauty of the head depends upon harmonious proportion of muzzle to
skull. The blunt muzzle is 1/3 the length of the head from the occiput
to the tip of the nose, and 2/3 the width of the skull. The head should
be clean, not showing deep wrinkles (wet). Wrinkles typically appear
upon the forehead when ears are erect, and folds are always present from
the lower edge of the stop running downward on both sides of the muzzle.
Expression--Intelligent and alert. Eyes--Dark brown in
color, not too small, too protruding or too deep-set. Their
mood-mirroring character combined with the wrinkling of the forehead,
gives the Boxer head its unique quality of expressiveness. Ears--Set
at the highest points of the sides of the skull are cropped, cut rather
long and tapering, raised when alert. Skull The top of the skull
is slightly arched, not rounded, flat nor noticeably broad, with the
occiput not overly pronounced. The forehead shows a slight indentation
between the eyes and forms a distinct stop with the topline of the
muzzle. The cheeks should be relatively flat and not bulge (cheekiness),
maintaining the clean lines of the skull and should taper into the
muzzle in a slight, graceful curve. Muzzle--The muzzle,
proportionately developed in length, width and depth, has a shape
influenced first through the formation of both jawbones, second through
the placement of the teeth, and third through the texture of the lips.
The top of the muzzle should not slant down (downfaced), nor should it
be concave (dishfaced); however, the tip of the nose should lie slightly
higher than the root of the muzzle.
The nose should be broad and black.
The upper jaw is broad where attached to the skull and maintains this
breadth except for a very slight tapering to the front. The lips, which
complete the formation of the muzzle, should meet evenly in front. The
upper lip is thick and padded, filling out the frontal space created by
the projection of the lower jaw, and laterally is supported by the
canines of the lower jaw. Therefore, these canines must stand far apart
and be of good length so that the front surface of the muzzle is broad
and squarish and, when viewed from the side, shows moderate layback. The
chin should be perceptible from the side as well as from the front.
Boxer Bite demonstrated by "Ali" at 9 months
Boxer bite is undershot; the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper and
curves slightly upward. The incisor teeth of the lower jaw are in a
straight line, with the canines preferably up front in the same line to
give the jaw the greatest possible width. The upper line of incisors is
slightly convex with the corner upper incisors fitting snugly back of
the lower canine teeth on each side. Faults-- Skull too broad.
Cheekiness. Wrinkling too deep (wet) or lacking (dry). Excessive flews.
Muzzle too light for skull. Too pointed a bite (snipy), too undershot,
teeth or tongue showing when mouth closed. Eyes noticeably lighter than
ground color of coat.
National Alliance, "Ali" at 9 months old.
Neck--Round, of ample length, muscular and clean without
excessive hanging skin (dewlap). The neck has a distinctly marked nape
with an elegant arch blending smoothly into the withers. Topline--Smooth,
firm and slightly sloping. Body--The chest is of fair width, and
the forechest well defined and visible from the side. The brisket is
deep, reaching down to the elbows; the depth of the body at the lowest
point of the brisket equals half the height of the dog at the withers.
The ribs, extending far to the rear, are well arched but not barrel
The back is short, straight and muscular and firmly connects the withers
to the hindquarters.
The loins are short and muscular. The lower stomach line is slightly
tucked up, blending into a graceful curve to the rear. The croup is
slightly sloped, flat and broad. Tail is set high, docked and carried
upward. Pelvis long and in females especially broad. Faults--Short
heavy neck. Chest too broad, too narrow or hanging between shoulders.
Lack of forechest. Hanging stomach. Slab-sided rib cage. Long or narrow
loin, weak union with croup. Falling off of croup. Higher in rear than
The shoulders are long and sloping, close-lying, and not excessively
covered with muscle (loaded). The upper arm is long, approaching a right
angle to the shoulder blade. The elbows should not press too closely to
the chest wall nor stand off visibly from it.
The forelegs are long, straight and firmly muscled and when viewed from
the front, stand parallel to each other. The pastern is strong and
distinct, slightly slanting, but standing almost perpendicular to the
ground. The dewclaws may be removed. Feet should be compact, turning
neither in nor out, with well arched toes. Faults--Loose or
loaded shoulders. Tied in or bowed out elbows.
J. Dara's National Alliance, "Ali", rear view
at 6 months.
hindquarters; note how the plumb-line dropped from behind the
rump lands just in front of the rear toes. The upper and lower
thighs are well-developed.
The hindquarters are strongly muscled with angulation in balance with
that of the forequarters.
The thighs are broad and curved, the breech musculature hard and
strongly developed. Upper and lower thigh long. Leg well angulated at
the stifle with a clearly defined, well "let down" hock joint.
Viewed from behind, the hind legs should be straight with hock joints
leaning neither in nor out. From the side, the leg below the hock
(metatarsus) should be almost perpendicular to the ground, with a slight
slope to the rear permissible. The metatarsus should be short, clean and
strong. The Boxer has no rear dewclaws. Faults--Steep or
over-angulated hindquarters. Light thighs or overdeveloped hams.
Over-angulated (sickle) hocks. Hindquarters too far under or too far
Short, shiny, lying smooth and tight to the body.
Fawn Bitch & Brindle Dog
J. Dara's National Alliance, "Ali" &
RedDawn's Justa Splash, "Splash"
The colors are fawn and brindle. Fawn shades vary from light tan to
mahogany. The brindle ranges from sparse, but clearly defined black
stripes on a fawn background, to such a heavy concentration of black
striping that the essential fawn background color barely, although
clearly, shows through (which may create the appearance of "reverse
White markings should be of such distribution as to enhance the dog's
appearance, but may not exceed one-third of the entire coat. They are
not desirable on the flanks or on the back of the torso proper. On the
face, white may replace part of the otherwise essential black mask and
may extend in an upward path between the eyes, but it must not be
excessive, so as to detract from true Boxer expression. Faults--Unattractive
or misplaced white markings. Disqualifications--Boxers that are
any color other than fawn or brindle. Boxers with a total of white
markings exceeding one-third of the entire coat.
RedDawn's Justa Splash, "Splash" at
14 months old.
Viewed from the side, proper front and rear angulation is manifested in
a smoothly efficient, level-backed, ground covering stride with powerful
drive emanating from a freely operating rear. Although the front legs do
not contribute impelling power, adequate "reach" should be
evident to prevent interference, overlap or "sidewinding"
(crabbing). Viewed from the front, the shoulders should remain trim and
the elbows not flare out. The legs are parallel until gaiting narrows
the track in proportion to increasing speed, then the legs come in under
the body but should never cross. The line from the shoulder down through
the leg should remain straight although not necessarily perpendicular to
the ground. Viewed from the rear, a Boxer's rump should not roll. The
hind feet should "dig in" and track relatively true with the
front. Again, as speed increases, the normally broad rear track will
become narrower. Faults--Stilted or inefficient gait. Lack of
Character and Temperament
These are of paramount importance in the Boxer. Instinctively a
"hearing" guard dog, his bearing is alert, dignified and
self-assured. In the show ring, his behavior should exhibit constrained
animation. With family and friends, his temperament is fundamentally
playful, yet patient and stoical with children.
socialization will ensure a good natured and trustworthy boxer!
above is Jared West (3 years old) with the "pack" of
J. Dara Boxers; and taking a rest with J. Dara's National
Alliance, "Ali", and below is Jared with his personal favorite,
J. Dara's Echo of Birchwood,
Deliberate and wary with
strangers, he will exhibit curiosity but, most importantly, fearless
courage if threatened. However, he responds promptly to friendly
overtures honestly rendered. His intelligence, loyal affection and
tractability to discipline make him a highly desirable companion. Faults--Lack
of dignity and alertness. Shyness.
The foregoing description is that of the ideal Boxer. Any deviations
from the above described dog must be penalized to the extent of the
Boxers that are any color other than fawn or brindle. Boxers with a
total of white markings exceeding one-third of the entire coat.
Approved February 5, 1999
Effective March 31, 1999
Guess that excludes me, huh???