ALL ABOUT BOXERS: WORKING DOGS


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV, producing the best breed documentaries. (optimistic music) – My name is Kathy Oaks and I’m here today to talk about my favorite breed
of dog and those are Boxers. I’ve only been involved with
Boxers for about nine years. I’ve been involved in
K-9s and working dogs for a little over 30 years. I started out with German
Shepherds, Malinois, Rottweilers, Dobermans. Initially my exposure to working dogs was through law enforcement. I became a police officer
in the late 80s, early 90s and I started working
with the K-9 officers. They were looking for
a volunteer initially to get into a bite suit
and they wanted a women because they thought sometimes their dogs really didn’t want to bite a female, and so that was something
they had requested of me. I got in the bite suit and started suiting up
for many of the dogs. So that’s where it began
and then later from there that became where I auditioned and put in to become a K-9 handler. Currently, I’m still licensed
with the state of Nevada for police dogs for patrol,
explosives, and narcotics. Later on in life I came across
a Boxer that was trained to do the same things that my German Shepherds
and Malinois were. And I just adored his
antics, his personality, and the fact that he was
capable of doing those things that I thought only my
working police dogs could do. For me, it’s just easier
to live with a large pack of Boxers than it is with,
say, a large pack of Shepherds. The fur, that’s a big part of it too. I tend to be a neat freak
and I’ve always found Boxers to be incredibly, meticulously clean dogs and easy to keep in a home
environment on the couch. With their antics and their behavior, they’ve just become my
absolute favorite breed. As far as the origin of Boxers, there’s several different theories. Some believe in the Bullenbeisser. From what I’ve been able to study and substantiate
scientifically and then also what I’ve been to able to just see in the
characteristics of the dog. I tend to lend my belief that the origin of the breed in the 1800s came from what we currently know as
the Old English Bulldog, which in those days were a
more streamlined dog with leg, but again with the flatter face, but not as many folds and
stuff as what we currently see, and also what we know of as the Spuds Mackenzie
dog or the Bull Terrier. And I believe that a perfect Boxer is a combination of these two dogs. So you have the top line,
you have the tail set, you have the angulation and
body type of a Bull Terrier, and you have the head
fixture of a combination between a Bull Terrier and a Bulldog. That is, in my opinion, what you have in the Boxer
breed today that we see. I don’t necessarily
dispute the Bullenbeisser, I’ve just not been able to
scientifically back that up. Some of my research and study has been not from necessarily Germany
where the information on the Bullenbeisser comes from. A lot of my background has been from all of Eastern Europe and from England and in studying them, I just
have not been able to see where this mythological dog, where they’re digging up bones of this dog and to make the connection back to that, often times we find in the
origin of any of our breeds is a lot of mythology. When they don’t know the answer, it just suddenly and they
create a story to go behind it. So for me, I see in my dogs the Bull Terrier and the Bulldog. I see the prey drive,
the tenacity, the antics, the energy of the terrier
and I see the aggression and the fierceness and the
fighting ability of the Bulldog and that’s what I see
in my modern day Boxer. The original working purpose of the Boxer after they were developed, I believe that they held a
lot work around the farm, around the household, also
for hunting and holding prey until the hunter could dispense with them. They maybe weren’t the
dog that chased them to the field, but they
were the dog that held it until the hunter arrived. I believe in the beginning of World War I they carried
messages behind enemy lines. With the development of World War II in the country of origin at this point, which was Germany, all dogs
had to serve a purpose. Otherwise, they weren’t fed
and they weren’t cared for. There were some caretakers of the breed that felt it was really important to preserve this animal
and so at that point the dogs became guard dogs and working dogs for the armies. Today’s modern Boxer is an
all-around working breed. They’re very biddable, they very much want to
please their owners. So any situation that you put them into, they will do well. I’ve known many that do
agility and dock diving and lure coursing and do fast cat running. There is also the common
practice throughout Europe, they are utilized for a sport, Schutzhund, IPO, or now
it’s renamed as IGP. So it’s very prevalent that the Boxers are involved in Schutzhund. It used to be that
Mondioring and French Ring were not allowed in Germany, the country of origin of the dogs, and so evidently that
has recently changed, and so I believe we’ll
start seeing more dogs in Mondioring and French Ring. As far as the ability of working Boxers to do law enforcement, it’s actually rather
common throughout Europe. I’ve seen many of ’em in
Belgium and France, Germany. So that is common, a little more accepted than
here in the United States. Although I do know of some
law enforcement agencies in the Wisconsin, Minnesota area that are utilizing Boxers
on a day-to-day basis. They have a long history of having many Boxers
with those agencies there. The Boxers, of course, like
many other working breeds have developed along the show
lines and the working lines. I don’t think either
one is exactly correct. I think in the best case
scenario you have a dog that meets the breeds standard that is correct confirmation-wise, form and function and also
has the drive and the ability, but like many working dogs,
that has indeed happened. You will find many beautiful Boxers that don’t have the drive
and prey and aggression that they were bred to have and you will see many working Boxers that don’t have the confirmation
that they should have. Again, the perfect scenario
is to combine both of those, having a dog that has
confirmation, beauty, ability to move and structure and hold up and also the prey drive and the aggression that the dogs were created to have. In my opinion , Boxers make
some of the best family pets for any type of situation. If you have little toddlers,
Boxers have an innate ability to sense when they need to be small and they need to be gentle. I’ve also had families where
individuals are handicapped or in wheelchairs, and again, Boxers have an innate
ability to pick up on that and to adapt themselves to that situation. So families with children, small children, teenage children, families that are active, of course, is wonderful. Boxers simply want to
be with their people. That’s one of the most
driving forces behind the dog, and they will adapt to anything in order to be near their
people at all times. Boxers, all in all, are
very healthy in my opinion. There are some difficulties that they’ve encountered over the years. Often times it has diverged genetically because some that have come to America and some in Europe face
different health challenges. One of the things my
predominant experiences is with European Boxers, and they struggle with subaortic stenosis which is a heart condition which can be a devastating diagnosis. However, it can be diagnosed very early and it can be handled with medication, and there is also spondylosis which is the fusion of the spine. There is also hip dysplasia, however, a lot of those things and
proper rearing and nutrition and keeping their weight can be mitigated as far as
their effects on the dog. In the American Boxers a little different health challenges, similar, but different. They tend to have a
heart arrhythmia problem which is ARVC and they also tend to suffer from degenerative myelopathy which is where the spinal
column shrinks over time and they have difficulty
utilizing their rear legs. So again, in any genetic pool, you tend to have these things occur. We are screening in both countries to eliminate that from our breeding pool, but all-in-all I would say
they’re a pretty healthy breed. The life expectancy, healthy,
active lifetime of a Boxer would be probably about,
on average, about 12 years. Some of the Americans I’ve
seen living 16, 17, 18 years, the American lines. But I would say your in for, it takes them a little time to mature. I would say you’re in for about a 10 year
active, nice life span. They’ll start slowing down
a little bit after 10. I have nine year old that still
likes to work and do things, and is very, very active,
and he’ll be 10 in September. I believe it’s critical and
important for any puppy, even Boxers, to have proper socialization when they’re very young. Boxers tend to come out of the womb as happy-go-lucky and very confident dogs, and very even-tempered,
not reactive and confident, but if they miss that
critical socialization period, you can develop a fearful dog. It’s important that they’re
exposed to loud sounds and they’re exposed to
unstable as far as footing and cans and bottles and noises that they would encounter
in every day life so that they’re not reactive, and when it comes as
well to obedience, again, this is a dog that the
greatest thing that they want is to be with their family
and with their people. They’re very smart and they
know whatever it is they need to do to be with that person
is what they’re gonna do. We call it being biddable, and Boxers are very biddable, very smart, and they take very well to obedience. The importance of crate training for me, as a competitor and a person, I travel to Europe with my dogs, it’s vitally important
that they learn that crates are a safe place and it’s
a place to calm themselves. I just flew in with a puppy from Germany and she was probably in
that crate for 16 hours. So with that they need to understand that it’s not a punishment thing, it’s very positive thing. I start crate training with my pups at about six weeks. First all together in a
crate and then I separate out the litter mates and stuff
and it’s very important. Also the owners that my
puppies would go to in time. It’s important that if they have to work that they can leave the dog
crated for the dog’s safety and so that the dog doesn’t get bored and get destructive while they’re at work for six, eight hours a day. So it’s a vital, vital
instrument that helps the dog just adapt to life around humans. I also find the potty training is relatively easy with Boxers. They tend to want to be clean, always. They tend to be a very clean dog. So, as far as the potty training, that just let it develop
at it’s natural course. Crate training is a little,
maybe a little more difficult. I usually start it with pups
very young like six weeks, but they don’t wanna be
away from their people. So often times when you
start crate training, they’ll give you many mournful howls and tell you of their dislike of it, but a slightly little
corrections and stuff and they understand
what’s required of ’em. I have four puppies or
four dogs with me today. They’re very young dogs, very early on in their training and stuff and so we’ve been working
with Oscar for a little while, and we’re gonna continue to do a little bit of
protection phase training today. The first dog is female
and her name is Eramus and she’s from Czech Republic in German. She’s a cross of Czech and German lines. So she is a working Boxer, and she is a very, very
fierce working dog, but she is probably the
most gentle, loving at home. The switch goes off and
she melds into your body and kisses and she’s just
a very gentle, loving soul. I have Mr. Bentley and he
is, again, Czech and German, and he’s a very dark Boxer with some white markings on him. He’s a young male and he is a character. He loves to do protection work and he loves to bite work. He’s very good with obedience
and he is just a goofball. Of my whole pack, he’s the
one pulling the antics. He’s the one that bites that other dogs on the heels so they’ll pull away from their food bowls so he
can go in and get the food. So, he’s got some pretty
interesting antics. Then I have a Spanish dog from Spain that is a fawn female
and her name is Kiki. She is ancient, ancient genetically. She’s been pretty much put in this area of Zaragoza, Spain and bred within there. So she doesn’t share any
of the modern pedigrees of many of the common
sires through Europe. So she’s a very ancient-looking dog, and she’s just an incredible young puppy. Early this is the first
training that she’s ever had, and she’s doing very well. And then if you want to see, I have my little Boxer, my
10 week old Boxer puppy. Her name is Grace and she
just flew in from Germany, so just literally got off the airplane, and she’s little 20 pounds of cuteness. There is no cuter puppy than
a Boxer puppy in my opinion. She has never done any bite
work or anything like that, just chased a little towel and rag, but she’s just adorable and so cute. As far as for me with
my future with Boxers, it’s only just beginning. I’ve spent probably the
last five or six years amassing genetic bloodlines
that I’ve studied. I believe I probably have
some of the strongest and best working lines
of Boxers in the world. My future is indeed to begin breeding the lines that I’ve amassed
over the last few years, and to continue in sport and competition. I have a large training facility that I’m getting ready
to open to the public. Indoor, of course, in
Nevada where it’s so hot we have to have an indoor facility where I’ll continue training my dogs and then setting up a
breeding and a kennel facility on a large residential property. So for me Boxers are
going to be, probably, the rest of my life. I adore the breed. I believe that they’re at a crucial point in their development, that they need someone to spearhead and to champion the breed and to preserve those wonderful things that we all fell in love with. ♪ Don’t really break too
easily, but I’m worth it ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I’ll slip into
your dreams tonight, oh ♪ ♪ So gimme, so gimme your all ♪ ♪ I’ll take it, I’ll take it to Mars, oh ♪ ♪ I’ll stick right
through inside your mind ♪ ♪ Just watch me break in your sweat ♪ ♪ You’re falling into me, touch me ♪

100 thoughts on “ALL ABOUT BOXERS: WORKING DOGS

  1. I know you will enjoy this "next journey" with your boxers! I like your process of scientifically confirming before accepting boxer lineage theories! Best of luck with your breeding; I'll be sure to check in to watch your results!

  2. Love your channel and your videos Zeke. Can't wait to see what you do next. Always informative and interesting. Great job

  3. I'm sure everyone loves their boxer and I can see the obvious attraction, but my crossbreed terrier is freaked out by them. Especially when they stare him out and try to stand over him in a dominant way. My dog will then tell the boxer where to go. Because of the proliferation of flat faced dogs I have to now do a lot of avoidance on our walks.

  4. Loved this video, Boxers are amazing !
    If you have the opportunity, could you do a video on Boston Terrier please ?
    Keep up the good, work Zeke

  5. So interesting because I was only saying recently that you can see the similarities between boxers and American bulldogs. My boxer also will take a stalking or hunting stance when she sees birds etc

  6. Greetings from Germany! There are no Boxers working as Police dog in Germany right now. I don't know were you got the information. The main problem is that the Boxer is really sensitive to heat. The are also very stubborn and if pushed to hard, will react very sensitive and lose trust in their owner. Also the Boxer is 30% Old English Bulldog (not Olde English Bulldogge) and 70% Bullenbeißer (not Bullterrier). The Bullenbeißer isn't a breed but a type of dog. The Bullterrier is another descendant of the Bullenbeißer type dogs but it was later crossed with Terriers.

  7. Beautiful dog the Boxer , my wife in the Philippines has a preference for Boxers , myself I'm more of a Shiloh Shepherd kind of guy so it looks like we will be raising Boxers and Shiloh's on our property in rural Philippines . Thanks for your video , much enjoyed the dogs and insights . Happy trails 🐾👣

  8. My first Boxer was a gift from heaven. His owner had passed away and through a friend I agreed to take him into my family. He was the most well behaved loving boy and he stole my heart. He was excellent with big and small kids.He was such a blessing to my family. Boxers now own my heart.

  9. “Breeding Pool” , Ma’am , do is all a favor and just say what it is, Inbreeding. Every dog has the genetic issues due to inbreeding.

  10. Why don't you breeders bed orto the foundation breeds like mastiff? Those crises could be introduced to the breed again and genetics can reduce the heart issues and strengthen the breed with cross breeding.

  11. I had a boxer for 12 years he just died last month I got him when I was 5 and he died on the day I graduated high school he was so smart and always wanted to please you and they’re great with kids I will miss u forever pal ❤️

  12. I was at the park the other day with my 170 lb Rotweiller on a leash and one of these skinny looking boxers off his leash ran at my rott and tried to attack him. I tried to get in the middle and stop it but the boxer was trying to bite my rott. I let my rott go and he chewed that boxer to shreds. Boxers are MUTTS..!

  13. The Image on my profile is Shoguns Assassin from Cloverdale BC in the early 80's one of the male pups from Hanna the bitch 55 -65 lbs and a stud dog called Bouncer overweight maybe 90 lbs from Aldergrove BC a farm boxer , Shogun being a fawn with stripes back then and too much white they said was a odd combo but yet he won some provincial small shows but imo one of the most unique and solid looking dogs ever , We also kept Samurai warrior my childhood dog same litter a big 85 lbs athletic brindle and flash male and was a stud dog and was bred maybe 3 times in BC , real good size athletic and healthy aged boxers and love to see some history on papers and I do have all the original paper lines starting with I think Kevin Reid or Reed from the UK Britannian Kennels . If anyone has any paper names or trails would be nice to hear back from . and I do have some nice photos of this line and some paper history on my families companions . Thanks for the video been waiting for some good boxer stuff on this page

  14. Cropping ears and tails needs to be banned.

    "Even though the breed is said to have originated in Germany, that's not where I chose to research."

  15. Just look how Attractive and Beautiful Those two European Boxer's are ! Why must Americans Butcher the ears and Tails of Their Animals ?
    I just do not get it and asking Breeders to supply whole Dogs and Not Mutilated/Butchered Animals would stop this Tragedy overnight ! Please Love Your Best and most Trusted Friend .

  16. As a baby, I had a female Boxer guarding my crib every night. She was hit by a car when I was five. It's time for another!

  17. Boxers are just more comical than Shepards. Protective and professional but can cut loose and have a damn good time. They love to make you laugh and ask wtf?.

  18. A fearsome warrior with the spirit of a child. My Rocky’s coat gleams as thoroughbred. He is tiger striped dark copper and black brindle and is the most handsome dog I’ve ever seen. About 75 lbs. He will bark a bit much but he’s only 19 months and still learning. They become more noble with maturity but never lose a bit of the puppy.
    His white chest marks look much as a map of the continent of Africa complete with Madagascar.

    We’ve had boxers for over thirty years, Rocky is our fourth, and cropped ears were the norm but I’m so used to Rocky’s flopping long ears now I love them as is but of course his tail is cropped. My wife calls him mister wiggles as he wags his whole body with joy.

  19. Boxer is not born from Bulldog and bullterrier this is giant Bullshit form a person who not know the breed. the Boxer born from a English Bulldog and Bulleinbesser from Germany. This is the origin of the breed!

  20. I have a boxer that will be 11 years old in a few months. No trouble with her hips or legs. She does have some arthritis in her back that causes her some pain. She has been a wonderful pet and best friend.

  21. Boxers pass gas a lot. I now have a Newfoundland and he has never once passed gas. And he doesn't droll either. He blows his coat in the Spring and that's it – no more shedding.

  22. Boxers are entertaining dogs, so funny to watch. Had two of them as a kid, they knocked me over more than once, never any harm intended. Have had a couple of GSDs as an adult, they're just the best in my book (no offense intended to other breeds).

  23. This gal is full of crap. She has some romantic notion about the dog and is there fore convinced that it must be true. What a pin head.

  24. For those who don’t know a boxer is a German bulldog and any American version of European dog breed is mix breed and absolute garbage

  25. Greetings from Germany! Boxers are the best!!!😍 By the way, in Germany it is forbidden nowadays to cut the ears and tail off out auf animal cruelty reasons. So here we have most Deutsche Boxer now as God made them. ☺

  26. Todays boxer are too soft,no aggresivity and power .Boxer dont have any chance vs strong dogs like Akita,Dogo canario,Pitbull etc…..Boxers are clowns under the dogs and good family dogs…But Not more

  27. My mother grew up with a boxer, who was her best friend. All dogs are beautiful for that matter. Now that she will be retiring soon, I would like to adopt a boxer for her.

  28. Is the boxer a "healthy" breed???? Comm'on!!! Dont be fooled by this "expert", boxer is a great breed if not one of the best… nevertheless the con is the high cancer rate and heart dissease!!! 80%

  29. I love Boxers. I had 2 boxers. My Lillie passed from cancer complications. My current boxer Mila is doing great. I dont think I can ever have any other breed.

  30. Nices Video! Hast mich um ehrlich zu sein echt
    inspiriert ebenfalls Kampfsport Videos im deutschen raum zu machen 💯 Wenn du Zeit hast wäre Ein Kommentar
    zu meinem neuen Video echt nice 🙏🏾💪🏾

  31. Hey Zeke,
    I have noticed YouTube is lacking any good Black Mouth Cur videos. You make the best dog documentary videos, I really appreciate your content. I'd love to see you make BMC video since I'm quite fond of the breed.

  32. I'm a dog sciencetician, in my research as a police dog handler I feel as though I know somehow 🤷‍♂️

  33. I've had boxers all my life, and it's my belief that it's origins come from a cross between a bulldog and a woodland sprite, I feel as though being around them for 20 years gives me the credibility to say so.

  34. Boxer will not get cancer if you give it a meat diet because all the regular food you give it from Walmart and etc. that stuff gives boxers cancer so if you give it a meat diet it will last long like my boxer

  35. Nice vid; you don't get what a true Boxer companion is…………
    ………mine saved my life………and now she's gone…….called home…..
    …….I miss her so much………..

  36. The brindle is beautiful ,looks like my pup…same wider muzzle, even flukes for less drool and better bite work….no cropping….nice!

  37. the Boxer is a German breed. Not an English breed. They are a molloser but not down from a Bull Terrier. Her's is an opinion only and not well-founded.

  38. INCREDIBLY INFORMATIVE video!!! Holy smokes – this awesome breeder is a professional in her craft… learned a lot – kiki is adorable… i am curious as to why US law enforcement does not us more boxers?? Is it b/c the health issues cited in this video?? Cheers!

  39. Here is a suggestion/tip for the breed history, the olden day Boxer looks like the Cane Corso and the Cane Corso used to be called the Boxer Dog. The proper answer is that all these dogs share a similar ancestor that they were branched out from a lot more recently than is thought.

  40. I'm on my 3rd boxer now and can't live without a boxer in my life , they are without a doubt imo the best family breed (as long as you like clowns and high energy breeds)

  41. Thank you Kathy. I love your video it is perfect. Your dogs are so beautiful and perfect. You are very beautiful and I love your hair. I am moving into an apartment soon. I will have a roommate and I'm going to bring my cat. I can be really quiet. I can also be loud because I have an anxiety disorder. I have a severe social phobia called avoidant personality disorder. People dont pick up on it I don't think. Maybe they do. I talk to everyone I want to but I often talk very fast and too much. I wont always be home and just me and my friend will live there. My friends make up excuses not to call me, ignore me for months or years after they say we are good friends and say we can hang out never call except for 3. QUESTION IS I WILL EXERCISE AND PLAY WITH A BOXER AND CUDDLE WITH DOGS BUT SINCE I'M SO SENSITIVE…. I DO LIKE ADVENTURE AND SOME LOUD MUSIC …. IS A BOXER LIKELY TO BE A FEARFUL DOG? I am 34 and single my roommate is 40. The only big dog I really ADORE is a boxer. I love all dogs but boxers melt me like a candle. Chinese Crestids are my favorite small breed. Do you have any advice? Another question. If I let my dog not work A LOT when he is young will he or she be likely to live longer? Is an American breed more expensive? I have wanted one since 2014

    I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU KATHY.

  42. Everyone always claims to have the best breed there is. A clear sign to me that i m listening to someone who didn´t had a Boxer before.

  43. It is well documented that the boxers origins go back to the bullenbeiser. She must be a liberal because she just makes up whatever facts she wants.

  44. New college mascot, boxers are human, really clean, mine uses the bathroom in a cat box, if you want one, better have space, train young, treat nice, or bewaree

  45. This lady needs to stick to facts not opinion she says she does not have scientific facts.they were a mix between now extinct old English bulldog and now extinct bullenbeisser and that's a fact.

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