The Boxer is NOT a racing breed, but one that has a smooth, steady, powerful trotting gait that is virtually effortless. A properly proportioned Boxer can move seemingly endlessly in a ground covering slightly springy stride, each part of his proud carriage blending into a picture of synchronized efficient motion. The trot seems a gait of ease and readiness and one that appears tireless in ability to perform.
Therefore, in determining quality of movement in the exhibits in the show ring, it is necessary to have the individuals move at a natural and not over extended pace, preferably on a loose lead.
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). 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.
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