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JUDGING THE BOXER: Boxer Temperament
     Prepared by the ABC Judges' Education Committee

  • Temperament is 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 stoic with children.

  • 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.

  • The adult Boxer should exhibit confidence and dignity.

  • Fear of judge and/or surroundings, is not proper Boxer temperament and is unacceptable.

  • The inexperienced Boxer puppy may exhibit signs of being unsure of surroundings.

  • Any evidence of shyness, or lack of dignity or alertness, should be severely penalized.

  • Aggression to other dogs is not considered a fault.

The Ideal Boxer

  • The Boxer Standard does not include any statements of faults.

  • The following statements apply:

          ♦ The foregoing description is that of the ideal Boxer.

          ♦ Any deviation from the above-described dog must be penalized to the extent of the deviation.

Boxers used for ...
  • Family Dogs

  • Assistance Dogs
  • Therapy Dogs

  • Seeing-Eye Dogs
  • Search and Rescue Dogs

This is the Boxer

    Boxer Standard - © 2005 American Boxer Club
    Illustrated Standard - © 2018 American Boxer Club
    Thanks to all the breeders, exhibitors and, above all, the Boxers that made this presentation possible.

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