For February meet our favorite valentine: Romeo, our office Boxer!

Boxers are medium-sized, short-haired dogs that make great companions!

Romeo, oh Romeo!Physical Characteristics

Physical characteristics that distinguish this breed include: docked tail, short coat,  square jaw, muscular body and soulful eyes (don’t you agree?).  Boxers are usually fawn or brindle with white markings,  but solid white coats are possible too.  The short coat requires little to no grooming.

Temperament

Boxers are so sweet!  One of their most notable characteristics is their constant desire for human affection!  These playful dogs are sometimes called the “Clowns of Canines!”   Considered by many to be one of the best all-around dogs, boxers are intelligent, even-tempered, loyal and great with small children. 

Although boxers are not considered to be an aggressive breed, they are often wary of strangers, protective of their family, and noted for their courage, making them excellent guard dogs. 

Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Own a Boxer – some of these are funny!

 HistoryA handsome boxer with a brindle coat

This breed was originally bred in Germany for hunting large game.  Boxers were also used for dog fighting.  The name “boxer” comes from the way these dogs stand up on their hind legs and bat at their opponents, appearing to “box.”

Boxers were imported to America after World War I and first became popular in the 1930s.

Learn More

As with any breed, before you make the life-changing decision of bringing a dog into your life, do your homework!  Here are some helpful resources to help you decide if a boxer is the right breed for you and your lifestyle:

Learn more about Boxers from the American Boxer Club.

The East Tennessee Boxer Club, located in the Knoxville area is a great resource for Boxer lovers in our area.

Check out Boxer World – everything Boxer!  They call themselves the ultimate Boxer resource on the Net.

The lovable Romeo, our office dog, came from the Sevier County Humane Society.  What a great find!

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