General Appearance and Guide to Judging

General Appearance
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.

Neck, Topline, Body
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 shaped.

Back: 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.

Substance: Sturdy with balanced musculature. Males larger boned than their female counterparts.

Judging the Boxer
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.

Index | Introduction | General Appearance and Guide to Judging | Proportion of Head and Body | Head Studies -- Male and Female | The Bite | Forequarters and Hindquarters | Side View of Color Disqualification | Front and Rear View of Color Disqualification | Side Gait | Front and Rear Perspective of Gait | Front and Rear Skeletal Structure | Anatomy of the Boxer | Temperament | ABC Home Page

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