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JUDGING THE BOXER
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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
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.