The Boxer comes from a line of dogs known throughout Europe in the 16th century and a descendant of the old fighting dogs of Tibet. Today’s Boxer was developed in Germany and includes Bulldog and Terrier heritage. Originally trained for hunting and dog fighting, the Boxer was one of the first breeds selected in Germany for police training. The Boxer is an instinctive guardian and loves to be with his people. His notable desire for human affection and his patient and spirited love for children makes the Boxer a great family choice. His intelligence, loyal affection, trainability, and discipline make him a great companion. The AKC first registration of a Boxer was in 1904. The first championship took place in 1915, but it was not until 1940 that the American public began to take a real interest in the breed. Appearing in both fawn and brindle colors, the Boxer currently ranks as one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States today.