The boxer is a highly intelligent, medium-sized, square dog with clean lines and balanced proportions. He was refined and bred from ancestors in Germany called Bullenbeisers – historically used to run down and hold large, formidable game animals, such as bear and boar. Today’s boxer is fearless but tractable, energetic and wonderfully patient with children. Extremely intuitive, he is at all times responsive to his master’s moods. He is the ideal family dog, but can be protective when called upon. Not a dog for the frail or timid, he is boisterous and clownish, cherishing his toys and his family into oldest age.