FCI Duetscher Boxer Standard # 144
APPEARANCE: The Boxer is a
medium sized, smooth coated, sturdy dog of compact square build and strong bone.
His muscles are taut, strongly developed and moulded in appearance. His movement
is lively, powerful with noble bearing. The Boxer must be neither cumbersome or
heavy, nor light or lacking in body substance.
a) Length of body / Height at wither: Square build, which means that the
horizontal line of the back is perpendicular to the vertical line passing
through the point of shoulder and to the other vertical line passing through the
point of buttock, thus defining a square outline.
b) Depth of brisket /
Height at withers : The chest reaches to the elbows. Depth of chest is half the
height at withers.
c) Length of nose bridge / Length of head : Length of
nose bridge in relation to skull should be 1 : 2 (measured from tip of nose to
inner corner of eye or, respectively, inner corner of eye to occiput).
BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT :
The Boxer should be fearless
self-confident, calm and equable. Temperament is of the utmost importance and
requires careful attention. Devotion and loyalty towards his master and his
entire household, his watchfulness and self-assured courage as a defender are
famous. He is harmless with his family but distrustful of strangers. Happy and
friendly in play, yet fearless in a serious situation. Easy to train on account
of his willingness to obey, his pluck and courage, natural keenness and scent
capability. Undemanding and clean, he is just as agreeable and appreciated in
the family circle as he is as a guard, companion and working dog. His character
is trustworthy, with no guile or cunning, even in old age.
the Boxer his characteristic look. Must be in good proportion to the body and
appear neither too light nor too heavy. Muzzle should be as broad and powerful
as possible. The harmony of the head depends on the balance between muzzle and
skull. From whichever direction the head is viewed, from front above or
sideways, the muzzle must always be in the right proportion to the skull i.e. it
must never appear too small. It should be clean, not showing any wrinkle.
However natural folds are formed in the cranial region when alerted. From root
of nose, folds are always indicated running in a downward direction on both
sides. The dark mask is confined to the muzzle and must be in sharp contrast to
the colour of the head so that the face does not appear sombre.
The cranial region should be as lean and angular as
possible. It is slightly arched, neither round and short nor flat; neither
should it be too broad. Occiput not too pronounced. Furrow
in forehead only
slightly marked, must not be too deep, especially between the eyes. Stop : The
forehead forms a distinct stop towards bridge of nose. Bridge of nose must not
be forced back into the forehead as in the Bulldog, nor should it be downfaced.
ºNose : Nose is broad and black and only slightly
turned up with wide nostrils. Tip of nose is placed slightly higher than root of
FACIAL REGION :
ºMuzzle : The muzzle is powerfully developed in three dimensional
volume, neither pointed or narrow, nor short or shallow. Its appearance is
influenced by :
a) Shape of jaw.
b) Position of canine teeth.
The canines must be placed as far apart as possible and must be of
good length, making the front of the muzzle broad, almost square and forming a
blunt angle with bridge of nose. In front, the edge of the upper lip rests on
the edge of the lower lip. The part of the lower jaw with lower lip curved
upwards, called the chin, must not markedly protrude over upper lip, seen from
front. Nor should it be hidden by the lip but should be well defined from front
and side. The canines and incisors of the lower jaw must not be visible when
mouth is closed, neither should the tongue show. Median groove in the upper lip
(philtrum) is clearly visible.
ºLips : The lips complete the shape of the
muzzle. The upper lip is thick and padded and fills the space formed by the
undershot lower jaw; it is supported by the lower canines.
lower jaw exceeds the upper jaw and is slightly curved upwards. The Boxer is
undershot. The upper jaw is broad where it joins the cranial region, tapering
only slightly towards the front. The teeth are strong and healthy. The incisors
are as even as possible, set in a straight line. Canines wide apart and of good
ºCheeks : Cheeks are developed in proportion with the strong jaws
without markedly bulging. They merge with the muzzle in a slight curve.
ºEars : The natural ears are of appropriate
size. They are set on wide apart on highest part of skull. In repose they lie
close to the cheeks and turn forward with a definite crease especially when the
dog is alert.
The dark eyes are neither too small nor protruding or deep set. Their
expression conveys energy and intelligence and must not be threatening or
piercing. Eye rims must be dark.
ºNECK : Topline runs in an elegant arch from the clearly marked
nape to the withers. It should be of ample length, round, strong and muscular.
ºBODY : Square body resting on sturdy straight legs. Withers : Should be
ºBack : Including loin should be short, firm, straight, broad and
muscular. Croup : Slightly sloping, broad and only slightly arched. Pelvis
should be long and broad, especially in bitches.
ºChest : Deep, reaching to
elbows. Depth of chest is half the height at withers. Well formed forechest.
ºUnderline : Running towards rear in elegant line. Short taut flanks slightly
ºTAIL : Set on high rather than low. Tail is left natural.
ºFOREQUARTERS : Front legs seen from front must stand
parallel and have strong bone.
ºShoulders : Long and sloping, connected
firmly to body. Should not be too loaded.
ºUpper arm : Long, making a right
angle to shoulder blade.
Figure below: 1- Correct, 2- Opened Angulation, 3- Short Humerus
ºElbows : Neither too close to side of chest nor
ºForearm : Vertical, long, clean muscles.
ºCarpus (wrist) :
Strong, well defined, but not exaggerated.
ºMetacarpus (Pastern) : Short,
almost perpendicular to ground.
ºFront feet : Small, round, tight, well
cushioned and hard pads.
Very muscular, the
muscles brick hard and visible under the skin.
ºHindlegs : Seen from rear
ºThigh : Long and broad. Angles of hip and knee are open but as
little as possible.
ºKnee (Stifle) : When dog is standing, should reach so
far forward that it would touch a vertical line from point of hip to ground.
ºLower thigh : Very muscular.
ºHock : Strong and well defined but not
exaggerated. Angle approximately 140 degrees.
ºMetatarsus (Rear Pastern) :
Short with slight inclination, 95-100 degrees to the ground.
ºHind feet :
Slightly longer than front feet, tight; well cushioned and hard pads.
GAIT / MOVEMENT :
Lively, full of strength and nobility.
Dry, elastic without any wrinkles.
ºHAIR : Short, hard,
glossy and close fitting.
ºFawn or brindle : Fawn comes
in various shades from light fawn to dark deer red but the most attractive
shades are in the middle range (red fawn). Black mask. The brindle variety :
fawn background of varying shades has dark or black stripes running parallel to
ribs. Stripes must contrast distinctly to ground color. White markings should
not be discarded. They can be quite pleasant.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
ºHeight at the withers : Dogs : 57-63 cm. Females : 53-59 cm.
ºWeight : Dogs : over 30 kg when height at withers is ca 60 cm. Bitches :
about 25 kg when height at withers is ca 56 cm.
departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact
proportion to its degree.
· Behaviour / Temperament : Aggressive, vicious,
cunning, untrustworthy, lack of spirit, overly shy.
· Head : Lack of
nobility and typical expression, sombre face, Pinscher or Bulldog type head.
Dribbling, showing of teeth or tongue. Muzzle too pointed or slight. Bridge of
nose falling away. Leather or weather nose, pale nose leather. So called, “hawk
eye”, lack of pigment in haw.
In uncropped ears : Flapping, half erect or
erect ears, rose ears. Wry jaw, slanting teeth, incorrect position of teeth,
poorly developed teeth and unsound teeth due to illness.
· Neck : Short,
thick and throaty.
· Body : Front too broad and low to the ground. Sagging
body, roach or sway back. Lean, long, narrow, sagging loin, loosely coupled
body. Arched loin, croup falling away. Narrow pelvis, hollow flanks, pendulous
· Tail : Low set on, kink tail.
· Forehand : French front, loose
shoulders, loose elbows, weak pastern, hare foot, flat, splayed feet.
Hindquarters : Weak muscles. Too much or too little angulation, down on hocks,
barrel hocks, cow hocks, narrow hocks, dewclaws, hare foot, flat, splayed feet.
· Movement : Waddling, insufficient reach, pacing, stilted gait.
Colour of coat : Mask extending beyond muzzle. Stripes (brindling) too close
together or too sparse.
Sooty ground colour. Mingled colours. Unattractive
white markings such as a whole white head or white on one side of the head.
Other colours and white markings exceeding one third of the ground colour.
N.B Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum
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