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The Brilliance of Boxers
Pictured above (left) is Carmine, ITV1's canine star of Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs and Boxer Abby
- 08 October 2012
Paul O’Grady isn’t the only celebrity that has fallen in love with the wonderful breed that is the Boxer. A number of famous names also recognise the love and happiness a Boxer can bring including Janet Jackson, Robin Williams, Neil Diamond and Jodie Foster who have all owned their own Boxer. A Boxer named Boss even scooped the top canine prize at 2007’s Cannes Film Festival for his appearance in the Stephen Frears film Tamara Drewe.
Last year Battersea took in 55 Boxers who stayed with us for an average of 35 days, including one to two year old canine star of ITV1’s Paul O’Grady For The Love Of Dogs Carmine. Another Battersea Boxer one to two year old Abby appeared on ITV London Tonight earlier this year in a feature celebrating her cross-eyed charm, and at our London centre you’ll see a bronze sculpture of Boxer Ben, lovingly crafted by his owner Rudi Weller. Below you’ll find a bit more information on the beauty of Boxers.
The Boxer is a German breed that was created by crossing a Bullenbeisser, a little-known breed, and an English Bulldog. Originally used as hunting dogs, the Boxer now has a truly unique place in the dog world and they make great family pets. Much like the Staffie, Boxers are short haired, with a shiny smooth coat which means that grooming them will be an easy task. They are a bright, energetic and playful breed and they are incredibly affectionate and enjoy nothing better than lying quietly at your feet- or even better on the couch beside you.
Boxers love being mentally and physically active, so If you are an active family or person then a Boxer is for you, they love to play, so training them will be enjoyable. This is an athletic working breed that needs lots of exercise and can excel at dog agility or obedience trials and flyball events. Boxers have also been known to be used as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs and police dogs . The versatility of the Boxer was recognised by the military, which has used them as valuable messenger dogs, pack carriers, and attack and guard dogs in times of war.
As puppies, Boxers are animated, playful dogs who love to romp and jump but as they mature they become dignified, calm and make loyal companions for the rest of their lives.
Known as clowns, intuitive comforters and selfless companions. These are unmistakeable the characteristics of a Boxer that make them one in a kind.