A Versatile Working Dog

“Other breeds have pronounced specialized talents . . . . hunting, herding, trailing, and so on . . . but for a combination of the outstanding virtues of many with the faults of a few, our Boxer is the most gifted of canines. For the man, woman or child who wants an all-round dog, he has no equal. No other dog is more individual in appearance, more keenly intelligent or sanely even-tempered. These virtues alone are priceless if the dog is to become part of his master’s family, which he should for the well-being of all concerned.”

– John Wagner, The Boxer

As detailed in the above quote by John P. Wagner, the author of “The Boxer” (first published in 1939), our breed of choice is a versatile dog.  Its temperament, drive and biddable nature allow it to go from sleeping on your couch, to intense working dog (on the schuzthund field, agility course), or the consummate showman in the conformation ring, then back at home laying around while his youngest family members play dress up with him.  The Boxer is a working breed that is still used as a service dog in many parts of Europe, and a few are used here in the States as well, both police/narcotics work and for Search and Rescue.  In Germany, Boxers are the second most titled breed in Schutzhund behind Shepherds, and while schutzhund is not nearly as popular here in the States, our boxers still excel at a wide variety of sports and activities including Schuzthund, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Nose Work, French Ring, Mondio and most recently AKC  Sanctioned Herding too.  A boxer with sound temperament and proper character, paired an owner/trainer who can invest the time to work their dog, can really do anything its owners set forth to accomplish.  Our club members and their dogs are prime examples of having such breed character and dedication from their owners.  Our members and their dogs are the definition of “versatility” with many competing in various venues mentioned above

Here are sample photos of member dogs doing what they enjoy (herding, agility, schutzhund, lure course, obedience, nose/scent work, and last but not least, conformation showing too):