All boxers are not created equal. Each of my litters is created with the intention of being better than the last. My intentions are built upon years of professional training and commitment to raising boxers as a utility, working dog, as it was intended to be. Following this mindset will naturally produce a boxer that is also aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Form truly follows function. Anyone reading this can put two creatures together and produce offspring, this is evident by doing a web search for boxers. The commitment of searching out specimens with the best attributes of the breed and then building upon these characteristics generation after generation is truly an artful endeavor. This is hardly an over night process that comes by a chance pairing of dogs in someone's back yard, yet the internet is littered with breeders who take this approach. I have dedicated over 25 years to producing very sound dogs, that posses both intelligence and courage unrivaled by other breeders. I am not attempting to recreate the boxer breed, in the contrary, my breedings are focused on preserving the boxer's integrity as a valuable working dog. The intended purpose of the breed, has always been to serve as a guardian and protector to its family. A dog with intelligence, strength, nobility and courage to defend its family from harm. These are traits must be carefully selected and developed by capable breeders, these are traits that are hard to find in many boxers outside of our kennel, sadly. Please browse our site, study our boxer type, read about our dogs, learn about them, and then give us a call to discuss your future boxer from us.
Boxer History The boxer breed has its origins in Europe. The boxer as we know it today was developed by breeders in Germany, before that, the breed was made of a variety of hunting dogs called bullenbeiser. These bullenbeiser were supplied to nobility for hunting pleasure by their peasants. At that time dogs resembled an English bulldog but probably leggier, they were highly effective in capturing game and were trainable dogs that were pleasant to be around. These traits are said to have saved them from instinction. In the late 1800's the Germans began specifically breeding for traits that produced today's boxers type. Here in the United States, boxer clubs shy away from the breed's history as a working utility dog or hunting dog. It must be because of the image of any breed doing utility work, which can involve biting people or animals is not good for sales. Do you know that the boxer breed is still used Germany as a working Police K9? Yes, the breed is highly intelligent, formidable and as trainable as a German Shepherd. This is why the Boxer is categorized in the American Kennel Club under the Working Group (https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/boxer/). Here at Chicagoland Boxers we focus on producing a highly trainable, super intelligent and healthy boxer that can perform at the highest level of any working dog sport; Agility, Barn Hunt, Dock Diving, Herding, Lure Coursing, Nose Work, Obedience & Rally, Therapy and Tracking. What this means for you, is that your boxer puppy from us will be easy to train, loyal and protective to your family. Over all, it will be one of the best dogs that you have ever owned.
Our Focus on Head Type We breed for a head type that is traditional and considered classic in the breed. Our boxers are known for a shorter muzzle, technically its length is 1/3 the length of the skull as you can see in picture one (Haggler du Champ des Legendes). Our muzzles are short but wide, this gives power and maintains functionality when on task; fetching heavy objects, catching things (frisbee or bad guys). Our dogs are bred to have darkest eyes as possible, this is not only a standard objective but gives the dog a better expression. Their eye shape is not slanty but more round with dark pigmented haws (inner eyelid). Their nostrils are supposed to be dark and as wide/open as possible to allow maximum airflow to breath during high periods of activity.
Body Style We strive to produce a balance between height and length in our boxers. Too tall, and they lose power and agility. Too short, they lose their grace and stride while moving. The boxer is a medium dog, in which they must be capable of covering distance efficiently and gracefully. They must be athletic and powerful when moving, giving the impression of effortless command of power in their stride. In doing so, the boxer needs a deep chest to house powerful large lungs that allow for full intake of oxygen during strenuous activity. The neck should be strong, well-muscled and powerful to hold its head over shoulders. Last but not least, the boxer should have medium to substantial bone for sturdiness. This is not a weak breed, but one that is compact and strong. Both in appearance and during activity.
Special Attention to Our Breeding Females We select our mothers to be very carefully. The selection process starts at birth, we only choose to breed the strongest females from their litter. These are also the dogs with pronounced survival instincts. At a young age they are trained to see how they handle stress, and their aptitude is tested in other categories such as problem solving skills, prey & combat drive, and willingness to work with their handler. Overall, our breeding girls are balanced in temperament, very stable, strong nature with a sturdy build. All our females come from excellent bloodlines and mature to be great caring mothers.
Temperament; Loyal, Family Guardians Above all is else, we look for traits that make good qualities for defending loved ones. Boxers are known for their loyalty and love of their family. These traits still have to be selected and assessed. We look for dogs that enjoy the company of their family, a desire to interact and chase a ball makes these individuals easy to train.