BOXER VS GERMAN SHEPHERD
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HISTORY Let's dig right into each breed's history to get a better sense of how our cherished, modern canines were developed. The Boxer came from an offshoot of the German Bullenbeisser, which was used for hunting wild boar, baiting bulls, and protecting its owner. These activities were long out of style by the early 1900s, and the Boxer we know today was the result of downsizing the fierce temperament and size of the Bullenbeisser. They are still excellent protection dogs today and often found working in police and military organizations. The German Shepherd dog was also bred and developed in Germany, but with a different role in mind. The German Shepherd was originally bred to protect farms and herds of sheep. They originally were not thought of as companions or brought into the house and stayed with the livestock all the time. That being said, they have excelled off the farm and in protection work for decades. APPEARANCE Moving right along to their appearance, you'll notice that the two German breeds look nothing alike. The Boxer has a boxy head and snout and moderate joules that lead to drooling and slobber in some more than others, but it happens too almost every Boxer at some point. Their coats are thin and sleek, showing off their powerful muscles, so they may need an extra layer of protection in colder climates. Their coats can be several colors, but they are generally a brown base with dark muzzles and ear tips and may have a spot of white. We see the biggest contrast between the breeds in their coats and grooming requirements since the German Shepherd is known for its very long, dense, fluffy coat and undercoat. The German Shepherd will require brushing daily and quite a bit of care in the grooming department compared to the Pointer. They are also bigger and range from 75 - 95 pounds, and of course, the bigger the dog, the more fur they have to shed all over your house. TRAINABILITY This brings us right into the trainability of each breed. The Boxer is highly intelligent and motivated to rise to a high level of obedience and complexity. Despite their fierce ancestors and modern success as a police canine, their personalities are surprisingly soft, meaning harsh or inconsistent corrections can hurt their feelings. Their playful nature can make them extremely easy or extremely difficult to train, depending on their mood, so they are best for experienced owners. Similarly, the German Shepherd is highly intelligent and will make decisions for themselves without clear guidance from their leader. That being said, they are incredibly willing to please but can be bored easily and become stubborn if not given the proper mental stimulation. The German Shepherd is very eager to please and intelligent but will not become stubborn or wilful out of boredom so much as they will if they don't see you as their calm, consistent canine leader. TEMPERAMENT Both are wonderful family dogs though their temperaments and motivations are very different. The Boxer bonds closely with its family and is a fierce protector. The breed is brilliant in its roles with police and military organizations and excels in protection competitions. In the home, they are extremely playful and even clownish in their antics and will use their paws like hands to play with you and their toys. They are quite entertaining and love being the center of attention or sharing the spotlight with their children. German Shepherds are well known for the police and military work they've done in both protection and scent detection as well as being service dogs to those with disabilities. The German Shepherd is also good with all children, and once they've matured and have a good sense of when they need to be gentle. The German Shepherd is very protective and known for its excellent guardian and protection instincts. WRAP UP Experienced canine leaders will find excellent guardians and family companions in both the Boxer and German Shepherd. Both dogs will thrive in active homes where they can get plenty of exercise and affection each day. Those looking for a top-notch home guardian will love the German Shepherd if their frequent shedding isn't an issue. Families looking for an active canine partner for agility or running will find the Boxer a playful and enthusiastic canine always up for an adventure. Before bringing either breed into your home, though, consider your level of leadership and the time you'll be able to devote to these loyal breeds.