Rhodesian Boxer

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Southern Africa <> Germany -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Rhodesian Boxer

The Rhodesian Boxer is an intelligent dog that likes to be kept busy. Whether playing or working, these dogs need exercise and mental challenges to stay healthy. They respond well to training, even if they can be a little stubborn. To overcome this tendency, use praise and small treats to encourage your dog to do what you want him to do. Using harsh methods will only backfire and make your dog even more rebellious. An owner who is the leader of the pack, consistent in his behavior, calm and firm will find the Rhodesian Boxer an affectionate, loyal and obedient dog. They are gentle with family members and quite protective. Although they get on well with the animals they've been raised with, a strong prey drive means they shouldn't be trusted with other small animals or dogs. A fenced yard is a must for this dog, as an interesting scent or the sight of a small animal on the run can make him oblivious to anything but running after it. With a strong owner, the Rhodesian Boxer is a beautiful animal that will make a fantastic companion and obedient servant.

History of the Rhodesian Boxer

The Rhodesian Boxer is a new hybrid produced by crossing the Boxer with the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Both parents had a working history that we can examine to see the Rhodesian Boxer lineage.

 

        

A little of the Rhodesian Ridgeback

        
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in South Africa by Boer farmers. By breeding dogs they brought from Europe with the half-wild indigenous dog of the Khoikhoi people, they produced a strong, hardy dog with a ridge along the back that was an excellent hunter. These strong dogs were even used to hold off a lion until the hunters arrived. Strong as nails, these dogs could withstand the extreme temperatures and terrain of their native land. Cornelius von Rooyen launched a breeding program and established a breed standard in 1922. The Ridgeback arrived in the USA in 1911, but it was not until after the Second World War that large numbers were imported into the USA, Great Britain and Canada. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955.
Standard of the Rhodesian Ridgeback

 

        

A little of the Boxer

The Boxer was originally a German breed and is a cousin of almost all Bulldog types. Their ancestors are thought to have been fighting dogs bred in Tibet. Originally used for hunting and guarding, the Boxer lineage includes the Bullenbeisser Mastiff, which was used to hunt, catch and hold wild game such as wild boar, bear and bison. The breed was refined after the 1850s to produce a smaller, lighter dog that became the European Boxer. They were used to bait bears until the sport was banned. Then, in 1895, breeders stabilized the breed and brought Boxers to the attention of dog lovers. During both world wars, the Boxer was used to carry messages, ammunition and supplies. Returning servicemen brought some of these dogs home after the war, and then the Boxer was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904. Boxers have continued to be popular ever since, excelling as guardians, show dogs and companions.
Standard of the Boxer

Appearance of the Rhodesian Boxer

The Rhodesian Boxer is a robust animal with an athletic body and deep chest. A strong neck supports a blocky head with a slightly rounded skull. The muzzle can vary from a long pointed snout like the Ridgeback, or it can be shorter like the Boxer. Their bite varies from a scissor bite to the Boxer bite. The Rhodesian Boxer often has a black mask, a shiny black nose and dark round eyes. Their ears are triangular in shape, drooping and sitting close to the face. Their legs can vary in length depending on their genetic influence from parent dogs. But they are always elegant, with strong legs and rounded paws that give speed. The tail is often long and straight. The coat is thick and short-haired, and comes in a variety of colors ranging from gold, tan and shades of brown with black facial accents. Rhodesian Boxers are handsome, natural-looking dogs that carry themselves with pride and confidence.

Temperament of the Rhodesian Boxer

Alert, curious and ready for action, the Rhodesian Boxer combines the best of its parent breeds in a new hybrid with a gentle disposition. They're loyal and protective of their families, warning when strangers appear on the property and ready to back you all the way. These dogs get on well with children and are very tolerant. They can get on well with other animals if they have been raised with them and socialized well. Be aware that they have a strong hunting instinct and may regard neighbors' cats and other dogs as invaders and give chase. Always keep them on a leash when you're out and about to prevent them from jumping on you. These dogs are excellent companions, and although they're not the lapdog type, they still appreciate praise and can be regular cuddle lovers. They enjoy your company and don't like to be left alone for long. Leaving them unaccompanied can make them destructive, digging up the yard and turning your beautiful lawn into a crater. They also like to be indoors with you, not left alone outside, so if the idea of a big dog indoors doesn't appeal to you, then this isn't the dog for you. This dog deserves your companionship and loyalty, because once they bond with you and your family, they're devoted for life. Charming, confident and attractive, the Rhodesian Boxer is a loyal friend and companion for life.

Needs and activities of the Rhodesian Boxer

Regular exercise is important for this strong, active dog. A daily walk of sixty minutes or more is important not only for exercise, but also for socializing your dog. The more you mix with other dogs and people, the better your dog gets at it, and the more well-adjusted he becomes. The Rhodesian Boxer will happily accompany you on outings, but it would be advisable to keep your dog on a leash, as he has a strong hunting instinct and may flee after small, fast-moving animals that he considers prey. Your Rhodesian Boxer will enjoy playing games at home with the children, although they can be a little noisy for younger members of the family. Their size and energy can knock youngsters off their feet, so watch any play. If your dog has inherited the boxer's sunken face, it will be affected by high temperatures, so keep exercise to a minimum during the heat of the day.

Maintenance of the Rhodesian Boxer

Rhodesian Boxers have short, smooth coats that are easy to care for. They just need their coats brushed with a firm brush once a week. This will remove any loose hairs that are trapped and keep the coat smooth and clean. Rhodesian Boxers only need to be bathed when necessary, as their coat is almost self-cleaning, and they are particularly keen to keep their coat clean by licking. If you bathe them, use a mild dog shampoo which is much gentler on their skin than human products. A dog's skin reacts differently to human skin, so it's best to use the right product for the best result. It's important to clean their ears to avoid wax build-up or infection. Gently wipe the ear with a soft, damp cloth and dry gently with a tissue. Brushing your dog's teeth will prevent tooth decay and keep his breath fresh. Finally, lightly trim the nails and your dog will be ready for anything.

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