Karin Rezewski

Transformation of the Boxer Breed over the years
(2005 Part 1 )
copyright © Karin Rezewski

translation: Ute Füglister - The Federation of Boxer Clubs of South Africa
Eros v. Heideloh
Carlo ut Gütsel
Dunja v.d. Boxerau
Carlo v. Henningshof
Gayus v. Schatzkästlein
Carlino v. Nassau Oranien
Hoss v.d. Goldquelle
Xantos v. Bereler Ries
Athos de l'Enfer Vert
Ibsen v.d. Sembacher Flur
Perico du Val d'Europe
Olimpio del Colle dell'Infinito
Teck del Colle dell'Infinito
David del Colle dell'Infinito

During the sixties two sons of Witherford Hot Chestnut proved to be of extreme value to the breed in Europe, Ch. Eros v Heideloh and Ch. Carlo ut Gütsel. They combined the typical German substance from their dam’s side through Ch. Pirol v Rosenheim with the overall elegant appearance of the British bred Witherford Boxers. These dogs not only brought back style but also chiselled heads with typical expression, attributes that were desperately needed at that time. Carlo’s daughter, Ch. Dunja v.d. Boxerau was the best example of the combination of these most important breed characteristics. Unbeaten for several years in Europe Dunja not only demonstrated high breed standard but she proved that quality must not always go together with spectacular white markings!

Meanwhile the Italian Boxer scene came into the limelight. During the second World War the pioneers Mario Confalionieri and Dr Tomaso Bosi had paved the way for the first imports from Germany. Excellent imports of the fifties such as Carlo v Fels and Eitel v Altenau produced the first Italian bred winners Ch. Coco Dei Dogi Di Venetia and World Winner Ch. Oly di Cittanova, who attracted immense attention all over Europe. Ch. Carlo ut Gütsel followed them. Like many Italian Boxers, Carlo and his daughter Dunja, were successfully promoted by one of the best Boxer handlers we ever had in Europe, Joseph Waldhammer, the breeder of Dunja.

Two outstanding German-bred sons of Carlo ut Gütsel left their stamp as producers. One of them was Gayus v Schatzkästlein, a great winner of all possible champion titles in Europe and in my opinion one of the top show dogs of all time. This classy Boxer stood out in the show ring for his harmonious balance and showmanship. On his dam’s side he traced back to Frau Stockmann’s Ch. Godewind vom Dom. The second son by Carlo ut Gütsel was Ch. Iko v Springbach. He influenced the breed in Germany positively by producing excellent breed type, probably as a result of the half brother/half sister inbreeding on Witherford Hot Chestnut: Carlo ut Gütsel/Lira v Schütting.

The most important step for the improvement and strengthening of today’s breeding stock in Europe was taken when Iko v Springbach was used on a daughter of Ch. Erasmus v Nassau-Oranien, a son of Godewind vom Dom out of a Witherford Hot Chestnut daughter. The outcome of this mating was the greatest producer since Lustig v Dom and Witherford Hot Chestnut: Carlo v Henningshof. When this outstanding young dog with his classic head type and exceptional Boxer expression won the World Youth Championship title he went to Italy from where he was expertly handled to great success by Joseph Waldhammer. Carlo v. Henningshof won many titles but his immense contribution to the breed was simply his exceptional prepotency, which cannot be valued highly enough. Carlo not only made a large contribution to the flourishing Boxer generations in Italy, his immense impact can be seen in his progeny which is spread all over Europe.

Top reference goes to Carlo v Henninghof’s prepotent son Ch. Carlino v Nassau-Oranien. Carlino appealed through his exceptionally correct forequarter and wonderful expression. He was very closely bred, combining almost all important breed lines of the sixties. Many winners and excellent producers from this stock carried most of the important breed characteristics. The double Carlino son, Hoss v.d. Goldquelle had a large influence, just like his great grandson, Ch. Xanthos v Bereler Ries. During the eighties the Italian Tito and Olimpio Del Colle Del’Infinito were top producers as well as the French Ch. Athos de l’Enfert Vert, from which came the half brother/half sister parents of the German Ch. Ibsen v Sembacher Flur. Ibsen stands behind the well-known Ch. Perico Du Val D’Europe.

There is no doubt that the largest contribution to the modern European Boxer was made by Teck and David Del Colle Dell'Infinito. Their progeny is spread all over Europe. Even in England, where due to quarantine regulations an individual English style has developed over the years, breeders have in the meanwhile become aware of the Italian predominance. Annual registrations of Boxer puppies in Italy are the only ones parallel to those of England with about 10 000 registrations. Considering that many puppies born are not registered, breeders are very lucky to be able to select from a very large gene pool. As a result a tremendous variety of characteristics is available to attain breeding goals. It depends on the breeder's ability to make the most of the stock at hand. When breeding activities are limited by geographical distances or club rules, possibilities are reduced and it becomes more difficult to breed. To circumvent these limitations, it is necessary to import suitable dogs from time to time to expand the genetic diversity in order to keep the breed viable. In Germany over the years a wide range of selective tests for disposition and soundness of the breed were introduced. This regulation madness unfortunately led to a very small gene pool with the resultant loss of breed characteristics.

© Karin Rezewski 2005, created by Dunja