Karin Rezewski

Transformation of the Boxer Breed over the years (Partl 2 ) copyright © Karin Rezewski
translation: Ute Füglister - The Federation of Boxer Clubs of South Africa
Sigurd v. Dom
Lustig v. Dom
Utz v. Dom
Dorian v. Marienhof
Check v. Hunnenstein
Bang Away of Sirrah Crest
Karlo v.d. Wolfsschlucht
Danilo v. Königssee
Heiner v. Zwergeck

Iwein v Dom brought good size, power and type to the breed. He was bred in 1925 by Mrs Stockmann from Zwiebel v Dom, a granddaughter of Rolf v Vogelsberg bred to Buko v Biederstein. Buko was tightly bred on Rolf Walhall. Buko’s sire was Cäsar v Deutenkofen, who was out of the Rolf Walhall son, Moritz v Goldrain. Buko’s dam and Moritz were siblings. Iwein was a tall dog with great depth of chest and a wonderful head, with an especially broad and powerful muzzle. Mrs Stockmann tells the story that his aggressive nature, despite his good points, robbed him of every success in the show ring. He was the only non-champion, who produced two champions: Thea v Isebeck and Sigurd v Dom.

Sigurd’s head was not quite as noble as that of his sire but he had a model body. He was the grandson of a half brother/half sister mating out of Cäsar v Deutenkofen. Sigurd was able to transfer the prepotency of Cäsar exceptionally well to his progeny. It is well known how Sigurd influenced the Boxer breed in Europe. He influenced the breed in the USA on an even broader base when he was sold there at the age of 5 years. His remarkable influence is endorsed by the 321 champions in America, in the period 1940 to 1947, which traced back to him.

In Germany Sigurd left behind two noteworthy males, the World champion Immun v Neu-Drosedow, who in general appearance was very close to his sire, and Zorn v Dom.

Zorn did not become a champion, however he was very prepotent, especially as regards his excellent head type. Zorn, not only through his sire, Sigurd, but also through his dam, traced back to the immensely important Cäsar v Deutenkofen.

In 1933 Mrs Stockmann produced once more a great litter of which every breeder can only dream of. Out of Zorn and Esta v.d. Würm, the half siblings out of Sigurd, a male was born who, in the history of the Boxer breed, is noted as the greatest Boxer of all time: Lustig v Dom.

Lustig was a lovely Boxer with the best type characteristics. He combined good substance with nobility added to which was a perfect model head with chiseled skull and enormous muzzle.

With the two legendary males Sigurd and Lustig, Mrs Stockmann had, without a doubt, the greatest part of the absolute high point in the breed in the 1930’s. If we compare the dogs of this period with the original dogs, this progress was the most important that the development of the breed had ever experienced. From the small, plump Boxer with dissimilar heads, a tall, elegant dog evolved.

Whereas relatively few good bitches where available for Sigurd in the USA, Lustig was able to produce 41 champions. Lustig also remained unbeaten in America, a proud dog of noble bearing up to the ripe old age of 12 years.

Utz von Dom, Lustig’s brother out of a later litter, played an equally important role in America. Utz had come to America shortly before the war broke out, and within a year he produced 9 champions out of six different bitches, which speaks for itself. Utz produced a total of 37 direct American champions.

Dorian, the only brindle male in this quartet of outstanding stud dogs, had at the age of 2 years already left Germany in 1936. Like Lustig, he was unbeaten in the show ring. He was of medium size, very typey and noble in general appearance. His perfect conformation and phenomenal movement created history in America. Although, he was not used at stud as often as Lustig, he produced 37 direct American champions. Dorian’s dam was a daughter of Check v. Hunnenstein, who went back to the dominant Cäsar v Deutenkofen. Dorian’s sire was Xerxes von Dom, a son of Sigurd. Xerxes, on his dam’s side went back to Cäsar v Deutenkofen.

Planned linebreeding with the progeny of Dorian, Lustig and Utz assisted the American Boxer breed after World War 2 to triumph over the whole world. Already at the beginning of the 1930’s Ch. Check v Hunnenstein brought our Boxer in America into the limelight. The American Boxers today have taken up a preferential place on the various Continents. In South America, South Africa, Australia, in the Scandanavian countries and in England new breed combinations are brought out. In 1955 Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest held the phenomenal record of 100 wins as the Best Dog of All Breeds. The extraordinary popularity of the American Boxer can be ascribed to Bang Away, just as the predominance of the German Boxer breed belongs to the great four, Sigurd, Lustig, Utz and Dorian. Without these males the Boxer would have not achieved this success in the World.

When the Nazis came to power in Germany, dog breeding more or less became a state matter. Breed regulations were tightened, so that one of the parents had to have a working qualification and the number of puppies was limited to six. Only a dog with a Schutzhund qualification could become a champion. With effect from 1941 white and check puppies had to be euthanased immediately after birth. Bi- and unilateral cryptorchids were not to be bred from.

During the difficult years of war, a special selection ordinance was established to enable one to get food rations for dogs.

The Boxer breed in Germany revived very slowly after the end of the war in 1945. Partly the breed was still at a good level but a lot of classy dogs like the lovely Lustig son Karlo v.d. Wolfsschlucht went abroad. However, other well-known progeny of Lustig remained and were available to the German Boxer breed: Danilo v. Königssee, Buten v. Elbufer, Ajax and Arno v.d. Holderburg, Heiner v. Zwergeck, Droll v. Täubenhäusl, the grandchild Rex v. Hohenneuffen as well as the great grandchild Dixi v.d. Karlsschlucht and Edler v.d. Fuhlenburg.

In the difficult years after the war, when the nation experienced great shortages, many litters were produced which, due to the great demand by the occupation soldiers, were swapped for foodstuff and cigarettes. 848 litters with a total of 3684 puppies were bred in 1948. Litters were also bred from inferior dogs. As there were only a few shows, it was impossible to orientate oneself or to determine the state of the breed.

In addition to this, at the beginning of the 1950’s one tried to eradicate the white inheritance from the breed. This campaign had a negative impact on Boxer type. In a relatively short time one managed to reduce the number of whites in that stud dogs that were prepotent for whites were avoided. However the decrease in quality was soon noticeable. Many Boxers lacked substance and looked strange.

As we know, the white colour was introduced into the genetic make-up of the Boxer by breeding to the Bulldog. During the course of the years, one has always found that puppies with white markings not only have better pigmentation but also are stronger than their plain coloured siblings. Looking at this, the Boxer breed continually finds itself on a narrow edge. On the one side the Standard requires that the breed typical characteristics such as the stop and overbite, the vitality and pigmentation, are fixed. On the other hand the characteristics coupled with the Bulldog, such as loose forequarters and steep hindquarters, are to be avoided. Unfortunately one often sees that when the type characteristics are exaggerated to the extreme this results in health problems such as breathing difficulties and lack of mobility. It depends on the adroitness of the breeders, to ensure that the balance between breed type, health and working ability is kept on an even keel.

© Karin Rezewski 2005, created by Dunja