Karin Rezewski


Transformation of the Boxer Breed over the years (2005 Part 2)

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Yugo della Cadormare
Standing-O Galaxie Gasheron
Rognerud's Ingar
Brahms v. Sapho's Hoeve
Redmol Rio Rita
Yuhe dels Segadors
Future v. German Dream
Lustig v. Dom

In the mid seventies, when the breed after the Second World War boomed with record entries in stud registers and Best In Show successes, I observed in the various countries that breeders, with their overwhelming enthusiasm, exaggerated specific characteristics, thereby pushing the breed into detrimental extremes.

If we look back over the years, the overall appearance of the Boxer in different countries has deviated from the look of the four prototypes SIGURD, LUSTIG, UTZ and DORIAN. I have noticed trends in Boxer types which have obviously drifted away from the standard of the four great breed representatives. It would appear this has come about through differences in judging and evaluation of the breed characteristics. From Germany the powerful, overall short Boxer dominates the European scene. If we consider the Standard as the Alpha and Omega of the breed, this type is as equally incorrect as the lighter, more elegant North American dog, which through North and South America, South Africa, Australia, England and Scandinavia has been widely spread. Here and there I was fortunate to find specimens of an overall well-balanced Boxer but unfortunately they were in the minority.

What are the reasons for this drifting apart in Boxers, which in comparison to other breeds, is extremely pronounced? Considering the development and partially unknown origins of the breed, it is obvious why we quite easily lose important traits. From experience we know that this happens when we concentrate too much on details. Moreover, the eye adapts very quickly to the dogs we permanently see, irrespective of their merits or shortcomings. Finally, we come to the point where we believe that we are on the right path and strive to maintain uniformity. However, without comparing to other foreign Boxers, it is difficult to assess whether the correct type of Boxer has been achieved.

Striving for the overdone dog appears to continue ad infinitum. Apparently all Boxer lovers have a fancy for either the American or the European type. The crux is that in each case the opposite is turned down and even judges are not strong enough to open eyes in both directions, although they should be able to see the differences. Unfortunately the clubs in the different countries very seldom exchange judges. As a result sharing of experience is limited and does not help to set a uniform standard for important breed characteristics. However, breeders and judges should be fully aware that details and assessment of minor faults should not be focused on because in this case, we shall never see the wood for the trees.

Bremen, 13/O6/O6
Karin Rezewski

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