The Boxer Club of Colorado (BCOC) formed in 1948 as a way for Boxer fanciers to meet, share ideas, hold Specialty shows, and to have fun.
Interests of its members vary from conformation, obedience, agility to just enjoying Boxers as companions.
BCOC is a member of the American Boxer Club (ABC) and holds to its by-laws and Code of Ethics. The American Boxer Club is, in turn, a member of the American Kennel Club.
Both BCOC and ABC operate under AKC's rules and regulations.
The purposes of the Boxer Club of Colorado are:
to encourage Boxer breeders to adhere to the Boxer standard as approved by the AKC
to promote high breeding quality
to protect and advance the interests of the breed
to conduct AKC licensed and sanctioned specialty shows and obedience trials
to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials in accordance with ABC's Code of Ethics
to initiate and maintain educational programs to foster public interest in the Boxer
to stimulate interest in exhibiting at dog shows
The Boxer's ancestory harkens back to a line of dogs that existed in Europe in the 1500's called the "Bullenbeisser". The Boxer, along with many other breeds of dogs, is also a descendant of the old fighting dog of Tibet. During the past hundred years, the cross-breeding of the "Bullenbeisser" with the Great Dane and the English Bulldog resulted in the present day Boxer. The early ancestors of Boxers were used for bull-baiting and bear-baiting. These ancestors were bred to be agile and quick on their feet to avoid being gored during confrontation with wild, dangerous animals. Fortunately, the baiting of wild animals became outlawed during the 1800's. Although the Boxer's early ancestors ultimately became extinct, the Germans used the lines to develop a good solid working dog, the Boxers. The Germans added other breeds such as Bull Terrier and Giant Schnauzers into the Boxer mix. These early Boxers were used as fearless, intelligent, and tenacious guard dogs but crude. Many variations between individual Boxers existed since so it has so many different ancestors. In 1895, the German Boxer Club was founded and the first Boxer Standard was created. This Standard helped provide a blueprint for breeders to follow. Over time, the early Boxer's short, square jawed Bull Terrier appearance diminished and developed into the sleek, sophisticated form that we know today.
The Boxer is an unique mixture of guard dog and playful dog. This breed is mainly a hearing dog that alerts his master to strange sounds. The Boxer does not bark aimlessly or without reason. He is cautious when first meeting strangers but warms up considerably after being assured the person means no harm. The Boxer is very warm and loving to his family. He likes to play with toys and children especially. A striking characteristic of this breed is the gentleness that is exhibited toward small children, elderly people, and sick people. Boxers may be labeled as "hyper" by some but his high energy makes life exciting for his owners! Boxers are not good outside dogs due to their short coats and desire to share company with his owners. They make excellent indoor dogs with their meticulous cleaning habits. However, the Boxer requires daily exercise to release his high energy and to stretch his long legs. With all these great qualities, it is no great surprise that the Boxer has a large following in this country. * This information was derived from Billie McFadden's "The New Boxer" which was published by MacMillan in 1989.