1999 Official Boxer Standard



The hindquarters are strongly muscled with angulation in balance with that of the front quarters.

The thighs are broad and curved, the breech musculature hard and strongly developed. Upper and lower thigh long. Leg well angulated at the stifle with clearly defined, well "let down" hock joint.

Viewed from behind, the hind legs should be straight with the hock joints leaning neither in nor out. From the side, the leg below the hock (metatarsus) should be almost perpendicular to the ground, with a slight slope to the rear permissible. The metatarsus should be short, clean and strong. The Boxer has no rear dew claws.


The shoulders are long and sloping, close-lying, and not  excessively covered with muscle (loaded). The upper arm is long, approaching a right angle to the shoulder  blade. The elbows should not press too closely to the chest wall nor stand off visibly from it.

The forelegs are long, straight and firmly muscled and when viewed from the front, stand parallel to each other. The pastern is strong and distinct, slightly slanting, but standing almost perpendicular to the ground. The dewclaws may be removed. Feet should be compact, turning neither in nor out, with well arched toes.

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