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Norwegian Champion Boxer
He can't be a boxer - he has a long tail!
Twenty years ago, we never saw boxers with uncropped ears.
"It doesn't look like a boxer!" It took a while, but as more and more
boxers were left "natural", the public became accustomed to the look, and
embraced it. Now, especially in middle Tennessee, it's actually unusual to
see a boxer with erect ears. We love the soft expression and feel of the
floppy ears. And the dogs love not having part of their anatomy cut off,
and the bother and discomfort of having their ears "posted" until they
Well, get ready - a new revolution in the boxer
appearance is here! Straight from the up-and-coming European designers,
and all the rage on the Continent, the natural tail is the cat's meow
(sorry cats - couldn't resist that). We still hear people say, "It doesn't
look like a boxer!" But that just means they're not up on the latest
The European Union, and many other countries, have banned
the cropping of ears and the docking of tails, calling it unnecessary and
cruel. It is amputation, and painful, with no benefits other than cosmetic
expectations. Boxers with long tails, regardless of how gorgeous they
might otherwise be, are often left languishing in rescue for months or
years, before they finally find a place of their own. For this reason, to
help the dog get adopted in a reasonable length of time, some rescues (and
we are sorry to say we have done so, but will not in the future) will have
the tail docked when a long-tailed boxer comes in, just because so few
people thus far are open-minded enough to recognize that a long tail does
not change the wonderful boxer personality, and even adds some nuances of
DON'T PASS THEM
Just in case you are reluctant to be a
style-setter, here are some comments from owners of "natural"
"After having a boxer with a tail I must say that I love
it, and given the choice would definitely go with another boxer having a
tail. I find that it is very expressive. If Buddy is lying down and you
call his name you get to hear that "thump thump thump" of the tail hitting
the couch or floor.
"As dangerous and you might think the tail
would be, we have never had anything sent flying off the coffee table. We
do have to make sure we keep the door open a couple extra seconds when we
let him in or out but that is no different than it would be for any other
dog with a tail - just something we did not have to do with the previous
"So if anyone hesitates to adopt a boxer with a tail I
would say that you should just tell them that they will soon learn that it
is a great feature and they should consider themselves very lucky to get
such a special boxer."
"The tail is just as expressive as any boxer
face or wiggly nub, and we also have never had anything swept off a coffee
table by it. For whatever reason, they just don't seem to do that with
them. We call it her "monkey tail" because that is what is seems like -
she actually wraps it around you if you pick her up, like she is hugging
you or holding on with it. She is also very adept at standing up on her
hind legs and balancing for a good period of time because it gives her
greater leverage to have it on her backside.
"Now it does mean that
she does an altered version of the "kidney bean", and we get an occasional
shin-whipping from being in the wrong place when she is really happy that
we have to watch out for; but I absolutely LOVE her tail and wouldn't have
her any other way!
"Our other boxers have (and had) docked tails of
all different lengths - and I would adopt another regardless of tail
"style". For us, there is no difference in the dog - it is the personality
that we fall in love with."
"I own a girl with a tail. It is almost
as expressive as a Boxer face. When she alerts or plays, it curves like a
question mark. I have never had anything knocked off of a coffee table or
an end table by her tail. It's amusing to watch when she wags it into an
unsuspecting grandchilds face."
"One of mine came from a Rescue,
the other one came from an individual, and both have their natural ears
and tails. I can say this - neither of them has hurt its tail, nor have
they broken anything, or knocked anything off any tables or shelves they
come in contact with. Cole, my male, will wag his tail 90 to nothin'
if he is excited, but the only thing he hits with it is his sister if she
is too close."