The Boxer

I Love Portraits!

OK, a bit of a change of pace! We were shooting an event in Napa, California and had set up some portable Studio Lights for a series of portraits of many charming women in fine Evening Wear. Along came a couple with their Boxer. It was amazing! They instructed their pet to sit, stay and look into the camera. I have never seen such a well-behaved Dog!  The studio strobes didn’t even make him flinch!

And some Boxer History: Developed in Germany, the Boxer is a stocky, large size, short-haired dog. The coat is smooth and fawn, brindled, white, or even reverse brindled with or without white markings. Boxers are brachycephalic (they have broad, short skulls), and have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large prey. The Boxer was bred from the English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser and is part of the Molosser group.

Boxers were first exhibited in a dog show for St. Bernard’s at Munich in 1895, the first Boxer club being founded the next year. Based on 2009 America Kennel Club statistics, Boxers are the sixth most popular breed of dog in the United States for the third year in a row—moving up in 2007 from the seventh spot, which they’d held since 2002!


One response

  1. WOW, this is an amazing portrait, and to think the lil’ feller there behaved perfectly through the whole process!!… that’s quite the thing Erik! Great shot, my friend.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

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