The Federation of Boxer Clubs of South Africa (FBCSA) is the official registered breed society for Boxer dogs in South Africa under the Animal Improvement Act (no. 62 of 1998). They started using SA Stud Book as their service provider in 2013 for the registration of their dogs, as well as for capturing and managing data of interest on their breed.
The FBCSA was founded in 1960 when a group of Boxer lovers decided it was time to improve the recognition of the breed and secure its future. Since then the FBCSA has grown from strength to strength and remains the only recognised breed organisation
for Boxers in Southern Africa. The Federation’s stud book is recognised by the Boxer-Klub München, E.V., and has full membership of ATIBOX, the world controlling body of Boxer affairs.
The FBCSA comprises of three member clubs: The Boxer Club of Southern Africa (BCSA), based in Johannesburg; Eastern Boxer Club (EBC), based in Sasolburg; and the Northern Boxer Club (NBC), based in Pretoria.
The Boxer breed is a unique all-rounder and is one of the happiest dog breeds around. Boxers are fun-loving, affectionate, highly intelligent, athletic, vigilant, great family companions and extremely loyal to their family members.
Boxers can be serious and obedient when required, which make them superb working dogs. With a spirit larger than life itself, Boxers are unlike any other dog breed. Often described as the “clown” of the dog community, Boxers are in a class of their own.
The Boxer is a medium-sized dog with a sturdy appearance and short-haired coat. It was
developed in Germany in the 1890s, where it was bred from the English Bulldog, which was crossed with a breed known as the Bullenbeisser (the “Bull Biter”), a German breed
which is now extinct.
The head is the most distinctive feature of the Boxer breed. They are brachycephalic, meaning they have broad sculls which are shorter than other dog breeds and were bred to have square muzzles with an undershot bite, which made hanging on to pray particularly
The Boxer breed has a fawn or brindle coat colour, black mask, with or without white markings. White markings usually appear on the belly or feet and shouldn’t cover more than one third of the coat. Boxers don’t carry the gene for a solid black coat colour, therefore a black Boxer will never be seen.
Boxers with white markings covering more than one third of their coat are conventionally called “white” Boxers. They are more susceptible to health conditions such as skin cancer and deafness. White Boxers cannot be shown in championship classes and may not be registered.
The most common coat colour in the South African Boxer breed, as recorded on the Livestock Operational and Genetic Information Exchange System (Logix) of SA Stud Book (www.logix.org.za), is fawn with white (29%), followed by plain fawn colouring (24%).
Male Boxers have a height of 57 to 63cm at the withers and weigh more than 30kg for a height of 60cm at the withers, while females are 53 to 59cm high at the withers and weigh about 25kg for a height of approximately 56cm at the withers. Their lifespan is ten to twelve years.
The easy drop-down system on Logix allows for efficient and accurate birth notifications, data capturing, capturing of championship material and release of
information for the FBCSA and its members. The FBCSA’s meticulous and dedicated
recording of pedigrees and data of the SA Boxer breed over several generations allows for data mining, statistical analyses and genetic evaluations by SA Stud Book geneticists. Pedigree information is currently available on 32 224 dogs, with
information on 6 836 litters.
The SA Boxer breed has an average litter size of four puppies, with litters varying
from one to 14 in size. The heritability of litter size was estimated as 23% and that
of number of pups alive as 25%.