Very intelligent and quick to learn, the Boxer is adept in many competitive areas, such as competitive obedience and Schutzhund. They are exceptionally loyal and loving, making them ideal family dogs that are very patient with children. It is said that the name Boxer comes from the way this breed tends to use their front paws for a number of things, looking like a boxer when they try to manipulate objects with their forepaws. The Boxer needs an owner that is clearly the alpha, otherwise they will become a challenge to live with.
The under-color should be tan or brindle (a mixture of brown with a sort of marbling), though the tan color may actually occur anywhere along a continuum of brown-ish colors.