Meet the Boxer is the first official publication endorsed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) on one of the world’s most beloved working and companion dogs, the Boxer. Thanks to the experts at the AKC and the American Boxer Club, this volume offers the most accurate and authoritative information available on this breed. Eleven chapters detail the history of the breed, characteristics, and special requirements for owning this versatile German breed, heavily illustrated with beautiful color images of puppies and adults. A chapter devoted to the purchase and selection of the Boxer puppy gives the reader specific guidance on how to locate a qualified breeder and to recognize a healthy, sound puppy. Two separate chapters serve as a primer to training the puppy--house-training and obedience work, favoring positive-training techniques as the best and most successful way to educate dogs. Chapters on home care, safety, feeding, and healthcare present indispensable information for new dog owners. As an official publication of the AKC, Meet the Boxer also explains the many vital programs offered by the country’s leading canine organization to all pet dog owners, including the S.T.A.R. Puppy and the Canine Good Citizen programs, as well as descriptions of various dog sports such as conformation showing, agility, obedience and more. A detailed resources section offers recommendations for websites, books, periodicals, and club affiliate programs, all of great interest to responsible new dog owners.