The name Boston Boxer is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: the Boston Terrier and Boxer. The Boston Terrier is named after its city of origin, Boston, Massachusetts and was brought to the United States from England in 1865 by a city resident. In Boston, it was bred with various dogs, notably the French Bulldog, to produce the darling American breed we know today. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was the most popular dog in the United States and remains beloved in the county to this day. It was recognized by the AKC in 1893. There are many theories about where and when the Boston Boxer’s other parent, the Boxer, originated. Theories range from ancient Tibet to 16th century France. For simplicity, however, it is commonly accepted that the Boxer is a Bulldog cousin. Boxers became a favorite in Germany during the 1800s and were developed as a hunting and sporting companion. In the late 1800s, Germans made efforts to stabilize the breed. Eventually, it gained fans in North America, and was registered by the AKC in 1904. Later, Boxers were used as guards and ammunition carriers in both World Wars. Soldiers returning from Europe eventually brought Boxers home as pets, which bolstered their popularity in North America. Boston Boxers may have been breed for decades given both parent breeds’ long history in the same geographical areas. However, they have only recently become recognized as a designer hybrid, though not by the AKC. Even so, Boston Boxer breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them.