The Boxer Chow was created by crossing a Chow Chow and a Boxer and will have characteristics from both its parent breeds. The Chow Chow, originally from northern China where they are called Songshi Quan meaning “puffy-lion dog”, is one of the few ancient breeds still around today. They are seen in bas-relief sculptures from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Chow Chows were bred as hunting dogs but were also used for sled-pulling, guarding and companionship. They were also bred for human consumption at one time. One theory is that they were developed by crossing the old Mastiff of Tibet and the Samoyed, a breed originating from the northern parts of Siberia. The Chow Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei are the only two American Kennel Club breeds with the distinctive blue-black tongue. Martha Stewart owns Chows and had a champion who was named Genghis Khan (GK to his friends). Boxers were bred in Germany. With ancestors like the German Bullenbeisser, the Mastiff, and the Bulldog, the Boxer has a lot of strength. Originally bred for hunting boar and bears, this breed is considered a member of the Molosser group of dogs. Thought to have descended from a Molussus, a Shepherd dog believed to have been the favored war dogs of the Romans and Greeks in ancient times, the Boxer also worked in World War I as a guardian, fighter and message carrier. Used for police work at one time, the Boxer was added to the roster of The American Kennel Club 1904. Today, they are popular family pets and they are also used as service and therapy dogs.