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THE EYES ON A BOXER



Ch. Dramatic Story of Sherry Shoot JP - Photography by The Winning Image
Pheasant Hollows Playmate of The Year


The shape of the eye is not described fully in any standard around the world. Most say "The eyes should be dark brown; not too small or protruding; not deep set. " or words similar.

Enno Myer in his book "Judging the Boxer" said about eyes:

"Size, shape, setting and color share equal responsibility in creating the correct Boxer expression even though it is true that these qualities overlap in influence, each upon the other.

The normal Boxer eye is dark brown and luminous. It radiates energy, amiability and intelligence. It breathes trust as opposed to any semblance of craftiness or beligerence.

The eye TOO LARGE is is definitely not Boxer; ordinarily it protrudes, and it has a vapid look which would indicate almost a lack of mental capacity.

The SMALL, DEEPLY SET eye goes to the other extreme. If dark it may have a threatening or piercing expression, foreign to the normal character of the breed. If it is light in color, it often incorporates a certain degree of shrewdness as if the dog must make up in cunning what it lacks in real brain power.
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Normal

Large and protruding

Small, deeply set



I took the liberty of adding three more that I think have crept in over the past 30 years....



Loose bottom eyelid

Eye socket larger than eyeball
showing white around the eye

Bottom eyelid loose
showing the inner haw



This is a drawing of my interpretation of the correct shape and frontal placement


(After drawing this shape I think it resembles a lemon!)


Papageno's Aurum


Below more are examples of typical well shaped Boxer eyes


Notice there is a softness in the bottom lid,
but the eye is reasonably tight and the haw does not show.

Female - Connemara Irish Luck
Female - Aust.Ch.Juelle Witches Britches
Female - Am/Can.Ch.Sirrocco's Kiss By The Book
Male - Am/Can.Ch.Jems Rock the House

Beautifully shaped eyes with mood mirroring expression


Pheasant Hollows Black Label - 5 months

Lovely expressions on very young puppies.


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