Now the fierce and proud mascot of Pacific University, Boxer was originally an heirloom incense burner belonging to a Shaowu family. Boxer was purchased by Pacific alumnus Reverend Joseph Elkanah Walker for five dollars while he was working as a missionary in China. He gave it to his mother, who in turn donated it to Pacific University in 1896.
Although sometimes mistaken for a dog or a lion, Boxer is in fact a qilin. A qilin is a mythical creature combining several animals: "the body resembles that of a deer with scales, horns in the center of its head, a tail of an ox, a forehead of a wolf, hooves of a horse, and backward antlers."
Source of "qilin" definition: Fang, Jing Pei. Symbols and rebuses in Chinese Art: Figures, Bugs, Beasts, and Flowers. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2004. p. 156.