What you should know about a Boxer.
Are You Right for a Boxer?
A Boxer is a joyful, silly, fun-loving, affectionate and occasionally stubborn breed of dog. He is what he is. Do not think you can mold him into a dog that will accommodate your lifestyle. To even try could mean breaking the spirit and essence of this spectacular breed.
One must weigh carefully, the decision to bring a Boxer into his or her life and home. You must truly be a "dog person" to coexist happily with a Boxer. This is not the breed for everyone. In fact, he can be a regular nightmare for some.
Boxers rule but they also drool! They pass gas, give wet kisses, jump up to greet you and snore too! If the sound of any of this makes you wince, you are not right for a Boxer! If an attention seeking, 70+ pound slobbering lap dog isn't appealing to you, please do not acquire a Boxer!
The basic fact that Boxer Rescue has to exist is evidence enough that too many people get one of these...
...because he is adorable, cute and playful. As precious as Boxer puppies are, they don't stay that way or that size forever. People seem to forget that a cute Boxer puppy turns into this...
...a big, handsome, full grown adult dog that requires a lot of your time and attention. A Boxer in his adolescence is NOT easy to handle for the novice or unprepared person.
Boxers are a very friendly and affectionate breed! They are referred to as an "in-your-face" breed. They are "shadows," often following you from room to room - even waking from a nap to do so! They crawl in your lap, jump up on you and love to give those sloppy wet Boxer kisses. SLURP!
Boxers are late to mature (that means they act like puppies and do not tend to "settle down" until the age of 3 or 4 years). Boxers require daily exercise! Taking a quick walk down the street is not sufficient. A Boxer needs a good play session with his human and a toy/ball or another dog(s) in order for him to expend his energy. Of course, an older adult Boxer needs less exercise than one under 4 years, but even the silver deserves to be kept happy and fit by engaging in some amount of exercise each day with his human. Many Boxers end up in rescues or pounds because their families did little research and were not aware of the incredible amount of energy they have.
Boxers who do not receive proper exercise will most likely be very rambunctious and/or destructive. A tired Boxer is a well behaved Boxer! Boxers under the age of 1 year should not be permitted to overextend himself, or participate in excessive running or jumping, as his bones are growing and it can contribute to major orthopedic problems down the road, such as damage to the cruciate ligament etc...
Boxers & Children
Boxers have great affection reserved especially for children (and older adults too). Most can recognize the need to be more patient and gentle with these fragile beings; however, some are better at executing it than others! Boxers have the tendency to bowl over young children when they get excited or while playing. If you would find this unacceptable, do not get a Boxer dog!!!!
Some Boxers are messy eaters. You may find more food on the floor around their bowls, stuck to the wall, or caught in their jowls, than what actually made it into their tummies. Many Boxers send spit, slobber and chunks of food flying across the room after they shake their heads and many consider the couch cushions their personal napkins. This can easily be wiped up or sponged off daily, by individuals who wouldn't be particularly bothered by these behaviors.