The boxer is thought by many to be the ideal family dog. Those who
love the breed know them to be exuberant, loyal and loving companions. They
are NOT, however, the ideal breed for everyone. The same qualities and
characteristics that endear them to those who love them may make them
unsuitable for some households.
To those who are considering owning a boxer we
offer the following information - not to discourage potential loving
owners, but to aid them in making a conscientious decision. Owning a boxer
is a joy - acquiring one, demands a true commitment to the physical and
emotional health of the dog.
One of the primary characteristics that must be
taken into account when considering a boxer is the high energy level common
to the breed. Boxers are lively, active dogs, and may be too boisterous for
some households. The proper balance of rest and exercise is essential.
Boxers are extremely
"people-oriented" and have a great need for human companionship.
Those who receive insufficient attention may resort to "bad"
behavior in an attempt to gain it.
The boxer is a
natural guardian of his home, but should NOT be purchased solely for that
purpose. ALL dogs require intensive training in order to perform properly
as protection animals. Only those with absolutely sound temperaments are
As with any breed, obedience training is
essential for a well-mannered, disciplined companion. Boxers are an
intelligent, clever breed. It is important to remember that an intelligent
dog can devise more ways of getting into trouble than a dull one. Boxers
must be trained in a firm but fair manner - they do not respond well to (or
deserve) harsh treatment.
Some boxers, especially those with "loose
lips" may drool. Usually this is only an occasional occurrence, but
some may find it unappealing. They may also snore.
Finally, on the
rather delicate subject of flatulence - the boxer’s digestion is sometimes
less than perfect. Even when fed a high quality food, SOME may have rather
frequent and, well-noxious episodes of passing gas. This, of course, varies
with the individual and may not occur at all.