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 suitable.
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.
Boxers are lovers, not fighters!