The Boxer is thought by many to be the ideal family dog for all. Others look at Boxers with their well muscled bodies, and jump to conclusions about their personalities, thinking they are tough or mean. Neither opinion would be right. Those who know the breed, know them to be exuberant, loving and loyal companions. They are NOT, however, the ideal breed for every family. The same qualities and characteristics that endear them to those who love them may make them unsuitable for others.
To those who are considering owning a Boxer we offer the following, not to discourage potential loving owners, but to assist them in making a responsible decision. Owning a Boxer is a joy - acquiring one demands a commitment to the physical and emotional health of the dog. Boxers are lively, active dogs, and may be too boisterous for some homes. Boxers are high energy level dogs. The proper balance of rest and exercise is essential, to maintain a happy, healthy Boxer. The Boxer is a natural guardian of his home, but should never be purchased solely for that purpose. ALL dogs require intensive training in order to perform as protection animals. Only those with absolutely sound temperaments are suitable.
Boxers are extremely "people-oriented" and "in-your-face" kind of dogs. They have a great need for human companionship. They are usually not content to take a back seat to their family's lives and activities. Those who receive insufficient attention may resort to "bad" behavior in an attempt to gain it.
The Boxer is an "indoor" dog. While they certainly enjoy and need to play and exercise outdoors, they are not suited for living outside. Their short coats cannot protect them from long exposure to cold temperatures and their short muzzles make them susceptible to extreme heat in the summer. Their short, tight coat requires little grooming, however like most breeds, they DO shed, particularly in Spring and Fall. The degree of shedding varies with the individual. Some lines are prone to skin allergies. As with any breed, obedience training is essential for a well-mannered companion. Boxers are an intelligent, clever breed. It is important to remember that an intelligent dog can devise many ways of getting into trouble. Boxers must be trained in a firm but fair manner - they do not respond well to (or deserve) harsh treatment. Boxers have an affinity for children. A well-trained Boxer can be a child’s best friend and companion. But a Boxer’s exuberance can also be too much for a toddler or small child.
A Note About Boxers and Children :
~Children and dogs can be wonderful companions, with proper supervision and training. Because of our emphasis on safety, families with children under age 5 must have prior experience with dogs (with boxers would be a plus). Our goal is setting up a Boxer up for success with their new families!