The Boxer is not the right sort of
dog for everyone, so continue reading if you would like to
know if you and a Boxer would be suited to each other.
Boxer is not a small dog, and is very energetic and playful.
They like to be active and included in everything. They are
inclined to be boisterous which may not suit you or your
lifestyle. Boxers mature very slowly, so act like puppies
nearly all their life, though they to start to settle more at
around 3 to 4 years of age.
Boxers need to be with their
family and thrive on human companionship. They do not thrive,
and indeed, can develop into 'bad' dogs if they do not spend
time with their family. They are definitely not suited to a
'backyard' dog type life. Many Boxers drool - it varies from
individual to individual. Some may also snore. A lot of people
are not able to live with drooling or snoring.
Boxers have a short coat, they do shed hair when the weather
changes, some can shed quite a bit of hair. Daily brushing
when they are shedding will help remove the dead hair, but you
can still expect a bit on your floor and furniture.
Charlie (on the end right) and his coloured litter
mates aged 6 weeks
Boxers suffer from exposure
to extreme temperatures. Their coats are short and offer no
protection against the cold, and their short muzzles make them
unable to tolerate extreme heat. They are house dogs, even
though they need plenty of 'outside time', so if you dislike
animals in the house, then the Boxer is not right for you.
Boxers require 'obedience' training and to be taught good
manners - so if you have not got the time for this a Boxer may
not suit you. Boxers are very intelligent dogs and require
firm, fair, fun training. If you want a dog who only wants to
do what you say when you say, do not get a Boxer. Boxers are a
very independent breed, very willing to work with you, but
unwilling to be ordered around. Trained properly, a Boxer is
the most delightful companion you could wish for.
are natural guard dogs and most will look after the family
home and property. Some Boxers take this to the extreme and
may guard too well for your liking, while others seem to have
missed out on any guarding instinct. However, the Boxer should
never be purchased as a guard dog - this is only a tiny part
of their great character, and it does not suit them at all.
'True' guard dogs require extensive, expensive training to
perform, and only those with absolutely sound temperaments can
do this work. No layman is able to tell if a dog is suitable
or not without professional help.
Boxers need to be house
They need good exercise and are boisterous.
need human company.
They shed hair, drool and
They mature very slowly.
They are not pocket
They have 'guarding' tendencies.
any Boxer owner will tell you - they are truly wonderful, and
none of us would swap our drooling, snoring dynamo's for