Boxers… What are you really getting yourself into?
- Boxers are medium to large sized dogs
- Boxers have a short easy to care for coat
- Boxers are steadfast and reliable
- Boxers are made to appear intimidating even when friendly
- Boxers are an excellent family dog
- Boxers are humorous and fun
Here’s a video that shrunks down to 30 seconds that experience of owning a boxer:
- Young Boxers are exuberant- they jump and box, and may possibly scare, knock over and knock down young children
- Boxers require plenty of exercise and can become destructive whenever bored
- Boxers require early and constant socialization to avoid aggression
- Boxers think they’re lap dogs and may well develop separation anxiety without having rules and guidance
- Boxers are obstinate and require a confident owner who can take control
- Boxers, even though short haired, do shed substantially
- Boxers have a short snout, leading to sounds such as snorting and snoring
- Boxers have loose lips and do slobber and drool
- Boxers are an extremely gaseous breed (that signifies they fart, frequently)
Worries about owning a boxer:
- Giving plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Boxers MUST have frequent chances to vent their energy and do appealing things. Or else they are going to become boisterous and fed up — which they generally show by destructive chewing. Bored Boxers can make a shambles of your house and yard.
Bounciness. Young Boxers (up to about two years old) can be bulls in a china shop. When they romp and jump, they do so with great vigor, and things can go flying, including people.
- Offering sufficient socialization. Quite a few Boxers have protective instincts against strangers. They require considerable exposure to friendly people so they find out to identify the normal behaviors of “good guys.” Then can understand the difference whenever a person acts atypically. Without mindful socialization, they may well be suspicious of everybody, which could result in biting. A few Boxers go in the contrary direction — without sufficient socialization, they come to be afraid of strangers, which can result in defensive biting.
- Separation anxiety. More than the majority of other breeds, Boxers require a great deal of companionship and tend not to like being left alone for more than a couple of hours.
- Animal aggression. Several Boxers are dominant or hostile toward other dogs of the same sex. Quite a few have strong instincts to run after and seize cats and other fleeing animals. In case something does not go right in the breeding, socializing, training, handling, or management of this breed, it’s capable of critically injuring or killing other animals.
- Stubbornness. Boxers are not Golden Retrievers. The best Boxers are in a position of learning quite a lot, however they have a completely independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. A lot of Boxers are extremely stubborn. A few are dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you confirm that you can make them do things. You should clearly show them, thru absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
- Shedding. For such a short-haired dog, Boxers shed more than you may think. Their short coarse hairs come off on your hands when you pet them, and stick tenaciously to your clothing, upholstery, and carpeting.
- Boxer sounds. Because of the short face, Boxers snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds are charming to some people; nerve-wracking to others.
- Slobbering. Many Boxers, in particular those with loose jowls, slobber or drool, especially after eating and drinking.
- Gassiness (flatulence) that can send you running for cover. Thankfully, Boxers who are fed a natural diet of real meat and other fresh foods have much less problems with gassiness.
- Severe health issues. Heart disease and cancer are devastating Boxers today.