by Kelly Taylor, The Boxer Rescue Inc.
Before you bring a Boxer into your home, please do your research. Many people will purchase a Boxer because of their physical appearance, which combines strength and agility with elegance and style. Because the proper research is not done on this breed, they are often surrendered into rescue groups or dropped off at shelters. Boxers are not the breed for everyone.
Some key points to consider before adopting a Boxer:
Boxers have a huge amount of energy and can be too energetic for some people. They can drool a lot, pass gas and are prone to skin issues, allergies, cancer and heart problems. They can have dominance and aggression issues if not properly trained and socialized. They do not like being left alone for long periods of time as they tend to get bored and can become destructive.
Boxers are extremely nosy and very curious; they are always looking for the “next thing to do”. They can also be rude and extremely stubborn without proper training. They are primarily indoor dogs, as they do not tolerate the extreme cold or heat.
Boxers are extremely loyal to their humans and can be protective of their family members so it is essential to raise this breed properly. They are a very sensitive breed and very in-tune to human feelings and will sense when things are not right with their humans.
They have protective instincts towards strangers and will do whatever it takes to protect their family if they feel there is a threat approaching, so exposure to friendly people for proper socialization is important for this breed. Because of their high energy level, they need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation as well. A tired Boxer is a happy Boxer!
If you are familiar with this breed, then you know that they are Confident, fun loving, fearless and generally happy dogs. They are always looking to do something that will make you laugh. They have a spirit that is larger than life itself. They make wonderful family companions and will go wherever the family goes.
They also enjoy down time. They love to cuddle with their humans and often think they are lap dogs! Boxers are very intelligent and learn quickly. Because this breed can be very stubborn they need strong leaders to work with them and give them the proper exercise and training they require. This is a breed that you need to follow through with.
Never let a boxer get away with anything or gain the upper hand in the household. If you tell them to sit and they don’t the first time, help them sit the second. If you give this breed an inch, they will take a mile! That is a true Boxer!
Boxers generally love all humans they meet. They are a breed that is known to stay “endless puppies” throughout their life and they’ll keep you laughing all day long if you let them. If you are willing to work with this breed and give it the proper training, exercise and love, then you will not find a more loyal, fun-loving companion then the “Boxer.”
If you feel this is the breed for you, please consider adopting. There are many Boxers in rescue groups all over New England that are just waiting for that prefect forever home. To learn more about the breed, please visit our website at www.theboxerrescue.org