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What do you need to know before you adopt a Boxer? We asked the experts!
The number one reason a boxer is returned to us is that the adopter says they’re too wild- Boxers never grow up nor slow down! Another thing that is important with the breed is if your Boxer starts being moody, test your Boxer’s thyroid. If it is even a little too low or a little too high, get your Boxer on thyroid meds to help get the thyroid back to normal. Many times we get a grouchy Boxer and test the thyroid and that is the issue, and after a month on the meds you have your happy Boxer back. Boxers are also not good to keep outside- they do not do well in extreme heat or cold. We, as a Boxer rescue, only place our dogs as inside dogs, but it is important for anyone interested in a Boxer to understand this is not a breed that enjoys being outside all day and night.
Other things to know about the Boxer:
Those who share their home with Boxers and the ever popular Boxer mixes often describe them as being among the most playful, fun loving and affectionate dogs ever. Maybe it is the playfulness of this breed that causes them to love children so much. And they usually know to be gentle, as well as protective, sensitive and exuberant with the children they love. This breed is naturally inquisitive, highly intelligent, and extremely loyal to their family members. Boxers require both physical and mental exercise. They will happily fetch, swim, romp, jog and just wonder along with you or your children.
Boxers are sometimes wary of strangers, though not aggressive unless they or their family are threatened. They can also be a bit short tempered with strange dogs or other small animals. However, with the proper introductions and socialization they can live quite nicely in multiple pet households.
Boxers are very low maintenance dogs. Regular brushing will help to minimize shedding. A bath when necessary will make you both very happy. And if the ears are not cropped they should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. "Floppy" ears allow debris to become trapped inside the ears and need to be cleaned a bit more often than erect ears. Boxers and some Boxer mixes may be inclined to cardiomyopathy and certain gastric or digestive conditions. This can usually be controlled with proper diet and exercise.