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Boxer Adoption

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What do you need to know before you adopt a Boxer? We asked the experts!
 

Boxer/Schnauzer Rescue of the Ozarks says:

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.

More about the Boxer

Thinking about adopting a Boxer puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:

1. You have kids.

Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Boxer puppy (or, gasp! find a Boxer puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Boxer puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears.  Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order.  Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display.  When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals.  This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.

2.  You value your possessions.

Puppies teethe.  They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos.  Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Boxer (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.

3.  You work, or otherwise leave the house.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old Boxer puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Boxer rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a Boxer

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Boxer adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

  • You CAN find purebred Boxers for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Boxers and Boxer puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a Boxer puppy.  Boxer puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Boxer, even a Boxer puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a Boxer puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Boxer if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your Boxer would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  Boxer rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Boxer you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Boxer to their family!

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