Things to Know Before Owning a Boxer
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Those that share their home with Boxers and the ever popular Boxer mixes often describe them as being among the most playful, fun loving and affectionate breeds that exist. 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.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Boxer for sale from a store, or Boxer Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Boxer dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Boxer breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Boxers. There are also Boxer rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Boxers. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Boxer rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Boxer dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Boxer dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Boxer Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Boxer focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Boxer focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!