Is a Boxer
Right for Me?
The Boxer is thought by many to be the
ideal family dog for all. Others look at Boxers with their well muscled
bodies, and jump to conclusions about their personalities, thinking they
are tough or mean. Neither opinion would be right.
Those who know the breed, know them to
be exuberant, loving and loyal companions. They are NOT, however, the
ideal breed for every family. The same qualities and characteristics
that endear them to those who love them may make them unsuitable for
To those who are considering owning a
Boxer we offer the following, not to discourage potential loving owners,
but to assist them in making a responsible decision. Owning a Boxer is a
joy - acquiring one demands a commitment to the physical and emotional
health of the dog.
Boxers are lively, active dogs, and
may be too boisterous for some homes. Boxers are high energy level
dogs. The proper balance of rest and exercise is essential, to
maintain a happy, healthy Boxer.
The Boxer is a natural guardian of
his home, but should never be purchased solely for that purpose. ALL
dogs require intensive training in order to perform as protection
animals. Only those with absolutely sound temperaments are suitable.
Boxers are extremely
"people-oriented" and "in-your-face" kind of dogs. They have a
great need for human companionship. They are usually not content to
take a back seat to their family's lives and activities. Those who
receive insufficient attention may resort to "bad" behavior in an
attempt to gain it.
The Boxer is an "indoor" dog. While
they certainly enjoy and need to play and exercise outdoors, they
are not suited for living outside. Their short coats cannot protect
them from long exposure to cold temperatures and their short muzzles
make them susceptible to extreme heat in the summer. Their short,
tight coat requires little grooming, however like most breeds, they
DO shed, particularly in Spring and Fall. The degree of shedding
varies with the individual. Some lines are prone to skin allergies.
As with any breed, obedience
training is essential for a well-mannered companion. Boxers are an
intelligent, clever breed. It is important to remember that an
intelligent dog can devise many ways of getting into trouble. Boxers
must be trained in a firm but fair manner - they do not respond well
to (or deserve) harsh treatment.
Boxers have an affinity for
children. A well-trained Boxer can be a child’s best friend
But a Boxer’s exuberance can also be too much for a
toddler or small child.
Note About Boxers and Children:
Children and dogs can be
wonderful companions, with proper supervision and training.
Because of our emphasis on safety, we will not place into
families with children under the age of 5:
Boxers who have had no
exposure to children
Boxers who were given up
because of characteristics that are incompatible with
Boxers who have no
documented history (stray Boxers)
We have more applicants with
children under the age of 5 than Boxers who are appropriate for
placement with them. Therefore, families with children may have
to wait a long time to adopt a Rescue Boxer (wait may range from
2 to 6 months depending on applicant’s flexibility).