Considering a Boxer?
is thought by many to be the ideal family dog. Those who love the breed
know them to be exuberant, loyal and loving companions. They are NOT,
however, the ideal breed for everyone. The same qualities and
characteristics that endear them to those who love them may make them
unsuitable for some households. To those who are considering owning a
boxer we offer the following information - not to discourage potential
loving owners, but to aid them in making a conscientious decision.
Owning a boxer is a joy - acquiring one demands a true commitment to
the physical and emotional health of the dog.
One of the
primary characteristics that must be taken into account when
considering a boxer is the high energy level common to the breed.
Boxers are lively, active dogs, and may be too boisterous for some
households. The proper balance of rest and exercise is essential.
extremely "people-oriented" and have a great need for human
companionship. Those who receive insufficient attention may resort to
"bad" behavior in an attempt to gain it.
is a HOUSE dog. While they may enjoy regular play and exercise outdoors
they are not suited for outside living. Their short coats cannot
protect them from long exposure to cold temperatures and their short
muzzles make them susceptible to extreme heat.
is a natural guardian of his home, but should NOT be purchased solely
for that purpose. ALL dogs require intensive training in order to
perform properly as protection animals. Only those with absolutely
sound temperaments are suitable.
any breed, obedience training is essential for a well-mannered,
disciplined companion. Boxers are an intelligent, clever breed. It is
important to remember that an intelligent dog can devise more ways of
getting into trouble than a dull one. Boxers must be trained in a firm
but fair manner - they do not respond well to (or deserve) harsh
boxer's 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
Boxers are not wet mouth also known as drooling. Usually this is
only when they have just finished drinking water. They
may also snore.
Official standard of the boxer calls for cropped ears. While many pet
owners opt not to have this procedure, those who have their boxer
cropped must be prepared to perform the necessary aftercare and taping
to ensure the ears stand properly. This CAN be a lengthy process.
Finally, on the rather delicate subject of flatulence- the boxers digestion is sometimes less than perfect. Even when fed a high quality food, SOME may have rather frequent and, well-noxious episodes of passing gas. This, of course, varies with the individual and may not occur at all. ( Just don't say you weren't warned if it does. )
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