Boxers: The Good, the Bad, and the Flatulent
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Boxers: What am I REALLY getting myself into?


The Good:

  • Boxers are medium to large sized dogs
  • Boxers have a short easy to care for coat
  • Boxers are steadfast and reliable
  • Boxers are made to look intimidating even when friendly
  • Boxers are a great family dog
  • Boxers are humorous and playful


The Bad:
  • Young Boxers are exuberant- they jump and box, and may scare. knock over and knock down young children
  • Boxers need a lot of exersice and may become destructive when bored
  • Boxers need early and contant socialization to prevent aggression
  • Boxers hink they are lap dogs and may develop separation anxiety without guidelines and guidance
  • Boxers are stubborn and need a confident owner who can take charge
  • Boxers, although short haired, do shed considerably
  • Boxers have a short snout, causing sounds like snorting and snoring
  • Boxers have loose lips and do slober and drool
  • Boxers are a very gassous breed (that means they fart, often)


Concerns about owning a boxer:


  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Boxers MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by destructive chewing. Bored Boxers can make a shambles of your house and yard.
  2. Bounciness. Young Boxers (up to about two years old) can be bulls in a china shop. When they romp and jump, they do so with great vigor, and things can go flying, including people.
  3. Providing enough socialization. Many Boxers have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without careful socialization, they may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to biting. Some Boxers go in the opposite direction -- without enough socialization, they become fearful of strangers, which can lead to defensive biting.
  4. Separation anxiety. More than most other breeds, Boxers need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours.
  5. Animal aggression. Many Boxers are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex. Some have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures. If anything goes wrong in the breeding, socializing, training, handling, or management of this breed, it is capable of seriously injuring or killing other animals.
  6. Stubbornness. Boxers are not Golden Retrievers. The best Boxers are capable of learning a great deal, but they have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. Many Boxers are very stubborn. Some are dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
  7. Shedding. For such a shorthaired dog, Boxers shed more than you might think. Their short coarse hairs come off on your hands when you pet them, and stick tenaciously to your clothing, upholstery, and carpeting.
  8. Boxer sounds. Because of the short face, Boxers snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds are endearing to some people; nerve-wracking to others.
  9. Slobbering. Many Boxers, especially those with loose jowls, slobber or drool, especially after eating and drinking.
  10. Gassiness (flatulence) that can send you running for cover. Fortunately, Boxers who are fed a natural diet of real meat and other fresh foods have much less trouble with gassiness.
  11. Serious health problems. Heart disease and cancer are devastating Boxers today.