Is the Boxer Breed Right for You?
Picking out the right dog breed is important. Each dog breed doesn’t just look different, but they also have their very own common personality traits. If you’ve never owned a boxer before you’ll want to double and triple check that you and a boxer are compatible. Following is a comprehensive guide to help you out in your decision-making.
Boxers are indoor dogs. They are social, and the comfort of pack life and room temperature are healthy both emotionally and physically for the breed. Boxers can grow up to 70 lbs and do have a high energy level. For this reason tend to dwell better in houses or larger apartments with plenty of room to run outside. If you do not have these accommodations the breed may not be right for you. If the only accommodation you’re missing is the running-around room, but you’re realistically willing and able to go on long walks and/or to dog parks everyday then you may be the exception, as the breed loves to get out and see the world.
Life Expectancy and Health
You’ll need to do some future planning to see if you’re really fit for the longevity of the breed. Boxers tend to live about 9-12 years. Where will you be in 9-12 years? Do you think you’ll be able to be the dog’s owner for its full life?
Each breed has common health problems. This doesn’t mean your boxer will absolutely have them, it just means that if they have any health problems it will likely be one of these and you should prepare accordingly. Boxers tend to have cardiomyopathy and other heart issues. They have a higher tendency to get tumors in old age, not all of which are harmful, but it is known for the breed to get cancer. Otherwise they may have skin issues, but that’s more easily managed than the other health issues. You will need to be able to afford pet insurance or otherwise set aside a pet fund for your pup. Boxers do tend to remain healthy for 8 years and many of these health problems aren’t seen until 8-death.
Boxers have a great temperament. They’re known for getting along extremely well with children. They can be suspicious of strangers if not well socialized properly. You’ll need to be careful to socialize both inside and outside of the home to not create any complexes. Some dogs who are only socialized outside of the home believe it’s not appropriate for strangers to ever come inside the home and can be aggressive. Start socializing your boxer puppy from a young age and you’ll never have this problem unless warranted. They do make great watch dogs and protectors when they feel threatened, you just want to make sure they can properly gauge the situation and not jump to conclusions due to poor socialization and insecurities involving them.
If you get a boxer you’re in for a very energetic puppy that doesn’t calm down until around 2 years old. You’ll need to be prepared for many walks, trips to the dog park, and games of fetch. Cardio exercise is incredibly important for this breed due to it’s proneness to cardio issues. Boxers make wonderful jogging/running companions and are easy to leash train for the job. The great thing about them is that they love going from place to place with their pack leader and tend to be one of the few larger breeds that friends lovingly accept in their home because they’re so well behaved (as adults). Simply being in a different place with all of the smells and experiences can wear out a boxer for the day, but don’t neglect cardio and a healthy heart.