Why are There So Many Boxers Available for Adoption? Uneducated Owners!
When you travel to your local shelter for a look, you might wonder why there are so many Boxers available for adoption. There are many points to keep in mind, and it does mean that the particular dog or breed is a bad one. You may find that an adopted Boxer may be cost effective, and one of the best dogs you’ve ever owned.
Many people think that you cannot find purebred dogs in shelters and adoption programs, and if you do, that the particular dog is a bad dog. This is often not the case and it often the product of uneducated owners; someone may think a dog is cute and buy it without researching the dogs needs and behavior. In fact 25% of dogs available for adoption are purebred dogs. There is a perfect home out there for every dog, and such is the case for Boxers available for adoption.
Some things that would lead a Boxer to be in a shelter would be its characteristics and needs that the first owner did not consider before getting the dog. One thing may be that they were not expecting an excited dog that needs a lot of exercise. They may know someone who has an older Boxer who is calm and relaxed and can lay around an apartment. Putting a Boxer in a small confined area all day with no exercise will most definitely lead to destructive behavior that can be hard to get rid of without moving to a home with a yard. As most people are not able or willing to do this for a dog, the Boxer ends up for adoption in a shelter or program.
Boxers are also known to be a breed that can develop health issues such as heart disease and cancers. Many owners may look at the toughness of the Boxer and think that they are a very hardy breed and be surprised and overwhelmed with vet bills if the dog does have problems. While an owner may love their dog, they may be unable to deal with the financial stain and have to give the Boxer to a rescue program.
As with any breed, there are things about a Boxer that one may not like and may not have educated themselves about before getting a Boxer. One is their stubborn nature when trying to train the dog; if one does not have patience this can be impossible. One may get frustrated with their head strong nature and just decide that the dog is a bad dog. They also have many small habits that people may not like, such as gassiness, slobbering, snoring or snorting. These are also habits that can lead a Boxer to be available for adoption.
Lastly, the Boxer may show some aggression early in its life towards other dogs. A person may be alarmed by this and unable to deal with helping the animal and bring it to a shelter. What this person may not realize is that this can be alleviated easily through training and altering the animal in many cases.
An important thing to remember is to educate yourself about the pros and cons of a breed before purchasing it. This responsible action would help save a lot of Boxers from being in shelters. You may also want to review Boxer information before getting one from a rescue or shelter, but if you decide the Boxer is right for you, then adopting a Boxer may be the right way to go!