INTRO TO THE BOXER BREED
* Boxers are high-energy dogs and need a lot of exercise. Make sure you have the time, desire, and energy to give them the play and activity they need.
* Boxers are exuberant and will greet you ecstatically.
* Early, consistent training is critical — before your Boxer gets too big to handle!
* Although they are large, Boxers are not "outdoor dogs." Their short noses and short hair make them uncomfortable in hot and cold weather, and they need to be kept as housedogs.
* Boxers mature slowly and act like rambunctious puppies for several years.
* Boxers don't just like to be around their family — they need to be around them! If left alone for too long or kept in the backyard away from people, they can become ill- tempered and destructive.
* Boxers drool.
* Although they have short hair, Boxers shed, especially in the spring.
* Boxers are intelligent and respond well to firm but fun training. They also have an independent streak and don't like to be bossed around or treated harshly. You'll have the biggest success in training your Boxer if you can make it fun for him.
* Some Boxers take their guarding duties a little too seriously, while others may not exhibit any guarding instincts at all.
* To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the boxer puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
The Boxer puppies is described as a "hearing" guard dog, meaning he's alert and watchful. When he's not clowning for you, he's dignified and self-assured. With children, he's playful and patient. Strangers are greeted with a wary attitude, but he responds politely to friendly people. He's aggressive only in defense of his family and home. Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them. Always meet at least one of the parents — usually the mother is the one who's available — to ensure that they have nice temperaments that you're comfortable with. Meeting siblings or other relatives of the parents is also helpful for evaluating what a puppy will be like when he grows up. Like every dog, Boxers need early socialization — exposure to many different sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young. Socialization helps ensure that your Boxer puppy grows up to be a well-rounded, outgoing, friendly dog and stays that way.
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Life span: 10 – 12 years
Height: Female: 21–24 inches , Male: 22–25 inches
Weight: Female: 55–64 lbs , Male: 70–85 lbs
Temperament: Devoted, Playful, Fearless, Loyal, Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic, Cheerful, Bright, Confident, Calm, Brave
Colors: Brindle, Fawn, White
Origin: Germany, Munich