Top 10 Facts You Need To Know About Boxer Dogs

2012
05.14

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1. Boxers are athletic!
The Boxer breed is a medium-high energy dog. They need daily exercise to stay healthy and emotionally balanced. Fido will not be content with a weekend walk in the park. Try swimming your Boxer for a workout that won’t exhaust you as well. A great game to play is to throw the dog’s favorite toy or a ball into the ocean and let him pound out through the waves and swim it back in. This will burn far more of his energy than a simple walk on the lead. It is also low impact on his joints (great when he’s a young dog) and you can just stand there! Even if your throwing arm gets tired you can use a “Chucker”, which is a long plastic handle with a ball cup on the end that allows you to throw further and without fatigue.

2. Boxers are intelligent.
Hand in hand with this energy comes intelligence. Your Boxer probably won’t want to pay chess with you but she will enjoy puzzles and problem solving games. A game our dog enjoys is the “hide the can game” We use a small can with some smelly stuff inside (ground up meat or bone, or peanut butter, for some reason they love that!) and we make the dog stay in the other room while we hide the can (in the sofa is a good place) and then the dog tracks it down.
Tip: make sure it smells like something she really wants!

3. Boxers are protective.
This breed makes a great guard dog. They are very protective of their pack (you and your family) and their pack territory. It feels good when your Boxer wants to protect you and you can shift into the pack mentality yourself if you aren’t careful. However, the dog looks to you for cues on how to behave and that brings us to Boxer Dog Fact 4…

4. Boxers need strong leadership.
This is true of any dog really but Boxers respond particularly well to a calm and confident leader who “don’t take no messin’!” Because of their energy and intelligence they can become a little naughty if bored and left to their own devices. You have to take the lead with your dog and set the rules. No exceptions. Dogs understand black and white and respond to feedback on their behavior. Be tough and your Boxer will love you all the more. This is the most important one to get right so check out Bryan Kinnear’s product here for more information.

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5. Boxers love kids!
Again, this is true of many dogs because they connect with kids on a different level. When I was a kid we had a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler and they were like my brothers. They both outweighed me and they were very gentle with me. Sometimes we played rough too and we had a ball.
This also needs to be monitored though for that very reason. If there are young children around your Boxer will probably see them as lower in pack status and maybe even lower than him. Refer to Boxer Dog Fact 4 above for clues on how to avoid problems on this one.

6. Boxers are low maintenance…well, grooming-wise…
With a short, smooth coat Boxers are a low maintenance breed. Just giver her a regular brush down and tooth-cleaning chew and she’s good to go. Oh and clip her nails once in a while.
She won’t leave much hair lying around on the furniture but you might want to put that Ming dynasty vase away when she gets  excited.

7. Boxers can be headstrong.
One should start obedience training early with any dog and make it a playful and enjoyable activity for the dog. Again, because of their intelligence and energy Boxers and be difficult if they sense any weakness on the part of their pack leader. See number 4 for solution to this.

8. Boxers can have bad tickers.
Boxers can suffer from cardiac disease. This should be checked regularly,  and when choosing your pup. The condition can be managed in most cases and your Boxer can live a full and happy life. Breeders are currently working to breed out this problem.

9. Boxers can jump!
Let me tell you, a waist-height fence will be no impedance to your Boxer. Read the “Bionic Dog” post below for an example of the vertical prowess of the Boxer breed! Good high fences on your property, or some other control will help keep your curious dog at home where he belongs.

10. Boxers are happy.
This breed is consistently voted in the top 10 most popular breeds. They are sleek and athletic, but are also going to be a goofy and hilarious puppy all their life. Boxers are great fun to have around and are loyal and devoted companions.

If you own a Boxer or are thinking of getting one, Bryan Kinnear’s ‘Boxer Dog Secrets’ is a great resource.
Click Here for more detail on the above points and good information on owning and raising a Boxer.

All the best!

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