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Boxer

Boxer

Boxers are affectionate dogs who will openly share their love…and slobber. The breed is intelligent and trainable to the point that they’ve been used as therapy and guide dogs. Early training can put the Boxer’s stubbornness (and their tendency to jump up on people) in check.





Size:
Male: 65-75 lbs. 
Female: 50-60 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
The Boxer is an active breed, requiring a significant amount of exercise. Along with daily walks, playing ball can help work out some energy. If Boxers don’t get sufficient exercise, they tend to get bored and channel their attention towards destructive behaviors, like chewing.
Note: don’t over-exercise a Boxer puppy since this can damage growing bones.
Mess Factor:
You may want to invest in a good vacuum cleaner because, despite their short coat, boxers will shed. The breed also has a tendency to slobber, so keep some paper towel handy.
Barking and Volume:
Boxers will bark occasionally, but they’re not known for excessive woofing.
Training Requirements:
Known for their stubborn streak, Boxers require early training and firm leadership. Obedience classes and at-home training should ideally begin when a boxer is still a puppy. Additionally, Boxers will need special instruction to break their lovable-yet-frustrating habit of jumping on people. Boxers typically respond well to positive reinforcement techniques, like clicker training.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Boxers are susceptible to several health issues including: hip dysplasia, aortic stenosis (a heart problem), hypothyroidism and cancer. * To reduce the chances of disease, you should always choose a trustworthy breeder who adheres to standard breeding practices.
Grooming: At home grooming is sufficient.
Training: Make sure to bring your Boxer puppy to a training class, to establish your leadership. You may also need to sign up for adult obedience classes if your dog is particularly headstrong.
Grooming Requirements:
With their short coats, Boxers only need a weekly brushing with a bristle brush. An occasional bath will help them stay clean and maintain a healthy coat.
Kid Compatibility:
Boxers have a special affection towards kids and are known for their patience with little ones. Due to their high energy, however, Boxers may accidentally knock over a young child if they are not properly trained. You may want to wait until your kids are past toddlerhood before considering this breed.
Longevity:
12 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
With proper socialization and training, Boxers will get along well with other dogs and even cats. Smaller animals, though, should not be left alone with this breed.
Friendliness Towards People:
Boxers love companionship and affection. Because of their energy and intelligence, they have been used as guide dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs. This breed is generally protective of their family and home but they still welcome visitors with enthusiasm.
BE PREPARED FOR: A good amount of obedience training resulting in a playful pooch who’ll keep you laughing.





Links and Resources:
Clubs
American Boxer Club
Rescues
American Boxer Rescue
Most large cities have their own rescue organizations for the breed.
Videos
Boxer video




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