So you’re considering adding a Boxer to your family? Well, here’s a snapshot to help you determine if they are the right breed of dog for your lifestyle.
The Boxer is an active and spirited, medium-sized breed of dog known for its “mood-mirroring” expression. They have a great sense of humor and want to be with their family. They will alert you of strangers.
An athletic dog, the Boxer requires a lot of daily exercise to shed his energy. Ideally they should have a fenced yard and regular leashed walks, jogs or runs, but should not run free. Keep in mind they are not tolerant of extreme temperatures of cold or heat.
Boxers are sweet in nature and highly trainable but their owners must make a commitment to early socialization and obedience training to help this energetic dog become a good family member.
They require minimal grooming and can adjust to apartment living with their family but will need regular daily exercise to counter a confined living space.
They have a strong desire for human companionship and are known for being a good playmate for older children. Their exuberance could frighten children unfamiliar with the dog, adult supervision is recommended.
This breed’s average life span is 11 to 12 years of age. Responsible breeders screen their dogs for orthopedic and genetic diseases before breeding them. Genetic defects found in some dogs of this breed include: hip dysplasia, heart defects, degenerative myelopathy and susceptibility to anesthesia.
Don't forget to take your time to carefully research dog breeds before adding a new family member. It's a 10+ year commitment that should bring exceptional joy.
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