* One of the primary characteristics that must be taken into account when
considering a Boxer is the high energy level common to the breed. Boxers
are lively, active dogs, and may be too boisterous for some households.
The proper balance of the rest and exercise is essential.
* Boxers are extremely "people-oriented" and have a great need for human
companionship. Those who receive insufficient attention may resort to "bad"
behavior in an attempt to gain it.
* The Boxer is a HOUSE dog. While they may enjoy regular play and exercise
outdoors they are not suited for outside living. Their short coats cannot protect
them from long exposure to cold temperatures and their short muzzles make them
susceptible to extreme heat.
* The Boxer is a natural guardian of his home, but should NOT be purchased
for that purpose. ALL dogs require intensive training in order to perform as
protection animals. Only those with absolutely sound temperaments are suitable.
* As with any breed, obedience training is essential for a well-mannered,
companion. Boxers are a intelligent, clever breed. It is important to remember that
an intelligent dog can devise more ways of getting into trouble than a dull one.
Boxers must be trained in a firm but fair manner - they do not respond well to
(or deserve) harsh treatment.
* The Boxer's short, tight coat requires little grooming, however like most breeds,
they DO shed, particularly in Spring and Fall. The degree of shedding varies with
the individual. Some lines are prone to skin allergies.
* Some Boxers, especially those with "loose lips" may drool.
Usually this is only
an occasional occurrence, but some may find it unappealing. They may also snore.
* The official standard of the Boxer calls for cropped ears. While many pet owners
opt not to have this procedure, those who have their Boxers cropped must be
prepared to perform the necessary aftercare and taping to ensure the ears stand
properly. This CAN be a lengthy process.
* Finally, on the rather delicate subject of flatulence - the Boxers
digestion is sometimes less than perfect. Even when fed a high quality food, SOME
may have rather frequent and, well, noxious episodes of
passing gas. This, of course, varies with the individual and may not occur at all.
(Just don't say you weren't warned if