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Things to consider before getting a boxer

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There are some important things to consider before getting a boxer dog. Boxers are not suitable for everyone and we strongly advise that you research the breed thoroughly before getting a puppy or adopting one.

Choosing the right breed for you and your family is incredibly important when deciding to get a new dog. There are several factors to consider including your lifestyle and circumstances, size, age, financial costs, activity levels and training requirements.

Energy Levels

Boxers are high-energy dogs that require daily exercise of at least 60 minutes; they are often described as having ‘endless energy’.

Mental and physical stimulation

Mental and physical stimulation is essential for boxers. They are a very intelligent breed that need to be kept occupied and stimulation to avoid unwanted behavioural problems, which require a lot of hard working and training to reverse.

Health Conditions

Boxers suffer from a number of serious health issues. Cancers, heart conditions, hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament ruptures, allergies, skin problems, eye ulcers and mast cell tumors are just some of the common issues faced by boxers. Pet Insurance is essential for boxer owners as these conditions can be recurring, very expensive and at times require on-going lifetime treatment.

Boxers are prone to stomach problems and require a diet of high quality food. This can be expensive and often requires a lot of ‘trial and error’ to find a food that agrees with them. Pancreatitis, Bloat/Gastric Torsion, Inflamed Bowel and colitis are very common problems reported by boxer owners. These can usually be managed with a special diet and consultation with a vet.

Separation issues

Separation issues are common with boxers. A large number of boxers do not cope well when left for long periods and some cannot be left alone at all. Boxers are not independent dogs and tend to follow owners everywhere they go and thrive on human contact. Denying a boxer of the attention it craves can lead to unwelcome behaviours like, urinating, chewing, digging, barking anytime the dog is left alone.

Socialisation

Without proper socialisation from birth boxers can develop a number of temperament and behavioural issues – fear aggression and dog aggression are issues we encounter frequently.

Cleanliness

Boxers are not the cleanest dogs – they love getting dirty, rolling in smelly stuff, shed hair, they slobber and have eye gunk (which every boxer owner will tell you ends up on the walls, doors and furniture).

Children

While some boxers are patient and well mannered with children, many are not and are not suitable to live with children. Boxers are energetic, boisterous and over enthusiastic and have a tendency to knock children over and jump up on them when excited. Caution should be exercised at all times with dogs and children.

Lap dogs

Despite being a large breed, Boxers like to think they are lap dogs and love nothing better than sitting on your knee or beside you on the sofa.

If you are considering adding a boxer to your family, we advise that you conduct extensive research into the breed before making a decision. Feel free to contact us on 01324 430047 or at info@adoptaboxer.co.uk, for more information as we are more than happy to advise and answer any questions you may have.