Facts to know before Adopting a Boxer
The Boxer is the clown of the dog world. These highly intelligent and majestic animals make every task seem simple. There are, however, a few facts that everyone should know before adopting this magnificent breed.
High energy levels.
Given the opportunity, most Boxers will run and play all day. A Boxer that does not receive enough exercise to burn off energy will start to develop behavioural issues.
Boxers are intelligent.
Show a Boxer how to do something a couple of times and they have it down pat for life. This is especially helpful when establishing a routine. However, let a Boxer find out how to do something that he shouldn’t be doing, and you will spend your days trying to break this habit.
Training from a young age is essential with this breed. An untrained Boxer is a danger to the family and society.
Boxers can jump.
Those long hind legs and muscled hindquarters allow for a great leap. It is not unusual for a Boxer to be able to jump in excess of 6 feet. If they cannot jump out of their yard, they will try to dig their way out. Strong, tall fencing is a must for keeping any Boxer in.
Boxers have strong jaws.
The Boxer was bred to bite and hold bears, wild boar and bulls. The grip strength that they have is incredible, making the life-span of toys rather short. Purchasing long-lasting toys that a Boxer will like usually becomes trial and error.
Also, the beef marrow bones that so many dogs love to chew on are not necessarily a good idea for a Boxer. Those sharp teeth and strong jaws can quickly bite through and splinter these bones.
Boxers are lonely dogs.
The Boxer is at home at your feet. He will want to be wherever you are, whether in the car, on the couch or even in the shower! Even if there are other dogs in the family, most Boxers would rather be with their owner than their own kind.
If your dog is going to be left alone for long periods of time, it is best to either choose a different breed or find a doggy day care centre.
Boxers require regular grooming.
Most people believe that a short coat means little in the way of grooming. This is not the case with the Boxer. These dogs seem to shed small amounts of fur all year round, so require brushing at least weekly to remove any dead hair.
The toe-nails of the Boxer also grow quickly and require trimming at least every six weeks. Also, floppy ears means that dirt can build up and cause painful infections, so their ears need to be cleaned out every week.
Due to having a short coat, and a sleek, fit body, the Boxer does not cope in extreme conditions. They have no way of keeping themselves warm in cold weather, and struggle to stay cool in hot weather, so they should be kept indoors.
Health issues of the Boxer.
Mast Cell Tumours.
Although not exclusive to Boxers, Mast Cell tumours are particular nasty. This tumour can form on any part of the dogs body and may not be noticed for a long time. Due to these tumours needing a large amount of blood to survive and grow, it is not uncommon to find them with a large tap root extending into a major artery or vein.
The removal of a tumour is a delicate procedure, with the veterinary surgeon required to take not only the tumour and tap root, but also at least 2 centimetres of flesh surrounding the tumour. This is not always possible (especially if the tumour is on a leg) or successful.
Problems with breeding.
Due to their square heads, many Boxers require veterinary assisted births in order to have their puppies. There is also a high instance of uterine inertia in this breed.
Boxers are a fantastic breed of dog. With a competent, consistent trainer, plenty of exercise and regular check-ups to ensure they remain healthy, they are the perfect dog for an active family.