Adopting Boxer Dog

10 Things You Need To Know Before Adopting A Boxer

10 Things To Know About Boxers
Written by Lens And Leash

Boxers are an incredibly popular breed and for good reason. Believe it or not, things weren’t always this way though. They were actually considered to be an aggressive breed for a long period of time even though this couldn’t have been further from the truth.

These days it’s well known that Boxers are the complete opposite of aggressive. Instead, they are loving, loyal and have a heart of gold which makes them an excellent choice for someone looking to adopt a new family member.

This breed will easily become much more than just your pet. Boxers have a way of becoming a friend and companion that can always be counted on, but there are some things you should be aware of before committing to an adoption.

Adopting A Boxer

Consider These 10 Things Before Adopting

1. Boxers Are A Large Breed
2. Grooming Is A Breeze
3. Their Name Fits Them
4. Boxers Prefer To Be Warm
5. Possible Health Issues
6. They’re Excellent With Kids
7. Companionship Is A Must
8. Boxers Can Be Stubborn
9. You’ll Need Plenty Of Chew Toys
10. They Can Get A Little Sloppy

1. Boxers Are A Large Breed

Boxer Size

Boxer puppies are nothing less than adorable. However, it’s important to keep in mind that they won’t stay that small forever. You can expect male Boxers to reach a weight between 65-80 pounds. Females don’t fall too far behind. Their average weight in adulthood ranges between 50-65 pounds. Prepare yourself to have one big lap dog.

2. Grooming Is A Breeze

Grooming A Boxer

You’ll likely be pleased to learn that Boxers require very little grooming. Their short coats are to thank for this. These fur babies hardly shed, especially when they are brushed once a week. This makes them the perfect fit for someone looking for a new BFF that requires little maintenance or a family with pet allergies.

3. Their Name Fits Them

Boxers And Their Name

Watching your new buddy play is sure to put a smile on your face. The name Boxer is perfect for these guys and it won’t take you long to find out why. It’s not uncommon for them to use their front paws while they play with toys or even other dogs. Their stance also makes their name fit them perfectly as well as their barrel-shaped chest. However, unlike the boxers you see in a fight on TV, your furry little friend just wants to play and please you.

4. Boxers Prefer To Be Warm

Best Weather For Boxers

This breed isn’t really built for cold weather. Their short coat offers little protection from low temperatures. For this reason, Boxers are a lot more comfortable in a warmer climate. Don’t let this get you down if you live somewhere with long and cold winters. Just make sure you do what you can to keep them comfortable. A great place to start is a jacket that will give them some extra protection and keep them warm. One important thing to keep in mind is that a Boxer should never be kept outside in the cold, especially when there is snow and ice on the ground.

5. Possible Health Issues

Boxers And Health Concers

Boxers usually live long and healthy lives. However, there are some possible health concerns you should be aware of. For starters, this breed can be prone to an issue called Colitis which is a bowel disease. This disease negatively affects the lining of the dog’s colon which can lead to issues ranging from problems going to the bathroom to bloody and mucus-filled stools. Luckily, this issue can usually be spotted within the first two years of their life. Another thing to keep your eye out for is mobility issues later in their life. Being such an active dog, it’s not uncommon for them to develop arthritis as they grow old.

6. They’re Excellent With Kids

Boxers And Children

If you have kids at home and are a little unsure about having a Boxer around them, there’s really no need to worry. In fact, Boxers are excellent with children. The biggest concern you’ll have is your new fur baby showering your kids with kisses. The affection they show toward children is remarkable and the patience they exhibit is hard to find in other breeds. Simply put, they’re the perfect dog for a family.

7. Companionship Is A Must

Boxers Need Companionship

Boxers are incredibly loyal, and they crave attention from their humans. This is not the breed for someone who will have little to no time to spend around their furry friend. When left alone for too long, Boxers can quickly develop separation anxiety which needless to say comes with an abundance of negative outcomes.

8. Boxers Can Be Stubborn

Training A Boxer

Your new BFF may seem a little hardheaded at times, especially when it comes to training. However, this is an issue that can be worked through with enough time and patience. In the greater scheme of things, this issue is rather small when compared to all of the benefits this awesome breed has to offer. Just remember that training will require fresh ideas that are entertaining as well as rewarding for your furball.

9. You’ll Need Plenty Of Chew Toys

Boxers And Chewing

Some people may not be thrilled to hear that Boxers are notorious for chewing. The last thing any of us want is to come home and find our couch, coffee table or whatever else happens to be within their reach torn into pieces. Luckily, there is an easy fix for this. Make sure your buddy has plenty of toys to chew on. You may want to consider purchasing a food cube or a treat ball.

10. They Can Get A Little Sloppy

Boxers Can Be Messy

A Boxer’s jowls are one of the things that make this breed incredibly cute, but it’s also a physical trait that can lead to some messes. Slobber will be no stranger in your house. You’ll find yourself getting an unwelcomed bath every time they shake their head while you happen to be in the line of fire. In reality, this is a rather small inconvenience. In fact, it can be pretty funny at times.

It’s time that the misconceptions that revolve around Boxers come to an end. They were never bred to be aggressive. In fact, they truly are the exact opposite and they would make a great addition to any home.

The biggest thing you have to worry about is some minor messes. You may also find your lap becoming your furry friend’s favorite place to be, but is that really even a problem?

If you’re looking for a dog that will greet you every time you come through the door, play until they’re exhausted and show you love beyond what words can describe, a Boxer is the way to go. There’s likely one in a shelter near you. Will you give them the home they undoubtedly deserve?

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