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Old 01-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New here, please tell me all about Boxers!!

Hi, I'm new here.
I don't have a Boxer but am considering getting one. I came here to learn more about them. Tell me everything. What are they like to live with? What's good and bad about them. Health problems? How much exercise do they need?

Here's a little about myself. I'm in my late 40's and I've been active in the sport of dog agility for about 16 yrs. My partner and I train and run Boston terriers and American Eskimos. We have 2 of each. About 10 yrs ago I was deciding between either getting a Boxer or a Vizsla. I ended up going with a Vizsla because they had less health problems. My Vizsla ended up being my heart dog and I adored him. I lost him to hemingosarcoma 2 yrs ago when he was 9. It shattered me and I haven't been able to have another Vizsla.

I run and train the Bostons and I adore them so,I'm thinking I will really like a Boxer. I really need to have an honest assesment of their exercise needs. My Bostons and Eskies are active but are fine with about 30-45 minutes of exercise a day.

Thank you so much for your time and help.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Boxers have a lot of health problems, so you should look for a breeder that does the recommended health testing.
Here's a link on the recommended testing for boxers in a breeding program:

American Boxer Club: ABC Requirements for Health Screening for AKC Breeder of Merit Program

They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. A tired boxer is a well behaved boxer
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They are a different breed then any other dog I have had I won't ever go without one or two
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They are different than any other breed I have had as well. They need WAY more than 30-45 mins of exercise a day PLUS they need mental stimulation- they always need jobs to do or they get bored and do things like eat furniture or baseboards on your house. They are EXTREMELY high maintenance in their exercise needs as well as their dietary needs - usually needing to eat grainfree food due to very bad allergies and health problems. They are extremely prone to cancer, and at very young ages. And, above all- they are extremely extremely stubborn - they are always testing you in everything they do and are constantly seeing what they can get away with and testing who is boss. They are extremely smart, but in in that they require precise ruetine everyday and constant repetition on things- if you get out of the repetition and let them get away with one thing, it's hard for them to go back to it because now they know they can get away with it and will test you on it.


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Honestly, if I could go back I would never get a boxer, but that being said, I am absolutely in love with the 9 mo old we have. It's just A LOT of work, more work with this breed than any other breed I've ever owned or raised. But, knowing that you could handle a Vizlas exercise level, I think you are more than capable of handling a boxer. We go on 3 one mile walks per day and then he plays ball for 2 consecutive hrs at night. If he ever lays down we think something is wrong with him- not kidding - it just doesn't happen.


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Well I don't have the same experience as others. My boxer is a couch potato. She would Mich rather chill on the couch with me than exercise. I try to take her out a couple hours a week and that keeps her happy and out of trouble for the most part. Boxers in general need quite a bit of exercise but it depends on the individual dog. My boxer has been a dream to train. Not stubborn at all and very praise oriented. Though she does often 'talk back' when I tell her to do something.. She is very smart which is common of boxers. They are highly intelligent.

They are the eternal puppy. They are 60 lb + lap dogs (I started out with a no furniture rule until I realized she would not be happy unless she could lay with me). They are prone to health issues- allergies, cancer, heart problems, etc. Many have sensitive tummies and do well on grain free or raw food.
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Phone posted too soon.

They are unlike any breed out there. Many refer to them as a mixed breed- half human half boxer. Lol. They will make you laugh and smile all day. Be your best friend and have an uncanny talent of reading moods and knowing what you need and how they should behave.

I will never own another breed.
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I guess I have been lucky. Mattie has been great indoors and out since she finished puppy training. Yes she can be hard headed sometimes but a few days of extra leash training and all is back to normal. We have the advantage of living on an acreage so she has a ton of room to run. Would I ever go without having a boxer in my house? Never again.
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Mine are not high maintenance at all they entertain them selfs lay on my lap an give me lots of love
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I'm a new boxer owner, mine is 4.5 months old and we got her at 9 weeks. But she is the sweetest, most lovable dog. I'm very glad we decided on a boxer when we were researching different breeds. Serena is very intelligent but she can be stubborn at times. She is very praise oriented, and has been fairly easy to train so far. Puppy kindergarten really helped to socialize her with other dogs and she will be starting basic obedience class at the end of January.

I've never owned a dog before her, so I can't compare her energy level against other breeds. Sometimes she is a total couch potato but overall she is active and loves to play. I find that mental stimulation (such as practicing commands) is just as important for her, and as tiring too, as physical exercise.

In my opinion, boxers are a joy!
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