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Old 01-10-2020, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I apologize if this has been a thread posted already but I browsed thru a few pages and didn't see one (very possible I just missed it)

I was just curious how you decided a boxer was for you and your family.

I would say I am relatively new to the boxer world. I have only owned them since Nov 2010. I had always had golden retrievers and labs growing up. I got a wild hair one day and started looking at puppies. Looked at english bulldogs but I couldn't really find any that I liked. My moms bf at the time was getting thinking of rehoming one of his boxers and I loved the dog he was rehoming.

So I searched for boxer puppies and found my fawn female Baylee (passed away this past weekend Jan 4th 2020 she was almost 10) A few months later I had a second boxer Brodee, he was a sealed brindle. I got stationed in England so I had to leave my pups behind until they could get shipped over 6 months later.

The family and I got restless and missed our pups. We needed a nother member in the house with us so we got Nova our classic brindle female. First experience with a tail and it took time to get use to. I was your typical American "Boxers are not suppose to have tails, they look so funny and weird" Obviously I got use to it haha. Well I wanted to show so we bred Nova to get our flashy brindle male Newton to show. Tons of fun. I am trying to get back into the ring here in Fl. Currently looking for the right pup to get it going again. Sadly we only have the 2 boxers left Nova and Newton. Brodee passed away from cancer at the age of 3, and you know of Baylee from above.

So lets here your story of how you chose the boxer breed.
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Well we didn't choose the breed. We were given a white boxer puppy as a wedding present from a guy that my husband worked with at the time. We named her Lily and fell in love. There were a lot of trials and tribulations with us both working a lot and living in an apartment but we took her on long walks as often as possible and took her places to be off leash as much as possible so she could get those zoomies out. We fell in love with the goofiness and love that she gave us and decided that the boxer was the breed for us! We added another boxer to keep her company while we were at work all day and named him Sage (plant themed names lol)

Now I have to say that we have not had good luck with our boxers. We feed them the best food we can and take them to the vet for anything that alarms us. Lily died at 5 years old. It was never clear what happened to her neck but we think it was either a tumor or a blown disc and she was in a LOT of pain. We tried intensive anti inflammatory medication with hospital stay for a week (to keep her calm) it was all we could afford at the time. She never got better and we had to let her go.

We got Grimm a few months later. He has been special needs from the get go. He has neuro issues but since he's been on thyroid medication it's gotten a little better. He's 5 years old right now.

We got Astrid a couple years later from a backyard breeder in MS. We shouldn't have done it, but we really wanted a puppy. She just recovered from TPLO surgery and seems to be doing great- she's 2.

Sage died last May at 7 years old from a heart tumor. Our hearts were broken because we got him from a good breeder and thought we had a long time with him.

A couple months after Sage died, we decided to get another puppy to play with Astrid. Grimm doesn't play. So we got Ivan from a euro boxer breeder. His parents are champions in Ukraine.

We just can't live without the goofiness of boxers! I love they are velcro dogs and follows us from room to room. I love how majestic they look when they run. I love how they play. I love how they love everyone!
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Well we didn't choose the breed. We were given a white boxer puppy as a wedding present from a guy that my husband worked with at the time. We named her Lily and fell in love. There were a lot of trials and tribulations with us both working a lot and living in an apartment but we took her on long walks as often as possible and took her places to be off leash as much as possible so she could get those zoomies out. We fell in love with the goofiness and love that she gave us and decided that the boxer was the breed for us! We added another boxer to keep her company while we were at work all day and named him Sage (plant themed names lol)

Now I have to say that we have not had good luck with our boxers. We feed them the best food we can and take them to the vet for anything that alarms us. Lily died at 5 years old. It was never clear what happened to her neck but we think it was either a tumor or a blown disc and she was in a LOT of pain. We tried intensive anti inflammatory medication with hospital stay for a week (to keep her calm) it was all we could afford at the time. She never got better and we had to let her go.

We got Grimm a few months later. He has been special needs from the get go. He has neuro issues but since he's been on thyroid medication it's gotten a little better. He's 5 years old right now.

We got Astrid a couple years later from a backyard breeder in MS. We shouldn't have done it, but we really wanted a puppy. She just recovered from TPLO surgery and seems to be doing great- she's 2.

Sage died last May at 7 years old from a heart tumor. Our hearts were broken because we got him from a good breeder and thought we had a long time with him.

A couple months after Sage died, we decided to get another puppy to play with Astrid. Grimm doesn't play. So we got Ivan from a euro boxer breeder. His parents are champions in Ukraine.

We just can't live without the goofiness of boxers! I love they are velcro dogs and follows us from room to room. I love how majestic they look when they run. I love how they play. I love how they love everyone!

I wouldn't say I haven't had bad luck but We do go to the vet for anything that alarms us as well.

Brodee was our sick puppy really from the day we got him. Ill save the gross examples but we could have given him back to the breeder but it just didn't feel right. We only got 3 short yrs with him. Baylee I never had to take except for her annual shots. My other 2 have been in for small infections and such but other than that I have had best and worst case health.
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Always loved the look of boxers, but usually had rescue dogs. Last dog was a golden and once he passed, it was the right time.

Also wanted a dog that was extremely active.
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We have had lab mixes in the past and they were good family dogs. I'm not sure exactly how the boxer got on our radar, but I've always liked how they look. When our youngest son was about 4 we had a friend of a friend re-homing a boxer and we really wanted to take him but we couldn't. A few years later my husband kept telling our son he could get a dog and we knew labs were good family pets, but we were also very interested in a boxer. We did more research on them and we knew we'd probably be the primary care givers, so we didn't give him a choice on breed. We told our son he could have a boxer or a boxer- but he could pick it.

Long story short- I love the brindle and my son and husband prefer fawn. We went to pick out a puppy from a new litter that were only about 2 weeks old. My son wanted the big boy (now Tundra, fawn) and while we were holding various puppies, I held Jax and I didn't want to put him down. It's to my husbands credit that we got two. Littermates. We didn't know anything about littermate syndrome and I guess we are lucky that our boys have bonded very well with us.

We wanted a family oriented, playful, loving, trainable breed. We didn't want a protector (like a GSD) or a breed that tends to strongly favor one family member. I will say that Jax is by far more bonded with me, but he'll happily sit on anyone's lap and loves people. Tundra is a big baby/ cuddle bug and he loves everyone too and will happily sit/lay on you if you let him. Bandit is a bit skiddish of new people, but he's wide open at home and while I'd say my husband is his human, he will gladly push his way into my lap too.

Boxers are not right for everyone for sure, but they are right for us- slobber, gas and all.
This site has made me very aware that every day with them is precious and to appreciate the moments.
We have had a couple of lumps removed- none malignant yet. Tundra has a couple of big skin tags that will be removed soon.
We've had our share of allergy issues, colds, a broken toe, hives, and Bandit was cryptorchid and got an infection after being neutered. That was a scary time...it was over two years ago now.
I love that when I get home, they jump up and down to see me and wiggle and bring toys and talk....I couldn't imagine it any other way....

As we age we know we may have to go to a smaller breed to be able to physically manage a dog.....I vote for adopting a sr boxer instead, but my husband is not on board with that yet....I'm still working on it.....
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We have had lab mixes in the past and they were good family dogs. I'm not sure exactly how the boxer got on our radar, but I've always liked how they look. When our youngest son was about 4 we had a friend of a friend re-homing a boxer and we really wanted to take him but we couldn't. A few years later my husband kept telling our son he could get a dog and we knew labs were good family pets, but we were also very interested in a boxer. We did more research on them and we knew we'd probably be the primary care givers, so we didn't give him a choice on breed. We told our son he could have a boxer or a boxer- but he could pick it.

Long story short- I love the brindle and my son and husband prefer fawn. We went to pick out a puppy from a new litter that were only about 2 weeks old. My son wanted the big boy (now Tundra, fawn) and while we were holding various puppies, I held Jax and I didn't want to put him down. It's to my husbands credit that we got two. Littermates. We didn't know anything about littermate syndrome and I guess we are lucky that our boys have bonded very well with us.

We wanted a family oriented, playful, loving, trainable breed. We didn't want a protector (like a GSD) or a breed that tends to strongly favor one family member. I will say that Jax is by far more bonded with me, but he'll happily sit on anyone's lap and loves people. Tundra is a big baby/ cuddle bug and he loves everyone too and will happily sit/lay on you if you let him. Bandit is a bit skiddish of new people, but he's wide open at home and while I'd say my husband is his human, he will gladly push his way into my lap too.

Boxers are not right for everyone for sure, but they are right for us- slobber, gas and all.
This site has made me very aware that every day with them is precious and to appreciate the moments.
We have had a couple of lumps removed- none malignant yet. Tundra has a couple of big skin tags that will be removed soon.
We've had our share of allergy issues, colds, a broken toe, hives, and Bandit was cryptorchid and got an infection after being neutered. That was a scary time...it was over two years ago now.
I love that when I get home, they jump up and down to see me and wiggle and bring toys and talk....I couldn't imagine it any other way....

As we age we know we may have to go to a smaller breed to be able to physically manage a dog.....I vote for adopting a sr boxer instead, but my husband is not on board with that yet....I'm still working on it.....
I dealt with the broken toe. It was his first picnic on the 4th of July and he decided to run full speed across a deck, well one of his toes got caught between boards. He was 5-6 months old and the vet said no exercise except slow walking for 10-14 days, I actually laughed at her.

This was our treatment, frozen peas.lol
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I was into German Shepherds originally, my parents had nice Euro German Shepherds so I had two of them one I did tracking work with and took him as far as I could with obedience but sadly I lost him to bloat. Then I got a female shepherd from another line and I did Search and Rescue with her went everywhere with her did incredible things together when she passed away at 12 I knew I would never find another one like her some time after that I heard about a boxer puppy that needed a home she had not been cared for had terrible parasites' infections ect. She needed a home and I needed a dog and a new love was formed. I found boxers to be some of the best friends I have ever had they are not serious about much are always happy and playful but still so loyal and devoted to the ones they love I have never seen a breed like this one and I will forever (or as long as I can keep up with one) have one. They are so intelligent too. I have had 6 now in my life my first one lived to be 13, then the next one a male lived to be 10 he got a brain tumor and that was terrible, the next two my female had food allergy problems and AIHA which almost killed her she also tore her knee but then she got DCM and I lost her at 7 same for my 3 year old male. I now have a 2 yr old girl and almost one year old boy they are my heart and we are happy again so far so good and I'm not looking for any trouble but one thing I have learned is love them everyday as much as you can because you never know but that goes for all things not just dogs!
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I had a dog phobia all my life, however as I love the great outdoors so much (running, hiking, mountain biking etc), I had to do something about it as every time I bumped into an off lead dog I went into a mini panic (I look back and laugh at that now - what was I thinking?)

Anyway... I decided the best and only way to get over this fear would be to get my own dog.

I researched for well over 6 months reading articles, watching videos, talking to people etc. I knew I loved the look of Boxers but needed to find out more about living with one.

Whenever I told people that's the breed I wanted they said NO!

Not suitable as a first dog
Too big
Too crazy
Too stubborn
Too strong
Too goofy
Too hyper
The list of reasons not to get a Boxer was endless

The more I read the clearer it became that generally those who had Boxers destroying the house and acting crazy - were those who were not very active and not giving their Boxer enough physical and mental stimulation.

A bit about me. I'm a fitness fanatic. Very high energy, love anything physical, I'm getting older but refuse to slow down (people generally think I'm 15 years younger than I really am!). I live with my small grown up family, and I work from home most the time so I'm almost always around. In my mind I had the perfect environment and opportunity to give a great home to a Boxer.

The search for the right puppy began, however, for some unknown reason I always wanted a boy. Didn't care what colour - or flashy or not. Just had to be a boy (never even considered a female it never crossed my mind as an option.)

So eventually found a lady with some pups. Went to see her. Good news she had 4 beautiful boxer pups left. Bad news she was keeping the 3 remaining boys and the only one available was a girl!!!!!!!!!

Me and my family instantly fell in love with this 12week old little lady. We picked her up the following week.

2.5 years later and my only regret is that I waited so long (into my 40s!!!), before getting a dog; and funnily if I got another one I'd choose a female (I'm converted).

I rarely see other Boxers on walks in the UK, but when I do... It's almost like they know they are the same breed. They play very differently with each other and it's beautiful to watch.

I had considered other breeds - and also really liked the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They seem just as bonkers and high energy as the Boxer, but are a much bigger hound.

There is just something about the noble bearing of the Boxer. Where strength and power, meets elegance and beauty.




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LOL I always had German Shepherds, my first was a WL from German import Schutzhund, best dog I ever had and very well trained thru lots of obedience within a GSD club. I learned a lot. As a child we also had GSD, though probably not well bred. I later got into Rottweilers, I had very good experience with those too. I had my last one about 20 years ago but we moved into a sub division, first time for me and most people were afraid of rotties? Initially we even had some minor issues with the HOA for owning a Rottweiler but they had no breed specific rules so it later became a mute point. Every year our homeowners insurance co had something to say about supposed dangerous breeds so after our last one passed away I wanted another big dog that could look intimidating, lol sense the boxer. Not knowing all the health issues we bought from well sort of a BYB although I think she was a good breeder, use to show her dogs, cared well for them but did not do health testing. Kai technically belongs to my adult daughter and I must say he is her emotional support dog so if she moves he will go with her. Hense my standard poodle.. After learning all the health issues boxers have I searched and could not find a 2nd suitable boxer that I wouldn't be worrying what if...and this poodle just happened to find me. all health tested from reputable breeder. So now I have two larger sized dogs. I wouldn't have gotten the 2nd if I weren't aging out but I want to be in a position to train it while healthy and I also wanted a walking partner.
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I had a dog phobia all my life, however as I love the great outdoors so much (running, hiking, mountain biking etc), I had to do something about it as every time I bumped into an off lead dog I went into a mini panic (I look back and laugh at that now - what was I thinking?)

Anyway... I decided the best and only way to get over this fear would be to get my own dog.

I researched for well over 6 months reading articles, watching videos, talking to people etc. I knew I loved the look of Boxers but needed to find out more about living with one.

Whenever I told people that's the breed I wanted they said NO!

Not suitable as a first dog
Too big
Too crazy
Too stubborn
Too strong
Too goofy
Too hyper
The list of reasons not to get a Boxer was endless

The more I read the clearer it became that generally those who had Boxers destroying the house and acting crazy - were those who were not very active and not giving their Boxer enough physical and mental stimulation.

A bit about me. I'm a fitness fanatic. Very high energy, love anything physical, I'm getting older but refuse to slow down (people generally think I'm 15 years younger than I really am!). I live with my small grown up family, and I work from home most the time so I'm almost always around. In my mind I had the perfect environment and opportunity to give a great home to a Boxer.

The search for the right puppy began, however, for some unknown reason I always wanted a boy. Didn't care what colour - or flashy or not. Just had to be a boy (never even considered a female it never crossed my mind as an option.)

So eventually found a lady with some pups. Went to see her. Good news she had 4 beautiful boxer pups left. Bad news she was keeping the 3 remaining boys and the only one available was a girl!!!!!!!!!

Me and my family instantly fell in love with this 12week old little lady. We picked her up the following week.

2.5 years later and my only regret is that I waited so long (into my 40s!!!), before getting a dog; and funnily if I got another one I'd choose a female (I'm converted).

I rarely see other Boxers on walks in the UK, but when I do... It's almost like they know they are the same breed. They play very differently with each other and it's beautiful to watch.

I had considered other breeds - and also really liked the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They seem just as bonkers and high energy as the Boxer, but are a much bigger hound.

There is just something about the noble bearing of the Boxer. Where strength and power, meets elegance and beauty.




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Sometimes you just know what the right dog is for you. I think you definitely picked the right dog! I don't think you will be happy with any other kind either (just saying) I know I wouldn't be. As far as Rhodesian Ridgebacks I would not even consider those where I live there is a large running community and it seems everyone has to have one, well just about every one we have encountered has been either trying to bite me or my dogs and have just generally been aggressive! You picked a beautiful girl and she will be something you can be proud of for years to come, boxers also love to exercise that was one of the reasons I chose them, I love being outside and going on long walks in the woods so they are perfect for that. The only problem we have is summer it gets so hot and humid here it makes it hard on us to enjoy being outside but I don't guess it gets that hot in the UK?
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