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Hi! I'm rather seriously considering taking on a female boxer puppy as a pet!  Please any reasons NOT to?  Or possible breed issuse not including health?
I think I've already fallen in love with the puppy and visited her a few times but what else would in your experience a reason to choose this breed above any other?
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If you can handle a VERY high energy breed who constantly wants to be with their owner and who needs lots of exercise and attention, then a boxer is good for you.  They are very intelligent, and as such have a very short attention span, so they  need you to give them several  fun, short training sessions everyday.  They love children and mine tend to be great with other animals.
 

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OMG, there is no reason to not get a boxer, once you get one boxer you'll be hooked for life! They are the most amazing breed of dog I've ever met.  They are the most affectionate breed I've been around, they are so goofy and funny they love attention and affection! Boz does the craziest things and I just laugh.  He is so happy when we get home, just goes crazy and prances around with whatever he can pick up off the floor in his mouth showing it off!  They play hard and nap just as hard.  Boz always has to be hanging around one of us, when we are in seperate rooms he'll walk from room to room trying to figure out how to be close to both of us.  I think you've come to the wrong place to look for reason to not get a boxer! We are all so addicted!
 
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boxers aren't for everyone...I know my mother couldn't handle either of my dogs full time...my aunt and uncle couldn't handle them for more than a visit.  they are very hyper...very active...and exuberant.  They can and do jump up often, which you have to break.  Sometimes, even though I love my babies sooo much, I do get annoyed with them and wonder if I was insane for getting two of them.  at the end of everyday though, I am thankful for both of my babies and I will prolly own a boxer for the rest of my life.  They are great dogs...but not for everyone...especially if you are very busy and not home a lot.  Bo's previous owner worked 12+ hour days and Bo was crated for over 16 hours a day...he was hyper active when we first got him, and lost weight due to all the new exercise he got...if you don't have time to play and work with them, they aren't for you.  If you work long long hours and you can't hire a dog walker/doggy daycare they aren't for you.  But if you are willing to deal with their hyper active nature, exercise them, and love them, they are for you.  I always try to tell people honestly about the breed.  there are so many unwanted boxers out there because people don't think about the true nature of the dog, get them and can't deal with them.  so it's best to know what they are like before you actually buy one.
 

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There is a reason Boxers are called class clowns, they never totally grow up, which is one of the many reasons I love them. :) Boxers are very people orientated, they need to be with their skin peeps, they are also inside dogs as well...Yes they do need exercise, but there are many ways to get that..Not all Boxers are like "dogs on pogo stick" but definitely expect a more high energy dog...On the downside(yes there is a downside), they drool  :lol: , no one told me that before i got my first one, there are a few health issues that are prevelant to the breed, so one of the first questions to ask the breeder is whether the parents are completely health tested, hips, heart etc...That ensures that your new pup has a good start in life...The males tend to be empaths(at least mine have been) and the females the troublemakers, always instigating. Good luck, if you feel that a Boxer is right for you, read the Sticky topics in the breeding section, there is some great information that you may want to take with you to the breeder and don't be afraid to ask tons of questions!
 

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Hey Willow, just a quick question on the drooling issue. I have had the experience of being around Boxer breeders for about 20 years, and although the mess coming  from a good drink of water was to be expected, I asked each and every breeder if the parent had dry flews, or had the drooling issue. I took a pass on the droolers, but wondered if you had heard of people trying also to breed this trait out of the dog.
I will admit that all my dogs in the heat of the summer had the most hilariuos tongue issue though..it often looked like they were carrying a dinner plate instead of a tongue...LOL. Just didn't want to scare the possible new member away from this fantastic breed, because I have seen Mastiff's and St Bernards that looked like a foam factory with exertion!
Sorry to hijack the thread!!
 

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Kash has huge jowels.  He is not a drooler, but does carry water in those puppies when he drinks.  Hanna - no issues what so ever.  I think it all depends on the dog, but I would not IMO compare them to St. Bernards!
 

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I think Willow (samsonsmom) gave you some good information but just a few more pluses WooWoos and beaning.  Kiah will only drool when I am eating or preparing food.  She does froth when playing hard, so when she shakes you better watch out; I would not have her any other way and will never have any other breed but a boxer.
 

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My two cents would be that once you have a Boxer, you will always have Boxers. They are clowns and have tons of personality, get along great with kids, and can be great protectors but most have very easy going temperments in my experience. They are high energy dogs and require exercise, mental stimulation, and interaction. My sister has a Rottie and there is a huge difference in the energy levels between the two. Her Rottie is content just laying around with the occassional play whereas mine are content with 24/7 play and very rarely laying around
 

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I've been around St Bernard's and NO WAY can you compare Boxer drools to that!!! Funny thing, it seems my males have drooled more than my females, but I hadn't heard anything about breeding it out..I think the jowels(size of) may have something to do with it, not sure tho.....Besides, I figure that's what towels and washclothes were made for, cleaning up drool  :lol:
 

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OH! I am so sorry if I stated that wrong everyone!! I didn't mean to compare our dogs to St Bernards. I just was refering to the sometimes foamy drool they get, that I have seen some boxers "toss" when they shake their heads... ( hanging MY head in shame ) sorry to all our dogs..drooly or not..love you ALL!!!
BTW..yes, I did find out the dryer boxers are breed with tighter flews as a preventative for the slop..maybe its a show thing I guess.
Once again..I am so sorry to all!!
 

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[quote="samsonsmom\";p=\"91067":28sg8u63]Besides, I figure that's what towels and washclothes were made for, cleaning up drool
 
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they are stubborn ESPECIALLY as teenagers...My Jetta is going through her teenage phase, lol
 
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