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.