The decision to get a boxer, or any pet, deserves careful consideration. No dog should be an impulse buy. It is up to the owner to provide a dog with the best care possible, which is easier if you're very sure that you truly want a boxer. You will be making a ten- to fifteen-year commitment to walks, training, veterinary bills, and food costs, so you want to be sure of your choice. This chapter includes all the information you need to know before taking the plunge.