Pros and Cons of Boxer Care

First of all, boxers, like most purebred dogs, have some very specific genetic problems as a breed. However, there are health tests that can help the breeder screen for these problems.

Second, the boxer is a high-energy breed that some people consider hyperactive. Many boxers slow down only at a very advanced age, so if you are looking for a calm, quiet dog, the boxer may not be for you. This is an important consideration when getting a pet of any kind. There will be a lot of years (if you are lucky, and have chosen your pup well) during which the boxer is not a cute little puppy. So be very sure that the adult boxer is right for you. You must be able to protect your boxer from overheating in the summer and getting too cold in the winter. The boxer is not a candidate for an outdoor dog that can live in a doghouse in the back yard.

Like all dogs, boxers need baths, nail grooming, walks, training, and cleaning up after. Luckily, boxers are very trainable, and training any dog is part and parcel of having the dog of your dreams. But you must be willing to dedicate the time that it takes. Owning a boxer, or any dog, is a lifestyle choice, so make your decision carefully.

Generally speaking, the great parts of owning a boxer are that it is an intelligent, short-coated breed that tends to be good with children and relatively easy to train if you are consistent with training. The downsides of owning a boxer are that this is a high-energy dog that is curious to the point of being nosy. Boxers can become destructive when bored and aggressive without direction and training and they have, as a breed, a number of inherited health issues.

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