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I am the proud owner of two boxers. The girl pictured below is almost two years old, and I have a ten week old male right now.
They are by far the best dogs I have ever had. They learn fast if you take the time to work with them. I had my male sitting on command in about ten minutes of work. He mastered down in five minutes last night. They require a lot of attention when they are young. I have not had chewing problems with either of my boxers, but they do have each other to chew on, and I keep the deer antler chews available at all times. I crate trained my female and she never goes in her crate anymore. I leave her out in the house all day long and she doesn't bother anything. The male is still house training so he gets locked up.
They can best be described as energetic in bursts. They will play hard and then sleep it off, play hard and then sleep it off. My female has become very territorial of our house, but in public she is friendly to everyone and every dog she meets. They are very affectionate dogs and get so excited to see you they can't contain themselves. It makes coming home each night an event. I highly recommend you get one or two. You won't be disappointed.
Down Sides: They are prone to tumors and heart issues. They shed pretty bad. They often have horrendous gas, but you can find a food that sets well with your boxer. They do drool a little, but mine only do so when food is present.
Cliff Notes vesion: Buy a Boxer
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Have had my boxer for 5 years. Anyone that meets him makes a comment about how he's almost human. Very intelligent and extremely loyal and best of all patient with kids. He did what I call clean up work in my backyard the first 6 months by uprooting plants, but never tore any couch cushions or anything like that. Best advice I could give is spend as much time with them as possible and your boxer will do whatever you want. My boxer doesn't slobber at all but I've heard that's rare. Am going to bread him just to keep one of his puppies. Oh, and he was potty trained in 4 days!
Great dogs... if they are going to be inside... and you like your possesions... KENNEL
should I get a puppy or get one thats a little older?
Get a puppy if you have the time to spend with it and can accept the fact it may do some chewing. I'm not a dog expert but pretty sure any puppy is capable of doing some chewing. Having the puppy allows you to teach it what you expect from it as your pet instead of possibly bringing in a dog with bad habits from a previous owner.
Now that you mention it, my female boxer was bad about digging up plants.....ate clean through a lime tree one day. All that was left of it was about 6 inches sticking out of the ground. It was only certain plants though. We just put a small decorative fence around them and she leaves them alone now.
Get a puppy. No bad habits developed from previous owners etc. You can raise them right and set the standards for them early.
These are my two...Sadie is 11 months now, and our rescue, Duke, is 6 months. They are definitely full of energy and are very curious. Duke will definitely take off with anything we leave on the floor, but niether of them mess with the furniture. These are my first boxers and I'm very happy with them. They are very loving and great around friends and family when they come over. Let me know if you have any other questions!
This post was edited by rwhite4ua 14 months ago
If you get one, get 2 or another dog, I have had 2 of them at separate times. They are fantastic dogs but they like to dig your yard up and they get nervous and lonely when you leave, hence the 2nd dog. One of mine tore up everything when we left and she was the quiet one.
I dream of a day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
This. Every boxer I've seen is an absolute moron.
Puppy. This type of dog will only have one master.
Get a Weimmy..
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I have two boxers, best dogs ever. Both great and well behaved, smart, learn quick. You just have to make sure that you are the dominant one and they know it. If not, they will run all over you
I have a dachshund now
puppy it will be. thanks for advice everyone
Should be fine then
gotcha. The people that I know that have boxers have said nothing but great things about them (backed up by what people have said in this thread)
my brother raised them. he was all about them.
they are complete morons.
just remember, if you do get one, that re re will never learn that you might have a glass section in the screen door. I advise you to keep your inner door shut because he will be such a moron that he will run into that glass over and over and over and over.
be warned. they are dumber than the NCAA
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Congrats! They are great dogs, Barny is right they are kinda stupid and hard to train so you have to be very firm. It takes about 2 years to train them but they are fun and they live for their owners.
I have 2 dachshounds with my boxer, they are like brother and sisters. They love each other!
Girlfriend has a boxer, I was never very familiar with them before her and it's hands down the most intelligent dog I have ever been around.
Lots of energy? Yes, TONS.....they will need a big yard to run around in or you will have to take it on lots of walks. Never had 1 problem with her chewing on anything she isn't supposed to.
good stuff guys
If you have the time to spend with them, they are the best damn dogs. My aunt & uncle had them growing up, they lived out in the country and had them with coonhounds. The boxers thought they were hounds (treeing any critter around). I was a kid around those dogs and every one of them (went through 2 during my childhood) was 100% perfect for a kid (gentle with kid, protective, tollerant and playful).
When I finally got a dog as an adult, I got a boxer. She is damn near the best thing in the world (behind wife and son...?). I got her at about 7 weeks old and she was potty trained by 10 weeks old. She had a brief period of chewing a lot of things (like every other puppy I have had/been around). I spend a lot of time with her (not now on deployment obviously). My parents are taking care of her right now (toddler and 2 dogs was a bit much for my working wife). I went home for R&R and BS to anyone who says dogs have no sense of time. Dixie (boxer) basically tackled me and wouldn't stop wiggling and washing my face/arm/anything she could lick for like 5 minutes.
Everyone of them (Dixie and my unlces) were smart (not like the GSDs my parents had or our Catahoula, but easy to train) and loving dogs that loved nothing more than being with their family. She is naturally great with kids (gentle with little ones and tollerant of my toddler crawling on her; and willing to play rough with big kids and adults). You couldn't make that dog bite a human (well maybe if you grabbed my mom roughly - she loves her). She is phenomenal at catching frisbees (highest catch is over my head and I'm 6'3"), knows sit, down, stay, leave it, turn around, selective calling (both dogs in a sit stay)...and it didn't take a lot of work.
Bottom line: if you have time and want a dog that wants to be near you; a boxer is for you. If you plan on leaving him/her out in the yard (alone in the house) and spend little time with them, a boxer is a bad idea. They are full of energy and fairly bright, so a bored boxer spells trouble. That might be why she hasn't been any trouble for me.
Cons: cancer and some have skin/allergy issues. If you get a female, have her spayed before she comes into heat, that reduces the cancer risk by 50%. Most allergy issues (mine doesn't have them) can be solved with the right food.
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