They’re Loyal, They’re Energetic, They’re Boxer dogs!

Ask anybody who is a boxer parent and they’ll tell you the Boxer is the definition of loyalty that is the perfect family pet.

But becoming a boxer dog parent is a big commitment and should not be taken lightly. This guide is here to help those understand the breed before welcoming a new boxer to their home.

There are a lot of theories about why Boxers are called Boxer dogs.

But in reality, nobody really knows the true origin of the breed name.

Most commonly, the name “Boxer” supposedly derived from the breed’s tendency to play by standing on its hind legs and “boxing” with its front paws.

However, this theory is unlikely when we look at German translations of the word. Most likely, the name comes from either the word ‘Boxl’ – a name sometimes given to the Bullenbeisser or, it could simply come from the names of one of the very first known specimens of the breed – Lechner’s Box.

The Boxer dog traces its roots to Germany in the 19th century. Bred from the now extinct Bullenbeisser, a dog of Mastiff descent, and British Bulldogs brought in from the UK.

first boxer dogs

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The foundation of the boxer breed was meticulously documented at the time, starting when George Alt mated a brindle-coloured female dog named Flora with a dog of unknown ancestry, known simply as “Boxer”. The resulting pregnancy produced a fawn-and-white male, named Lechner’s Box.

Lechner’s Box was then mated with his own dam Flora, and one of its offspring was a female dog called Alt’s Schecken. George Alt mated Schecken with a Bulldog named Dr. Toneissen’s Tom to produce the historically significant dog Mühlbauer’s Flocki – known as the first-ever boxer.

Flocki’s sister, a white female, was bred with Lechner’s Box grandson and the resulting puppy was a particoloured female named Meta von der Passage, who is considered to of played the most important role of the five original ancestors. Great bloodlines in the boxer breed can all trace directly back to this female.

Once the Boxer dog breed was established, people discovered they weren’t just good at hunting, but also made vigilant guard dogs and intelligent military dogs too.

Boxer dogs got their big break as companion pets at the end of WW2 when soldiers returning from Germany took them home as family pets.

The rest, as they say, is history.

So you want a boxer dog?

So you think you and your family may be ready to become a boxer dog parent?

You love the humor your pet brings.

And you thought, how more can I engage this delight on four legs?

You are in the right place.

This article is the ultimate guide you need to be the best parent of a boxer dog ever.

And if this is your first time acquiring a boxer, this guide will help you make the best decisions.

In essence, you will find all there is to know about your beautiful, furry pet.

That said,

let’s get into the details already.

Quick Facts About Boxer dogs

Other names – people also call boxers Deutscher or German Boxers. The reason for that is because the breeds are from Germany.
Popularity – boxers are quite famous among pet lovers. They might not be the top dog favorite but are one of the top 50. Also, they are KC-recognised (Kennel Club).
Lifespan – a boxer dog can live up to 12 years.
Height and weight – a male boxer can grow as tall as 63cm and weigh up to 32kg. On the other hand, the female can reach a max height of 59cm and 27kg in weight.

Meet The Zoomies Master

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The Good

  • Boxers are fun (the zoomies) masters. They will delight you with comical dances.
  • Boxer dogs love without holding back. They love to hang around you. Nonetheless, they can averagely tolerate being alone.
  • Boxers can be protective. As such, they make effective watchdogs.
  • Boxer dogs are intelligent and affectionate. They can tell when a stranger means harm and when to act aggressively.
  • Boxer dogs are very active. They always crave attention and exercise.

The Ugly

  • If you don’t socialize your boxer at a young age, it tends to grow overprotective.
  • Boxers generally are prone to several health complications – mostly hereditary.
  • When you subject your boxer to too much loneliness, it tends to be destructive.
  • Boxers can be hyperactive most times. As such, they require regular exercise and mental stimulation.
  • You might also worry about drooling. However, not all boxers drool.

Now, you have a basic understanding of the characteristics of your boxer.

Are you ready to get one?

Yes?

Let’s help you choose.

Boxer Dog Colouring

Although unlike some breeds which have 10+ colour options, The Boxer dog has just 3 Main Colors, they seem to come in a range of colours due to their markings and fawn shade.

Due to this, we felt Boxer dog colouring was a great starting point for this section.

The main colour is fawn – also known as red. But just as humans, fawn covers an array of shades from dark blonde and tan to deep reddish-brown. Brindle Boxer dogs are also very common with White boxers less so.

Commonly, there are 5 Possible Markings for each of these 3 colours. Black mask, white markings, Brindle, Fawn markings

The first 3 markings are standard, brindle and fawn markings are recognized.

Brindle Boxer dogs

Boxer Dogs Brindle

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Brindle is not technically a colour, it is a pattern overlaying the standard fawn colour.

The base is fawn and there is striping. The stripes may be light or dark, and the density of the striping can range from thin to thick.

Some brindles will look almost fawn and some will appear so dark that they look black.

With white on his chest, paws and ankles and black on the muzzle.

White Boxer dogs

white boxer dogs

Genetically, all Boxers’ base colour is fawn. But, some Boxer dogs carry “white spotting” genes, which lay white patches on top of the fawn.

And for breeders, “white Boxer” has a very specific definition: a Boxer dog with white markings covering more than 33% of its body.

This doesn’t sound like a large proportion, but for a Boxer to have that much white in their coat, they must have inherited two copies of the “extreme white spotting” gene.

These Boxers produce so little pigment which plays a vital role in the development of delicate hair cells in their ears, white Boxer dogs are more likely to be deaf.

There is a lot of misconception that white Boxers have additional health issues; they do not; most white Boxers are just as healthy as fawn or brindle Boxers. In regard to those that have white coats, about 18% are born deaf.

And despite myths, they have the same behaviour and temperament as any other.

A deaf boxer dog doesn’t mean white Boxers can’t make great family pets with the right care, because they can and there are lots of support groups for deaf dogs, such as The Deaf Dog Network.

Are There Any Black Boxers?

Short answer: No, there is no black boxer. Boxer dogs do not feature genes with solid black coats. As such, you will not find a purebred black kind!

But you saw a friend with a boxer that looks black! Or you own one of such yourself?

Indeed, some boxer dogs appear black. But they are not. How come?

What you thought is black color is called reverse brindle. That happens when there are numerous black stripes on a fawn boxer.

Such a boxer will then appear black, and they are called reverse brindles.

If boxers are not black, what color can you expect to see on their coat?

  • Brindle
  • Black Brindle
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Brindle & White
  • Brindle Black Mask
  • Dark Brindle
  • Dark Brindle & White
  • Golden Brindle & White
  • Light Brindle
  • Light Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Red & White Black Mask
  • Red Black Mask
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Brindle & White
  • Tiger Brindle
  • Tiger Brindle & White
  • White

Should You Be Worried About White Boxers?

White boxers are unique dogs.

Their color makes them outstanding and a reason why most boxer parents consider it.

If you consider acquiring a white boxer, you should know a few things.

Have a look:

White Boxers And Dog Shows

If you have a flair for show rings, a white boxer dog might not be best for you. For starters, the standard warrants that a boxer’s eyes must be dark brown.

Unfortunately, white boxers can have odd-colored eyes – blue eyes especially.

Furthermore, the show rings are a bit favorable to standard-colored brindle and fawn boxers. That means the white, blue-eyed pets are at a disadvantage.

That said, you can yet register your white boxer at local-run shows. However, you should note that it won’t merit the standards of popular choices like the Kennel Club.

Health & Care of Boxer Dogs

Generally, boxer dogs are susceptible to numerous health complications – mostly hereditary. So much so that they have the shortest lifespan of the furry canines in their category.

Of all the known colors, white boxers suffer the most risk to the said complications. Even the white fur in itself is a limiting factor.

How?

The white coat of your unique boxer by default features numerous congenital limitations. One of such is deafness.

Of all known boxers, the white kinds suffer the highest risk of deafness. The impairment could be in both ears, single, or a below-par hearing.

Another congenital limitation is blindness. Several owners of white boxer dogs have reported cases of partial or even full vision impairment for their pet.

Unfortunately, there is no scientific research yet to validate the vision reports. Nevertheless, it is best to check your boxer’s eyesight before adopting or buying.

Lastly, the furs on a white boxer dog are short. Also, they are sparse.

As a result of the sparseness, there is less protection for the skin. Sadly, that also means your white boxer is prone to sunburns.

How To Get More Fun From Your Boxer

To get more fun from any pet, you must provide optimal care. That trick also works with boxers.

We understand that you already know the basics of dog care. Nonetheless, there are a few things you could do better for your boxer.

Have a look at our care tips:

Never Let Your Boxer Dog Drink Directly From The Tap

Just build a dog house beside tap water! That’s what you thought when you want to adopt your boxer. Isn’t it?

Well, that’s the easiest way to give your furry quick feet water. However, tap water is unsafe for your dog – at least when taken directly.

How come?

For a start, tap water contains several contaminants. Chief amongst those are cancer-causing compounds, agricultural minerals, and toxic pesticides.

When your dog drinks from such a source, it stands at the risk of infections and diseases. And we know you don’t want that.

At the same time, we understand that you won’t get your boxer dog bottled waters. So, what can you do?

Invest in water filters. Install those aids at tap outlets in your home.

And to save money, use the filter for your kitchen sink. That way, it will serve you and your pet.

Invest In a Quality Diet

Just like water, food is another critical area to get your boxer dog optimum care. While a quality diet might be a bit pricey, don’t settle for inferior feed. Why?

Poor-quality dog feed contains more chemical flavors, coloring, and preservatives than the required nutrients. In other words, they are just fillers that won’t do your pet any good.

Instead of vital nutrients, an interior feed will contain dangerous chemicals such as:

  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole),
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene),
  • Ethoxyquin, and
  • TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone).

Unfortunately, those compounds can cause cancer and kidney damage in dogs.

Another feed you should be careful with is meat-meal. Such are often from diseased meat. And that will spell doom for your pet.

Instead of poor-quality feed, invest in all-natural foods. Also, introduce fruits to your dog’s meal plan.

For example, carrots and potatoes can be natural, healthy, and affordable snack options for your boxer dog.

Watch Your Boxer’s Feeding Pattern

Even after providing the natural and healthy dog feed, your work isn’t over. You should also monitor and appropriate how your cute four-legs gulp down food.

In the case of boxer dogs, monitoring feeding patterns is critical. Why?

Your amusing pet is a bloater. So to prevent all that bloating, reduce how fast your boxer feeds. The same thing goes for water.

But how? How can you reduce that?

Use slow-feeders and water dishes for your boxer. For those, go for stainless steel products rather than plastic.

Your dog might have an allergic reaction to the compounds of a plastic bowl.

Another option you can use instead of slow-feeding containers is portion pacers. Portion Pacers?

Like the name, portion pacers controls how fast your boxer gulps down its feed.

Portion pacers are stainless balls that you insert in feeding bowls. They calm the hastiness and playfulness of your pet while eating.

Puppy-proof Your Home

boxer dog puppy

A boxer dog puppy is no different from an adult as regards inquisitiveness. These curious dogs will stuff their nose everywhere just to know what’s going on.

Mind you, even your locked cabinets and high shelves are not safe. In short, boxers will rummage through your home while trying to acquaint themselves.

Now you think: perhaps my boxer is hungry. No, it isn’t!

Your boxer will mouth anything in its path. Indeed, obedience training can reduce most of the behavior. Nevertheless, boxer dogs always retain their curiosity.

So, what can you do?

To prevent your boxer from mouthing dangerous and sharp objects, use child-proof on your locks and cabinets. Do that at least once a week.

More importantly, pick stuff from the ground immediately they fall. Else, such will end in your dog’s bloating belly.

Grooming Is Serious Business

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Spoiler alert: this section is bulkier than the other tips. But nothing is too much for your beloved boxer.

Most of the care you can give as a dog parent lies in your everyday routine.

Do you groom your boxer dog well enough? Do you even know where to clean or inspect?

Let’s show you!

The Coat

As much as you’d like to bathe your boxer every day, don’t. A regular bath will make its coat dry.

Also, don’t take too long before giving your boxer dog a well-deserved bath. Else, it will reek of mind-nerving odors.

So, what timing is appropriate to bathe your dog?

Do it once in 3weeks! After a bath, ensure to use leave-in conditioners on your boxer’s fur. By doing so, you will protect the coat and keep it shining.

Note: remove the shed hair from your boxer’s coat. If you don’t, such waste will hinder your pet’s normal airflow.

The Eyes, Nose & Paws

Let’s start with the eyes. The usual eye trouble for boxers is the eye boogers.

Ever wondered why your pet has those unpleasant buildups in its eyes?

Well, that is eye boogers, also known as eye gunk. They come about as a result of infection or a cut in the eye.

If you leave eye gunk unattended, it would soon spread and hinder your dog’s vision.

Here is what you should do:

Get eye wipes! Use such aids to clean your boxer’s eye at least once per day.

Like the eyes, you should also care for your boxer’s nose. The usual issue is the dry nostrils.

To avoid a dry nose, get quality balm for your boxer. Such aid will not only prevent dryness but also heal wounds in the nose of your boxer dog.

Lastly, give your dog’s paw adequate attention.

While you want your boxer’s paw to be tough, you should also remember they are yet flesh.

That said, keep your boxer dog away from sharp, small stones. Also, reduce the exposure of your pet’s paw to extreme cold or heat.

So, what if your dog developed a paw issue?

Use breath-enabling paw wax. You can apply that 2-3 times weekly.

Seasonal Care

Despite your routine care, you yet need extra preparations for seasonal changes. How do you help your pet be at its optimal best during the cold of winter? How about the heat in summer?

For the winter, you should know that not all breeds of boxers take kindly to the cold. To be on the safe side, get a pet jacket/vest.

With a pet jacket/vest, you can take your boxer out for routine walks and exercises.

For the summer, stick to morning drills. You don’t want your boxer suffering all the heat of sunny days.

In other words, wrap up any outdoor activities before the sun rises. That way, your dog stays healthy without heat stress.

Despite all the care administered, your boxer dog can yet suffer a few health issues. When that happens, know that it’s more hereditary than what you can control.

That said, here are some of the said health issues:

What Health Concerns Should Consider?

Note: the diseases listed here are general for boxers. Even at that, the chances are that your dog won’t experience all or even any.

That said, it’s best to know the risk and complications ahead.

Here are ten examples of the said health complications of boxers:

Allergies

All pets have allergies, not just boxers. So, that shouldn’t come much as a worry.

Besides, your boxer would only develop an allergy to what it’s exposed to – food and environment. As such, allergies are somewhat controllable.

Also, there are times when the usual dog food starts causing allergies in your boxers. When that happens, you will see scaly or itchy skin on your pet.

Don’t fret. A vet can always rectify such conditions for you.

Aortic Stenosis (AS)

Also known as Subaortic Stenosis (SAS), the AS is a circulatory system defect. When your boxer suffers this complication, its heart toils to supply blood.

The reason for that is because the aorta narrows under its valve instead of widening to receive blood. For that reason, the boxer’s heart works harder than required.

When AS or SAS goes unattended, it can cause a series of fainting and eventual death. But what can you do?

Frankly, there isn’t much you can do about AS. Even scientists are still working on its mode of transmission.

The only solution, for now, is not to breed a boxer diagnosed with AS.

Bloat

Also called Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), bloat is a usual occurrence for broad & deep chest dogs like boxers. If left unattended, GDV can be devastating and threatening to the life of your pet.

But how does bloat happen?

Bloat happens in your boxer dog when it feeds on a large meal; drink and exercise excessively after. When it does, the stomach twists, and it chokes on air.

Not only that. Bloating also stops the normal blood flow. In essence, your dog goes into a blood-pressure overdrive and shortness of breath.

When that happens, and if unattended, the dog can give off breath.

Fortunately, you can change the narrative. How?

When your dog salivates without belching or vomiting, the chances are that it is bloating. In that case, you should seek immediate medical care.

The lasting solution to bloating is to neuter boxer dogs that bloat often. That way, they can’t pass the trait to their offsprings.

Boxer Cardiomyopathy (BCM)

BCM, like AS, is another defect regarding boxers’ circulatory system. It goes by several names. Here are some of such:

  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
  • Boxer Arrhythmic Cardiomyopathy (BAC)
  • Familial Ventricular Arrhythmia (FVA)

Whichever of the names you pick, you should know BCM is also inheritable like AS. So do not breed boxers with BCM.

Unlike AS, BCM makes the heartbeat in an odd pattern. The reason for such unusual changes is down to a condition called electrical conduction disorder. When it happens, a boxer’s heart weakens, and it can lead to demise.

Brachycephalic Syndrome in Boxers
Brachycephalic Syndrome describes the breathing and heat-regulation problems suffered by dogs bred for abnormally flat faces.

Among pedigree Boxer dogs, much is made of the exact proportions of the muzzle to the rest of the head – it must be one-third of the overall length of the head, and two-thirds of the width.

This particular ratio seems to be right on the cusp of causing Brachycephalic Syndrome, and sure enough, Boxers are regularly represented in Brachycephalic Syndrome studies, albeit in smaller numbers than breeds with even shorter muzzles.

Ask your breeder if either of your puppy’s parents has a history of breathing problems. When you meet the parents, listen to their breathing for yourself: it should sound easy and quiet.

Don’t fall for the myth that laboured or noisy breathing is “normal” for any breed: it’s a sign that a dog is really struggling.

Cancer

In particular, white boxers are more at risk of cancer. Because of their short and sparse furs, they are prone to sunburns.

Other boxers also stand the risk of cancer. They all tend to develop tumors around their brain mast cells and lymphoma.

Good news: you can reduce the risk of cancer (sunburn) when you use sunscreens for your boxer dogs when they are outdoors.

Look out for cancer-prone areas like the coats, ears, and nose.

Corneal Dystrophy

For starters, corneal dystrophy is not the same as blindness. Instead, the former exhibits aberration in the cornea of your boxers.

Here, the boxer dog will suffer aberrations to the layer(s) of its cornea. Confusing, eh?

Do you know cataract? Yes?

Then corneal dystrophy appears almost the same. It will display around the cornea of your boxer as a cloud.

Fortunately, corneal dystrophy is not painful. It can be, however, when ulcers start to build up in the cornea.

Deafness

Deafness is rare in fawn and brindle boxers. However, in their white kinds, the risks are high.

Worse: the traits for deafness are inheritable. In essence, when white boxers transfer their white pigment, they also do their tendencies for full or partial deafness.

Demodectic Mange
Dogs, generally, have Demodex mites. The mites inhabit the furry pets’ hair follicles.

Unless a dog suffers any infection or disease, Demodex mites have no complications. At the slightest weakened immune system, however, mites will escalate to demodectic mange.

When demodectic mange kicks in your boxer, you will find patchy and bald skin surfaces. Also, your pet will suffer various infections to its coat.

Without care, mild demodectic mange will cure itself over time. However, if the situation worsens, the infections and hair loss can spread over all the body of your boxer.

Lastly, demodectic mange is an inheritable disease. So, it’s best to neuter the affected dog or stop it from breeding.

Digestive Health

Unfortunately, the Boxer dog breed is prone to having health problems with their stomachs. One of the more prevalent conditions found in Boxers is Granulomatous colitis.

The particular colitis found in Boxers is breed specific and can be life-threatening. It must be treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms of colitis include constipation and weight loss. Please consult your vet if you are concerned that your Boxer has digestive issues.

Gastric Dilation Volvulus

GDV is a potentially life-threatening problem in large-chested dog breeds. This is where the stomach fills with gas and twists back on itself after eating.

Does the dog in your life have a cat in theirs? Don’t miss out on the perfect companion to life with a purrfect friend.

If your Boxer dog gobbles their meals, try a slow feeder bowl or smaller more frequent meals.

Making sure you know the symptoms and when to call the vet is vital too.

Heart problems

Boxer dogs are more prone to congenital heart disease than other breeds of dog, in particular restricted blood flow from the heart to the body, holes between the chambers of the heart, and weakness of the valves which prevent blood flowing back in the wrong direction.

All Boxers should be checked by their vet for heart murmurs – a sign of congenital heart defects – before they are allowed to breed, and your breeder should provide evidence of this.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia happens when the thigh bone of a boxer could not fit seamlessly into its joint. Imagine how painful dislocation could be!

Now think of the pain your boxer passes through with a bone that doesn’t fit into its joint.

The worst case is that hip dysplasia can even make a dog lame in the areas it suffered. Sadly, the condition is inheritable.

Nonetheless, natural and environmental conditions also contribute to hip dysplasia. Such include:

  • Ageing,
  • Excessive intake of poor-quality and high-calorie diet,
  • Jumping on slippering floors, and
  • Falls from heights.

Luckily, you can treat hip dysplasia either through supplements or surgery (hip replacement). But it could cut deep into your pockets.

Hypothyroidism

As the name implies, this health issue concerns your boxer’s thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism sets in when the said hormone is in short supply.

In that case, your boxer will suffer several imbalances in its body. The usual symptoms include:

  • Brittle fur that falls off at the slightest touch
  • Obesity and visual lack of energy – mental dullness
  • Infertility

Good news: you can limit the damages of hypothyroidism. Get thyroid supplements, and the whole episode will soon be history.

Note: the medication will be a long time investment.

Renal Disease

Another health concern a Boxer dog owner should be aware of, renal disease is the disease of the kidneys.

There are two main potential causes. One is the maldevelopment of the kidneys and the other is an inflammatory condition in the kidneys that prevents them from functioning properly.

Symptoms of renal disease include increased drinking, increased urination, vomiting, weight loss and anorexia.

It is not clear if this condition is hereditary so it is difficult to test for. If you are worried and your dog is showing these symptoms, please consult your vet.

Other Boxer dog health conditions

Boxers are also susceptible to epilepsy, inflammation of the long bones in their legs called panosteitis, and problems with their eyelids.

The best way to avoid these problems is by looking at a puppy’s family tree for evidence that it might be inherited from previous generations

Are Your Kids Safe Around Your Boxer Dog?

About now, you’re thinking: with all those health issues of boxers, are they safe for your family?

Yes, they are!

How about boxer dog temperament?

Boxer dogs are generally family dogs. They fare well around kids and even strangers.

How about boxers’ behavior amongst themselves or other animals?

Against what you might have heard, you can have two boxers in your home – or even more. When you do, you can reduce separation anxiety and even help your pet with a friend.

The only sideline is you’d spend more on upkeep and more time too for exercises. Also, note that you might let your previous boxer be sociable before introducing another.

In all, you have nothing to worry about – boxer dogs are safe to keep. Nothing can stop you from getting one or two pets and getting more fun out of these cuties.

Need more information?

You will find them in our resource base. Let us help you become even a better parent for your boxer dogs.

Boxer Dog For Sale: Rescue Or Breeders?

First off, both options are equally excellent.

However, choosing a boxer dog rescue or breeder depends on what you want to offer to a boxer dogs life.

If you do go down the rescue route, we’d always advise that you get your dog from a trusted and registered rescue.

In fact, our boy Bentley is in fact a rescue.

He joined our family from Buddy’s Boxer Rescue at the age of two, and we 100% feel we made the right decision.

On the other hand, if you go for the puppy direction, ensure you research and choose the right breeder for your boxer dog.

You are still confused, eh?

Here are some factors to help you make a just-fit decision when acquiring a boxer:

Adoption Fee Vs. Cost Of Buying

In boxer dog rescue homes, adoption fees are relatively cheap.

In private and charitable shelters, for example, there are often low fee adoptions.

In all, you might expect to spend in the range of £300 – £500 (averagely) for adopting a boxer dog.

Unlike rescue homes, breeders’ charges are quite pricey.

Some of the breeders would even claim to have done a C-section for their dogs.

And C-section alone costs more than £1500.

How much is a boxer dog puppy?

Be willing to part up to £2000 (or even more) when buying your boxer dog from a breeder.

The worst part: no one controls the breeder price but themself. As such, the price could even go higher than the quoted figure.

Are there no cheaper breeders?

Well, you can get affordable prices for boxer dog puppies with a backyard breeder.

Backyard breeder?

A backyard breeder is someone who takes breeding as a hobby.

As such, he spends little on maintenance and health procedures.

In other words, his boxer dog puppies are cheap. But remember, they spend little on the puppies!

The chances are that the dog will suffer health consequences later. That will suck deep into your pockets.

Another cheap option is puppy mills. Puppy mills use illegal breeding procedures even at the detriment of the boxer dog.

So, that’s also a “no.”

And despite heavy laws now in place to stop puppy mills, they do still exist so I’ll note again be careful when choosing the right breeder!

Do You Have Options?

With a breeder, you can influence every aspect of your boxer.

Perhaps you want a boxer dog that is a bobtail? A breeder can help.

With a breeder doesn’t matter what boxer breed or color that you desire, you’ll get it.

The only sideline to breeders is that they generally only sell puppies.

Unlike breeders, rescue homes can offer you boxers across all age groups.

About color and breed, you can always shuffle several rescue centers until you’ve seen what you want.

But ultimately, with a rescue boxer, it’s about the right fit for the dog and your family, regardless of ages and colour.

The sideline to adopted boxers is the time they take to settle into your home.

And it happens a lot when you adopt senior dogs.

So, you might exercise patience with an adopted boxer. Even at that, know that you’re getting the perfect campanion.

Let’s look at medical bills

There’s isn’t much to separate for rescue homes and breeders in this section.

Usually, a rescue will ensure that a dog has been neutered and vaccinated.

However, if you buy from a breeder who hadn’t appropriate the right health care, you’ll need to pay up for the first medical duties.

In the end, medical bills aren’t a one-time fee.

You’ll renew any vaccines and worming annually.

That’s of course without any unforeseen accidents or illness.

That’s where a good insurance policy comes in to play.

It’s always best to shop around for the best deal for your boxer dog pet insurance.

Take a look at our guide for choosing the best insurance for boxer dogs.

Supplies & Training

Regardless of where you acquire your boxer, you need dog supplies.

For this section, there isn’t much to separate from breeders and rescue homes.

That leaves us with training. Remember that rescue boxer dogs can range from well-behaved to anxious and nervous dogs that could have been mistreated!

Some rescue centers may be providing behavior and obedience training.

With a breeder, the case is somewhat different. Remember that they sell puppies!

When you consider that boxers behave like babies (sometimes never growing up), that means you will invest a whole lot in training.

Fortunately, you can save your time. You can hire a good dog trainer for £200 or even less.

In the end, either adopted or purchased, boxer dogs need regular exercise. Else, they will get bored and might soon start acting out.

Final Thoughts on Boxer Dogs

Let’s go back through some important issues here.

Owning any pet is a life-changing moment.

They require dedication, care and can cost a small fortune.

None more so than an energetic boxer dog.

However, becoming a boxer parent is one of the most rewarding things you will ever experience.

Despite some breed-related health issues and some stubborn traits, being a boxer parent will fill you with laughs every single day from a loyal, energetic, and family protector.

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