Boxers are intelligent, high-spirited, playful, happy dogs. Sometimes when a breed is intelligent, it is more difficult to train them. Not so with the Boxer. They are quick-learners and eager to make their owner happy. They bond closely to their human families and love to be around children, making them high on the list of best family dog breeds. When a Boxer pet is well-trained, they will get along with other pets in the family such as cats. Mainly because of their size difference it’s a little riskier to hope that he would not harm a small pet, like a hamster, or a pet mouse. They would need to be supervised in the company of such small animals.
Boxers are normally stocky, short-coated, large dogs. Their coats are generally fawn or brindle. They have broad, short heads and strong jaws, and about 18% of Boxers are born deaf in one or both ears. The name “Boxer” is supposed to have come from the fact that Boxers sometimes like to stand on their hind legs and “box” their front paws in the air. Learn more about Boxers at Wikipedia.
When your Boxer pet is still a pup, be sure to play with it and allow your pet to be around your friends and relatives. This will help it get used to people outside the family and realize that it can be at ease around most human beings. Boxers are somewhat suspicious of strangers, making them good guard dogs.
Health issues with Boxers can include: cancer, heart problems, hip conditions, spinal cord disease, allergies, and epilepsy. They need to have regular veterinary checkups although many of these issues can be treated with natural remedies at home. Also, a healthy, organic food will be a preventive measure to keep your Boxer healthy and disease-free. Be especially careful about any dog food products that contain fat stabilizers such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), as both known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction along with Ethoxyquin, which is suspected to cause cancer and a cousin to antifreeze, Propylene glycol, which destroys red blood cells. Check out Ingredients to Avoid at the Dog Food Project website.
If the above information doesn’t convince you to make your own dog food I don’t know what will. Making your pet Boxer’s food at home will allow you to make sure you feed them the best natural ingredients possible without any artificial fillers or harmful ingredients. If you are not able to make it at home be sure to buy the best natural pet food you can afford.
Once your pet Boxer has reached adulthood, and their bones are strong and healthy, they love to exercise and enjoy running, jogging, or walking with you. They make wonderful helper dogs, excellent therapy dogs, and great seeing-eye dogs. In fact, the military often uses Boxers for carrying messages, guarding, and other jobs.
This muscular, easy-going, handsome dog will win you over. A little brushing, an occasional bath, good food, water, exercise, play, and affection will assure that your family has a healthy pet for years to come. Boxers are brave, courageous, obedient, alert, and funny. You will be proud to have a pet Boxer as part of your family.
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