Many things can be said about Boxers, but the fact that we grow up fast is not one of them.
It is often said that we remain in the puppy stage until the day we die. It's a bit exaggerated, but there's also some truth to it. Are you considering getting a Boxer? Then you should at least have a sense of humor. You should also have a good dose of patience.
Our childish, playful behavior remains for many years, often throughout our whole lives. That's just the way we are. Which is one of the reasons we can come off as a little intense, especially for inexperienced dog owners.
Funny, lively, calm, and very loyal
Having said that, this childishness is not a negative trait. And we are much more than just childish!
We are loyal and trusting, lively, strong, self-confident, calm, and balanced.
But even though Boxers are loyal family dogs, we can be reserved and vigilant towards strangers. When it is really necessary, we can also be fearless and not hesitate to defend ourselves.
Also, be aware that there may be some challenges with same-sex aggression in this breed.
The boxer is versatile
Boxers are very social, smart, and brave! This makes us easy to train, and there are many examples of us used in obedience, tracking, and agility. Some boxers are also used as emotional support dogs at institutions.
Boxers have a lot of energy and a high activity drive. Not only for physical activity but also for mental stimuli. As an owner, you must be consistent through our upbringing. If not we can develop restless and destructive behavior. This applies to most breeds, but for Boxers, it is especially important because we don't grow out of our puppy-like behavior.
If you are consistent, and you give us lots of attention and love, you are likely to get a well-behaved and obedient Boxer, for life.
And by the way, we do not shed much! Boxers need minimal fur care and bathe only when needed.
Makes a lot of "weird" sounds
Most often we only bark when we have a good reason to do so. On the other hand, we are a talkative breed that likes to make a lot of noise (which is not barking):
Important to find a serious breeder who focuses on health
Unfortunately, there are a number of health problems in our breed, both hip dysplasia, heart disease, and cancer.
Remember, it is important to do research and find breeders with lines that are not affected by these diseases/conditions.