The Boxer is one of the most family-oriented dogs out there. Boxers are known to be animated, playful, goofy, and friendly, especially when meeting new people. Around other dogs (particularly of the same gender) they can however become aggressive and territorial. Boxers aren’t considered to be fully mature until they are about three years old, meaning that they have one of the longest puppyhoods of all breeds. Their youthful nature means that they require a lot of attention and exercise. If you’re thinking about getting a Boxer, prepare for constant laughter and smiles.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite their large size, Boxers are not outdoor dogs mainly because their short nose and hair makes them uncomfortable in both hot and cold weather conditions. Even though they're not suited to live outdoors, they will love having a fenced yard to romp around in. Their high level of energy requires plenty of exercise. In fact, plan on playing or walking with them twice a day. This amount of exercise will help ensure good behaviour. Take note that training is essential as they must learn to control their actions - if not, they may accidentally hurt someone. When training your Boxer try to be consistent, otherwise these dogs will try to push the boundaries.
Common Health Issues
Boxers are prone to: Cancer, Aortic Stenosis/Sub-Aortic Stenosis, Boxer Cardiomyopathy, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Corneal Dystrophy, Demodectic Mange, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, Allergies, Deafness.