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Your guide to Boxers
How much should I expect to pay for a Boxer?
For an ANKC registered Boxer puppy, buyers should expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $5,500. Of course, it is important to consider that over the lifetime of your pup an owner will need to typically spend on food, bedding, toys, equipment, veterinary expenses, training, pet insurance (optional) and more.
Temperament of the Boxer
The Boxer is an incredibly lively, strong and loyal companion. They fear little, and are self-assured. Whilst they won’t go out of their way to start a fight, they are willing to defend not only themselves, but their family when facing external threats. They show an incredible amount of patience and protectiveness to those that they know. It is wise to socialise your Boxer pup from an early stage by placing it in a varying number of situations including introducing them to other people and animals. It is said that the Boxer remains a puppy for the entirety of its life, which means that they are very playful but can also be a handful by unintentionally creating havoc wherever they go.
What are the exercise requirements of a Boxer?
Boxers are very high energy dogs. This means that they need a considerable amount of exercise every day. Boxers enjoy walks on leash, or plenty of room to roam around in an off-lead safe environment. Boxers left with lots of bundled up energy from a lack of exercise will show you their mischievous side - especially when you aren’t around! A tired boxer is a good boxer.
How should I train my Boxer?
Training is essential when it comes to the Boxer breed. They are incredibly strong and powerful that they are able to hurt others unintentionally through sheer excitement. Training should start from an early stage, and they should be placed in a number of varying environments to ensure that they are well socialised. Be fair and firm in your training approach and ensure consistency. Reward good behaviour through praise as well as treats as motivation. Correct mischief behaviour with consistency and firmness. Your Boxer will take note of when you let them get away with anything. They are best trained after a short walk or play session to release some energy. Boxers excel in canine sports, including obedience, agility, and herding. They can be seen as in service, assistance, therapy, drug detection and search-and-rescue.
What are the health concerns of a Boxer?
As with any breed, the Boxer is prone to some health conditions that buyers should be aware of. Some common health issues to consider are: hip dysplasia, heart conditions such as aortic stenosis (where the aorta narrows below the aortic valve, forcing the heart to work harder to supply blood to the body) and cardiomyopathy. Some more health issues to look out for thyroid deficiency which may produce signs that include infertility, obesity, mental dullness, and lack of energy. Boxers can also be prone to degenerative myelopathy which is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs, and certain cancers (mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and brain tumors).
What is a suitable home for a Boxer?
Boxers will benefit from a loving and active family. They are best after being exercised in the park, or after a long walk. Their family should look to tap into their intelligence by allowing them to engage in various sporting activities such as obedience training and other mentally stimulating activities. Ideally, their home will have space for them to roam, or a nearby park in which they can stretch their legs and enjoy new sights and smells. They need to be watched carefully around the frail, and young children as their size and power can cause damage.