Find Your Per­fect Breed Match

The Boxer

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Is the Boxer or the Bos­ton Ter­rier right for you?

Play­ful and ex­u­ber­ant

As­park of youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance and play­ful re­bel­lion de­fines this breed. While Box­ers are el­e­gant in ap­pear­ance, ath­letic, and coura­geous, they love to play the fool and find fun in ev­ery­thing they do. Most Box­ers are nat­u­rally en­er­getic—too en­er­getic, per­haps, for own­ers who live a calm and seden­tary life­style. Box­ers need daily ex­er­cise or they will chan­nel their zest for life into un­de­sir­able, of­ten de­struc­tive, ac­tiv­ity. Mem­bers of this breed are medium in size, yet mus­cu­lar and strong. As a brachy­cephalic (short-faced) breed, they do not han­dle ex­tremes of tem­per­a­ture well. (Also note it is not un­usual for a Boxer to be quite “gassy” af­ter eat­ing.) The Boxer is de­voted to his fam­ily, want­ing al­ways to be in­cluded. Most Box­ers re­late well to chil­dren. Any­one who threat­ens the fam­ily or home of a Boxer, how­ever, may be quickly re­minded that this is a dog that was orig­i­nally bred to pro­tect. Strangers may ini­tially be viewed with dark sus­pi­cion, but once a Boxer ac­cepts some­one, he re­verts to his usual light-hearted and charm­ing self. Watch­ing a Boxer play the mis­chievous imp is a joy!

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