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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!