We're adopting a 9 month old dog… what can you tell me about the Boxer breed?

my husband & I are adopting a 9 month old Boxer that has been kept in a small cage in an apartment, and was going to be put into a shelter… I’m not familiar with this breed of dog, do you have any info or websites to share? I’m particularly interested in how it will interact with kids, as I’m expecting a baby at the end of Feb.

it’s an unaltered male, btw.
btw, we have a large yard for him to play in & my husband & i go for almost daily walks, so he will get a lot more exercise with us.

we couldn’t let him go to a shelter, esp since my husband has been wanting a dog so badly, and this is a dog that his step sister has owned & she cares for him a lot, but can’t give him the proper environment.
he’s also quite socialized, and sweet.
he plays well with other dogs & cats even, and has been around children. never abused!

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24 Responses to “We're adopting a 9 month old dog… what can you tell me about the Boxer breed?”

  1. kchiger says:

    boxers die very early they only live for 7-10 years my cousins had a boxer it died at age 9 im just giving you a warning if i were you dont get it even if the dog is so cute you would get to attached to it and then you will have a broken heart

  2. Darlene P says:

    I have raised boxers for the last 22 years they are awsome family dogs will have lots and lots of energy needs long daily walks or runs they love to play ball catch fetch frisbe I baby girl now is14 months she is a ball of energy they are prone to tumors but will be great with the kids

  3. bijou says:

    HYPER! VERY hyper.

    Every boxer I have ever met was kinda dumb (hard to train) and excessively hyper. Second thoughts would be in order for having one around a new born!

  4. bigdogluv says:

    I’ve always had boxers and do some boxer rescue. They really are great dogs and tend to like children; one caveat being that if your boxer sees anyone make ‘his’ child cry he will likely intervene( usually by physically getting between the child and other person to seperate them.). They are playful and real clowns with a sense of humor, lots of fun to train and observe. They use to be shown a lot in agility and can jump 5"with no problem if trained. And yes, they do think they are puppy sized when they are grown and a lap full of boxer is a full lap : ) . I have never had a boxer hurt a child, they seem to sense that gentlenes is needed with small ones. Be sure to practice obediance with him as they thrive on having a job to do. Oh–they do not do well in high heat/humidity so do not take him jogging in mid summer—heat tolerance is not their thing.

  5. serendipity03301 says:

    I have a Boxer and he is so loving and fun. He has great energy but loves to hang out and cuddle. Great family dogs. When I first got my boxer it was like having a child. I was up all times of the night taking him out and training is a 24-7 thing. Since the boxer is older you may not have a potty issue. I did A LOT of research before I adopted. Remember with a baby on the way it may be hard to give the dog all the attention it needs. They can be possessive and do things to get attention. Also keep in mind vet bills and food etc.

  6. MoparShell says:

    Consult Ceasar Milan,the dog whisperer online or books. Boxers are a highly intelligent,loving, VERY energetic breed. If this poor thing has been kept crated that long, you have a lot of work ahead of you. You will be starting at less than zero with an intelligent dog that hasn’t been properly socialized, exercised, or cared for. Being "calm assertive" works. This is a working breed that needs a job, and forced exercise, not just time out in the yard. Think treadmill.

  7. reddfaery2012 says:

    I’ve always had boxers, females mostly though. They are amazing dogs, and great with kids! Be wary though, do you know the exact conditions the dog was kept in before? Is there a history of abuse? First thing, get him neutered! He will run wild, and display more aggression intact than if he is snipped (the earlier, the better). I did have a mishap with my current boxer. She was rescued at 6 months old as a neglect case. My 2 year old son did something to her that she must not have liked and she bit him in the face! (This was within the first month of having her). We almost got rid of her right away, but had sunk so much money into fixing health problems that were unattended to by the rescue (something else to look into, vet records!) that we didn’t want to give up on her. We are so glad that we didn’t! She has become a part of our family. She, as with any other boxer I have known, has a personality more like a human than a dog! She even argues with us! I say get him, love him, fix him, train him (spend the money right off and avoid problems once your baby arrives!) and welcome him into your family! Good luck! Congrats btw! I’m due in April!

  8. A Ginga says:

    when the dog gets older it will get a bit aggressive in other words wants to get to top rank like all dogs but it wont be able to get higher then the adults so it might get aggressive at the baby.
    last year in my country NZ i heard about 4 boxer attacks on people just in my city and i heard this in a conversation about the newspaper saying the breed of dogs are Stephi’s. but those look similar to a boxer and are usually a friendly dog

  9. Boxer Lover says:

    First off, neuter it! That would be the first thing I do before he comes home with me.

    Boxers are great, and I may be bias but for good reasons. They are a excellent family dog. Very loyal! They really take to the familys children and will protect them if needed. Its natural with them. They are excellent watch dogs and will protect you also if needed. They will be the kids best friend though with proper training of course. They tend to be dog aggressive so be sure he gets the socilization that is needed unless you plan on never ever having another dog which I’m sure you can’t say that. They are a active breed so if you walk or jog, perfect companion. They are very smart and easily trained. This breed will make you laugh quite frequently with there funny looks that they will give you and the grunting. Thats just one of the reasons I like them is they do not whine, they grunt! Very tolerable to me anyway! Since your expecting in February I think you have your work cut out for you then. You better spend loads of time with him now and training thru out the day to lay down basic rules before the baby arrives. Just remember to be consistent, remember its cute now but won’t be later, and that its your house not the dogs house!! He lives by your rules not his and you guys will get along great!

  10. BostonJeffy says:

    They are like small, high energy dogs except 5 times larger.

  11. mistyjr86 says:

    I dont know anything about Boxers but here are some websites about them, HOPE this helps, Boxers are cute


  12. Ann G says:

    A friend has a boxer and he is so good with her little girl. When this dog was young he had some growing problems–his legs grew faster than the rest of him and it made him weak and lame but the vet fixed him up–dont know the specific name of the affliction. I also hear they can be a gassy breed. I think most all dogs do well in families with the proper training.

  13. Sugaree says:

    boxers are puppies their ENTIRE lives! i hope you have a lot of energy! never heard of any bad boxers as far as around children…i just hope you give him a lot of exercise and YES…neuter him!!

  14. Amy says:

    Boxer’s are very family friendly dogs, they are wonderful with kids, so long as they are exposed to them at an early age. They are very playful and really need a fairly large yard as they get pretty big (average around 60lbs). They do require discipline and a firm voice, not for the passive type…. Boxers can be awesome dogs but need a certain level of attention and discipline. They can be trained to be guard dogs, but usually they’re just known to be big babbies…… I have 2, full grown who love to be mischeivious and get into trouble when not around, but still like to think of themselves as lap doggies.

    The only thing that worries me is that the dog has been kept in a small cage, but being 9 months it’s still very young and should be able to become a loving part of the family in time.

    Good luck!

  15. duckdad says:

    Boxers are wonderful family dogs. They’re very affectionate & very protective of their people.

    They are a bit hyper, and tend to jump up and use their front paws a lot in play (thus the name). But they’re very sweet natured.

    If he’s not neutered, I’d get that done right away. Males get pretty rambunctious at about 1 year.

    Also be aware, they like to do "boxer bites", little harmless nibbles with their lips & front teeth. Some will even growl when they do this, but it’s all in fun & I’ve never had one hurt me or anyone I know of.

  16. lil_sister58 says:

    Developed in Germany, the Boxer is a breed of stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dog. The coat is smooth and fawn or brindled, with or without white markings. Boxers are brachycephalic, and have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large prey. The Boxer was bred from the Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser and is part of the Molosser group.

    The Boxer was first exhibited in a dog show for St. Bernards at Munich in 1895, the first Boxer club being founded the next year. Based on 2006 American Kennel Club statistics, Boxers are the seventh most popular breed of dog in the United States—a position they have held since 2002—with approximately 35,388 new dog registrations during the year.[1

    “ The character of the Boxer is of the greatest importance and demands the most solicitous attention. He is renowned from olden times for his great love and faithfulness to his master and household. He is harmless in the family, but distrustful of strangers, bright and friendly of temperament at play, but brave and determined when aroused. His intelligence and willing tractability, his modesty and cleanliness make him a highly desirable family dog and cheerful companion. He is the soul of honesty and loyalty, and is never false or treacherous even in his old age.
    ~1938 AKC Boxer breed standard[8] ”

    Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful breed and tend to be very good with children. Boxers have earned a slight reputation of being "headstrong" or "stubborn", which can be related to inappropriate obedience training. Owing to their intelligence and working breed characteristics, training based on the use of corrections often has limited usefulness. Boxers often respond much better to positive reinforcement techniques such as clicker training.

    The Boxer by nature is not an aggressive or vicious breed, but needs socialization to tolerate other dogs well.[9] Their sometimes over-protective, territorial and dominating attitude is often most intense in males. Boxers are generally patient with smaller dogs but can be dominant with larger dogs of the same sex.

    Boxers appear more comfortable with companionship, in either human or canine form. They are very active dogs which require a great deal of exercise.

  17. homesforallpets says:

    Give the pup as much time to adjust before baby comes. Boxers are EXELLENT family dogs , usually. Depends on the dog. The dog will need LOTS of exercise to keep it from chewing up the house. They are a higher energy medium size dog. Just google Boxer breed, or go to the AKC site for more info. An Apartment is NO place for a boxer.

  18. TwinkaTee says:

    Uh, I think you should have researched the dog breed BEFORE you agreed to adopt it……Boxers have a lot of energy and will require regular walks/runs (or they will tear your house up). Depending on the temper of your dog, it may be calm around your baby or it may be too rough. They are called BOXERS because they use their front paws to jump and "box" with people…….So, I am not sure how good that would be with a newborn…..

  19. Phoenix - Vixen says:

    Boxers are one of the best breeds with kids! They are very good dogs, short fur, and great dispositions. I’ve heard nothing but great things about them from friends.

    It’ll be fine with the baby. Just be sure to set you "pack leadership" right away. Controlled walks are a great way to establish authority. I’ve never heard of any problems with boxers, though.

  20. Ken S says:

    a little high strung but great dogs, had one for about 10 yrs.

  21. Floopy says:

    Honest opinion? Getting a puppy right around the same time you’re going to have a baby = chaos. Why not wait until the baby’s born and a bit older and you have a more set routine that would allow for a dog?

  22. M says:

    if your about to have a child yourself… a boxer is not the type of dog you should have around the house.

  23. some-yank says:

    Boxers are better than briefs.

  24. rockyfella25 says:

    well first thing you need to do is have it neutered.