Dog Books for Kids
Happiness is a warm puppy.
― Charles M. Schulz
Boxers are fun loving dogs with a heart of gold. At first glance,
they may seem imposing with a hidden message of ‘see but don’t
touch’ — that is until their joy and boundless energy comes shining
This short haired, stocky breed comes from Germany. A mix between
an Old English Bulldog and the Bullenbeisser (Now extinct), this breed
is a part of the working group of dogs. After World War I, Boxers
arrived to the United States, and became a lovable companion to many
Despite their origins, it is not a surprise to hear Boxers called the “Peter
Pan” of the dog world. This label is quite accurate because this breed of
dog takes a long time to mature into adulthood. Usually they are
considered mature when they are three years old! So, you will enjoy
their puppy like antics for a few years.
Typical Boxers are smart, funny, alert and loyal. They are also friendly,
(although wary with strangers until they warm up) and will go to great
lengths to please you. However, it is important to note these wonderful
qualities hide a stubborn streak that could outlast your patience!
Thankfully, this type of behavior is not common, and is the result of
inappropriate training methods.
Mental and physical exercise is required for this breed. This does not
mean he / she cannot live in an apartment with you. They can adapt as
long as you are there to spend time with them and provide the required
This breed is gentle with children and a wonderful playmate for them.
Boxers also love hugs, pats, kisses and rubs. The more the merrier!
There is no doubt their clownish behavior, goofy antics, crazy faces and
boundless energy will bring a smile to your face, and a warm feeling to
For these reasons and more, Boxers are highly recommended as a loyal
companion well deserving of the title... man’s best friend!
An interesting start – 16th century
Boxers have a very interesting history spanning many years. The AKC
notes their history may extend as far back as the 16th century. In those
days, boxers had a different appearance, but their descendants were no
less noble than the breed we know today. Why is that?
Well, there is enough evidence for us to conclude boxers are
descendants from the fighting dogs found in the valleys of Tibet. Then,
the Germans played a hand in refining the breed and developing the
amazing qualities we know today. Boxers are also cousins to the
Bulldog breeds and have beautiful coats in fantastic colors!
Artist impressions during the 16th and 17th century detailed dogs, which
look like our modern day Boxer. But the resemblance does not stop
there. The Spanish Alano and Perro de Presa appear to have some
relation to the Boxer as well or is at least a common ancestor.
In France there is another breed known as Dogue de Bordeaux similar
to the Tibetan Mastiff. Bouldogue de Mida came from this breed and
you will note Boxers have many characteristics from this dog. But,
these are not the only dogs that share ancestry with Boxers. Add some
Terrier into the mix and you will have a well-rounded Boxer dog!
The ancestry and origins of the Boxer proves what a beautiful mix this
breed has become. Although the AKC registered Boxers in 1904, it
took a few more years (1940’s) for Americans to fully appreciate this
To think about: Boxers shed, shed and shed some more! If you have
allergies, you need to take this characteristic into account. Why?
Because, more than likely you will find hair on your floor, couch, chair,
clothes, and everything else!
Note of advice: Brushing the coat of your Boxer is a great way to keep
the shedding down. You may want to do it a couple times during the
week (Occasional is recommended) to get rid of loose hair. If not, it
will fall out in places you may not necessarily like!
A dog by any other name...
Boxers love children and can spend all day playing with them. They
love to play with you too! And this feeling can manifest itself in cute
ways like sitting on your lap, brushing against you for a tummy pat, or
a giant hug. Being next to you is the dearest thing to a Boxer’s heart,
and they will not hesitate to show their affection in adorable ways.
Boxers are very active and always moving around. They are here, there
and everywhere, so expect them to get into every nook and cranny!
This means if you do not give them the proper exercise, they will find
creative ways to get busy. This can cause you a bit of a headache,
especially if they chew on your favorite pair of shoes.
Mental stimulation is also needed for this breed. You may wonder why
this is required when the Boxer is such a friendly pet. The Njspca.org
article written by Dana Goldberg helps us to understand the particular
characteristics you need to know when it comes to Boxers. Consider
the following details:
Boxers are not really guard dogs! You may find that surprising when
you consider their appearance, but the website notes this breed is more
of a watchdog than a precise guard dog. What is the difference? In one
Boxers do not have much (if any) aggressive bones in their body. Of
course there may be exceptions to this rule, but this is the general
disposition of the breed. Many seem to agree with this assessment.
When a poll asked owners what their Boxer was like, the response was
simple and sweet: A clown dog!
And when someone tries to teach a boxer to be a good guard dog, they
soon find they have ‘bitten off more than they can chew.’ They may
also give up in despair concluding the effort is a waste of time.
Ultimately, Boxers are playful, funny, loving and kind. It should be
noted they do have a stubborn streak, which may reflect itself in
interesting ways. This simply means they will ignore you until they feel
like paying attention! To avoid this behavior, obedience training is a
great way to go. As the website notes: “This is a win-win situation for
both you and your pet.”
Note: It is important to note Boxers do receive training as guardians,
and they are protective of their family. However, by nature this breed is
not an all-out aggressive dog and it is not vicious.
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