Are Boxers for You?

Used with permission from Florida Boxer Rescue.
Changes By Red Dirt Boxer Rescue


A Boxer is a joyful, silly, fun-loving, affectionate and occasionally stubborn breed of dog. He is what he is. Do not think you can mold him into a dog that will accommodate your lifestyle. To even try could mean breaking the spirit and essence of this spectacular breed. One must weigh carefully, the decision to bring a Boxer into his or her life and home.

You must truly be a “dog person” to coexist happily with a Boxer.

This is not the breed for everyone. In fact, he can be a regular nightmare for some.


Because… Boxers rule but they also drool! They pass gas, give wet kisses, jump up to greet you and snore too! If the sound of any of this makes you wince, you are not right for a Boxer! If an attention seeking, 50 to 70+ pound slobbering lap dog isn’t appealing to you, please do not acquire a Boxer!


Boxers have great affection reserved especially for children (and adults too). Most can recognize the need to be more patient and gentle with these fragile beings; however, some are better at executing it than others! Boxers have the tendency to bowl over young children when they get excited or while playing. If you would find this unacceptable, do not get a Boxer dog!!!!


While Boxers in general, tend to be protective towards their family members, some are better at it than others! A Boxer should never be acquired for the sole purpose of guarding. It’s been said “A Boxer will lead a thief to the jewels for a pat on the head.”

They are absolutely dependant upon the companionship of their families!

This is not a dog to be left alone unattended for hours on end. They MUST live indoors with their families. It is common to find a Boxer who suffers from separation anxiety. They need to be around people and they thrive on this special companionship. Boxers can develop unwelcome behaviors such as digging, barking and chewing if ignored or not cared for properly. They have the potential to do a great deal of damage (they are powerful chewers) if they are not in a suitable environment.

The Boxer generally makes a fine Therapy Dog. This breed is known for their uncanny knack of being compassionate and “in tune” with the feelings of people around them. If you are sad, they’ll lick your tears and know to be quiet and sit next to you. If you want to run around and play, so will they.


Aggression is NOT a trait of a well-bred and socialized Boxer AT ALL. Boxers who are socialized on a regular basis, from puppy-hood, generally relate very well with other dogs. Boxers seem to enjoy the company of other Boxers, as they have the same style of play (“boxing”). Many Boxer breeders and rescuers will agree that placement of Boxers of the opposite sex (male with female, spayed and neutered of course!) is the best arrangement. There are exceptions to this rule however and it should be taken into consideration. The information on this page applies to well-bred and temperament tested Boxer dogs from reputable breeders. It is not meant to deter anyone from acquiring a Boxer; rather, we feel it’s best to inform interested people about this breed in an honest and frank manner BEFORE a Boxer is purchased or adopted.

Boxers have become a commercialized breed.

If you purchase a Boxer from a substandard breeder (referred to as a “backyard breeder”, who advertises puppies in the newspaper), or pet store (puppy-mill), your Boxer may not display these standards and characteristics.
You can help keep the number of Boxers who end up in rescue down by NOT purchasing a Boxer puppy unless you have ascertained that your lifestyle is one that would meet the needs of this breed.

Pets are not rentals for people to keep until they outgrow their purpose. Please be a committed pet guardian for life!! Be part of the solution, spay and neuter your pets!