Used with permission from Florida Boxer Rescue.
Based on their page of the same name.
Changes By Red Dirt Boxer Rescue

 

What is a Silver Boxer?

Boxers over the age of 7 may be referred to as silver boxers because of the silver or gray hair that often appears on their muzzles and the rest of their bodies. If you peruse the dogs available through any boxer rescue, you are likely to see a handful of silver boxers in every program. Sadly, many of these aged dogs find themselves in rescues hoping for a loving home in which to spend their twilight years.

Does the idea of puppy-proofing your home and house training a young dog seem daunting to you? Are you ready for a dog that won’t chew your favorite shoes or play hide and seek with your remote control? If so, you may want to consider an older boxer.

They are calm, relaxed, and quiet. They deserve a family to love and who will love them in return. Consider adopting an older adult Boxer, and show him he was worth saving.

Don’t be fooled! Some Boxers have gray hair on their muzzles at age 2 or 3 yrs! So, be careful and don’t assume a dog is “too old” if you see the gray…

Benefits of sharing your life with an adult Boxer:

Older Boxers are usually potty trained!

Older Boxers usually have some basic background in obedience, and often know the commands: “sit,” “stay,” “come,” “heel,” etc…

Adult Boxers are more calm and well-mannered than their adolescent counterparts! They still need exercise on a daily basis, but lack the “Energizer Bunny” behavior of a younger dog.

With an older Boxer, there is no guesswork involved with what they will look like or act like as an adult, because they already are adults!

Older Boxers seldom will “chew” as they are past the teething stage.

Many will not even jump up on people and are perfectly content to be a couch potato. A worthy benefit for working families to have a dog content to spend its day on your sofa instead of rooting through your waste can, like a puppy might be tempted to do.

They are also extremely appreciative of love and attention; and seem to be grateful for the opportunity of adoption. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…right? Wrong! This is completely untrue, especially when you’re talking about a Boxer!

Many people erroneously think older dogs are “set in their ways” and that the new guardian would not be able to train or “break habits.” This is false.

The Boxer dog LOVES his human, and aims to please!

They are loyal dogs who will knock themselves out to please and make their humans happy.

A few kind words and a pat, hug or kiss, and that Boxer will jump through hoops for you! Something to think about…

One final note…if you have an older pet please be responsible and keep that family member for his entire life, even when his health starts to deteriorate. Remember, you will be old someday too. Wouldn’t you want your family to give you the respect and dignity that you’ll deserve in your golden years? Show that same respect to your pet and repay his lifetime of loyalty to you, by standing by his side in his old age.