Everything You Need To Know About Boxers
Boxer dogs are an incredible breed of dog. They are loyal and protective of you as well as funny and energetic individuals.
Some people do not want a Boxer as they are not as stereotypically cute as other dogs, but they can make a great addition to your family.
So, if you are considering getting a Boxer as an addition to your family, here is everything that you need to know.
Boxers have very bubbly personalities. Whilst they are not fighters, as their name implies, they are very energetic as well as bouncy dogs. This is true from the time when they are a puppy to the time when they are fully grown adults.
They are also known to be very cuddly and attention seeking dogs so if you are looking for a large lap dog then a Boxer could be the perfect addition to your family.
However, due to their energetic personalities they can be a little more difficult to train. They are very smart dogs, they simply have too much energy to sit still and be trained for a while.
The best training results come from being firm and consistent with your Boxer and try to start training as early as you can.
Common Health Problems
I sincerely hope that your four-legged friend never has any health issues, but it is worthwhile for you to know what common health problems may affect your Boxer.
As you will see they can have quite a few issues but there has been a lot of research that is going into breed specific health problems so there will hopefully be easier ways to deal with these problems in the future.
- Aortic/Subaortic Stenosis – This is a heart problem that there is unfortunately no current screening for, and it can only be diagnosed by a certified cardiologist veterinarian. This condition is caused by a ring of fibrous tissue that narrows the area around one of the heart valves. Sadly, it can be fatal, but any dogs diagnosed with this condition should not be bred. If you are getting your Boxer from a breeder, make sure to ask on the medical history of the dog’s parents.
- Bloat – Bloat is a condition where the stomach becomes taught and stretched with air. Whilst bloat itself is not always a serious issue, it can lead to more concerning conditions. Gastric Torsion is an example wherein the stomach twists around itself and cuts off its own blood flow. This is sadly a very sudden twisting and it can cause death in a few hours. Some symptoms are rapid drooling, pale gums and dry heaving. If you see any of these symptoms you should take your dog to a vet immediately.
- Acepromazine – Acepromazine is not a condition, it is in fact a common medicine which vets use to put dogs under when performing surgery. The reason that you need to know about this is because Boxer’s can have some serious problems as a result of being given this medicine. It can cause heart arrythmia and cardiac arrest, make sure to check with your vet about what sedation method they are using if your Boxer needs to go for surgery.
- Obesity – This is a common problem for all dog breeds. Boxers are very food motivated and making sure to prevent obesity in your pet is one of the most important and easiest things that you can do for your dog. To prevent obesity, make sure that your dog has an appropriate diet made of high-quality food and be sure to give them lots of exercise.
How Do I Take Care Of My Boxer’s Coat?
Boxers have a very short coat that does not require a lot of high maintenance. Use a firm bristle brush on their coat and make sure to brush them at least once a week to remove any loose or dead hairs that have stuck to their coat.
You should also make sure to clean their ears once a week, do not use cotton buds and instead use a cleaning solution that has been recommended by your vet.
Feeding Your Boxer
Making sure to have an appropriate and high-quality diet is crucial for any breed of dog that your welcome into your home. Whether you choose to feed them on a raw diet, a wet diet, or a dry food diet, make sure to always choose a high quality and nutritional food brand.
Some dogs may have requirements for a specialist veterinary diet so having a nutritional consultation with your vet is always a good idea. Most people recommend feeding Boxers a high protein kibble diet, they need a lot of energy as they are such a bouncy dog.
Feeding them dry kibble will also help with their teeth as it keeps them strong and healthy and it can also help prevent plaque build-up. Plaque build-up is most common in wet food diets as they can get stuck between the teeth and gums and begin to rot.
Making sure that your Boxer has a healthy diet also extends to their treats as a lot of cheaper dog treats use unhealthy additives and can quite easily make your dog overweight. To keep your Boxer as healthy as can be, make sure to give them only all-natural treats.
How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Boxer?
If you are wanting to buy a Boxer puppy, the prices can largely differ as they as set by the breeders themselves. Getting a Boxer can cost you quite a lot of money, some breeders can charge up to £1000 for one of these pups.
You may also wish to consider adoption, there are lots of Boxer charities that can point you in the direction of your nearest Boxer shelter. Adopted dogs deserve a second chance and most shelters only have an adoption fee of about £200, this usually includes some sort of temporary insurance cover that you would not get from a breeder.