Boxer Puppies, A Guide From Purchase to Adulthood.
There aren't many things cuter than boxer puppies. They are adorable little balls of energy, who can bring joy to any home
they go to. As they grow up they become one of the most fun,
loving, and intelligent dogs there are.
This doesn't mean getting a boxer puppy is something you should enter into lightly. It's a big responsibility and there are quite a few factor you should consider first.
Is the boxer breed right for you.
Boxer are fairly big dogs and they can be very strong. They are
extremely energetic and require a lot of exercise. They tend to
be sort of permanent puppies, who don't really settle down til
later in their lives. They have a very big and friendly
They are short haired dogs and they can't handle extreme temperatures (hot or cold). This means they need to be inside
dogs. They're very social dogs and don't thrive if left alone.
They do best if they have constant human companionship. This
makes them an excellent family dog.
They are very intelligent and independent dogs. This can make
them difficult to train. Proper obedience training needs to be
done early on. It will take serious time and effort on your
part. Once they are properly trained they are however very well
Although there short-haired they can shed during changes of
weather, will need you to brush them every day. Also some
boxers are prone to drooling and snoring.
Overall their are tremendous upsides to getting a boxer dog, if
you can handle taking care of them properly.
More on getting a boxer puppy.
Boxer Puppies Breeders
There are three kinds of breeders generally:
- The average dog owner who doesn't really know what their doing.
- The puppymill breeders who are just it it for profit and can
be downright cruel.
-The professional or hobby breeder.
The last one is who you should be looking for. These are the
people who truly care about the breed and the dogs in their care. Their goal is breeding healthier boxers with the right
They are willing to spend money on the proper medical testing,
nutritional supplements, and training. Few responsible breeders
actually turn a big profit. More likely there in the business
because they love boxers.
To find out if your dealing with a responsible breeder make sure
you visit them. Ask to see the parents of the puppy. Observe
how the dogs in their care act. Are they friendly or do they
stay away. Do you homework and check them out. Ask around at a
local kenell club or and obedience training school. Maybe even
contact some pet owners who've done business with them.
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Boxer Puppies Rescue
Boxer rescues are non profit organizations that help lost or
abandoned boxer dogs find a good home. They generally deal with
older dogs, but they sometimes have puppies too.
So if you'd like to do a good deed and give a home to a dog
that's down on their luck, you should consider rescuing a boxer.
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Bringing Your Boxer Puppy Home
When you first bring your boxer puppy home (should be at 7-8
weeks old) make sure you or someone else is home as much as
possible. It's scary for a new pup getting used to a new home
and having company around will make it much easier. In addition
to this there are some other preparations you can make. You
-Water and food bowls
-Some chew toys
-A collar and lead
-Flea and tick treatments
-Plenty of cleaning products and rags.
It's generally a good idea to continue to feed your puppy
whatever the breeder was feeding them. This will help prevent
any problems with an upset stomach. Eventually you can wean
them on to other food, but make you do it slowly. Also a puppy
should be fed twice daily and have plenty of water available.
Pet Health Insurance
Over a lifetime the health care costs for boxer puppies can be very expensive. You may want consider getting some kind of pet insurance early on to offset the costs.
More on boxer dog insurance.
Boxer's are most comfortable with temperatures around seventy
degrees. They can't handle extreme hot or cold temperatures.
In winter many boxer owners counteract this by getting clothing
for their dog. Others like using a small space heater that your
boxer can curl up next to.
Boxer Puppy Names
Boxer owners can be very creative when their naming their dogs.
Always popular is using the first or last name of a famous professional boxer. Generally though people pick names that
represent the strong, athletic, and playful nature of boxer dogs.
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Boxer Puppy Training
Typically you want to start training your boxer puppy at 7-12
weeks of age. They are like little sponges at this age and can
learn new things very quickly. What they learn is also
permanent so be consistent and avoid bad habits. So lets go
over some of the important aspects of puppy training.
A dog crate is a great training device and a important tool to
keep your puppy safe. If done right the crate becomes a safe
haven for your boxer, somewhere they feel very comfortable.
Doing it wrong and keeping them locked up all the time can be
Initially you just want to get them used to the crate. Get them
to go in with a toy or treat as bait. Then praise them
profusely when they do. Play with them and give lots of attention while their in the crate.
Eventually they will start to go to the crate on their own. This is when you start closing the door for short periods of
time. Then slowly work your way up to longer periods of time. If they they cry or whine to get out ignore it, as this will only reinforce that behavior.
Your puppy has a very small bladder and at this age they don't
really know how to control it. The best course of action is to
take them outside as often as possible, every 1-2 hours if you
can. When they do go to bathroom outside praise them or give
them a treat.
Repeat the same phrase every time you take them out, like "time
to go" or "let's go outside". This repetition and positive
reinforcement will eventually catch on with them. Avoid
scolding or yelling if they go inside the house. This likely
will just result in a scared and confused puppy.
To avoid damage to your home you may want to create a "safe
area" for them to play. Lay down lots of newspaper and put
their crate nearby.
Socialization is the process of introducing your puppy to new
people, animals, places, and experiences. This is vital to
making your puppy a well adjusted and well behaved dog.
Start out small with this. Take them on walks around area you
live in. Introduce them to friends and relatives of yours.
Eventually take them to more exotic locations (from your boxer
puppies perspective). Try places like a farm, a forest area, or
a crowded public place.
Do not try to comfort or pet them if they get scared. This will only reinforce that being scared is a good thing. Just be calm and relaxed. If they calm down after being scared, then you can praise them.
At 10-16 weeks you should try to get them into a puppy
kindergarten class. This will allow them to socialize and play
with other puppies in a controlled environment. In addition
some basic training commands and the opportunity to meet new
people can be very helpful.
Boxer Puppy Pictures
This is what your really here for, right? To see some cute boxer puppies. We have pictures of boxers of all ages here.
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